Ended up in the Festa Chamkoria in January 2012, we had booked the Lion Hotel up the road, only to have our reservation cancelled, due to overbooking the night before we were due to travel. Easyjet holidays automatically booked us into this Hotel.
The Pros: It is a nicely built 4 star grade hotel, with nice rooms and comfy beds. The Bar makes good cocktails, many of which are on permanent 2 for 1 Happy hour.
The Cons: The management don't have much of clue about clue about running a hotel compared to what you would get in most of Western Europe, I had an article of luggage go missing on the inbound flight, which the airline said they would send, when enquiring if it had arrived, the uninterested receptionist at first shrugged her shoulders and then giggled.
The Hotel is to far from the resort to feasibly Walk, it about 2KM down a small lane, its all uphill to walk into Borovets, the reception will order you a taxi, (probably a mate) as the driver always goes in and gives them some money before charging the standard 10lev tourist rate for the taxi.
The biggest let down of this hotel was the food, it was disgusting, and I am not a fussy eater and have had no problems even in 3rd world countries. We were on Half board, and not was it bland and repetitive, it was nearly always stone cold. One evening we decided to get there as the buffet style restaurant opened. I picked up some veal in gravy thing and some chips, they were completely cold. Each night I had to ask them to microwave the untasty and poor quality food on offer, just to make it barely edible.
There are also quite a few russians in the hotel, I am all for diversity, but there 1 big looking guy from a family whilst we were there, who we nicknamed "Mr grab as much as I can for myself". Every morning at breakfast, rather than take a couple of slices of cheese or ham as everyone else did, he would take everything that was put out, as well as most of the bread and then leave with it.
One evening there served what looked like pastry things with cream in and he took the whole platter of about 50 onto his own table, leaving everyone else with nothing. The Hotel waitresses did nothing.
Two evenings we ate out, even though half board, we just could face the cold, poor quality food. We went to the Bulgarian restaurant at the Lion Hotel, about 0.5 km away. That was superb, and ultra cheap
Would I stay there again? Yes probably if other options were not available, it has nice decor, nice rooms and a good bar, they have built and furnished a 4 star hotel, even though its well outside the resort centre, but without doubt, I wouldn't waste a single penny on the food options on offer at the hotel. My cat in the Kennel in England probably ate better that week than we did at the Festa Chamkoria.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Festa Chamkoria is located in the ski resort Borovets, among the beauty of the century old pine woods. The hotel is 1200 m away from the ski center Borovets and from the Gondola base station. The hotel is the perfect choice for a family vacation or a romantic retreat in the mountain. A kindergarten is available for those who have there little ones on vacation. ... more less
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