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“Don't do it”
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Hostel Mostel
Ranked #1 of 125 Specialty Lodging in Sofia
Certificate of Excellence
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Don't do it”
Reviewed November 22, 2006

We booked to stay in the Mostel Hostel after reading reviews on the Lonely Planet and Hostel.com. I booked direct and recieved a perfectly written english reply after confirming the flight numbers and arranging airport transfer. On arriving in Sophia we were approached by a very dodgy taxi driver and offered a lift. We refused because we knew that the Hostel were collecting us. Half an hour later and still no sign, no change to phone and no helpful airport staff. After ALOT a haggling got a taxi but the Hostel was down some really dogdy back streets and had a small unlit sign. On entering we walked up 2 flights of really dirty unlit stairs and was followed by a male who was terrifying. After doging all the empty alcohol bottles we rang the doorbell. The place was so bad, I waited halfway down the stairs so if we needed to run we could - yes it was that bad. It was opened by a young girl who then rapidly told us that they were full and had no bookings in my name. By now is was 2 am. We persuaded her to help us find somewhere to stay and she called a taxi She also requested that the male who followed us in give us a hand which we rapidly declined. After collecting a leaflet we looked around and although similar was not as portrayed. The building smelt badly, was unkempt. We were taken to another equally bad establishement that cost us 40Lv for 3 hours sleep. Mostel Hostel never again.

  • Liked — The girl did ring a taxi and another hotel
  • Disliked — No apology at location and not even apology to complaint email
  • Tips/Secrets — Do not use any taxi other that OK taxi company in Sophia
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled on business
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed July 11, 2006

I highly recommend the Hostel Mostel if you are looking for a great place to stay in Sofia. Sofia can be kind of pricy for accomodations, and some of the cheaper places are really nasty. The HM consists of two separate sites. You can choose to get a private room (or a shared room, or triple) in a private apartment a few blocks away from the main hostel (which consists of the typical hostel dorm accomodations). I stayed at the private apartment and it was really nice. One of the private rooms has a private bathroom, and there are two other rooms that share one bathroom. There is a large common room with a new, modern kitchen with balcony. The entire apartment was clean, light filled, quiet, and there was free internet to use whenever you wanted. At the main hostel, there is all you can eat breakfast and a free nightly dinner. The main hostel is quite comfortable and has the nicest staff in attendance. They speak English and are willing to arrange trips to Rila Monastery and help you with info about other hostels in Bulgaria, etc. The people staying at the Hostel Mostel were interesting and consisting of diverse nationalities and ages. The hostel is a short walk from the center of the city (5-10 minutes) and near some good restaurants and pubs.

If you don't mind sharing a bathroom, staying in a private room at the apartment is one of your best and most affordable options in Sofia.

  • Stayed June 2006
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Property: Hostel Mostel
Address: pl.Makedonia 2a, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 125 Specialty Lodging in Sofia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Hostel Mostel 1*
Number of rooms: 10
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