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Nightingale Hostel and Guesthouse
Ranked #62 of 135 Specialty Lodging in Sofia
Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Taxi couldn't even find the place to start, owner was nice to organise and pay when I arrived. The owner is lovely and can give you good local history in the morning! However this is not really a hostel..just an apartment with some beds. Glad I got a bunk, some were in the floor. Pretty sure a homeless man was staying in my room, very scared for my stuff. Breakfast was not much. Shower was cold. Was not comfortable staying here. No real common area.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

We got to the hostel the 1st of August at night, after a long trip from Istanbul. When we arrived, they told us that we had a reservation, but they didn't have free rooms. AND THAT'S IT. So, when we asked for a solution (it was nearly 10pm, it would be hard to find something else) they realocated us for the same price in another hostel which was under construction. So we changed our private room in this hostel with private kitchen, tv, all facilities for an "as many mattres in the floor as they can fit" room. FOR THE SAME PRICE. They didn't even have the dignity of lowering the price for a mistake they did. We had to use the kitchen of this hostel because we needed to cook for a coeliac person (and the other one obviously didn't have one), and the owner were repeatidly trying to kick us out.
If I rated this hostel, it would be a 4, it looked nice, even tho a cockroach greeted us in the kitchen. The experience tho, was a complete nightmare.
P.S. Cold showers.

Room Tip: Make sure they have your booking...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Danimost
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

We really enjoyed our 3-night stay at the Nightingale hostel. The room was fine (own shower, shared toilet), good, friendly common rooms and lovely breakfasts. All the staff - especially owner Mihail - were really friendly and helpful with lots of local knowledge to help us make the most of our stay in Sofia. The hostel is really centrally located and by a tram line if you want to go further afield.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

We stayed here just the night which was enough. We booked the private room which did have a shower but no toilet. The blinds had mostly fallen down so no privacy, the bed was comfy enough although the room wasn't overly clean. The location is close to supermarkets and restaurants. The rest of the hostel seems cluttered and like someone's house, the staff are mostly friendly and helpful but it seems an odd set up (they live there too?). We also heard a very loud argument - between the staff early one morning and doors slamming.

Room Tip: Don't bother paying the extra for the private room - better off getting a hotel room!
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank BronsonAustralia
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Room Tip: Elles sont toutes insalubres et les draps sales.
  • Stayed: February 2017, traveled on business
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Stayed: November 2016
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Reviewed June 11, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: June 2017, traveled with friends
Thank Marine S
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Additional Information about Nightingale Hostel and Guesthouse

Address: ul.Budapeshta 8 | 15, Knyaz Aleksander Dondukov Blvd, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia > Poduyane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #62 of 135 Specialty Lodging in Sofia
Price Range: $17 - $107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Nightingale Hostel and Guesthouse 1*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nightingale Hostel and Guesthouse is located in the top historical center of Sofia downtown. We are in a house on 1st Floor. We share a common entrance with a Pub 'Krivoto'. You can expect totally renovated place where you will find 6 rooms, a common room, 2 Shower places with 24 hrs hot water, 2 toilets,an equipped kitchen, Free Wi-FI internet, a tourist desk, lockers in dormitories, key card access system and 24 hrs front man.From 8.30am to 10.00am we provide a complimentary free breakfast with a choice of cereals, milk, tea, coffee and sugar with Check In after 1pm, Check Out before 12 am noon. You can use our luggage room for free if you come earlier or you want to leave for a couple of hours your backpack.We provide theme nights to learn and taste local drinks - rakia or wine, workshop Martenitza, an introduction in Balkan history. ... more   less 
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