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California Hotel
Ranked #95 of 133 Hotels in Sofia
Reviewed December 13, 2011

I stayed here as i had business in Lozenets. It is fine for that. There is no other reason to be here.
Cheap and clean. Wifi poor. breakfast not good.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 11, 2011

The hotel is situated in a reasonably quiet residential area. The taxi from the airport cost about £6, but make sure you use 'OK' taxi service, desk in arrivals lounge, The reception girl was very pleasant, other staff more aloof. The hotel is very clean and bedrooms a good size, certainly larger than most hotels I have stayed in. There are no tea/coffee making facilities in the room and during our stay there were no English channels on the TV. The jacuzzi in our room did not work and the bath leaked onto the floor. The Jacuzzi controls were obviously damaged and had been for some time, however this was not pointed out to us when booking in. We were then upgraded to another room, same size but jacuzzi did work. However again some of the controls were obviously damaged. I think it is fair to say that the jacuzzi etc had seen better days. The breakfast was just about adequate. We stayed for four nights and there was little variation. There is a very good supermarket and shopping complex about 20 minutes walk away. The city centre is a good 30 minutes walk downhill. However if walking isnt your thing then the 'OK' taxi's are very cheap. Beware some taxi companys have a logo very similar to OK but they will rip you off. The safest way is to get the reception to get a taxi for you. If you do go out walking be careful of the very uneven, broken pavements and be aware cars will not stop for you unless they have too! crossing the roads is quite an experience,

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

The hotel is very average. The facilities in the hotel were not great, having to hold the shower whilst having a shower is not a great start. The food is very average and the breakfast well that is not nice. Location- not very central and beware of the taxis, if they hear English being spoken, the price doubles!!!! Whilst in the city I saw other hotels that would have better.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

the best thing about this hotel for me was the staffs attitude and helpfullnes first class
did not eat there but spoke to a couple who did and they said it was very good
a fair walk to the center of sofia but the hotel will ring a taxi for you which are very cheap
would defianately stay here agan

Room Tip: free room upgrades were available on request and upon availability
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

In hotel - nice room, comfortable bed, with sofa in the room , balcony and Jacuzzi in the bathroom.
Not good area!!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

Although the hotel is clean, the staff are helpful, and the beds are reasonably comfortable, I would not stay at Hotel California again. The place is advertised as being close to the city center, but it is not a walkable distance from the main attractions unless you enjoy walking through construction sites, ill-kempt sidewalks, and unlabeled streets. The hotel is on a dingy side-street that is mostly residential, so we did not feel safe walking home at night. On top of that, half of the cab drivers we hailed in the city center did not know (or pretended not to know) where the hotel was located. The "breakfast" consisted of one stale piece of cake, a piece of ham, and coffee that tasted as if it were brewed the previous day. Our rooms perpetually smelled like cigarette smoke and we could hear everything that was going on in the rooms next to ours - including the drunken yelling and subsquent puking of a Bulgarian man at 8am.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 14, 2011

I had a nice room, comfortable bed, with sofa in the room , balcony and Jacuzzi in the bathroom.
The hotel is near the Centre of Sofia, so you can visit many places by feet. They have also free wifi, but you can have access in Internet only in the the Lobby.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled solo
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Thank Athina20
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Address: ul.Bigla 30, Sofia 1407, Bulgaria
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Location: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #95 of 133 Hotels in Sofia
Price Range: $37 - $70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — California Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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