After reading some of the reviews on here I had serious reservations about both this hotel and Sunny Beach as a destination - I'm happy to say that few if any of my fears were realised! The Zefir Hotel was perfectly fine for our requirements, being as it is far enough away from the main resort to avoid Sunny Beach's grimmer aspects, but near enough for a quick walk up the beach or main road. The hotel and area are also well served by local buses and the tourist mini motor trains, which head out to both Sunny Beach and the lovely Nesebar peninsula (also walkable, if you're so inclined).
There are a high number of Russian and particularly German guests at the hotel, but I've really no idea why this would put anyone off. I certainly didn't see any signs that we were treated differently by staff (although two of the bar staff were not exactly cheerful to us or anyone else, everyone else was lovely) or other guests based on our nationality, and although the food did seem more tailored towards a German palate it was fine, even for a slightly fussy vegetarian! It does get a bit samey, but for a week's stay with a couple of meals out it's fine.
Our room (460) was clean on arrival and maintained throughout our stay by the friendly maids, with clean towels provided whenever requested. The same sunbed scramble as exists all over Europe takes place here, but the pool and garden area is lovely and the proximity of the hotel to the beach a definite bonus.
You're getting what you pay for here, undoubtedly, but if you're looking for a decent base for days out and spent round the pool, this hotel is not a bad bet. Go expecting Michelin star cuisine and every member of staff to be absolutely fluent in English and you'll be disappointed, but otherwise I'd recommend.
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- Zefir Hotel Sunny Beach, Burgas Province, Bulgaria