We spend only one night in this hotel, on the second week of April 2014 (low season), the hotel is located in a town (Elenite) which is only a few km from the famous sunny beach and nessebar.
However Elenite is not the nicest town in Bulgaria by any means, its full of hotels, with a rocky beach and basically nothing interesting to do or to see, so your best bet is to grab a car and visit nesebar, sunny beach or burgas.
On the way to the hotel (past St. Vlas) the road is awful with large holes and seems to lead nowere, but just going till the very end you will be able to see this magnificent, and quite nice looking hotel.
There is quite a lot of construction work going on around, so again the town itself is not so nice. Once in the hotel i must admit that the design was really well done (not my cup of tea tho..), and the reception staff was friendly and fast.
We were upgraded to a Studio, which was a good start for the day! The room was ample, with a peculiar decoration but nice and confy. Bathroom and toilet are on separated rooms. and bedroom/livingroom are separated just by the rotating TV stand. There is a large and comfortable couch too, so i will definitely recommend to upgrade to a Studio suite if budget allows!
The views to the see are fine, just killed by the construction work and the humongous hotel(s) right in sea shore, fortunately this hotel is sitting high on a hill so you could oversee pretty much the whole bay.
We had lunch on the Italian restaurant, again with a interesting decoration, white.. REALLY all in white,but the food was quite good, and the prices ok for a 5 star hotel. Since it was low season and we were a little late, there was really no one else on the restaurant. But the service was really good and attentive.
Then we headed to the Spa center, again with very friendly staff. The Spa its really well done and decorated, and clean, with several saunas, showers and a large pool with some hydro-massage stuff.. There was really few people there so it was specially quiet and pleasant, but during high season, it could be too crowded/noisy to be able to relax properly, but just thinking loud here...
One annoyance we found was that during the night, the terrace lights were switched on, and apparently they cannot be switched off (throughout the whole hotel) !!!! This is obviously due to how beautiful the hotel looks in the night with all those lights on, but really annoying for someone that just wants to sleep, since even after closing the curtains there was a substantial amount of light entering the room. After calling reception and confirming the "lights on all night policy" we had no other choice than manually remove all 8 light bulbs on the terrace lights...
The Breakfast was good, everything was well presented and with good quality. So no complaints there. Again the restaurant seemed to small for when the hotel occupancy reaches high levels, but that's something i cannot say for sure..
All in all, i must say that the hotel and amenities are quite good (as you must expect for the price and 5 stars), plus the staff was really outstanding on all areas.
Will i go back? probably not, just because i didn't really like Elenite or St. Vlas, and the beach was not a nice beach to spend your time on, but if the hotel was on a better location i would have come back for sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a mountain hill Royal Castle Hotel & Spa offers a beautiful view of the bay. Designed with the intention to turn Royal Victoria Club Elenite into a fabulous place to relax even for the most discerning tastes, the hotel promotes the hotel business in Bulgaria to a prestigious position and is a true landmark in every sense of the word ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Royal Castle Elenite, Bulgaria - Burgas Province