We stayed here for 2 nights, each night a week apart, while entering and leaving Bulgaria via Sofia.
The first night in our "superior" room was not a great experience. Check-in was quite quick and friendly, but the room was very hot and stuffy. We had chosen this hotel partly because of the fact that the rooms had air conditioning, but despite leaving the AC on for a long time, including overnight, it seemed to be rather ineffective at cooling the room. I know that the outside temperature was over 30C, but there was a big and rather noisy AC unit in the room, and it was surprising how ineffective it was. We had to turn it to a lower setting overnight due to the noise it made.
The bed was comfortable enough but the pillows were not. They seemed to be the cheapest possible foam-filled type and rather prone to being lumpy.
For the second night we had booked 2 standard rooms, but one of those turned out to be the same as the "superior" room we had booked for the first night. Since we could see little difference between the "superior" room and the second room, I seriously question whether we did actually get the superior room we had booked and paid for. Perhaps because the weather in Sofia was somewhat cooler during the second night, the AC seemed to work rather better.
There seemed to some evidence that the cleaning was not up to scratch either. The carpet in one room was dusty and there were a couple of larger pieces of detritus on the floor. Also the shower cubicle had evidence of previous guests.
The "superior" room had a curtain which was not wide enough to cover all the windows. However the double glazing does a good job of keeping out almost all the noise from the decidedly busy street below. No doubt the fact that the rooms were on the 4th floor also helped in this respect.
Breakfast is of the standard Bulgarian type, with tomatoes, cucumber, cheese, natural yogurt, melon and watermelon. And why is it that at every hotel in Bulgaria I've been to, you can't get real orange juice for breakfast, but some vile sugary concoction that looks more like processed and synthetically coloured and flavoured water? At least the coffee was fine.
The hotel does provide free wireless and wired Internet access which worked well.
If you go here expecting something like the standard western chain-hotel experience, then that is not what you will get. Nevertheless it's quite inexpensive by western standards and as such it provides good value for money. I would in fact probably stay here again, but not for any extended period. It's fine as a one-night stopover.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Lozenetz Sofia is a nice small hotel near to City Center Sofia shopping center and European Union metropolitan station is on 200 meters. National Stadium is on 15 minutes walking. The hotel offers cosy rooms with air-conditioner, restaurant, lobby bar, meeting room. All rooms equipped with Coffee/Tea maker and brand new flat LCD TVs. Hotel Lozenetz Sofia provides underground garage and free of charge Wi-Fi internet access throughout the hotel. Hotel Lozenetz Sofia offer warming atmosphere, plentiful breakfast, delicious cuisine, Bulgarian Traditional meals, special selection of wines, pick-up service, and friendly and helpful staff. ... more less
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