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Arena di Serdica Residence Hotel
Ranked #18 of 133 Hotels in Sofia
Jerusalem, Israel
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21 reviews
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“Splendid hotel !”
Reviewed September 15, 2011

Beautiful modern hotel located in downtown , close to all sights of Sofia . Efficient staff , large and silence room . We expected for a more rich breakfast but in summary this is a splendid hotel.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2011

I visited this hotel, for business. It's a 5 star hotel, with a personal touch. The rooms were amazing and extremely big. I asked for a smaller room, because i was alone, and they replied that this was the smallest! Amazing. Rooms are located in a way that you have privacy, unlike other hotels, in which you can hear the next rooms.
On the basement, you can see the ruins of the arena, which gave the name to the hotel. Moreover, i used the room service twice and the food quality was by far the best i have tried in any hotel, and superior to the majority of restaurant i have visited world wide.
Regarding Sofia, i have to say that apart from the center, the pedestrian street and the Church of Levsky, it's a rather dull city with low interest factor.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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Getxo, EUSKADI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2011

I stayed in this hotel this july 2011 the hotel is recently open and was new, the staff was vewry helpfull and the location is in the middel of the old part of sofia, walking distance to the cathedral and the atractions arround , it is really centrally located. the hotel has its own roman ruins and you can see what it was 2000 years ago, very nice hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Stavanger
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

I was staying here 3 nights in connection with a business trip. It is very rarely I encounter so spacious and lovely rooms for this price. It was almost like a small suite with a huge bathroom with all kinds of amenities provided. The service from staff was impeccable for me and my colleagues. The breakfast was a bit under par both according to Scandinavian standards, but also seen in connection with the standard we met in other areas of Arena Di Serdica. But all in all I was so satisfied that i can give a 5 star rating easily.
They have a lovely spa with all kinds of treatments, and a nice gym free of charge for hotel guests.
The hotel is build on top of an ancient roman amphitheatre dating back to the 2. or 3. century, and 1/6th of the remains of the walls is an important part of the interior design. The construction began under the rule of the Emperor Diocletian and finished by Constantine The Great

Room Tip: get a room away from main street and tram noise...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Esposende, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2011

very good and new hotel. Amazing suite!!! big and very modern and confortable,

Staff very friendly , breakfast very simple for a 5 star hotel.

Never forget that this 5 star rating is for Bulgaria , so you have to consider several differences to a 5 one in another country...

Very good location !

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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hue
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2011

The general thrust of the other reviews is correct. This is a decent hotel in a small European city with large, clean and comfortable rooms. It is well located for walking to the centre of Sofia. We didn't experience any of the difficulties getting taxis to and from the hotel mentioned in some reviews. The service was fine and helpful. The comments about the breakfast are correct: just not very interesting and not remotely at an international five-star level. The spa is overpriced so we did not use. The gym is OK, but some of the equipment has been purchased by people who do not use gym facilities!

Overall, we would stay there again if we were to find ourselves back in Sofia as tourists. (We prefer not to use global brand name hotels when travelling for pleasure.)

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2011

Positiv: Clean, nice, neat. The employees are generally friendly and very helpful. Location in the center. Safe. Quiet. Nice historic wals in the ground where the spa is located. TV great. Can be listend in the bath and toilet. Has Shower and Bath. Very nice Park close. Go get a drink just outside the Hotel up the stairs Bar Toba&Co, very nice outside bar lounge with super menu of drinks.

Negative: Breakfastbuffet is not 5* like medium hot coffee, bread not of different grains, juice 2 types. Not to much hot food offer. Located at dead end street, for cars hard to manage to get in and out. Matresses are very hard and pillows just less quality, foam made. After 10pm is possible that there is nothing to get anything at the bar. No taxi stand outside, expect to wait 20 min to get one when ordered.

Resume: It is a nice Hotel, but it is not a 5* Category Hotel.

Room Tip: I booked the executive room
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Arena di Serdica Residence Hotel
Address: ul.Budapeshta 2, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #18 of 133 Hotels in Sofia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Arena di Serdica Residence Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arena di Serdica is the newest 5 star Residence Hotel in Sofia affiliated to the FPI Hotels & Resorts chain.Strategically located in the heart of the city, right next to the main states institutions, business centers and banks, as well as to the cultural and historial places of interest in Sofia, the luxurious Arena di Serdica Residence Hotel Sofia is excellent choice for business and cultural trips. ... more   less 
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