Emerald Spa

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Pirin Str., Arena, Bansko, 2770, Bulgaria
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Satisfaction Terrible
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 79% more and rated 21% lower than other 4 star hotels

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Bansko Hotels

by Doug-o

There are a few good tips in the Travel Guides and Forum about accomodation in Bansko, but can anyone tell us more about the over 100 places to stay? http://www.bansko.bg/goto/listhotel_engl.html

RE: Bansko Hotels

by peter_dimov

You should tell us what kind of hotel you want to go to.

RE: RE: Bansko Hotels

by Doug-o

A smaller hotel, maybe 20 beds, friendly, helpful owners, with a nice garden or patio, a friendly cat or dog, breakfast, clean, not too expensive. Don't need a swimming pool, television or phone.

RE: Bansko Hotels

by peter_dimov

I like hotel LAZUR, it's looking very good. It's 10 euro per night, 12 euro for bed and breakfast. I think that it's quite well for this price in Bansko - all hotels are more expensive there than in other places in Bulgaria. You could stay also in a private house in Dobrinishte, it will be even cheaper.

Travel Tips for Bansko

Who's The Guy On The Other Square?

by johngayton

This is another of Bansko and Bulgaria's favourite sons, Nikola Vaptsarov, a latter-day Levski. Vapstarov was a naval machinist and part-time poet who was actively involved in the communist partisan movement against Boris III and the Germans during the Second World War. He was executed in Sofia by the Germans in 1942.

One of his most famous poems is the poignant -

My Country

Above you Pirin
her granite peaks raises
hazily seen through the mists and the rain.
Over poor villages
eagles soar high,
and the wind whistles over the plain.

But there was a time
when, simple and candid,
my day-dreams would bear me along...
Life then was so bright
and free handed,
life then was so light,
and you were a song.

And now -
I've coped
with smoke,
with grease
and machines,
I've suffered
privation, the yoke -
wherever they struggle
for bread.

And something broke
in my heart.
I groaned with the smart,
but found no release.

So then I looked back
and bitterly spat,
both on you
and on life itself too.

Today you are near,
much nearer by far than my mother,
but today I am red with the smear
of blood that is needlessly shed;
I lie choking at night
with the blood of the fight
of your heroes
on foreigners' pay...

It hurts me, my country,
so terribly, cruelly hurts,
that blood which so spurts,
and I want to know:
did all that
have to be

All around me
And in the gloom - toil and prostration.

You've lagged for hundreds of years.
And somewhere the pulse of life throbs,
and plant
after plant
keeps appearing,
propellers are whizzing...
But my people
are working
and dying
as in the old days
of the bronze age.

But I love you again,
the country of Gotse and Dahme,
because I was bred
because I was hardened by you.
And in my young heart I uphold
the turbulent banner,
the strenuous purpose
of all without shelter and bread.

In 1952 he was postumously awarded the International Prize for Peace. For more info and poetry click Nikola Vaptsarov


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