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“central location but tram noisy” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Renaissance
Ranked #32 of 100 Sofia B&B and Inns
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22 hotel reviews
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“central location but tram noisy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

We recently stayed at the Renaissance Hotel in Sofia Bulgaria as part of a group tour. The rooms are basic but clean. We had a balcony overlooking the main street and street noise is definitely a problem at this hotel. The tram passes both directly in front of the hotel and a second tram passes on a nearby perpendicular street. The breakfast was OK. The beds are OK. The hotel itself is a pink building. It is easy walking distance from many of the sights of Sofia and in the opposite direction is one of Sofia's malls. The location is very good.

I would say this is a tradeoff between extra comfort and location, but for two nights before joining at the group hotel and for one night at the end of our tour, we stayed at a nearby hotel equally convenient but located on a quiet street. The Renaissance provided better views and was approximately 10 Euros cheaper than the other hotel. But, the other hotel offered a more spacious room on a quiet street with a more updated furnished room and more comfortable bed. The bathroom at the other hotel was much more updated and had a rain shower head. The breakfast at the other hotel was significantly better and the service at the other hotel was significantly better.

So - I would say that the Renaissance is an acceptable hotel in Sofia's central district, but obviously we chose to upgrade for 10 euros additional per night to get a quieter location with equally good access to the sights and a significantly upgraded room.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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160 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2012

Although this is only a three star budget hotel, the location could not be any better.
It is situated right in the centre of Sofia and within walking distance of all the main shops and centres.
The staff I have found to be very helpful and most of them speak relatively good English.
It is a very tall narrow hotel. I have run meetings there on a couple of occasions and the main conference room is right at the top, on the seventh floor.
Giving great views over the city.
The breakfast in the downstairs restaurant is a little bit Limited, and especially as I am a vegetarian they don't really cater for that very well at all.
However this is something I have got used to.
The price is incredibly good for a city centre hotel in a European capital. I think we paid something like €45
per night and that was for single occupancy in a large spacious double room including breakfast.

Room Tip: The higher floor you are on the quieter it is and the better of views
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Gerard O
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london
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2010

The rooms are clean and if you get one with a balcony you have a splendid view over the city. The location of the hotel is great you are just a short walk away from the centre of the city..
On the down side the staff did not seem very friendly and came across a bit suspicious of me, it may have been partly my fault due to me walking around in shorts when it was chilly and wet. I thought it was a bit pricey for what we got and the dining room was supposed to be chintzy and retro but gave me a distinct feeling of eating my breakfast in a 1970;s disco. Upside i loved the pink exterior.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank clemspender1
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2008

Nothing special to recommend it apart from its central location and can't complain at 25 Euros per person per night. No proper bar or lounge area; breakfast buffet average but coffee and tea out of jugs never hot enough; only two slots in the the four-slice toaster worked and they took ages to toast the bread; sheet on my mattress only covered the horizontal surface area and couldn't be tucked in; cramped twin-bed rooms; noisy out the front being close to main road and with tram line outside.

  • Liked — cheap price
  • Disliked — breakfast/dining area
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank AlexanderFM
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Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2007

Convenient situated close to city centre, but not too noisy.

My room was very small – had to squeeze between bed and furniture, bed mattress ridiculously thin!

Breakfast buffet limited variety of hot and cold food.

Staff friendly but uninterested, sit around smoking a lot.

Don’t intend to stay again.

  • Liked — Central location
  • Disliked — The bed because the mattress was so thin
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank Lone-highwayman
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2007

An easy direct relatively short walk to the center and main sites, though in a quiet area. Clean, nice, friendly, functional and good price for what you get.

Had one dinner in the Restaurant, the food was average and the portions smaller than average for the Country..

  • Liked — Comfortable environment
  • Disliked — Quite area
  • Stayed June 2007
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Finrep001
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Camberley
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19 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2006

This hotel is in a quiet location but within walking distance of shops and restaurants, and 20 - 30 mins walk from the main sites. It is clean and comfortable and is what you expect from a hotel at this price. The staff had a tendancy to sit and smoke on the sofas in reception, so the area was normally smoky but they were fairly helpful.
All in all a reasonable place to stay when on a budget.

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — smoke in reception
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank JST88
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Additional Information about Renaissance

Property: Renaissance
Address: 2 Vazrazhdane Square, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 100 B&Bs / Inns in Sofia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Renaissance 3*
Number of rooms: 29
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