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.
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!
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
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.
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"
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.
- Fitness Center,
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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"?.
Stay away from the girly bars and the casino bars. That's where you'll find the thuggish types. Anywhere else should be fine.
mmm mind you i was last there 15 years ago
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!
1 Gurko Street, Sofia
1 Boulevard Bulgaria, PO Box 325, Sofia
4 Narodno Sabranie Square, Sofia
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Address: 1 Gurko Street, Sofia, 1000, Bulgaria