Not long returned from the Hotel Amelia. We stayed at the hotel 20/07/2013-27/07/2013. Reviews were excellent so we thought we would book here as it had the better reviews compared to others hotels in our budget. Transfer time was about 30-40 minutes from Varna. As soon as we got off the coach we were greeted by a porter who wouldn't take no for an answer to wheel our cases to the reception. We thanked him at reception and he waited around for a tip (baring in mind we had just arrived so only had larger notes) we felt a little uncomfortable. He managed to get a large tip out of us. We were then checked in and given our keys to our room. Another porter then came along to wheel our cases up to our room on the 5th floor, he again wouldn't leave without a tip. We persuaded him that when we got some smaller change we would pass him a tip. As arranged we got some change and my partner saw him downstairs and went to pass him the money. The porter was panicked and said for him to give it him later. (obviously they are not meant to accept tips).He came and knocked on our room 5 minutes later for it. The hotel lobby was very impressive as it has not long been renovated, as for the 3* rooms they are very dated. There was a horrible smell coming from our toilet so we had to leave the lid closed all the time, it also leaked all over the floor after each flush. We had a tv which was no use as it was all in German or bulgarian. Air conditioning was fab though. Fresh towels everyday which was nice. Albena is a beautiful place but there is very little to do. We spoke to one other english person all week and they were in a different hotel. You will be lucky to find another english family there, they are like gold dust. Beach was lovely. Disappointed that the amelia has no pool though but you can pay to go in other peoples pools. Costs about 16 levs to use someone elses pool for the day. You get free sunbeds and umbrellas down the beach though but make sure you use the right ones. You can hire matresses for 2 levs each which are very worth it for the day ;D .The sea was very refreshing and clean. Drinks and food are very cheap. Tex mex was gorgeous. The food in the hotel wasnt very good. There was a girl behind the bar called petya who was absolutely lovely and spoke fantastic english. Overall we were quite bored by the end of the holiday and were happy to return home. We will not be returning to Albena :-/
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