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Hotel Dobrudja
Ranked #30 of 31 Hotels in Albena
Reviewed November 26, 2011

Very bad rooms, old furniture,bathroom looked awful. Food was ok, the pool was nice. The hotel's personnel very unfriendly.

Room Tip: There are no good rooms, only the view to the see is nice.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Corina O
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

We stayed here for 4 days in August 2010, I thought I stepped through a portal into a different time, I think the 1970's sounds about right. We were there with our family from Sofia and Plovdiv so the language was not a problem. We got two suites on the 16th floor so the views were absolutely stunning. It was extremely hot at the time 100f / 40c so without A/C in the room it's pretty hard. We had to leave all the windows open to get some air. The breakfast was complete not top of the line but adequate for the price of the hotel (next to nothing).
I swim with the masters swim team in LA so I really enjoyed both the outside and the inside pool at this hotel. Serious lap swimmers and fun outside.
There was a big concert at night of a band that I don't know but the family loved it. Not sure if I will be back here but it was a one of a kind experience.

Room Tip: The only rooms to stay is the 16th floor suites.
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  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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2  Thank MG67
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Reviewed September 4, 2011

My husband booked an apartment for 3 nights at this hotel 10 days ago, because of event of photovacation – an event very popular among the photographers . Three days before the expected date, he receive a cancelation via email. There was no explication. We called at hotel to check if it was an error, but nobody could answer. There was no reservation. All the hotels at this price range in this resort were fool at this time. That’s why he couldn’t visit this event. We suppose they did that because of someone who wanted an apartment for a longer time. Everything is money – this is a policy of the hotel!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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3  Thank BeniYS
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Reviewed June 9, 2011

If you are looking for a nice, cozy, romantic, relaxing or kid-friendly hotel, this place is not for you.

If you are a little wild and will use the hotel mostly for sleeping, then this is the hotel for you. Three things are great about this hotel: (1) the price: so small compared to anything else; (2) the indoor swimming pool: as far as I know it is the only hotel around to offer a free serious indoor swimming pool, which is great if like us you come out of the season; (3) the communist experience: the hotel was clearly designed as an impressive monster in the communist time, nothing is cozy or soft about it, everything has an icy soviet atmosphere. You feel like you are traveling back in time to the cold war era, every time you go down to the lobby you almost feel like Krushov or Breznev can come round the corner every time.

Point number three made it for me a very unforgetable hotel. Hotel Dobrudja is not just the place where I spent my holidays but I will always remember it. I even bought a small statue of the hotel in a souvenir shop and this is something I have never done before.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled on business
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3  Thank JMC-the-great
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Reviewed November 28, 2010

The only good thing about this hotel was the view from the room and the location in downtown Albena. Otherwise really nothing positive!
The staff could barely speak any other language then Bulgarian and they weren't particularly nice. The hotel looked ok on the outside, but inside the rooms were miserable...old furniture, old stench, the toilet wasn't working and there was a hole in the sink...
The breakfast was relatively rich, but the products were of poor quality, the dishes were full of cracks...We were very disappointed! That was no 4 stars hotel or restaurant..it didn't even come close to 3 stars, if you ask me.
In the night it was very loud because of the surrounding bars and discos, very difficult to fall asleep...and we had to open the window to get some fresh air since there was no air conditioning in the room.
My recommendation: Keep away from this hotel! There are much nicer, cheaper hotels in Albena!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank tripbucharest
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Reviewed November 9, 2010

The Dobrudja Hotel is famous for many reasons. When opened, it was the tallest building in Bulgaria and is still the highest building in Albena. It was an elegant and spacious upper-class hotel for uptown guests (definately not for the working class in communist Bulgaria) and there are still traces left from these golden days. But the pride of Albena has seen better days.

POSITIVE ASPECTS
The rooms on the upper floors offer a stunning view over the town, the hills and the black sea (depending on which side your room is at). If you're given a room on the lower floors, you will still be able to enjoy the view from the top floor bar and restaurant. Arriving by car is not a problem, as the hotel offers plenty of parking space. The location is also worth mentioning, in the heart of Albena, at easy walking distance to the beach and the restuarant neighbourhood.

