I highly recommend staying at the Hotel Dzhangal (pronounced Jon-gal). George, the man who owns it, looked after us like we were family. He is a carpenter, and underneath the guest rooms he's furnished a huge bar in the basement, with stunning polished wood and carvings everywhere. We were the only people in the guest house at the time (September 2011), but I imagine in the winter with all the Russian skiers, the atmosphere would be incredible. On the third day we were there, my partner injured his foot and we were confined to the house while it healed. So George gave us a little workshop on carpentry for one of the days, and we made a big salad fork between us, which we've brought home. On one night he also cooked a meal and ate it with us, serving us some of his own home-made rakia too.
He spoke very little English, and we spoke very little Bulgarian, but it was amazing how much we could communicate through gestures and good humour. We found the whole experience to be so heart-warming, and genuine, because in my experience it's quite rare to really connect with people in a country where you speak next to nothing of the language.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family run hotel. Dzhangal Hotel is located in the old town of Bansko in a quiet street not far from the gondola and 10-15 minutes from downtown. Beautiful creek front of the hotel and the lack of traffic create a sense of serenity and remoteness, though the main street. "Pirin" is only a direct distance. The hotel has a capacity of 20 beds in comfortable rooms and spacious suites. The interior of the decorative carving, Pirin pictures and natural wood, fully-style mountain town. All wooden items in the hotel are handmade, including 36te doors. Rooms and suites with new bathrooms. Everywhere is available free online (free Wi-Fi). General part has a bar, tavern and courtyard with a fireplace, a full relaxation of the guests and a sauna. A glass of Melnik wine and old, sweet song and Banska chat before burning fireplace in the tavern remain unforgettable memories. Meetings were celebrations, Christmas and Easter dinners featuring folk orchestras, humor and high spirits. Breakfast and dinner are prepared upon request. ... more less
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