After reading people's reviews on here we were concerned about coming out to the lion bansko hotel for our first skiing holiday, what a mistake. The hotel is a six minute walk to the main gondola or you get a free shuttle bus from the hotel which comes every ten minutes as there are three busses going backwards and forwards to the gondola free of charge. They also take you back to the hotel after a full days skiing which is also handy unless you want to walk back which only takes you about six minutes walk and is good to walk and look in the shops to see what bansko has to offer.
When we arrived in bansko after our flight from Manchester we were greeted with a glass of wine from the hotel staff which was a nice touch , they also kept the hotel canteen open for us to have a free dinner which after a long three hour drive from the airport I thought that was awesome for them to do as it was after 11pm and didn't want to venture out as we had a early meet time for the next days skiing.
After checking in we were given rooms 315,317 for our stay and our first impressions wow how big the rooms are. The rooms have more than enough room for your ski gear and your suitcases to be put to one side, the rooms are and do get very hot and were never cold while we were there and most nights we fell asleep on top of the covers,the rooms have bath,shower, tv although not enough english channels to watch but who goes away to watch telly !
The staff at this hotel can't do enough for you and are friendly . The hotel has a swimming pool too which we used and on three occasions and I would say its the same as back home not too warm not too cold but may be better if turned a little warmer for the ladies , however after two or three lengths swimming its fine. The hotel has steam room and a sauna which does get very hot and helps you relax after a hard days skiing. We were half board for our stay and ate in just about everyday for our holiday , the breakfast is your normal style breakfast in any hotel , beans,boiled eggs,bacon,hot dogs,hash brown,mushrooms,toast cereal fruit, and also continental meat, and for teas it was pizza,chicken,pork,beef,pasta,rice,soup,salad and plenty plenty cakes !
People said its only Luke warm but if you plate your food up the chef microwaves it up for you, but mine was fine as soon as a chef brings out new tray of food just go and get food as its hot ! We found there was always something you cold eat and only eat out once so we could see a bit of bansko. We went out for tea once at amigos and got 5 meals and two round of drinks only came to 80 lev which is like £40 in our money ¡
The hotel have a good lounge area with log fires burning 24 hours a day where you can relax with a nice pint or two in comfy leather chairs but it does fill up if you don't get there before 9pm because of the FREE wi fi and everyone are on there tablets . I can not fault this hotel at all and we loved it here and it will not be our last. If there is any fault to pick and it would be picky would be to have more english channels in the room and maybe have swimming pool a a couple of degrees higher and maybe change the food menu a little bit per night.
But do not listen to other people on here complains they are been too picky this hotel is fine and does the job for your skiing trip in bansko.
we love bansko !!!!
- 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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