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Review of Alabin Hotel Central

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Alabin Hotel Central
Ranked #107 of 130 Hotels in Sofia
Luton, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
91 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Good value”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2012

The Alabin central is very well located in central Sofia and offers very good value for groups of friends who are looking for somewhere a cut above a hostel to crash. The availability of a triple room was our main reason for staying. Recption is small and functional, which is fine. Room was a decent size with a reasonably priced minibar - could do with being better stocked for a triple room (3 of everything rather than 2 of everything!). Room and furniture was far from new with some stains on the carpet, but in the circumstances and for the price paid this was not a problem. Bathroom was huge and more recently refurbished.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Amsterdam
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36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012

Don't expect too much luxury from the rooms. They're clean, with a proper bathroom, tiny tv and airco. Reception is manned by English speaking staff. Best thing, besides the price,is most certainly the location. If you travel without a car then this is a great place to set up camp before exploring the city. Eveything you'll probably want to see is within walking distance.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kragujevac, Serbia
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20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2012

It is average 2-3 star hotel, no breakfast, rooms are clean and nice with air condition... This hotel dont have own parking places...

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Clare Ireland
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59 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

I stayed here for one night and I must say it's not great. A couple of good points are that it is very cheap and very central but there are better hotels close by for a few euro more. We had booked a triple room and one of the beds was a campbed. There was also a hole in the floor which was just covered over by the carpet. The breakfast was awfull, two slices of fried bread and bad coffee. I would not recomend this hotel

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2011

We moved here from a hostel, where we had a cell facing a blank wall with no fan or air-conditioner. For just 50% more we were given a two-room suite with a bathroom, two televisions, a fridge, lots of wardrobe space and storage areas and a table where I could put my laptop in front of a couch. Okay, the carpet was stained, the water didn’t go down well in the bathroom, the drains were a bit smelly on the first day and one of the hooks fell off the wall, but otherwise it was quite luxurious.

One other minor annoyance was that the small corridor connecting the two bedrooms and the bathroom had automatic lights that were sensitive to any movement, so they tended to keep going on and off. On the other hand, the lights in the main corridor outside were not sensitive enough and sometimes left us in the dark, and as it was a windowless corridor it was pitch dark when the lights didn’t come on.

Though the WiFi worked well at first it stopped working on the second night. We took it down to the lobby to try it out on the last morning but still could not connect to the hotel's network, and had to piggyback on another one that came up.

The breakfast, included in the price, was about the worst we’ve had in Bulgaria. No choice was offered. Just some slices of French toast (i.e. fried with egg) some white cheese, and a serve of jam. Coffee was a bit cold, but we could ask for some hot water to make it hotter.

The thing that made this hotel a luxury for us was that we were offered a suite for the price of a room. (We were actually given a choice, but would be crazy not to choose the suite.) Otherwise, it would have been quite an ordinary hotel experience, but still far better than the hostel we escaped from.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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sidney, ohio
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19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2011

We arrived late after a visit to the Rila Monastery and were given the name of this place by a taxi driver when we got lost driving around. It was the last room available and in a nice central location. The room was not clean and sheets were left on our beds so that we had to make our own beds. When our cousin showered at night the bathroom would not drain properly (It is one of those showers within the bathroom and not a separate shower with a place to hold the water in) the lady at the front desk told us the housekeeper usually just places a tablet in the drain to unplug it but she didn't have any. When I asked her for a plunger or what we should do she just said,"Sorry I cannot help you right now." So anytime we needed to use the toilet there was about an inch of water standing in the bathroom. Only one of us actually got to use the shower because we were afraid water would overflow in the rest of our room. Really we would all prefer to call this a 1 star at best simply based on location and price alone. The one positive was at least the front desk lady spoke good English and was honest. Not a good experience at all. And as I type this I can now smell cigarettes coming from the gentleman in the room beside us. This will be a one night stay.

Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Alabin Hotel Central
Address: ul.Alabin 22 | Bulgaria, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia
Amenities:
Restaurant
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Ranked #107 of 130 Hotels in Sofia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Alabin Hotel Central 1*
Number of rooms: 34
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