This was our first time in Bansko and we had a great time, a lot of this was due to the fact we stayed at Georgi's House. Hristo and Helena made our stay very memorable, they go above and beyond the norm and really can't do enough for you. The location is perfect and the accommodation suited us perfectly. The food was varied and delicious and there was always a good selection of wine and beer and soft drinks for the children. We went in the school holidays and you do need to get to the gondola early (by 08.00) if you don't want a 2 hour wait. All in all a great holiday and we would certainly return to Georgi's House again.
Hristo and his wife were fantastic and couldn't be more helpful. George's house is in a quiet location but close to the town, ski hire shop and gondola. We were in a party of 4 adults and 6 children (4 teenagers) and everyone's needs in terms of the house and skiing were catered for as we had mixed abilities in terms of skiing. The only issue being that we needed to be up at 6.45 am in order to get on the gondola before 8 am as the queues were significant after this time and from 8.30 am could lead to a queue of 2 hrs. With having a party of 6 kids getting them up at this time in the school holidays was a bit of a challenge, however worth it for the small gondola queue and quiet ski slopes at that time. However that was the only down side to an otherwise fantastic holiday.
The chalet is really close to the gondola lift (about 5 minutes walk) and Hristo helps you get your skis etc from a shop located 2 minutes walk from the lift. You can leave everything there overnight so it's easy to get from lift to the chalet. Hristo and his wife Elena are the most charming hosts and look after you all from the second you arrive - nothing is too much trouble. Elena cooks all the food and it is a real Bulgarian feast - we loved trying all the national dishes! They are there in the morning and in the late afternoon/evening but not residential in the chalet.
The chalet has plenty of space for everyone - there were 10 of us (2 families of 5).
Would highly recommend.
We were a party of 8 adults and stayed for a week. Ideal location close to shops and the ski station. Lovely walk to the old town as well. Hristo and his wife looked after us well and we had plenty of home cooked food.
Ideal for families as well as couples or groups.
The chalet was perfect for our group of 11 people. Near enough an ensuite per bedroom. Hristo is a fantastic host, he couldn't do enough to help us.
As there were quite a few fussy eaters in our group we thought we might struggle with the Bulgarian dishes, but the food went down well.
Can't emphasise enough how helpful Hristo was. Whatever we needed or asked of him he was more than happy to help.
As a destination I wouldn't say Bansko was one of my favourite places to be. As we were there to ski, that was all that really mattered, and the skiing was good so it didn't bother us much, but I wouldn't be rushing back.
All in all a fantastic trip and the chalet was excellent.
This was my first ski holiday but it won't be the last. I only hope that I manage to stay somewhere like this for future holidays. From the moment our party of 10 arrived, the host, Hristo, made us feel welcome and looked after. This man cannot do enough for you and really pulls out all the stops. The food was incredible and credit for that goes largely to Hristo's wife, Helena, who generally worked quietly in the background, appearing only to present us with the next incredible meal. Culinary highlights were the BBQ night, a beautiful rabbit dish and the Bulgarian themed meal. I will be dreaming about the Kapama for a long time! I should say the one vegetarian in our party was catered for extremely well and the meat eaters could be seen giving the occasional rueful glance as the vegetarian dishes were brought in.
The bedrooms were all very comfortable as far as I could see - I can certainly say the double bedroom on the first floor was lovely. The rest of the house was nice too - the dining room provided a good social area and the 'snug' with the wood burner was incredible after a day or evening out in the cold.
The sauna facility was much appreciated for unwinding after a day's skiing although I couldn't bring myself to plunge into the large deep bath for a cold dip!
If you need a place to stay in Bansko, you want to be near to the slopes and you love food (and if you are prepared to go to bed every night thinking you'll never be hungry again only to wake up and find that your fears were entirely unjustified) then I can't imagine there is any better place to stay.
Thank you Hristo and Helena for your hospitality and your company. It was a pleasure to meet you both and I may be back for some more of that Kapama!
I can't thank Hristo and his wife highly enough, they simply could not have been more helpful, communicative or caring. They bent over backwards to help us. The food was excellent, transfers easy and accommodation clean, comfortable, spacious and a minutes walk from the shops. This guy will make your holiday work