Take the description in the travel brochure with a pinch of salt. The promo photo shown above must have been the only time when all of the lights worked. Ok so the rooms were clean and serviced every day, fridge is a nice touch, TV only showed Bulgarian programs. Out on the balcony the light didn't work, nor did anyone else's, when we asked how to make it work we were told they are broken. Like a lot of things in Bulgaria when they break they don't get fixed. Around the pool were about as many sun loungers as could possibly fit, however, about 50% of these were broken. In the brochure it mentions a Gym, table tennis, sauna. If you want to use any of these it will cost extra, £5/hour for the gym!
I would not recommend paying for all inc unless you want to eat the same food day after day, fortunately we had chosen b&b, the breakfast was also the same every day but at least we were eating out the rest of the time. If you go room only or B&B you can upgrade to all inc. for 30Lv/day once you are there and have seen the food on offer.
The food and beer is cheap enough at Pliska not to warrant all inc, it was about the cheapest in Golden Sands.
Once upon a time Pliska was probably a nice 3* hotel but it would not be able to justify those stars if it was re-evaluated now.
For me the location was good, close enough to the action to walk in a short time but far enough away for a peaceful evening. In Golden Sands it is apparent that everyone is after every last Lev in your pocket, overcharging where they can, prices here are almost twice that of Varna. It is cheaper to pay the bus fare each way and dine in Varna than eat in Golden Sands.
We met people who have been going back to Pliska year after year, I can't imagine why.
As the title says, I will not be returning, to Pliska or Bulgaria
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