My partner and I went to the small village of Shipka for a night and having booked no accomodation, decided to take a chance when we got there.
There was a sign for the hotel in the centre where the bus dropped us off and we walked 200meters up a small hill and went into the hotel.
They didn't have any rooms for the night but instead let us stay in an apartment next door that they owned. It was clean and comfortable and had wonderful views over the village and the mountains behind as well.
The manager of the hotel was very welcoming and hospitable. He stayed and talked with us for a while and told us about the history of the area, about the Thracianempire and the Thracian tombs and findings around the village, which was lovely.
The next day we went back to the hotel in the morning and were served breakfast and waited on hand and foot by the manger.
We then went for a walk around the Monastery which is set beautifully in the hills and went for a small walk around the woods.
We wanted to go to Kazanlak before we left and because we had a limited amount of time left, the manager and his cousin (who was the owner), took us there. On the way thay took us to first to the tomb that was being worked on by archeologists in the village (Shipka) and gave us his own little tour and explanation of it. They then dropped us up the road to the town of Kazanlak and dropped us off at the museum which was only 1 leva to get in as students (about 40p!), which was really interesting because everything that he was telling us about we could see in the museum.
When we came back we went back to the apartment and chilled on the balcony till we had to get our bus in the evening.
We then paid up (20 leva each plus 3 leva for the great breakfast, about £9 each), and said our goodbyes.
Great service and really recommend them to everyone.
You can see pictures of the hotel on the site http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/shipka/hotels/perenika_hotel.html
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