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Rilski ezera chalet: One-star hotel

We didn't stay there, just had lunch on the benches outside, and had coffee and soda from the little cafe in the back (and used the bathroom to wash with hot water after washing with ice cold water for two days :) )

This is another base for the Seven Rila Lakes area. Actually, it's right above the lowest lake of the group. There is a cafe, restaurant (don't expect too much), and some of the rooms have individual bathrooms. There are postcards and maps sold in the lobby. The booth also keeps the stamp for the '100 National Tourist Sites' booklet.
Beside the hut there are horses/mules and jeeps. The horses can transport you to the other side of the lakes (Bubreka lake). We didn't try that, but heard that it was 20 lv per person. By jeep you can get down to civilization, althouth I heard that it's illegal for motor vehicles to offer transportation, as the hut is within the boundaries of Rila National Park...

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written August 1, 2008
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  • ChristinaNest profile photo ChristinaNest
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Skakavitsa chalet: No 5-star hotels..

Skakavitsa is the oldest tourist chalet in Bulgaria, built in 1922. Nowadays, it consists of two buildings. We stayed at the smaller one. Don't expect any luxury - there are no showers, no hotwater, just very cold running water. It doesn't look too clean either. They provide bedding, but it's a good idea to bring an extra sheet to use under the naked blankets.
We stayed in a 5-bed room. The first night, it was full, the other one we were alone. In July and August, reservations (especially in the weekends) are advisable.
Price: 10 lv (appr. 5 euro) per person per night.
There is a 'restaurant' downstairs where they offer beans soup, barbeque, salads, breakfast, coffee, beer, coke, etc. You can also bring your own food and eat there.
The conditions are quite poor but the man who runs the hut is quite nice. On the way down he even gave us a lift to Sapareva Banya.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: National/State Park, Hiking and Walking, Mountain Climbing
  • Written July 31, 2008
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  • Sininen profile photo Sininen
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Abandoned house: Use your imagination!

See the intruction page on Rila. We had no other choice than stay in the abandoned house. It gave us shelter during the rain and thunder and certainly was different kind of an experience. It was next to a sand pit and we joked between us that somebody could kill us and bury in the sand and nobody would ever know what happened to us, because nobody knew that we decided to visit Rila!

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Historical Travel, Women's Travel, Photography
  • Written March 11, 2006

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  • ChristinaNest profile photo ChristinaNest
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Samokov Hotel: Accomodation in Borovetz

We stayed at Hotel Samokov, 4 star, swimming pool, gym, restaurant, bar. Not bad. BTW parking is paid (???)
Reservation needed especially in winter. Less expensive in summer.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Skiing and Boarding, National/State Park, Mountain Climbing
  • Written January 27, 2006
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Zaslon "Ledeno ezero" - "Cover" 'Icy lake': Preferably!

This "cover" has 30 beds, where you can spend the night just 200 m under Musala peak. The thing is, everyone sleeps in one big room, and the check-out has to be before 8 am in the morning. Weekends and holidays the accomodation is available by reservations, because there are many people staying!

The ordinary covers in Bulgaria are simple small huts, where you have to help yourself for everything, because there isn't anyone. This one has permanent crew, there are foods and drinks, heat and electricity.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Hiking and Walking
  • Written September 14, 2005
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The cover is right next to the Icy lake.


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7 Rila Lakes Chalet: Beautiful view

The chalet is located on the Sixth (Ribnoto) Lake’s shore. It is a solid two-storey building with mansard with 92 places capacity. The rooms are with 2, 3, 4, 6 or more beds.

The biggest advantage of the chalet is the wonderful view to the Sixth lake.

This is where the Danovists are camping in August. So, if you go there at that time of the year do not get surprised that the place is crowded.

Altitude:
2 196 m.

Host Association:
Tourist Association Rilski Tourist, 2000 Samokov, 2, Iskar Blvd., tel.: 0722 / 2 22 05, Mobile 048 / 76 12 26 (BTA network: 215)

- No water-supply (the lake waters are used),
- wired from its own hydroelectric power station and aggregate,
- heated by firewood stoves,
- tourist canteen,
- no bathroom,
- WC outside of the building

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: National/State Park
  • Written September 21, 2004
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7 Rila Lakes Chalet


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The building next to Rila lakes chalet: Last Resort Option

Two-storey building with 22 places capacity. Rooms with 3, 5 or 6 beds. No bathrooms and WCs. WCs ourside of the building.

Works only during the summer season.

What I saw from the outside is not promissing. The windows are naild with wooden boards, so I would stay out of this place if I have an option :)

Altitude:
2 150 m

Host Association:
Tourist Association Rilski Ezera, 2600 Dupnitsa, 1, Kokiche St., Postbox: 26 tel.: 0701 / 5 05 13, Mobile 048 / 76 11 90 (BTA network: 213)

Prices

- Water-supplied,
- wired,
- tourist canteen,

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written September 12, 2004
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  • hekate profile photo hekate
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Rila lakes Chalet (Hija Rilski Ezera): A good chalet

Solid five-storey building with 135 places capacity. Rooms with 2, 3, 4 or 5 beds, several dorm type of rooms and four appartments. Half of its rooms are with bathrooms and WCs. The rest of the rooms share bathrooms and WCs on each floor.

The place is crowded in August because of the Danovists meeting.

Altitude:
2150 m

Host Association:
Tourist Association Rilski Ezera, 2600 Dupnitsa, 1, Kokiche St., Postbox: 26 tel.: 0701 / 5 05 13, Mobile 048 / 76 11 90 (BTA network: 213)

Prices for foreigners (sorry folks different prices apply to you):

Appartments up to 4 beds:
60 leva (EUR 30) per bed

Room with 2 beds and bath:
16 leva (EUR 8) per bed

Room with 2 beds without bath:
14 leva (EUR 7) per bed

Room with 3 beds and bath:
16 leva (EUR 8) per bed

Room with 3 - 4 beds without bath:
14 leva (EUR 7) per bed, if you have ISIC card: 12 leva (EUR 6) per bed

Room with 3 - 5 beds without bath:
12 leva (EUR 6) per bed, if you have ISIC card: 10 leva (EUR 5) per bed

Room with 8 beds without bath:
9 leva (EUR 4.50) per bed, if you have ISIC card: 8 leva (EUR 4) per bed

Matress in dorm:
5 leva (EUR 2.50) each, if you have ISIC card: 4 leva (EUR 4) each

Shower fee:
1 lev (EUR 0.50)

This is the price list shown on the reception desk in August 2004.

- Water-supplied,
- wired,
- local heating,
- shared bathroom available (bathrooms and WCs in half of the rooms),
- tourist canteen,
- restaurant
- game room
- ski equipment for rent

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written September 10, 2004
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Rila lakes Chalet


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  • hekate profile photo hekate
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Vada Chalet (Hija Vada): Good starting point to Rila lakes

One-storey old building with 36 places capacity. The rooms are either with three or with six beds. No bathrooms. WC outside of the building.

In the period 1994 – 2000 it was abandoned.

Altitude:
1 410 m

Starting points:
Govedartsi Village (5 km. good asphalt road up to Rudaritsa area (old name Gyulechitsa) and 4 km. broken down road up to the chalet) – 2,00 h. walk

Host Association:
Tourist Association Rilski Tourist, 2000 Samokov, 2, Iskar Blvd., tel.: 0722 / 2 22 05, Mobile 048 / 76 12 26

Price:
Negotiable :)

- Water-supplied,
- wired from its own hydroelectric power station,
- heated by firewood stoves,
- tourist canteen and kitchen available

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written September 10, 2004
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BBQ next to Vada Chalet


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