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“Not a 4 star Hotel”
Review of LION Hotel Bansko

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LION Hotel Bansko
Ranked #8 of 95 Hotels in Bansko
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Nice enough hotel but not 4 stars in my view.Rooms ok and functional and payed extra for a larger family room,food in restaurant good for breakfast but poor choice on evening meal and aimed mainly at Russian guests.
Wifi in hotel does not extend to rooms so you have to sit in bar area and it keeps going off which annoyed the hell out of a lot of guests.
Shuttle bus to Gondola works well but avoid weekends and school holidays as the queue is terrible

Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Hotel is very homely, lovely roaring fires in the foyer/lounge/bar area. Staff very friendly, rooms are comfortable and clean, maid service every day, Breakfast is adequate, may not be so for fussy children but nice bacon, scrambled eggs, baked beans, toast, croissants - all great. Evening meal again not bad, choice not large but enough there - soups lovely, salad bar and hot food. Courtesy bus was great to the gondola or just into town. Gondola queues are the only bad point - need to get there before 830 in the morning. We went with Crystal Ski - be prepared for a mad first day getting your ski equipment sorted out - free for all, very busy and stressful but once this is done, gets better day by day provided you get there early and avoid queues!! Our ski instructor Ivo was amazing - fab with the kids. Not much of a skier myself but the rest of my family loved it - great as a family/beginner place but the snowboarders should have their own run as these can be very dangerous. Prices are very cheap in Bansko - traditional pubs are the best with the fires. The pool area was lovely with jacuzzi (could be warmer though) and the sauna/spa area really nice.

Room Tip: We had rooms on the fourth floor 424 & 425 - no problem with noise at all - family rooms
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank HUGHSEYSWales
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Had a great holiday
- skiing n relaxing. The hotel was very clean and welcoming. No problems with the service at all. Some noisy neighbours but all good spirited new years high jinx which actually added to the trip! The electricians know who they are! Holidays are what you make them. You will enjoy Bansko if you go with the flow. Highly recommend the skidoo trip - fast n furious. We queued for 1 hr for gondola but only on one day. Other days more like 35 mins. Shorter than Disneyland queues and for a whole days fun. Loved Bulgaria and it offered great value.

Room Tip: Rooms with balconies give great views - back of hotel was quieter.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank rrcDenham
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

First time in Bansko and in Bulgaria, was a little nervous of what to expect, made worse during the 2 hour transfer from the airport through some fairly horrific parts of the country. The hotel has a large reception area, which leads into a tidy bar area with a roaring log fire. The hotel staff were all extremely friendly and very helpful. The room was very spacious, and had a large balcony that provided great views of the snow capped mountains in the distance. The restaurant was pleasant, we ate every morning and all but one night. The quality of food and choice was very good, although we arrived early for breakfast to avoid the long queues for the gondola and therefore I cannot comment on choice at 9.30, but no issues at 7.30. There is a free transfer bus every 15 mins from 8.00 to 17.30 which takes you to the gondola, I walked it one day, it takes about 10 mins, about the same to the many bars and restaurants. There is a small nightclub and restaurant underneath the hotel, the noise didn't really bother me as I was shattered after the skiing, light sleepers might have more of a struggle. I didn't use the gym so can't comment, the sauna and steam room were good, although the pool and jacuzzi we cold, not what you wanted after a day on the slopes. I think some of the less positive reviews should consider the price of the hotel, to me, it represents exceptional good value and I will definitely stay again and recommend it strongly if staying in Bansko.

Room Tip: Rooms without the views of the mountains will be quieter as not above the nightclub.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Andrew C
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Rooms are very clean and good size. Always clean towels and bedroom tided up after came back from skiing. Never had problem with hot water.
Lobby bar is lovely, sometimes too crowded but considering the size of the hotel it is understandable. Bar food is impressive, portions are very good size. Breakfast had all you need - bacon, beans, eggs etc. Also good variety of bread, pastry. At dinner always found differnt choices from day before.
Another plus for us was the shuttle buss - never had to wait for lift to gondola.
Highly recomend this hotel. Wiil be back!!!

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1  Thank Antoan_13
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Rooms are spacious. Breakfast average, be warned one day we came down at 9.30 and they had run out of milk. Evening meal pretty dire experience to say the least. The hotel should not claim to have a gym...it has some weights and a bike and cross trainer which are not even plugged in. I'd suggest investing and making it better or get rid of it. It is misleading and we specifically picked this hotel as it claims to have a fitness room. (one non skier).i find some staff downright rude...for example last night I witnessed a waiter at dinner whistling so a young lady would turn round so he could check out her face...totally unacceptable. Bansko is a nice little place apart from the crazy gondola queues of 1 to 2 hrs every day.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank fsp222
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Good value-for-money hotel in Bansko, better suited to winter entertainment than in the summer. It is near the ski facilities - by car etc., and you can easily walk to the town centre in 30 minutes or so. Good restaurant, good breakfast. Otherwise nothing especially remarkable about the hotel but you shouldn't be disappointed. Recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Krasimir K
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Additional Information about LION Hotel Bansko

Address: Georgi Nastev Str., Bansko 2770, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Blagoevgrad Province > Bansko
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 95 Hotels in Bansko
Price Range: $70 - $192 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — LION Hotel Bansko 4*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The four star LION Hotel Bansko starts December 2005 in one of the most beautiful and peaceful spots of the country - Bansko resort - the newest and most modern ski resort in Bulgaria. Hotel Lion offers a full range of services and amenities to provide you a memorable gateway experience. The hotel has 190 rooms in different room categories: single rooms, double rooms, studios and luxurious apartments, offering comfort and privacy for your stay. Each guest room features private bathroom with a bath-tub and hairdryer, satellite TV, mini bar and direct telephone ... more   less 
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