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“Private not very Private”
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Art Hostel
Ranked #10 of 123 Specialty Lodging in Sofia
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Belgrade, Serbia
1 review
“Private not very Private”
Reviewed May 1, 2011

We stayed in a private room there for one night. We chose a private room because we were dead tired and had an early bus the following morning.

Unfortunately the private rooms aren't terribly private- they are in a separate building, and all face onto an interior corridor and have big glass windows with no curtains facing the corridor. This means when anyone turns their lights on at any hours of the night, your room is flooded with light as well, which isn't what you expect, especially for 16 Euros a person, quite expensive for Sofia.

The bed was good and the sheets clean, but there was also huge windows facing the outside and for some reason the hostel bought completely transparent curtains that did nothing for light.

Room Tip: Private wasn't great, not sure about dorms.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 14, 2010

The Art Hostel is indeed a place where you may experience a lot of cool moments with great people. The staff was very friendly and nice. Rooms and breakfast were good and the Wi Fi was nice because it is still kind of a new thing there ;) The best parts of the hostel are the garden and the bar downstairs. In the garden you can chill or get to know the local crowd or some other travelers. The bar is a great place to have a party, more than reasonable prices, fun music and a really hot bartenders :)
Definitely will swing by next summer!

Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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Bern, Switzerland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 13, 2010

As an hostel, the art hostel compares with many other places I have stayed at. It isn't very clean, but endurable; the breakfast isn't great, but consists of basic bread, jam and coffee. You can tell that the hostel has been decorated with artistic sense and care (the style might best be described as "artsy do-it-yourself-grunge", and the tiny garden in the back is definitely a nice add-on.
HOWEVER, the staff (different people on numerous occasions) was very unfriendly, unwilling to help and made us feel like we were intruders. Other guests staying there at the same time felt the same way.
Also, at the end of our stay we wanted to leave our backpacks there for the day (usually not a problem at hostels) and were charged an extra 16 Euros for that.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Malaga, Spain
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 10, 2010

an interesting site for the young people who like the art and new experiences.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Ostrava, Czech Republic
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 30, 2010

This hostel is really nice, I can recommend it. Perfect place and staff. However, we experienced bed-bugs in a double bed room (the room with a blue flower on the wall) and were forced to move to another hostel during night :-(

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 14, 2010

To start off with, as soon as we arrived check-in was fast and the service was excellent. The staff were friendly and willing to help with any problem. When we got to our room, it was good and extremely clean.The location of the hotel was great, walking distance to everything. Free wireless internet, and free breakfast.

This hostel is great for young people, we met a bunch of nice local people as well as some foreigners that were staying at the hostel.

The bar was very nice, busy and open late. If you want to meet locals just go to the “Garden” (its a cozy backyard).

On the second day of our stay the staff invited us to an in house music concert. We were later told that they regularly organize concerts and art shows and exhibits.

Overall, great place if you want to have fun, meet young local people, and save some money.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Dubai
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Reviewed July 13, 2010

Art Hostel Sofia
The Art Hostel in the center of Sofia is a great way to stay in expensive cities and locations while on a budget. Plus it was a lot of fun!
Location
The best part of all about the Art Hostel was the location. It’s located in the heart of the Sofia which made it super easy to walk around downtown. Once we found a place to park our car for the stay, we never needed to use it again.
There are tons of bars, night clubs and shops in the area and it was easy to find things to do. I don’t think we could of asked for a better location than this hostel.
The Building
One of the things that is hit or miss with hostels is the building itself. Some of them are old and can be pretty dirty on the inside, which makes a stay rather unpleasant.
Luckily, the Art Hostel in Sofia was far from dirty. The place was not only clean, but also really cool. It reminded me of some of the old family houses you see on TV travel programs.
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The People
One of the things I love about staying in the hostels is meeting people from all over the world. It sure beats sitting in a hotel room and not meeting anyone. Luckily, I was able to meet a few cool people in this hostel. Some of them were from the states while others were from Germany, England, and India. We ended up having a few art debates in the lounge of the hostel and getting into some intense discussions about all sorts of things. We covered everything from art, business to arranged marriages… and the current economic crisis.
The local people were also really friendly, honest, knowledgeable in art and music as well as highly educated and intelligent.
The Price
The total cost of staying at the hostel was very reasonable a night, especially since it was located directly downtown where hotels are much more expensive.
Overall, I would highly recommend staying at this place if you ever find yourself in Sofia. It’s pretty clean, has a friendly staff, and it’s cheap.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Art Hostel
Address: ul.Angel Kanchev 21/A, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 123 Specialty Lodging in Sofia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Art Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Join us at the Art-Hostel for the unique experience that we create, now for more than 11 years, offering art events to travellers from all over the world.We are people who like to mingle with others, so if you like to share your beer with locals, then we're the right place for you.The Art-Hostel is situated in the very heart of the city and offers dorms and private rooms, all with breakfast; social bar-gallery space and the best hidden inner yard you can find in Sofia. Wi-Fi everywhere.What the “Guardian” says for us is: “Explore and enjoy a Parisian mentality and a Russian thirst for liquor in the centre of Sofia. Probably the best hostel in Europe ... more   less 
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