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Rila Hotel
Ranked #186 of 222 Hotels in Sunny Beach
Reviewed August 22, 2012

When the bus left us off at the Rila, my partner and I felt a little dissapointed - the hotel had a simple sign to the side of the front door, we thought we were entering a block of flats! The staff at reception were lovely and tried very hard to communicate in good english. We were lucky with our room as we had a front view of the beach in the bedroom and a side view of the strip from the living area - it was also ideally located for sunbathing during the day when my partner was having a nap! The pool is used by the Casino Hotel as well, though there were no problems getting loungers. However there is a main walk way to the beach beside the pool and the previous reviews are true - everbody and their grannies were using the pool as a fashion shoot, which entertained my partner and I!!! Passers by were also using the pool to clean their feet from the beach or even if they fancied a swim - nothing or nobody to stop them! The hotel is located on the quieter end of the strip but I did need my ear plugs. The only down point was the cleaners preasurising us to leave our room first thing in the morning. We were up and out before 9am every morning as they were banging about or attempting to come in. This suited us for breakfast and sunbathing but a lie in is a no no!! Overall, we were happy with this choice!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

The hotel itself was amazing massive rooms two huge balconys cleaned every day fresh towels however the cleaners only ever left 1 toilet roll, 2 would've been nice. We were given a double room (king size bed) when we should of had a twin room i did question this and when we came back from our day out we found the cleaner had made up the sofa bed in the living room - this was not what i had in mind, never mind tho as two good friends we managed to share the bed as it was so big. The shower tray

As the hotel (and the majority of hotels) is right on the strip i would recommend you take ear plugs or buy them from the local pharmacy (1 lev) after we brought these we slept fine with both balcony doors open.

As for Bulgaria itself LISTEN to all the comments ONLY change your money at the CROWN EXCHANGE - i suffered from this and lost out hey ho. We went to Nessebar one day took the bus for 1 lev and attempted to take the liitle road train back only to be dropped off 2 miles down the road resulting in a very hot 4 mile walk along the beach back to the resort great for the tan but not the best in the mid day heat.

We didnt experience any pickpocket attempts of child beggers.

I can recommend the bar accross from the hotel (Alibi) amazing 2 for 1 cocktails try the frozen strawberry daquari only a few on the menu are buy one get one free so pay attention to the menu.

In a nutshell amazing holiday and hotel after we got our ear plugs the hotel is fine its not the Ritz you get a little extra than what you pay for.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank heatherberry1985
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

For anyone looking for a reasonably priced holiday with good location then the rila is the one.
The hotel itself is old but clean,rooms are spacious and staff friendly.as you walk out the hotel entrance to your left is a pool with pool bar serving cheap drinks,only maybe 10 steps from the pool and you are on the beach,it really is that close.
The hotel is away from the noisy bars but a 3-5 minute walk and you are on the main drag where all the action starts from karaoke bars to club bars and a great selection of restaurants.
The location of this hotel really is that good and i would recommend this to any friend of mine.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Hotel is basic and quite tired overall when compared to others but you get what you pay for. Staff generally friendly and room cleaned daily. Made mistake of not going for hotel with air con. Heat was mid 20's at night and tricky leaving balcony door open as quite a lot of noise from pool bar music and revellers heading back to hotels late at night/ early morning. Nice pool which is shared with next door hotel and was able to get sun chairs every day so no bun fight for those. Beach is very short distance away and often had a swim in sea with kids then straight back to pool. Breakfast not that good and ended going to the Star Inn each day for breakfast. Oh, there is also an old looking funfair directly behind the hotel of around 8/9 different rides. This can be your view depending on your room. Resort is very busy and whilst Rila is about 20 mins from centre it is still quite busy and noisy at night.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

The Rila hotel is right next to sunny beach,Hotel is basic with no aircon,But staff friendly gave us a fan for room,No hairdryer you need to take your own.Rooms just like pictures online.Maid every day clean and basic.The location good would go back as clean B&B Also so cheap to eat out.Breakfast basic toast scrambled eggs,Jams cold meats cheese eg.

