Grand Hotel Sofia

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

1 Gurko Street, Sofia, 1000, Bulgaria

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Grand Hotel Sofia
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  • Couples94
  • Solo91
  • Business90
  • DAO's Profile Photo



    The Grand is a great hotel. If you are looking for a quiet setting with all the comforts you need – this is your hotel. I was very fortunate to stay here and enjoy one of the best weekends of my life. The hotel is located in the middle of many government buildings, has a very beautiful park on one side and is very comfortable. It is also right in the middle of any walking tour of the historical sites in Sofia. My room was perfect one I had everything I wanted inside my room. It was massive, had a huge bed, fantastic bedroom and all the comforts of home (if you are rich). If someone was planning a romantic getaway – this would be the place in Sofia.

    When I arrived I was greeted warmly and shown to my quiet room. I had asked repeatedly for a quiet room (with a piano) and they gave me a room overlooking the park and Arts XXXXXXXXX. It could not have been quieter. By the way, they did explain there were 2 pianos on the ground floor if I wished to use them. My room had every comfort. A nice TV, a full set of living room furniture, a millions lights, lots of mirrors, desk, chairs, and an amazing amount of storage space. The rooms are so large you could even have a fashion photo-shoot in there if you had a model or 2.

    The mini bar and snacks were an absolute gourmet assortment and I did actually try a few in the middle of the night. Not cheap, but good.

    The bathroom was off of the corridor where they keep your umbrella. Huge bath, separate shower, bidet, mirrors, shaving mirror, and lots of great towels. The toiletries were world class. The best parts were the robes. Comfort and luxury. If you are here on a rendezvous weekend, you could wear these down to the Jacuzzi and sauna.

    The hotel has a beautiful looking restaurant, 2 bars and a very nice lobby. It really is a classy place to stay. It’s heavily protected by the Police and it is a quick walk to restaurants, bars, historical sites, transport, shops and an outdoor market.

    This is a top hotel in Sofia and it made me very happy. I am so glad I stayed here and I enjoyed every single second I stayed here.

    Unique Quality:

    • Fantastic central location if exploring Sofia by foot
    • 105 oversized rooms (50 sqm)
    • 17 suites including Panorama rooms and suites with large terrace
    • 2 lavish Grand suites
    • Rooms with garden view
    • 24 hour room service
    • Quiet

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Large furniture and desk
    • Mini bar, in-room safe , wide LCD TV screen
    • Fantastic toiletries
    • In-room climate control
    • Bathtub and separate shower, bidet
    • Robes and a hairdryer

    • Shades of Red International Restaurant with terrace overlooking the city garden
    • Grand Café
    • Triaditza breakfast room with open-air terrace
    • 24-hour Lobby bar
    • Private dining lounge

    • Fitness room, Sauna & steam bath
    • Jacuzzi, Solarium, Beauty & Body treatments

    Services & Other Facilities:
    • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
    • Concierge services, Valet car parking, 24-hour Room service
    • Airport pick-up, Rental cars & city tours
    • Laundry & dry cleaning
    • Health centre & beauty parlour, boutique and In-house florist

    • Business centre
    • Wi-Fi & LAN high-speed Internet
    • Mailing, courier services, scanning, photocopying, faxing, printing & typing
    • Document binding & laminating
    • Laptop rental
    • Multilingual secretarial support

  • OnTheRoadGoombah's Profile Photo

    Another Great Business Hotel - in a great area


    I also stayed here on business and was very happy with the accomodations. The fitness facilities were small, but well worth the 10 lev.

    There is less traffic in the area than the Sheraton, and is more centrally located to St Sofia Church and the Alexander Nevski Cathedral

    Unique Quality: The fitness center is small, but has some nice facilities - sauna, steam room, solarium, jacuzzi. However, the water in the jacuzzi was cold. The breakfast room on the first floor was first class.

    Directions: The Grand Hotel Sofia (not to be confused with the Grand Hotel Bulgaria around the corner) is located next to the National Theater and a park that has numerous chess matches being played.

  • Djinn76's Profile Photo

    Good hotel in the heart of the city...


    This is definitely a 5 stars hotel at any western standard, price included!

    The staff is very helpful and the rooms are surprisingly spacious!! Very nice and very comfortable, the least you could expect for this kind of hotel.

    The location of the hotel is perfect, just in the center and simply walking around let you see some of the main sights of Sofia. My room was overlooking a big square and the national theater: a great view specially during the night.

    The restaurant was just decent, it was not bad but not exceptional neither!

    If I want to be neatpicking, I'd complain about the internet connection. I was expecting wireless connectivity but instead, I had to go to the reception to ask a long ethernet cable...

    Unique Quality: ...but I won't complain, Internet was free !!

    The size of the room was somehow unique as well!

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    Very friendly and efficient service. Excellent food. Good central location. Shuttle bus to & from airport (avoids rip off taxis!). Very good place, but at a price

    Unique Quality: Enormous rooms!

    Directions: opposite telecoms building in city centre

  • LanceDelacroix's Profile Photo

    better than the best :-)


    I thought the SAS Radisson was good, but the new Grand Hotel Sofia (on Gurko St. across from the main post office) tops it.

