My wife and I chose this hotel on the fly while on the eve of our honeymoon to stay in for the final two nights I was with her. I journey to Bulgaria at least once a year to see my wife (she lives there), and on at least three other occasions, we have had to stay in Sofia, usually either directly after or directly before a flight at the Sofia Airport. The first two times will be written in in other reviews. This one is especially for the Budapest Hotel. Thus far, THE best hotel in Sofia in my opinion. As soon as the taxi dropped us off from the airport, the attendant crossed the parking lot to take our luggage for us with a smile. As soon as we entered the lobby, the woman behind the desk was all smiles and more than willing to help us out; no reservations needed. We ended up booking a deluxe room on the sixth floor. The bed was among the nicest I've slept on (it should be noted we were coming back from the Canary Islands where we had spent a week at a five star resort). The balcony while small offered a great view of Sofia and was quite peaceful.
Room service? No WAY you could tell this is only a three star hotel. We ordered a full dinner our first night there, and got creative; we ordered soups, hot pots, salad, cheese, bread, you name it. It was delivered to our room on a covered cart and the food looked like it had jumped straight off Wolfgang Puck's kitchen table onto the plates. It was cooked expertly and the flavors blew our minds. We did this twice while there and, both times, spectacular. Once again, delivered to our rooms with a smile. That never gets old, at least for me. If they're not smiling, they're not happy, and if they're not happy, why would you wanna stay there is my philosophy.
The room was very clean; one caveat, in our room, we had a chair that appeared to be stained on the edge of the cushion. With what, I don't know, but hey, can't beg for perfection every time, right? The bathroom was also pretty nice; full bathtub and shower and spacious counter top and sink.
I won't lie; the hotel IS situated right next to the tram tracks, and it makes its rounds every couple minutes. Most of the time it's maybe a rumble (which we sometimes mistook for being high-up airplanes), but sometimes you can hear the shrieking of metal on metal as it rolls by. But if you keep the windows and door closed at night, it shouldn't disrupt your sleep any; at least not mine, and I'm not a particularly deep sleeper.
The restaurant is small, but it's very cozy. It has a bar and a small buffet that seems to serve exactly what's needed. It's maybe only the size of my kitchen (the buffet), but I could load up on bacon, eggs, toast, bread, drinks, and fruit all day long if I had wanted.
If you want affordable, clean, and friendly, give this one a shot. I'd stay here any day of the week.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Named after the small street running throughout almost the whole downtown of Sofia on which Budapest Hotel is located and at the same time with walking distance to important transportation and business venues.The hotel consists of 31 standard rooms, 22 deluxe rooms, 6 corner rooms, 3 studios and a Presidential Suite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Budapest Hotel Sofia