This place is a newly opened top of the range hostel. The proprietor has renovated it as a labour of love. Old wall paintings and friezes have been restored to their former C19th glory. Sympathetically chosen period furniture and beds have been reupholstered and arranged to give comfort and aesthetic pleasure. The plumbing and electrics are new and well installed so everything works as it should.
The hostel is calm and quiet which is as well as the walls are thin in places. There is a pretty garden with a fountain and old fruit trees to sit under for breakfast, afternoon or evening drinks, etc. The staff are helpful and charming - as is the owner who has put a lot of thought and energy in to the place (he is currently negotiating to buy and restore an old building opposite as a similar project).
The hostel is located close to the top of the old town with cobbled streets and wooden buildings, bits of Roman masonry and some upmarket antique and gift shops. This is a very picturesque quarter, offering a good range of restaurants, cool bars, galleries and museums. Walk up for about 4 minutes to a great view from the ruins on Nebet Hill and enjoy a beer and some food. It’s a short walk to the more bustling old town centre with an even greater range of shops, restaurants and sites of cultural interest.
This could be an expensive boutique hotel; instead it is an affordable slice of high quality budget accommodation. My only concern is how well it can stand up to the strain of a high volume of guests once people get to know about it. I'd definitely make this my first choice if I was to visit Plovdiv again. I've stayed in a lot of European hostels over the years; this is definitely the best I’ve encountered.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostel "Old Plovdiv" is proud to announce, that we were appointed as one of the Lonely Planet's 'Top 10 best value stays for 2014' Hostel in name only-more like a boutique hotel at a hostel rate ! FREE Parking,FREE ultra speed WI-FI,FREE Breakfast! The only hostel in town with garden and terrace! 24-Hour reception, 24-hour hot water, no curfew, no lockout, free linen, free towels, free breakfast, free WiFi, free lockers, free luggage storage. Lounge room and dining room, Reception Bar, Washing and ironing facilities, free parking.In the heart of historic old town district, just 4 minutes away from the city's main pedestrian street, Hostel "Old Plovdiv" is a real architectural marvel.We offer all you can desire: superb location, 24 hour reception service, flawless security, hygiene to the highest standards and the friendliest staff possible. Located in totally renovated 144- year old Renaissance house, national monument of culture, Hostel "Old Plovdiv" will offer you experience of a lifetime! Our features include free individual lockers and locks, free towels, linen and duvets, , free breakfast; free Wi-Fi, free CD/DVD-burning facilities and free satellite TV and films. We offer book exchange, free maps and free luggage storage.Build in 1868, the house, where Hostel "Old Plovdiv" is located, belonged to one of the richest local tobacco merchants. The wooden columns of the house are made of Lebanese cedre and you will also see marble from Greece and granite from Ottoman Turkey. The 130-year old wooden floors and the 4 metres high ceilings and big windows will take you back in time of the Bulgarian Renaissance. Furnished with authentic antique beds and wardrobes, purchased from local antique shops and renovated by professional restorers in the local Renaissance style, our 8 spacious and cosy rooms will seduce you with luxury at affordable price ... more less
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