This hotel is located right beside the southernmost stop of the excellent Metro system (line 2) which costs approx 50 cent Euro per trip this makes access from the hotel to the city center and other areas very efficient and safe. Taxi from the airport is about €10. (LEGITIMATE taxis are very cheap in Sofia!)
The reception and facilities are very good and the staff are friendly and helpful.
The buffet breakfast is as good as it gets with lots of variety in a pleasant environment with attentive staff. If breakfast is not in your package at ca €20 it is expensive unless you are a BIG eater (we were not).
We booked standard rooms which were good if a little dated in design. The bathroom was adequate but beware there was no walk in shower so anyone with limited mobility might have problems climbing into the bath. Of greater concern was the water was SCALDING hot and the shower was not fitted with thermostatic control so you could experience a severe burn if not very, very careful.
The gigantic TV was a good old fashioned CRT reflecting the age of the fit-out and the AC struggled to drag the temperature of the room down after a day soaking in the sun. Next time I will try to get housekeeping to leave the curtains closed during the day.
Overall this is a very good hotel at a very reasonable price but next time I'll try the deluxe room!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Marinela Sofia has an outstanding location, just 20 minutes from the airport and in close proximity to the city center. The hotel boasts amazing infrastructure built on 30 000 sqm and features the most comprehensive facilities in Sofia offering 442 rooms and suites with stunning panoramic views, the biggest hotel conference facilities in the capital, superb leisure and dining facilities including six restaurants and two bars and a modern health club with the biggest hotel swimming pool in the city. The hotel also offers the only Japanese garden on the Balkan Peninsula. Each Deluxe room and Junior suite are equipped with mini-bar, safe, individually controlled air-condition and heating systems, LCD or plasma flat screen TVs, a modern hotel entertainment system with video and music on demand, high-speed free Wi-Fi Internet and a smart card system in accordance with the latest security standards. Hotel Marinela boasts the biggest presidential suite in Bulgaria, in which a number of celebrities have stayed, such as Helmut Khol, Recep Erdogan, Sylvester Stallone, Julio and Enrique Iglesias, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, James Brown, Anatoly Karpov, Wesley Snipes, Sergei Mihalkov, Elton John and more. Hotel Marinela provides every amenity necessary for focused and effective business communication. It is appropriate place for your successful meetings and celebrations. Three large banqueting halls, fully equipped to meet international expectations: Sofia 1, 2 and 3 can combine to form the largest hotel ballroom. Hotel boardrooms offer daylight, comfortable chairs and tables, easy connectivity to power and the web for each delegate, access to built-in multi-media equipment, interactive screens, microphones, flip charts, white boards, peg boards and free Wi-Fi. The six restaurants and two bars offer tantalising culinary creations from world cuisines. You can sip aromatic coffee or tea on the sun-lit terrace of Intermezzo lobby bar or enjoy fresh fish at Captain Cook or sushi fantasies at Happy Sushi; dine at the top of the city under the starry sky in Panorama Restaurant, taste sweet creations at Candy bar or stylish cocktails in Bar Le Parfum. The spacious fitness center is one of the most modern in Europe and includes massage rooms and the largest indoor hotel swimming pool in Sofia. Hotel Marinela offers free Internet. ... more less
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