My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 weeks in July/August and we had a lovely relaxing break.
We chose this hotel as it was a very good deal which included breakfast. After reading several reviews about the poor quality of food, we were delighted by the choice available on our first morning! If you go there expecting 5* food then you will be disappointed, but if you like eggs in the morning - you can have scrambled, fried or boiled. There is a wide selection of bread and pastries and a few cereals to choose from. The biggest disappointment in the food was the meat - but I find that in all European countries - they seem to like pink, thin sausages and streaky bacon!
The hotel itself is quite modern and offers spacious rooms with an en-suite and a balcony. The room was tidied every day and they changed the bed sheets (I think - but have no evidence of this!). The room was air-conditioned and had a fridge, TV and hair dryer. We had room 341 which is to the side of the hotel and we had a view of the sea through the two hotels (Majestic and Victoria Palace - see pictures).
The main complaint we had on our holiday was that the sun beds were 'reserved' and we had to get up at 6am to join in with the crowd to claim a sun bed. On our penultimate night we got back from dinner and saw lots of towels already down at 9:30pm so we went and got ours and managed to save the hassle of getting up at the crack of dawn - but obviously this is a ridiculous way to go about things! The hotel does use the policy that after 10am if the sun bed is not occupied you can remove the towels - but we did witness a few arguments about this when the original occupants arrived!
There is a spa at the hotel too - a friendly lady walks around the pool selling their services. We decided to use the Turkish Bath - BIG MISTAKE! It took 2 hours and was not at all like we had imagined. It comprised of a sauna (with broken slats on the seats), a jacuzzi (in cold, scummy, smelly water), a swim in the indoor pool (cold, shallow and dark as the lights were not on), a foam scrub (verging on violent), a face mask (using a plastic bowl from the windowsill and the same applicator brush they use on everyone) and an aromatherapy massage (where a woman kept answering her mobile phone during my massage). My biggest piece of advice is to avoid this service at all costs!
Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would consider staying at the Marvel again, if we were to ever go back to Sunny Beach (not likely). The reason for this is because it is quite tacky and the beautiful walk along the promenade is spoilt by the hundreds of stalls selling knock-off goods. We would recommend going to Nessebar, which costs 1 Lev (50p) by bus and is beautiful, but tiny so don't expect to spend every day there. The Nessebar water park was only 38 Lev each and had some very exciting rides, however our day was tainted by the long queues and rude clientele. Also, if you have small children, please avoid the shows there as they use extremely rude words and gestures (e.g. "Are you ready to rock and f***ing roll?").
The most enjoyable part of our stay was when we stumbled across a 3* hotel called The Palace on the promenade. We ate in the outside section of the restaurant and ate a 'shashlik' which is basically a kebab on a sword and is delicious - so much so that we ate there 4 times!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is situated in the north part of Sunny Beach, in the close proximity of the beach and the picturesque sea path. This new four- star hotel offers unbelievable view to the sea as well as big variety of services and facilities, an impressive swimming pool with children's zone, Jacuzzi, medical centre, massage, two pool- bars, lobby- bar, hairdresser's, souvenir shop, non- stop supermarket, salon with electronic games, exchange bureau, individual safes at the reception. The indoor swimming complex offers a sauna, Jacuzzi, gym, and massage. The conference hall has 120 seats and it is equipped with the necessary techniques and apparatuses as well as hall with table tennis facilities. The hotel has double rooms, junior suites and suites; central air-condition system that provides comfort during the summer heat as well as during the cooler days and nights. In any room there are bath and shower, a balcony, direct telephone, mini bar, cable and a flat-screen TV. The large Ambrosia restaurant offers eating at the buffet. Bendida, a la cart restaurant having comfortable terraces with the view to the sea and a big variety of meals from the European cuisine. The hotel is only 35 km away from Burgas airport and 100 km away from Varna near to the bus stops to the Ancient town of Nesebar, St. Vlas and Elenite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marvel Sunny Beach
- Marvel Hotel Sunny Beach
- Hotel Marvel Sunny Beach, Burgas Province, Bulgaria