NEGATIVE ASPECTS
As mentioned before, the hotel has seen better days. Everything is run down, from the lobby to the rooms to the dining halls to the pool area. Cracks are common in the walls, the furniture, the bath sink and even on the dining hall plates and cups. Some receptionists speak a few words of either german, english or even romanian, but most of them are limited to bulgarian only. When entering the guest rooms, one is greeted by a mouldy smell, a stained carpet and very basic furniture. The pool area is not sanitated, the grass around the pool is not cut and as a result, no guest dears to venture into it. These are not characteristics of a supposed 4 star hotel. There are plenty of cheaper hotels in Albena with the same standard - and hotels with the same price and a much higher standard!

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Albena has a small bus station, well hidden behind the town's football field. From there, buses run several times daily to Varna and Balchik.

IN CONCLUSION
This hotel is definately not worth the rate. The only advantage is the view, which can be enjoyed anyway from the top floor bar and restaurant.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank petersouth
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Reviewed October 13, 2009

We booked this hotel over a travel agency that had ranked it as a 4-stars hotel...The price was spicy enough (for being Bulgaria!) to fit that profile, on the pictures it looked nice even if a bit socialist so we went for it...Later we found out by checking online booking websites that it is generally awarded 3-stars...

Acces to the hotel:

The hotel was easy to find (partially due to its size) being located 5 minutes away from the bus stop where we were dropped off and 10 minutes away from the small local bus station. It is situated in the very heart of Albena, about 500 m away from the beach so that was a plus because we could reach everything very easily.

Staff:

The staff were nice and helpful even if they couldn't speak very good English, but it was enough to make the basic arrangements and ask where this and that is. We could also speak German so we managed quite well with them...most of the staff speak better German than English simply because so many German Tourists come to Albena.

Room:

Until we went up to our room we were quite pleased with our situation...but little did we know what was awaiting for us behind the door of our room. First thing that hit us was the stench of an old hotel room that hadn't been renovated in many many years... The furniture was old, painted over in black...generally in a very bad condition. The beds were somewhat ok, but in 6 nights our sheets weren't changed a single time. The cleaning lady would just come in to take the trash out and make the beds, but I suppose this is normal in some 3-star hotels. The next surprise was awaiting in the bathroom...the toilet wouldn't flush properly and there were 2 holes in the plastic sink from someone who had put off their cigarette on it. Again very old everything in the bathroom...

Restaurant:

Every morning from 7am till 10 am one could have breakfast in the hotel restaurant which was ranked 4 stars (it said so on a certificate which was hanging strategically at the entrance to the restaurant). The food was ok, although the meat products were of questionable quality, but all in all good diverse typical bulgarian food. It would only get difficult at times to find a coffe cup that didn't have a crack. So I would say the restaurant didn't come up to the standards of a 4-star restaurant.

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The hotel had 2 pools (indoors and outdoors) and a fitness center. Although we didn't use any of the pools because we could still batheo outside, they looked clean from afar. On the top floor there was also a cafe where one had a magnificent view of the sea and the town.

Summary:

All in all I would NOT recommend this hotel. I'm sure for the money we paid we could have gotten a much better hotel especially in Bulgaria which is maybe the cheapest EU-country. We've been around a lot in Europe and have stayed at much nicer 3-star hotels in the same price range as Dobrudja Hotel, so we were unfortunatelly very disappointed in this hotel...

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Castamara
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Additional Information about Hotel Dobrudja

Address: Albena Resort, Albena 9620, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Dobrich Province > Albena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Spa Hotel in Albena
Price Range: $49 - $64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Dobrudja 3*
Number of rooms: 286
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dobrudja Hotel is located in the center of Albena, only 300 meters from the beach. The Signature hotel of the resort, with its 18 floors and 240 units, remains the highest building in Albena. Two thirds of the rooms are with sea view. It features several a la carte restaurants offering modern French and Fusion cuisines, an indoor and outdoor pools. On the ground floor of the hotel is located one of the biggest Medi-SPA centers in Bulgaria - Medica Albena - that offers a great variety of medical and SPA treatments performed with the help of our highly-trained and experienced professionals. All rooms feature cable TV, a minibar, and a bathroom. Safety boxes and refrigerators can be rented at the reception. Hotel Dobrudja provides a parking lot and a garage. The bus station is 700 meters away. Free parasols can be provided at the free beach zone. Free Wi-Fi at 1 Mbps is available in all public areas. ... more   less 
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