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LION Hotel Bansko
Ranked #8 of 96 Hotels in Bansko
Certificate of Excellence
Paris, France
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“would definitely go back”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

I will definitely stay here again if I ever end up back in Bansko. Rooms are spacious and clean. Nice restaurant and bar. Food is generally pretty good. The spa was great - includes a sauna, steam room, hammam, pool etc. Staff are nice (if not a bit sleep deprived looking most of the time). Conveniently located near the gondola and ski village. And all at a very reasonable price!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

We stayed at the Hotel Lion Bansko between 3rd and 10th March 2014. This was our first trip to Bansko and it did not disappoint! The hotel is no more than 10 minutes (at most) on foot from town and the gondola station (ideal location) however the hotel run a shuttle bus to the gondola station also. Our room (a twin) was huge and well furnished, complete with balcony (handy for storing snow boards) and a cosy chair for reading après ski! Rooms were cleaned daily and the towel sculptures were awesome. Breakfast and dinner were always highlights of the day with plenty of variety. Breakfast options always included some veg, cold meats, cheese, eggs, potatoes, bacon or sausages, cereals, fruit, toast etc etc. For dinner there was soup, salads, vegetarian dishes, chicken dish, meat dish, pizza, fruit, desserts.... plenty to choose from! The pool is on the smaller side but I swam most days with no issue - the Jacuzzi is a little chilly though! On our final morning the hotel packed us some food for our early morning transfer as we were missing breakfast. Staff were absolutely lovely and could not have been more helpful. The roaring fires downstairs made the place even more inviting. Yes the corridors can be a little noisy, but after a full day on the slopes, a big dinner and half a gin and tonic we were far too tired for it to bother us :-D Thoroughly recommend The Lion Hotel to anyone travelling to Bansko. Fantastic value for money.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Hannah S
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Trowbridge
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014

This was our first visit to Bansko and the Hotel Lion was typical of other Bulgarian Hotels we have stayed in before at other ski resorts. We booked a late deal through Easyjet holidays so we expected a no frills holiday but was again pleasantly surprised. The rooms were warm, clean and modestly furnished. The pool was a little cold and jacuzzi even colder but we came for skiing not swimming. The food was fine, a choice of fish and two different meats each eve with plenty of veg and a separate salad bar. Im not a fussy eater and knew what to expect so overall I was happy. The staff were always happy to help and practised their English as often as possible. I changed my £ in the resort as you definitely get a better exchange rate than the UK. The skiing is limited with enough runs to keep you going for a week but no longer. The Cafes on the pistes are ok but prices vary wildly from 3lv-10lvs for a plate of chips, the same for a coffee. Overall a good value for money skiing holiday. We did Pamporovo 2013. Going to try Borovets next year.

Room Tip: The only issue we had was a group of English blokes who insisted on slamming doors on return to the...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Ralphi669
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Queensferry, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

Pleased to say even with all the pleasant reviews on here, the hotel outdid itself. I stayed here the first week of March with my friend, we had a lovely room on the top floor, extremely spacious, clean, and furnished well. The hotel was always warm throughout, even in the lobby area where you just walk in and was lovely and cosy with a log fire which was kept going throughout the day. Bar and service were great with a small shop on the bottom floor, and also one just 30 seconds down the road. Spa was good however we were disappointed that the jacuzzi type pool was cold, would have been much more enjoyable had it been warm. Great location; 5/10 minute walk to the gondola (also had a regular shuttle bus), with restaurants and bars even closer.
Only downside to the hotel was their food. We were half board however mainly ate out at restaurants every night as we were disappointed by both the quality and selection of food.
Overall however, we had a fantastic experience at the hotel and would definitely like go recommend it.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014

Good healthy food, nice and clean. However, so noisey especially if you have a room downstairs. Good for families or large parties, but not quite as good if you want to chill with a bit of piece and quiet.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Hazal G
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Dallas, Scotland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

lovely modern hotel clean and spacious,staff are very frendly and helpfull.
Nice swimming pool and sauna and steam room.good quality food and a very good bar.
Stayed here with freinds in the middle of feburary and would certainly come back.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank wolf25man
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Wales
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

Stayed at The Hotel Lion last week for a week - 11 year old,14 year old and 2 adults- overall was a very good stay - Booked into a family room which was very spacious, we arrived from Gatwick at around 0030- was greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and a bag which contained a sandwich and an apple - quick check in.

Food was fine always something for even the fussiest of eaters.

Transfers to ski station on regular basis, but only 5 min or so walk .
Most of the staff at the hotel appeared friendly - and smiling .Exchange rate at hotel very good, and price of beer in hotel Bar cheap.

Only downside (not fault of hotel) lack of snow at resort level -I' am sure Bansko would look a lot better covered in a few inches of snow.

Ski package was pre booked via crystal - tuition was really hit or miss- not very impressed with tuition received from instructor at ulen ski school - was about 15 in group at the start of week - but again this was luck of the draw- others spoken to were happy with instruction and had only 4 or 5 in their group.

Overall a very enjoyable first time skiing and first visit to Bulgaria

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about LION Hotel Bansko

Property: 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 96 Hotels in Bansko
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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