Alabin Hotel Central

Alabin street, 22, Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Alabin Hotel Central
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    Cheap AND Central


    This is an ideal budget hotel in Sofia's centre - the emphasis being on "budget". Rooms are basic but all are ensuite. Housekeeping standards are reasonably good. Reception staff are friendly and helpful although neither particularly swift nor professional.

    Breakfast is really naff and not really worth searching out but at least the minibar does contain beer!

    I have a lot of niggly things to say about this hotel, but they are all niggles, and for a cheap city centre hotel it was fine.

    The niggles included:

    Check-in taking about 15 minutes whilst the receptionist dealt with another guy checking in - you have to fill in your own registration form and then the receptionist couldn't read my handwriting and so ended up having to rewrite it herself.

    Check-out was another 15 minutes - this time while the receptionist phoned the housekeeping department to make sure that I was being honest about my mini-bar consumption. It appeared that there was a mineral water short! HA!

    Room walls are a bit thin and my 1st-floor room must have been adjacent to the main downpipe for the upper floors sewerage as I could hear every toilet being flushed.

    Although the room was relatively spacious and the marble windowsill made for an excellent work surface there was nowhere to actually sit - ach a quick rearrangement of the bedside table and addition of a pillow made that OK.

    Unique Quality: Good points:

    Central location, just down the road from the Palace of Justice, made it easy to find and easy to get to and from.

    The neighbourhood is very much a local one and there's some excellent little bars and restaurants on the side streets.

    Easy access for public transport - tram stops just outside and the main blvd Mariya Louiza on the corner.

    Coffee machine the 1st floor landing at only 40 stotinki a cup.

    Freebie WiFi worked perfectly.

    So, on balance, not a place I would choose to stay again but if strapped for cash would.

    Directions: About a 20 minute walk from the railway station, go right at the Palace of Justice and the hotel is about 100 metres on the other side of the road.

    The hotel has its own website but my anti-virus didn't like it and so link below is for

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Forum Posts

Taxis from the airport

by fierydormouse

Hi, similar to the last questions - I am arriving in Sofia with my husband at about 11pm at night at Sofia airport. Can anyone tell me how late the buses run into town? I realise there are also taxis and it sounds like I should book only from the OK Supertrans taxi desk if I don't want to be ripped off! The thing is I am wondering if this taxi desk will be open at that time of night? Does anyone know?



Re: Taxis from the airport

by unaS


Re: Taxis from the airport

by davidlayba

heloo Julia

I am sorry to tell you that the bus nr' 84 from airport to city center
[Sofia University] is available from 05.00 a.m. - to 11.00 p.m, all year round.

about OK Supertrans taxi you make the reservation by phon/net so I am shure that iven the taxi desk will be close , you will have a taxi that will wait for you on time, for more diteil contact the company:

all the best

Re: Taxis from the airport

by maykal

You're not travelling on Wizz Air, by any chance, are you?! I'm flying on them to Sofia next week ;@P

Re: Taxis from the airport

by travelvt


I arrived back in January with Wizz Air on the late flight and the taxi office was open. There is some additional info that might be useful at the following website:

Have a great trip!

Re: Taxis from the airport

by Kikitriky

I'd give you a more general tip: whenever and where ever you need to use a taxi in Sofia, pay attention to the tariff of the taxi. You will see it in written at the back side windows of the taxi. The approximate price is about 0.56-0.60 leva per km - during the day 06-22h and about 0.70 leva per km - by night. Just have a look at the tariff.

Re: Taxis from the airport

by fierydormouse

Hi no that would have been quite a coincidence! We're flying with Austrian from Vienna. xxx

Re: Taxis from the airport

by fierydormouse

p.s. Thanks for your help everyone! I have emailed OKsupertrans and they say their office will be open so sounds like I'll be ok.
Many thanks.

Re: Taxis from the airport

by davidlayba

have a nice trip in bulgaria (-:

Re: Taxis from the airport

by unaS

Have a great trip. Pity we won't be there at the same time :-)

Travel Tips for Sofia

The Tsar Osvoboditel (Tsar Liberator)Monument

by matza

The Tsar Osvoboditel monument by the renowned Italian Sculpture Arnoldo Zocci, is one of the most beautiful in Sofia. Situated on the square in front of the parliament building, it is an expression of thanks from the Bulgarian nation to its Russian liberators. The 14 meters high monument portrays the Russian Tsar Alexander II, astride his horse, holding the declaration of the War of Liberation. The upper part of the pedestal is a relief composition underneath which small bronze bas-relief illustrate important events from the war.

Having a Coffee

by desert_princess

Let's "Have a Coffee" is a saying for "let's see each other". I always make fun out of it as I rarely drink coffee and these coffee meetings could take a whole afternoon....We,Bulgarians are not used to be rushed ..u see....we like to take it easy on life and are very good in wasting time....

Maria Louisa - The public place for swimming and s

by ddo

Their's the public place for swimming and sun bathing. It is located in one of the largest parks, surrounded with trees and alleys for walking and bike riding. Nearby are the city stadiums for all kind of different sports if you like bike riding sun bathing sofia is the place for you the city has do a lot of imporvment in building new stadiums and pool since in wont to host the 2014 olimpics games.

If you love playing chess...

by Niablue

If you love playing chess there is something you can’t miss although this is not a typical tourist attraction. In front of the National Theater there is a beautiful green park with fountains next to which every day lots of people who like playing table or chess gather there for a symbolic tournament. There is always a crowd of people who sit in silence and watch them for hours and if you get too strenuous or tired of the game or too hot during the summer you can always cool yourself down in the fresh waters of the fountains:0)))))).

Club Saray

by hekate about Club Saray

The name already suggests that this place is targeted to a specific group of people who fancy Oriental type of music. You can see that on the pictures as well :) So, in terms of music you should expect the following styles: Ethno, Turkish, Arabian, Greek, Indian and some popular dance hits. If you are not in to it you'd better not going there.

This is a relatively new club. It opend in December 2005. The interior is reflecting the name of the place and has some kind of Orintal flavour :) If you are interested, you can try out water pipe.

As a whole the service is good except for when the place is packed, then the service tends to be a bit slowlier. Also, if there are many people sometimes gets a bit too smokie. Prices are reasonable. As far as I remember there is no entrance fee.

Saray Club has theme parties for some of the week days. For example Tuesdays are usually set aside for Greek party, Wednesdays for Retro parties, Saturdays might offer you belly dancing show :)

If you want to get more precise info about certain days you can check

Personally I like this place and I would recommend it to you with all my heart :).

Working hours
After 20.00 h I think.
Closed on Mondays I do not think that there is any special requirements.


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