Third time in Borovets and the first time at the Iglika Palace, previously stayed in the Samokov and the Rila Hotels. The Iglika is smaller and friendlier, and being round the back of the Rila, much quieter than being on 'the strip'. I am sure that having the Police Station attached to one end of the hotel provides a deterent to being rowdy on nthe way home.
Rooms: We stayed in the 4* bit where you get a balcony, a bath in the bathroom (which does leak all over the floor) common for hotels in Bulgaria in my experience. Under floor heating and the rooms were hot, good for drying ski kit, but needed the window open. Comfortable beds with quilts. Overall the rooms could do with a spruce up, but worth the 30 odd quid extra for the 4*.
Food: Good compared to what I have had in previous years. Hotter than the Rila and Samokov, not as much choice, but always something decent. Food at the Bulgarian themed night on Wednesday was excellent. Hotter Coffee from the RH urn at breakfast.
Bar: Happy hour is 24 hours long!! As cheap as anywhere else so if you don't want to go out there is no problem.
Staff: Very friendly and helpful, could not ask for more.
Value for money: Excellent, I saved over £300 for 2 of us by going there instead of the Rila this year, money that can be spent eating out in the evening if the food in the hotel is not to taste. We did twice, but only for a change of scenery. Both times at the Happy Duck (down past the Samokov on the RH side of the road) outstanding hospitality, food, drinks and entertainment.
In summary: A smaller, more intimate hotel then the Rila, would always choose as long as the price differential remained. If the prices were the same, the Rila would edge it for the bigger rooms (as long as you forsake the view - and the noise and have a room at the rear of the hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Iglika Palace Borovets
- Hotel Iglika Palace