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“Good quality for its money” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Dunav
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Sunny Beach 8240, Bulgaria   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #47 of 204 hotels in Sunny Beach
St. Petersburg
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Good quality for its money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

First of all, we were going to the neighbour hotel Meridian, which is 4 *. But when we arrived at reception, they told us that there's no vacant rooms etc, and offered us the nearby hotel Dunav. Of course we became worried, because Dunav is 3* and our Meridian is 4*, but the reception staff as usual started explaining us that Dunav is great hotel and may be is even better than Meridian bla-bla-bla etc .. Finally we moved to Dunav, and we have not regreted about this!

Dunav's area is green and clean and quiet, while in Meridian there's no trees and grass and the swimming pool is straight behind the fence from the loud and dusty road. Dunav's pool is not very big to swim a lot, but is quite enough to cool yourself after sunbathing.

The hotel is located may be 7 minutes walking from the Black sea, if you turn right after Bourgas hotel, after ths Ship cafe you will reach no-umbrella area, where it is good to relax just near the sea and without payment.

Though the Dunav is located not in the Sunny beach centre (it is 25 mins walking or 2 bus stops), the surrounding area is FULL of different nice bars and restaraunts, and the closest night club is in 5 minute walk. So I'd say there is no need to go to the centre everyday, because the nearest area is also very good. Also it is very convinient that the bus stop ("ARDA") is just 1 min from hotel, and you can easily access Nessebar and Bourgas to the left, and the town center and aquapark in opposite direction.
The hotel rooms are okay, not brilliant but it is 3 star hotel. Our balcony was very small, but there are large balconies, it depends on which side of the hotel your room is situated. But what I didn't like is that towels are renewed only every 3 days, not everyday, what is not very good. The WC and shower are very good, but don't forget to take your shampoo and gel, because there's only soap.

Also a little minus is that there are only 2 small lifts (for 4-5 persons), and the building has 9 floors, so in rush-hours (breakfast, dinner) you have to wait quite long for the lift.
The meal is quite good quality and is different from day to day, but we spent 15 days there so we got tired of that meal really. The all-inclusive is all local drinks, beer is like mixed with water, wine is also bad, but you can drink gin, vodka, whiskey - it is all strong :) Actually alcohol is extremely cheap in Bulgaria, the cheapest shop is supermarket Mladost 15 mins walk for hotel - irish and scotch whiskey there is cheaper than in duty free ! In bars and restaraunts beer is good and really cheap, food is also not very expensvise and is very tasty! So despite of all-incl, we visited lots of restaraunts and were very happy.

The hotel guests are 1/2 Russians , and 1/2 Scandinavians. I think that scandinavian behaviour is bad, there even was a fight between totally drunk Norwegian guy who knocked the palma basket over, and security :)

So on the whole, the hotel is worth its price and I can recommend it for low budget holiday. Also if you have a long vacation, dont just seat there at hotel/beach - go take the car from rental agency and go through Bulgaria !! We went by this route: Sunny Beach - Kazanlak - Shipka - Veliko Tyrnovo and back , spent a night in V.Tyrnovo - great town!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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  • English first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Russian first
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English first
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2011

I travelled with my mother and one-year old daughter. We were very satisfied with our experience at the Dunav, in every respect. For a 3-star hotell, it is a gem! We had the all-inclusive option, and were very satisfied with the food. A bit repetative, but enough variation that a week went by without us becoming bored with it. Wonderful post-dinner fresh fruit a big bonus. The room was clean and the beds fairly comfortable. A/C worked well. All tiles on the floor, which is a must in a beachy place. Cleaning services were excellent, and the staff responded to every request with a smile. The pool area is also well maintained and clean - there is a small park area adjacent to the pool (as well as play equipment for the small ones). If there were any negatives, it would be noise from the street at night, but luckily Dunav is on the outskirts of sunny beach, so the live music ended at midnight. The bottom line is that I would definitely go back, you get great value for the price.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

service good rooms good hotel very clean receptionst very helpful location perfect pool and gardens well kept

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Orebro, Sweden
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2011

The crazy rude receptionist (the one with short brown hair to the shoulders) and one of the cleaners (the one with blue makeup and hair) accused us when chekning out for stealing a little foot towel and argued with us that we had to pay for it. It was cheap so it's not about the money at all, its only about the lack of service, the argues about such a trifle and little thing, and that they accuse their guests of being thieves ! That took away so much of our impression of the trip and the hotel in its entirety and we will, only because of that, the rude receptionst, never return to this hotel again. Hope she get fired from her job.
Another negative thing about the hotel was the lifts broken down all the time and they felt very unstable and unreliable. It was impossible to get a lift and we had always to wait long, not fun with toddlers and strollers! The poles were cold. Disturbing bars with loud music at both day and night, dynget around.

But beyond that it was ok, a good hotel, clean rooms, alot of TVchanels, food was nice, and those who worked in the kitchen and restaurant where serviceminded, happy and very good!

Moreover, it was a hell to get out of the country, tough guards frisked every little hair on one's body and threw our children's toys and struggled with us.

(Sorry about my bad english, using google translate.)

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service

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oslo
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2010

Dunav is close to the beach. 5 min walk. On the south side och the beach. With bars and restaurants around. 15-20 min from the center but they are plenty of restaurant and bars on the way. Goos swimming pool. not so big but good enough.

The staff is nice and tries to help if necessery.

We did not hafve all inclusive and do not regret it.

Food is good, Service to.

Beer is excellent. Shumesko is my favorite. 1,5 pound.

Sunny beach as a beach is just wonderful. Nice sand.

Recomended to party people. romantic couples. As family with children is all inclusive probably good

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Additional Information about Hotel Dunav

Address: Sunny Beach 8240, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Burgas Province > Sunny Beach
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#23 Luxury Hotel in Sunny Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Dunav 4*
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