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City Hotel, BW Premier Collection
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   6, Stara Planina Street, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria (Formerly BW Premier Collection CITY HOTEL) (Poduyane)   |  
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Ranked #22 of 127 Hotels in Sofia
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Evanston, Il
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302 reviews
168 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
“Great Hotel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We were on a 2-week tour of Romania/Bulgaria with Adventures Abroad and stayed here a total of 4 nights - 2 at the beginning of our tour of Bulgaria and 2 at the end. We had lovely rooms both times, tastefully decorated. We had rooms large enough for us to store both suitcases. We each had a chair to sit on in our second room. We arrived late morning our first day after an overnight train journey from Bucharest to Sofia. Our AA tour guide arranged for the group to have a late breakfast. The breakfast buffet that morning, and all subsequent mornings, was the best we had during the whole two weeks. We felt that the hotel (at least our rooms) could be rated five stars. The towels, linens, pillows, mattress were excellent. Perhaps we won the room lottery as we could find nothing to criticize. The staff were pleasant and helpful. The hotel is well-located for easy access by foot to all the historic sites.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Udine, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The best Hotel in Downtown. Very frendly and willing staff, perfect and plentiful breackfast, perfect position to reach the center in few minutes by foot. Supervised car parcking in front of the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Braila, Braila, Romania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

Nice hotel and quite clean rooms but not a 4 star hotel. Too expensive. The rooms too small and the bathroom alcool. Shower dors not closing, not enough space for the toilett. Breackfast at a 2 star level, poor. All staff is nice while expecting tips. Second time they don' t even see you if you don.t give them enough.

  • Stayed September 2013
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chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

When I first walked into the room I was a little disappointed. It seemed kind of dated. We had a suite, arranged for us by our tour agency here in Bulgaria. The furniture and carpet was old, and the bathroom was small. But it was comfortable and the beds were very comfortable and we had plenty of room. I cannot comment on the price as it was included in the total package. The location is good - quiet but one block from the Main Street and lots of tourist sites. We found the staff to be accommodating. Depending on the price being reasonable I would recommend it. It is a four star hotel and it is Sofia - not Rome or London!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Well, if you want or need to go to Sofia, then this is a very good hotel to choose.

It's located within easy walking distance of almost everything there is to see in Sofia, and if you like a nice evening on the town - ten minutes' walk, there you are: many restaurants, plenty of bars.

Because the hotel is on a quiet side street, you won't be bothered by traffic noise. Or any other noise, except the occasional plane on its way to the airport - which is at most a 20 minute taxi ride away, costing about 8 Euro in a taxi or 10 Euro for hotel transfer service.

The hotel staff are friendly, polite, and helpful.

The room I had was very nice indeed, modern, with a comfortable bed. The hotel is non-smoking now, but there are a few rooms with small balconies.

The breakfast has a good selection of hot and cold items. There appear to be enough tables for the size of the hotel, although it was quite empty when I stayed. Possibly the only small criticism could be made about the coffee, which comes from one of these machines that (I think) mix concentrated coffee with hot water. That said, I've had much worse coffee in other places in Eastern Europe. If you want "real" coffee, you can purchase it at the bar.

There is free WiFi which provides very decent connection speed.

All in all, if you are on a budget, you could probably find something cheaper - but if you value your comfort for business or pleasure, this hotel can be recommended.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Island of Malta, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

The hotel is in a very good location, only a few minutes walk from centre. The suite was clean and comfortable, but bathroom small. Staff very helpful and breakfast was good. The hotel placed a complimentary bottle of wine with two glasses on my last day as it was my birthday. Very nice of them. I recommend this hotel to anyone one visiting Sofia.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Phil600
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

The hotel below average overall. The staff not motivated and not helpful. Bad stains on the hall carpet. Food disappointing. The positives: good location, comfortable bed, cleanliness of the room. Not worth the money paid. Will not come back.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Property: City Hotel, BW Premier Collection
Address: 6, Stara Planina Street, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria (Formerly BW Premier Collection CITY HOTEL)
Location: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia > Poduyane
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Sofia
#11 Business Hotel in Sofia
#18 Luxury Hotel in Sofia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — City Hotel, BW Premier Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay with the brand you can trust. Tucked in a quiet street in central Sofia, Best Western City Hotel delivers the highest level of customer service and attention to detail. The hotel is located only 200 metres from the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Parliament, making it possible to reach on foot the most popular surroundings and attractions in the capital city. 61 beautifully furnished rooms and suites, all equipped with free Wi-Fi and high-speed cable internet, provide travellers with the finest of modern amenities. The authentic Italian restaurant “La Vita e Bella” and the lobby bar serve delicious Italian and traditional European meals and drinks. The name says it all – life is beautiful. Right from the very entrance of this fine establishment, you can feel the emotional transition to Italy and its romantic atmosphere. Once seated, just let our friendly staff do the rest for you. Indulge yourself with exquisite meals prepared by our nation-famous executive chef, whose creativity and professionalism have been officially awarded on many occasions. ... more   less 
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