After reading such contrasting reviews on this hotel, I was interested to see for myself what it was really like. The good news is it’s fine! It has one or two faults but doesn’t everywhere?
The food seems to be criticised in many of the negative reviews. I personally found it to be good, if not very good, in terms of quality, quantity and choice. There were a couple of exceptions, the pasta was inedible (I speak with some authority being Italian) and the desserts seemed to be based entirely on artificial cream. Anyone who has mistakenly tasted shaving foam will be familiar with the sensation. I have stayed at a few all inclusive hotels and this has been the best for food so far, one evening both swordfish and fresh squid were on the menu. I rest my case.
Another criticism seems to be aimed at the guests, the majority of whom are Russian. I can only put this down to xenophobia, it’s true they do seem to have a brusque manner and keep themselves to themselves. However, I didn’t see any of them get drunk and hot blooded males will soon see what prompted The Beatles to write Back in the USSR.
The hotel is clean and run efficiently, the staff are polite and friendly. It has the usual facilities and its own stretch of private beach which is fairly narrow and has a strange smell about it, I understand this is due to deposits of sulphur rather than anything more unpleasant. There was never a problem with a lack of sun beds around the pool, I did, however, find the music a little intrusive. The thing with poolside music is it’s fine if it’s the kind of music you like. In Jamaica last year I was in seventh heaven as the PA played the soundtrack of my youth, I might just be getting old but the bubblegum europop played at the Bay’s poolside was a source of minor but fairly constant irritation.
All in all this is a good hotel with good facilities and good food. It is particularly well suited to young families (of which there are many) as there is plenty for children to do. Teenagers may struggle to keep themselves amused and late night revellers should look elsewhere as everything closes at eleven.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Management for Sol Nessebar Resort by Sol Hotels as per 2008. Kids pool area and castle refurbished for safety and quality reasons. New and extended food offers and resort entertainment & sports follow Sol Hotels quality standards. Gardens and Park upgraded. Resort Manager for Sol Nessebar Bay, - Palace, - Mare is Mr. Lubo Lipchev. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Nessebar Bay Hotel Nessebar
- Sol Melia Nessebar
- Sol Hotel Nessebar