Room Tip: Pool View Good pictures of beach
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

The Rila hotel is basic but good enough for the price.
The bad thing is hotel management. As we arrived the manager didn't want to give our group the rooms although we paid and had vouchers with us, and she expecting to pay more, as I understood Bulgarian, and trying to double cross us, giving us double room instead apartment. At the and, after one hour everything was settled with our agency representative and hotel and our group, 15 of us, moved in our rooms.

But luckily, after the bad welcoming, everything concerning hotel was fine.
The rooms are big enough, cleaned daily with fresh towels. The pool is big and clean, and you can use sunbeds and umbrellas for free. The kids loved the pool. Breakfast is same every day but good, offering eggs, salami, chees, frankfurter, salads, beans fruits and cereals, coffee and toast.
The sea is really near just across the promenade, the weather was fine, but three last days of our vacation the sea was dirty from green algae, so we only used hotel pool.
By the way hotel Rila has the same pool as former Vithosa hotel (it is now Platinum casino hotel) and it was never too crowded.
The staff in the hotel is pleasant and English speaking.

The fast food on the street was not our favorite since it tasted similar. The food in the restaurants is better and not too expensive .
The prices on the beach shops of everything were twice and some time three times expensive than in some streets little bit further.
It was my first time in Sunny beach and third on Bulgaria coast and by my opinion this is not a place for families and kids, because it is too crowded and loud in the evening.
It is probably ideal for young people since there is lot of clubs at the beach and discothèques.

And at the end be aware that the exchange rate is not the same everywhere. We changed our money in the one that did not have the fee and before changing we checked how much money we will get…

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank JelenaMT
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

My husband and myself have just returned from this holel after staying for 2 weeks. The location is ideal as it is almost on the beach. The hotel was clean inside but was very tired and in need of an upagrade on the outside. The breakfast area was very uneven underfoot and some of the staff tripped up. Our room was large and we were the only ones who had air conditioning. If that had not been there it would have been unbearable for hubby to sleep at night. The maid service was exceptional and our towels were changed daily if required which you don't even get in many of the 5* hotels we have been in. The maid even left the linen and towels in fancy shapes which was a nice touch. Now onto breakfast which I can only describe as disgusting and inadequate. The only thing hubby could eat all fortnight was egg,beans or toast. The scrambled egg was not mixed properly before cooking and it resembled a cross between boiled and scrambled so he had to pick the best bits out of it. None of the food was covered so was open to flies. I managed the cereal which was ok. The cold section was more for Europeans who like cold meat, cheese, salad,gerkins and the like at breakfast, NO THANKS! They need to cater for all guests. Breakfast was on til 10am but if you came down at half 9 and some of the food was finished then too bad, they were not prepared to make any more.
The staff were not all friendly and some did not even answer when we said 'hello'.
The pool started off very clean but by the middle of the 1st week everyone and their granny was using the pool either for their own photo shoot (their pool must have been rubbish) or coming off the beach covered in sand and using our pool to get clean before going back to their own hotel. Nothing was said to anyone although the lifeguard (hotel staff) just sat there watching. The pool was only half-heartedly cleaned using the net but he did not go round the whole pool. Only once did we see them cleaning the bottom of the pool but even then they missed most of it. This stopped a lot of guests, ourselves included, from going in the pool.
The lift was tempremental and was out of order 3 times during our stay including when we arrived and we were on the 5th floor so we had to carry our cases up the stairs. None of the staff offered to help. Beware if you have kids as there is NO internal door on the lift just a passing internal wall. As soon as you press the button for your floor the lift just starts moving very fast.
We would go back to Sunny Beach but certainly NOT to this hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for room 53A thats the one with the air conditioning that we were in.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Allison R
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Address: Sunny Beach, Sunny Beach 8240, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Burgas Province > Sunny Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
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Ranked #186 of 222 Hotels in Sunny Beach
Price Range: $38 - $574 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rila Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 96
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