Stayed here 26 Feb – 4 Mar 2012. Really good place to stay. Great location, just cross the road to the gondola or 5- 10 min walk to nursery slope. At the end of the main street with bars, restaurants and shops.
The outside of the hotel is rather ugly, but inside is very nice. A little faded in places.
Hotel facilities are really good: big swimming pool – not too cold and free to use, the lifeguard looked half asleep so keep a close eye on your children; Jacuzzi (6 lev for 30 mins per person), bowling (only 6 lev per person per game and the barman offers you drinks as you play) table tennis, pool tables, the shooting range (5 lev for 10 pellets). All good fun. I didn’t try the spa treatments or the hotel nightclub. Several bars within the hotel: The lobby bar had a TV screen showing English football but was long enough you could get away from this if you wanted and had a guy cooking pancakes. The ninth floor piano bar was very quiet but had a great view over the night skiing slopes. 3 lev for a bottle of kamenitza (the local lager). There is a pharmacy and some small shops in the hotel if you can’t be bothered to head outside.
Nothing spectacular, but clean, warm, comfortable beds, hot and powerful shower. Our rooms had a small TV and a fridge. We couldn’t hear the nightclub though we did hear some drunken stumbling back to neighbouring rooms.
We didn’t have any cause for complaints which is the real test I suppose. Some of the people working in the resort (including in the hotel) speak in quite an abrupt manner and aren’t always the most smiley. However, staff did what we needed and were helpful so not a problem. Don’t expect the Florida style tourist industry, where you can’t go 30 seconds without being wished a nice day and everyone smiles constantly. Personally I’m glad the whole world isn’t like that.
We were half board. It was a buffet and you could eat as much as you wanted.
The breakfast had plenty of choice: bacon, eggs, sausages etc, cereals, fruit, toast, little pastries. You could also have slightly cheesy pasta for breakfast which I thought was an odd choice but I got quite into by the end of the week even if my friends thought I was strange. Give it a try. Teas, coffee and quite sugary fruit squash.
The evening meal was good. The selection changed each day but the meat dishes were all good and sometimes really tasty. Usually 3 meat dishes to choose from, potatoes and vegetables. Sometimes a pasta dish or fish, or some stuffed peppers or spinach and potato cakes. All nice. There was an extensive range in salad bar. They really seem keen on feta cheese. A different soup each day. A selection of cakes and a mousse for desert. Couldn’t always tell what these deserts were but always managed to find something nice.
The broccoli was cold and the chips were luke warm – this seems to be the local way of serving them as the same was true in other places we ate. But why go for the chips when many other more interesting and hotter things? Vegetarians would be limited on the hot food but lots of choice on the salad bar. I don’t understand all the complaints unless the food standard changes dramatically from week to week. My theories are some people’s expectations are disproportionate to their budget. I know some people can’t cope if the food isn’t exactly the same as what they have at home and the guests at the hotel were not always the most enlightened: truly one woman could not work how to make tea when presented with a mug, a tea bag and a hot water dispenser. Makes you proud to be British!
We ate so much that even with snowboarding six hours plus a day we barely stopped for lunch. There were quite a few options for eating out, it’s almost a shame that I didn’t try more of these.
Overall really good value, but trying to be fair and balanced:
-Room locks on the third floor could do with replacing as they were pretty stiff – our friends on the fifth floor had new locks suggesting they are being replaced gradually.
-The lifts were rather hit and miss, you could be waiting a while and they would sometimes go on a random tour of floors before going to where you wanted.
Had a great time in Borovets. We were very lucky with the snow conditions which makes all the difference. Close your eyes and hang on when making the transfer from the airport on winding pot-holed mountain roads as your driver takes a phone call or two!
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