Alright travelers from around the world. I see you are interested in Hotel Bansko.
It's a nice , clean place to stay with the friendly staff on hand. If you are not a fussy person, don't have a huge chip on your shoulder and you're not used to staying in a 5 * hotel you will be fully satisfied with this place.
Before I traveled to Bulgaria, I myself, came on here to read all of the reviews and stuff. I am happy to report that the majority of them are inadequate . Either things have drastically changed or haters possibly lied about this facility. I stayed at the hotel in January 2011 and this review is as FRESH as it can get for this year's season.
The facts: The rooms are clean and cosy. Room svc does an excellent job at keeping the hotel up to par, other staff is always smiling and ready to assist. Even though their English skills are very poor. Don't worry about it ,this is how things are in and around of Bansko. Everywhere I went people had similar low ability to communicate in international language that originated in the british isles. I could only wish the receptionist could do a better at speaking ,but communication was established at the basic level.
Rooms are are very warm,and you can regulate the room temperature yourself .
Our room had wainscot panels . Very nice indeed :)
Meals are leukwarm, but tasty . ( you ppl gotta understand that you are visiting another country where food differs from what you are used to at home ). It's definitely not dog chow nor it is fine dining, but it's GOOD for most travelers.
It's very annoying that when you want to eat a hot steamy meal after full day of sking, you are bound to have it served cold .We went out to eat to local Mexana ( bulgarian folk restaurant) and the food was really good , but guess what ? phucking cold again... Go figure it out. I can't .
I think it's Bansko's way of dining.
What's more ? SKibus is punctual. Pool and the saunas are awesome, I highly recommend having a massage done at the parlor at the poolside. It's revitalizes your legs and entire bodies after a day on a mountain. The massage therapists are highly skilled in what they're doing.
Overall I would definitely recommend this hotel to any of my friends, family, and If I ever went to Bansko again, I'd be happy to stay at this hotel again :)
Bansko ski resort review:
Nice modern mountain. Temperatures are little below 0 or just above it.
Gondola line is a at least 45 min wait in the morning. The rest of the lifs are going quick. Icy conditions from all the southern sun melting the snow. Fresh man made snow is blown overnight. The slopes are prepped up and ready to go. Then again, due to the heavy sunlight activity the snow melts during the day and turns into ice at night.
Medium ski conditions. Lot's of sunshine tho. Some of the trails are mismarked in regards to difficulty level. If you are an inexperienced skier, watch out for the trail no.5 :P
It runs from top of the mtn , it's very steep, has moguls and ice to cover it all :) It's marked in blue --> beginner on the maps:) If you are an experienced skier like me, you'll love it :) Well, minus the ice anyway. I find it ludicrous for trails to be marked in different colors on the paper map and on the big billboard map. Check it out yourself and get back to me with the trails you found to be in two different colors.
Would I go there again ? Yeah I think I would :)
Sorry no photos :( Lost my camera the last day with lot's of pix and flix in it. Maybe you found it ? It was Cannon :)
Have fun :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Bansko**** is truly wonderful hotel with a friendly atmosphere and is among the best options for accommodation in Bansko. Located by the Glazne river, on the edge of the old town, within short walk to town center , with free shuttle service to the gondola lift, with shopping and nightlife within easy reach. The lovely swimming pool and sauna will welcome you after a day of skiing or boarding. Ski storage room, wi-fi in reception area, cosy lobby bar are also available, and breakfast and dinner are served in the restaurant. ... more less
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