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“A gem in Sofia”
Review of Sense Hotel Sofia

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Sense Hotel Sofia
Ranked #7 of 133 Hotels in Sofia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 24, 2013

This is by far the most stylish and tastefully furbished hotel in Sofia I stayed in (previous hotels included Central Park, Grand Hotel, Radisson, Park Plaza, Les Fleurs). It is adjacent to the modern art gallery and there is some really good artwork in the hotel as well. I loved the swimming pool and rooftop bar (with excellent view of the cathedral) in particular. Personally, I'm happy with just fruit and yoghurt for breakfast and found these of excellent quality as well as the coffee (sometimes a rare thing even in 5 star hotels), but if you are on vacation and looking forward to a huge breakfast buffet, you might be disappointed as the selection is rather small compared to other hotels of this calibre. Molton Brown toiletries are a nice touch, even if they were not replenished during my 3-nights-stay.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Quite a lovely hotel located right in downtown. For the price, the value exacted is well worth your effort. No issues with the rooms. Very spacious and each room is nicely decorated with comfortable furnishings. Bathrooms are very clean and service is prompt and accommodating. The front desk is responsive at all times and willing to help facilitate a comfortable and stress-free stay. Recommendations:
Visit the roof-top bar even if it is only for the view.
Overall, the Hotel is worth the cost.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

As à business traveller, I see many hotels. This hotel for me stands out for the total package.
From the elegant surrounding, and atmosphere (a pleasure for the eye and also the musical ambience is very pleasant), an excellent Internet connection throughout the complete building, good food, nice fitness
And a stunning rooftop bar. It allowed me to combine work, relaxation and sports in a very pleasant way. Exactly what I look for.

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Reviewed September 6, 2013

First time visiting Sofia, I was so lucky I chose that hotel! Everything looks like magazine photos! The decoration is great, the service is very good and the stuff is really very polite. But the best part of all is the roof garden where you can drink your coffee watching all the city from above! Totally recommend it!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Stepping into the main lobby you can already feel the stylish and exquisite ambiance of the hotel.
The rooftop bar impresses first of all by the scenic view on Nevsky cathedral. The terrace is well designed, live DJ plays an unobtrusive chill-out music. It's a lovely place for a romantic drink or a small intimate celebration.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

This was a real gem of a hotel to find. Only a few months old yet staff and systems working faultlessly. Nice (cool, chic, funky) reception and bar, great roof bar with stunning views and cool south-of-France vibe. Plus very unusual stainless pool with sauna, steam room, spa and small but very well equipped gym.

Location is good too, right side of city for airport and 10-15 minute walk to Vitosha Boulevard and other shopping areas.

I loved staying here, as you can tell. Bed was big and comfy with real air conditioning and lots of nice touches in the room - Moulton brown toiletries, big walk in shower, Iilly coffee machine, quality linen and towels. Real wood floor and even the door had a leather coating and was padded!

Only downside is the drinks and food is a little high, but quality and service superb so I think this can be forgiven. If you can get a good rate - stay here.
PS: Oh yes, breakfast is great too - freshly squeeze orange, bottomless coffee and lots of choice at the buffet. Also, room had big screen TV but did not use, and free good-quality Wifi that I did!

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

My girlfriend and I booked a table at the Sense rooftop bar to experience the excellent views of Sofia, enjoy a professionally prepared cocktail and enjoy the city for all its vibrancy. The landscape is spectacular and the design of the bar allows for several interrupted view of Sofia. Weather permitting, the roof is pulled back and you get a real summer experience with the night breeze pulling a cool draft through the bar. Unfortunately, the merits of the Sense rooftop bar end here.
The night began when a waiter grunted at us to see what we wanted to order and sulked away when we asked for a few more minutes to decide. The drinks we ordered (Manhattan and Cosmopolitan) were fine, but a superior menu, with a greater quality of preparation and more competitively priced editions of the same drinks can be found at One More Bar or Karkason just a short walk away. After I finished the Manhattan a different waiter managed to drag himself away from a group of teenage socialites drinking champagne and collect my glass. If I was in need of a second average, overpriced mixer in a martini glass, it was not offered. I managed to eventually order a bottle of water. After a twenty minute wait, it was decided that if left to the waiter’s devices, I would be at low risk of dehydration. And so we left, still in search of a 5-star drink and a well serviced bar.
This bar is probably superb if you are the offspring of wealthy businessman or local crime figure who is willing to spend hundreds of leva on magnums of champagne and have attentive bar staff at your disposal. It is not ideal if you are just looking to have a few cocktails or glasses of wine with your friends or partner. It’s a real shame because the poor, unprofessional service completely negated the excellent décor of the bar and its calm and relaxed atmosphere.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sense Hotel Sofia

Address: bul.Tsar Osvoboditel 16, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 133 Hotels in Sofia
Price Range: $131 - $366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sense Hotel Sofia 5*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located on the most aristocratic boulevard in the very heart of Sofia, Sense’s focus on refined, and modern contemporary design is mixed with luxurious and sensual elements to create a unique "new classic" venue which will not date as casually fashionable hotel. The superb location also offers numerous restaurants, bars and nightlife spots, as well as an easy walk to the main government and cultural buildings, tourist sights and shopping areas.All rooms are comfortably designed and offer full range of amenities a guest may need. Elegant furniture and smart materials (tactile stone, natural wood, corian and leather) with an ultramodern twist created by the integrated technical advantages. ... more   less 
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