    The rooms are huge and very well appointed. Service is exemplary. I paid less than a room at the Radisson would have cost for the same night; I think it was 140 Euros versus 160, or something like that.

    Truly a comfortable hotel, and within easy walking distance of everything downtown. There's also a large park right out back.

    Do not confuse this one --Grand Hotel Sofia-- with the Grand Hotel Bulgaria, which is what they used to call the Radisson.

  • desert_princess's Profile Photo

    Grand hotel Sofia*****


    One of the latest Hotels in Sofia located in the pure center across the main post office
    Hotel Facilities :
    - Restaurant Triaditza
    - Restaurant Shades of Red
    - Piano Bar Dream Notes
    - Grand Cafe
    - Cigar Bar
    they have different prices under the week ( cheaper ) and for the weekend , when they start ftom 135Euro per person, but they have some promotions going on so just make a request.
    After all it's a five star hotel...

    Unique Quality: A absolutely great Piano bar

    Directions: located In the Center between Slaveikov Square and The National Theater "Ivan Vazov"

  • hekate's Profile Photo

    A brand new 5 star hotel


    The hotel opened this year, I think sometime in April. The location is pretty good, right in the centre of the city.

    In my opinion it is overpriced and they will drop down the prices soon.

    The company for which I work had used the conference halls and I should say that we are pretty satisfied with the quality of service and the meeting facilites there.

    The rooms are quite big, about 50 sq.m. This is because the building was initially designed as an administrative building.

    Unique Quality: - satellite and pay TV,
    - mini bar,
    - inroom safe and electronic lock system,
    - separate bathtub and shower cabin,
    -high speed Internet access.

    Recreation facilities:
    - Sauna,
    - Fitness Center,
    - Solarium,
    - Massage,
    - Turkish/steam bath.

    Directions: Close to:
    - National Theater Ivan Vazov
    - Sofia Art Gallery
    - Slaveikov square
    - Sofia International Airport 10 km / 15 min
    - Railway Station 5 km / 10 min

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Which Hotel?

by Neilzonwheelz

I'm looking at 3 hotels, the Sheraton, the Radisson or the Hilton. I know the Sheraton is right in the middle of town, is it close to bars etc... what is it like compared to the other two?
The Radisson - is it too far away, are there bars nearby & is it safe to walk home to at night/early morning ;0)) I heard it has an Irish bar - is this very popular?
Hilton - it appears to be far away, how long would it take to walk to the centre of town. Are there bars nearby or anything? Again is it safe to walk back to at night.

What would u recommend?
Also are the cabbies safe to use at night & how much would one expect to get to the Hilton/Radisson from the town centre.
Look 4ward to your advice.

RE: Which Hotel?

by paulinuk2u


RE: Which Hotel?

by LanceDelacroix

Forget the Sheraton. Much too expensive, too noisy, rooms too small.

Forget the Hilton. Too far away.

The Radisson is nicely appointed, not too expensive, and you can walk to a number of different night spots, resturants, coffee shops, etc. within minutes. It's also close to the university area, a couple of parks, and some tourist sights. The Irish pub is popular, but you want to get out and look around the neighborhood a bit.

DON'T go to the Sheraton. You have been warned.

The Grand Hotel Sofia is also quite nice; larger rooms than the Radisson, and fairly close to entertainments, but the immediate neighborhood of the Radisson is more interesting.

RE: RE: Which Hotel?

by LanceDelacroix

Oh, yes, I overlooked some of your questions.

Dowtown Sofia is safe if you know how to conduct yourself in any strange city at night.

Cab fare from Hilton to city centre is 2 - 4 leva, but if they stick you in a "limo" it'll cost you 8 - 10.

From the Radisson you can walk to the centre in ten minutes, but you won't need to. Whatever you need is right there.

Use only OKSuperTrans taxis. Got that? OKSuperTrans. Only. If you get in another cab and they charge you by the inch, don't come crying to me.


RE: RE: Which Hotel?

by Neilzonwheelz

Thanks for the replies, things seem to firming up for the Radisson, I have some points somewhere.....
Recommend any other bars/clubs that are "safe"?.

RE: RE: Which Hotel?

by LanceDelacroix

Stay away from the girly bars and the casino bars. That's where you'll find the thuggish types. Anywhere else should be fine.

RE: RE: Which Hotel?

by paulinuk2u

mmm mind you i was last there 15 years ago

Re: Which Hotel?

by Sashodxb

I would recomend the Radisson - it's new, central and close to pretty much everything......
You can walk everywhere as the centre is very compact - even at night if you know how to get back of course.......
If you have any other Q's let me know!
Have a great time!

Comments (1)

  • jonsintown's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Grand Hotel Sofia - this lovely hotel is probably situated in the best central location for city sightseeing, shopping and nightlife, all within comfortable walking distance.
    Big plus too is the large generous size rooms for even the basic standard rooms which are far from being basic.
    As well as nice food all round, including room service, there is a lovely cafe and outside terrace part leading out onto the public gardens and fountain square.
    Apart from the very informal and often unsmiling service, starting at reception (and very common in this part of the world)
    the Grand Hotel Sofia is one of the nicest city hotels I have stayed at.

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 Grand Hotel Sofia

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Address: 1 Gurko Street, Sofia, 1000, Bulgaria