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“Not luxurious, but pretty good !” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Aris
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Seliolus Str. 1, Sofia 1202, Bulgaria   |  
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Ranked #13 of 121 hotels in Sofia
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“Not luxurious, but pretty good !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Well, i needed a hotel near the train station, that's why i chose Hotel Aris for a one night stay and i didn't regret it. I booked a superior room for one night for some 40 euros and i found it pretty splendid for that. The hotel is located about 10 minutes by foot from the main station (tracks to hotel) and you will have to go through an underground crossing to reach the hotel or the train station. So, yes, it's probably the nearest hotel you will find around the train and bus station, but it's still a small walk and the area around the hotel is fishy at best (at night especially). The hotel doesn't look that good from the outside, too, but inside it has a warm spot. The receptionist, not too talky at first, proved to be a real sweetheart, helping me out with some writing in Cyrillic that helped me a lot getting my train ticket at the station.

The superior room was pretty good. While the interiors looked slightly dated and the room had a smell of cold smoke (probably a smoker room before), it was spacious, clean and sufficiently equipped. It had a TV, a (hard) sofa with a small table, a small desk with a chair, a wardrobe and of course a big bed. The bed was okay to sleep on, not really high quality, but nothing that gives you back pain. But it was a bit on the hard side.

The bathroom was also clean, with a big bathtub (though you couldn't take a bath, since there was no leakage stopper), a hair dryer and some amenities for showering. Well, all in all, everything was there, that you would expect from a three star hotel. Though i must add that i flooded the bathroom when i took a shower, since there was no cover that prevented the water to splash outside the bathtub.

The room also had a small balcony, but i didn't use it. I had a pretty good sleep at night, the bed, as i said, was okay and there was almost no noise from outside, though the walls and doors in the hotel were a bit thin and you could hear a bit from your neighbours here and there.

The breakfast was minimal, though. But this seems to be standard in Bulgaria, so don't expect better breakfast anywhere else ! Really !

If you want to eat something in the evening, 3 minutes away is a great restaurant called "Kashtite", which looks a bit touristy from outside, which it is btw, but which is also frequently visited by locals and which serves really good food ! Highly recommended !

Verdict: The hotels location is great if you need a place near the train station or central bus station. There is a good restaurant around the corner and the rooms are pretty good, while not luxurious. The staff is nice, once you have broken the ice and they provide adequate breakfast for a good price. Recommended !

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Athens, Greece
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

very clean room, good and friendly staff at reseption, the breakfast was ok for a 3 star ( could be a little bit better) waitress at the restaurant very friendly i think the name is Lily, anyway very good place will visit again

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mitko K, Advertising Agency at Hotel Aris, responded to this review, 6 days ago
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Molfetta
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Just 10 minutes walk from the centre, but in a quiet neighbor (metro Lvov Most). A good choice, value for money. Friendly staff, average quality breakfast. Please note that the restaurant / breakfast room could be rent for private parties...

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Clean, close to 2 metro stations, good and safe neiborhood. Helpful reception, good english. Large room with all the amenities, eventhough minibar didn't work properly, fresh towels every day. Breakfast ok for a 3 star hotel. Everything was really good, we enjoy our stay. We will stay there again, Value for money!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Mitko K, Advertising Agency at Hotel Aris, responded to this review, 5 days ago
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Bursa, Turkey
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

I have stayed two nights in Aris and I really would like to thank to the staff. They are so friendly, kind and helpful. Even the room is a bit tiny, it was not a deal at all. I am going to stay in Aris during all my trips to Sofia.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Haifa, Israel
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Very good location.
Excellent service.
Friendly personal.
Nice and comfortable room.
Tasty breakfast
What else must be necessary for pleasant travelling ?!
I really enjoyed staying in the hotel "Aris" and will stay here next time.
I advise to another travelers to stay in this small, quiet and beautiful hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Belgrade
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Hotel is new, nice interior, small and close to the center. The hotel is not in downtown, you should do it about 15 min walk. The rooms are very clean, the furniture is new, nice colors in the room are combined. The hotel has parking, which costs EUR 10 per day. If you are lucky, you can park your car in front of the hotel. We had no problems. Breakfast is ok, enough of everything. Staff polite. Wi-Fi in the room have an excellent range. We recommend that you spend some time with Sofia and Sofia Free Tour Tour Geen walk around the city and Vitosha Mountain. About all you can ask at the reception or to inform the flyers.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Seliolus Str. 1, Sofia 1202, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 121 hotels in Sofia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Aris 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The newly opened Hotel Aris enjoys a quiet location a 5-minute walk from the International Bus Station and the Sofia Train Station. Within a 10-minute walk you can reach the city centre with the Presidency and The Council of Ministers. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a balcony. Free Wi-Fi is available. ... more   less 
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