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“Good Business Hotel near Embassies”
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Hotel Brod
Ranked #82 of 133 Hotels in Sofia
Tallahassee, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
“Good Business Hotel near Embassies”
Reviewed March 6, 2009

The hotel was modern, rooms were good size, clean and comfortable, well heated in winter. Lifts small but fast. Free wireless worked well, but not too many plugs in room. Small television and small refrigerator (stocked by hotel, but space for some items). Staff were very friendly and helpful. Included in price was good breakfast for Sofia with cold meats and cheeses, cereal, breads, yogurt, juices, a few hot items. Restaurant had non-smoking section but smoke still thick, especially in the evening. Hotel will pick you up and take you back to airport in their shuttle for 12 Euros. Good price coming to hotel if you don't know where it is, but I only paid about 5 Euros for taxi back to airport (would be more at busy times). Location good for embassies and university area but long way to city center. Hotel is on main road with heavy traffic 24-7 so it can be noisy in rooms fronting the road.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled on business
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New York, NY
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2008

We stayed for 3 days and 2 nights. The hotel staff spoke English and were polite. Our room was a little dark, but clean and nice. Before we went to Bulgaria, we read a lot about horrible breakfast food being served at various hotels. We stayed at 5 different hotels all with different star ratings and the difference between a good breakfast and a bad breakfast was whether or not the hotel served hot food (i.e. fried eggs, sausage, bacon, etc.). The Brod Hotel had hot food! You won't find an American breakfast anywhere in Bulgaria. Make sure you get to the buffet early during the weekend since the fried eggs, sausage & bacon go fast! The only dislike about this hotel was the 10 minute cab ride needed to get to the city center of Sofia. Definitely not a walkable distance. It came out to 7-14 lev each trip depending on the time of day. It's better to ask the concierge to call a cab for you and they usually come in 5-10 minutes. The area surrounding the hotel isn't too inspiring. But, all-in-all, good price for a good hotel.

  • Liked — Price
  • Disliked — Distance to city center
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank MojoStevie
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed October 17, 2008

3rd time at Hotel Brod in September 2006 was brilliant. We dined twice and the food was cheap, plentiful & delicious. 4th time was March 2007 when all 5 of us came from 2 countries. As usual, the rooms were spotlessly clean & the food fantiastic. Will return in 2009 of course. Roll on BROD!!

  • Liked — The Cleanliness, Cheap and Good Food
  • Disliked — Some way outside city centre but cheap rooms means that taxies are ok with the money saved
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with family
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Thank CluelessToday
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Madrid, Spain
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2007

Our room at the Brod was clean, functional and pleasantly scented. The free broadband internet in the room was a major advantage, as a work situation developed on the second day of my stay, and would have been much more difficult to resolve without this technical edge.

The Brod is an appealing option for those wishing to visit Sofia without spending a fortune on accomodation. Located in a very quiet suburb near several embassy residences, it is a good 15 minutes to city centre even when traffic is smooth. That said, until inflation drives Bulgarian taxi costs up to the level of other European capitals, the distance will not be a problem and you'll not spend more than 4 or 5 Euros each way to and from the Brod. Just get an OK Taxi leaflet from the airport and always remember to have someone phone a taxi for you from the hotel, or from restaurants or other locations in the centre.

The breakfast was excellent, with a wide variety of hot and cold options as well as some local specialties; only rough moment was when a party in the restaurant became rowdy and the music could be heard very clearly even 4 floors up. The surrounding neighbourhood is quite dull but if you make it to the student area, you can eat Gyros for supper for less than 2 Euros each.

  • Liked — Clean, well-lit, welcoming atmosphere
  • Disliked — It is so far from the centre, even some taxi drivers were not sure where it is! All eventually got there, though.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank dominus_matthaeus
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2007

I stayed here with a party of 10 on a stag visit to sofia. When booking we were told it was in the city centre, It's not it's 15 minutes away by Taxi and close to nothing interesting apart from a student area with a few bars in. The hotel was clean but rooms spartan and a bit dreary. Having said that we were after cheap and we certainly got it. My compatriots being Scottish did their best to drink the city dry and were probably a hotels worst nightmare. The Brod took us in their stride and gave us no hassle. Sorry about the 4am naked run round the corridors guys. It is mostly coach parties staying there and although the young lady on reception was very pleasant and spoke english well, the bar staff were rather unfreindly. Breakfast was very limited. We did not eat in the resteraunt so cannot comment on the evening meals.

All in all, an ok hotel but next time I will be staying somewhere a bit more central and a bit more up market. Sofia itself was excellent, highly reccomend mohitas in the buddha Bar. Strip bars are either a total con ie $400 for a bottle of plonk that we didn't ask for and 4 burly bouncers to make sure we paid up or dismal affairs that were not worth going to. Two excellent nightclubs which go on till dawn and several small nightclubs with local music and superb atmosphere. Great place to go but if you walk into a bar with no customers, immediately turn round and walk back out again. You have been warned

  • Liked — Price
  • Disliked — Locaton and the bar
  • Stayed July 2007
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2 Thank Taron
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Geneva, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2007

Overall the experience was very good here. The hotel is clean and offers good value for money. The service was very good.. the rooms were clean and decent size. The receptionists could speak english fluently and guided us very well on where to go, called us taxis when we wanted etc. The breakfast was average and there was no room service available while we were there but the receptionist helped us order pizza when we wanted to eat.
The location is also good - its close enought oe verything and taxis are very cheap.
WOuld defintiely stay there again - altho sofia is a little boring.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Mrs_SM
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Nova Scotia
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed December 7, 2006

We stayed twice at the hotel during our visit to Sofia. Once while touring Sofia ...and attending a CSKA / uafea cup match ...and also on the final night of our visit to Sofia. The rooms were very nice ...apartment with a lovely bathtub;)...the service was great . Very appreciated was the pre booking of a safe reasonably priced taxi to take us to the airport. We will defiantely stay here again when we return to sofia

  • Liked — good service
  • Stayed October 2005, traveled with friends
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9 Thank ShannonT
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Property: Hotel Brod
Address: bul.Simeonovsko shose 66, Sofia 1700, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #82 of 133 Hotels in Sofia
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Brod 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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