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“Nice rooms, good location, not a good bathroom” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hostel Lavele
Ranked #14 of 119 Specialty Lodging in Sofia
Melbourne, Australia
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87 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Nice rooms, good location, not a good bathroom”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2011

Overall I had a good experience at this hostel. The 8 bed dorm was newly furnished and quite pleasant.
Breakfast was really good - homemade yoghurt and everything included.
The staff were helpful and friendly.
They could organise a private tour to Rila Monastery or other locales.
The location was good. Right near the start of the free Sofia walking tours.
I really didn't like the bathroom. There was just one tiny toilet cubicle with a handheld shower head. You showered over the toilet.

Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Mumbai
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139 reviews
99 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2011

I don't know what other rooms are like in this hostel, but the one we were given was very basic, with nowhere to put anything and a view of a blank wall through the window. The shared bathroom was tiny, with the toilet at an awkward angle, and there was a smell of air-freshener around the building, which always makes us wonder what it's covering up.

We don't expect air-conditioning in a hostel, but surely a fan could be provided in the hot summer months. When we asked for a fan, we were told this room doesn't get much sun anyway, which didn't make us feel any better about it. A fan would also have helped keep the insects away. As it was, we killed a number of mosquitoes during the night and my wife was badly bitten. We had booked four nights and knew almost immediately we wanted to move, but had to stay two nights because of the terms of the booking.

Breakfast, in a windowless basement, was quite good and Mario, the owner, is friendly and helpful and seems to run the place efficiently, but there is no common room or kitchen. For people traveling on their own a hostel like this may be the best option, but I would not recommend it for a couple.

After two nights we were able to leave and, for a cost of 50% more, got a very comfortable spacious two room suite in a nearby hotel with aircon, television (in each room), our own bathroom and lots of furniture, including a couch and tables, in an equally good location. We felt we could breathe again!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Geneva, Switzerland
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81 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2011

I stayed at Hotel Lavele for a weekend on July and I would reccomend it to anyone who are looking for a nice and inexpensive place to stay in Sofia. It's located right at the heart of the city, with restaurants, bars and shops at a stone's throw. Don't get put off by the exterior... as almost every single building in Sofia, the façade looks very old and damaged. But once inside, you will find a very nice hostel, very clean (rooms and bathrooms) with a very helpful and friendly staff. Rooms are very simple but they are very spacious, the beds are confortable and there are also individual lockers to keep your stuff while you're away. There is also free wi-fi and breakfast is served on a very charming room on the basement. Definitely a good choice to stay in Sofia!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank agg82
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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2011

Loved this place.

My friend and I came here for a weekend trip from Istanbul and we loved it. We couldn't get a room at Hostel Mostel but we're glad that we stumbled upon this place.

The rooms were very new and quite large - the beds were incredibly comfortable as well. We checked in early (11am) after coming in from an overnight bus from Istanbul and they were incredibly accommodating.

The only thing lacking is a common room to hang out and meet other travellers but this isn't a big deal. The owner mentioned that they are currently expanding the hostel to have such a common room.

Would come here again - highly recommend it.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Hohenschwangau, Germany
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2011

Wow what a cool little hostel! My wife and I stayed at the Lavele Hostel in Sofia twice. One night upon our arrival and one night before our departure from Bulgaria.

We met the owner Mario who is very well traveled himself and found him amazingly helpful. He is passionate about creating a home-feel kind of place so he makes freshly made home cooked bread and super delicious Bulgaria yogurt for breakfast. He even sat us down to explain how the yogurt is made then went even further to provide us with a culture for the yogurt so that we were able to make it at home with us.

The hostel is well located in the center of the city, but is located in a quite street. The rooms are clean with fresh sheets and towels and the staff are very helpful. I highly recommend this hostel for it's friendly atmosphere and genuine staff. They have free Wifi. Enjoy!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ParaworthParaglide
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2011

the room had only the necessary inside, 2 beds 2 chairs and a table but it was spacious and recently renovated as was the rest of the hostel. there is an electric heater available in the room which was just enough (but we were there in spring, not sure how the heater can cope with winter), the hostel was generally a bit cold but ok. the bathroom is small and sometimes a bit smelly but probably because of the pipes being old; it was cleaned daily.
breakfast was simple but more than enough and the staff very friendly.
excellent location and at a very good price.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mogou
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bala gwynedd
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2011

Clean and friendly, I was given a double room probably because it was very quiet, not en-suite, but right next door to very clean loo and shower room. Plenty for breakfast in cosy dining/sitting room, buffet style, and plenty of Tea and Coffee.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hostel Lavele
Address: ul.Lavele 14, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 119 Specialty Lodging in Sofia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Lavele 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A hostel that combines the comfort of a budget hotel with the coziness of a guesthouse and the low prices of a hostel. It is located in the heart of the Bulgarian capital, at some 100m from St. Nedelya square, which is the starting point for exploring Sofia. Hidden in a tiny street, it offers tranquility during the night. ... more   less 
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