The Rodina Hotel is centrally located and extremely comfortable. A group of us stayed for seven nights and enjoyed ourselves very much. A few tips about this hotel:
The piano bar and nightclub do not actually belong to the hotel itself, but occupy space rented from the hotel. This can be problematic if you have a complaint about either of them.
The nightclub demands a five Euro cover-charge, which is actually an entrance fee. It has a wonderful atmosphere and I saw at least one topless dancer, so it's probably worth paying.
The piano bar has no cover-charge, but the drinks are a bit expensive. We were charged separately for the chocolate and the milk in our hot chocolate, and for the twist of lemon in our drinks. I've never before seen a bill broken up that way before.
There are nice bars on the Restaurant floor and in the main lobby, both owned by the hotel, where the quality of the service is a little better than in the penthouse bars.
The rooms were large and comfortable. If you're not European, you probably won't know how to open the large window in each room, so don't be embarassed to call Maintenance to show you.
Whenever we asked a bellboy to call a taxi for us, he called one from OK Supertrans, the decent company.
The casino has a very pleasant atmosphere. We also enjoyed the heated, indoor swimming pool.
There is convenient public transportation within one block of the hotel. The walk from the hotel to any of the tourist attractions of Sofia, such as Vistosha Blvd or the cathedral goes through interesting built-up areas and is an exellent way to familiarize yourself with the city. The central train station is less than 15 minutes away by tram, as is the huge Sofia City mall in the opposite direction.
As soon as we arrived at the hotel, the helpful people at the front desk handed us a large map of the whole city in English.
Although I've never stayed at any other Bulgarian hotels, I've stayed in plenty of hotels in other country, and absolutely recommend the Rodina.
Unique Quality: The spa is good, and they're working on improving it. The swimming facilities are fine. The food in the restaurants is good, and the prices are reasonable. The view of Sofia from the top floors is wonderful, even in overcast weather. The nightclub and piano bar are both good places for spending several hours either with friends or meeting new people. The room service is efficient and inexpensive. For those of you who like to take chances, there's a first-rate casino which you can enter directly from the lobby.
Rodina is quite a big hotel at half an hour walk from Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The accessories (saloons, bars, restaurants, reception, etc.) are better than the rooms. The service is good, but receptionists have the bad habit of calling abusive taxis, when you ask for one. So you may pay up to ten times the current price for a ride. For the rest it's acceptable, but I wouldn't recommend it too enthusiastically. Too big and anonymous.
Unique Quality: I was in a room on the 15th floor, really a great view of the town. I know there is a swimming pool, a nightclub, a sauna and a fitting centre as well, but I didn't use any of them. The night restaurant is good, even if I tried it at four in the morning. Breakfast is ok. No wi-fi internet connection, you have to go dawn and pay (I don't remember exactly, I think two leva per hour) to get a connection on a computer of the telephone hall. Good service at the bar next the reception.
A rather nice hotel. Clean, friendly staff, lots of amenities. Just be aware if you are from the U.S. , a "4Star" here is just a little bit different than at home. Probaly at 2 or 3 Star...
Unique Quality: Has a pool, restaraunt, bar, lounge, gym, gift shop, salon, and a strip bar on the top floor!
Directions: About 2km from the downtown area.
This hotel is listed as a four star hotel. Not sure ut should be that, but nonetheless it is a nice hotel. Many services offered, but many services advertised and not offered. I visited in July of 04 and then again recently in Jan 05. Never was the pool, rooftop restaurant, gym, and a few other services open. The continental breakfast is very nice and the massage therapist does an incredible job. However one hour notice must be given. There is an exchange service in lobby and an ATM. Both of these are credible and can be trusted. The exchange counter does not charge for currency exchange but does buy back at a slightly reduced rate. Cabs are readily available. I choose on each of my stays to hire the cab for the entire three days at 40 euro a day. Worked out wonderfully. Be prepared to contend with US soldiers for the services, seeing as the hotel caters to these guest. There is consistently about 40 soldiers there at the hotel on rest and relaxation passes from imminent danger zones. This does not create an problems and actually adds to the services offered. The US military representatives constantly monitor the services offered and thus why you can trust the exchange counter and the ATM counter. The cafe on the ground floor of the hotel offers very nice service and quick lunches of sandwiches.
Rodina Hotel is a hotel that offers good price / quality of service ratio. At least for Bulgarians, the bad thing is that the price for foreigners is higher. All my collegues who had stayed there are happy with it.
The picure is taken from their site. It looks better than the reality. Rooms are rather small.
There is a nice sport centre with fitness room, indoor swimming pool, sauna, solarium, massage, tangentor, table tennis and darts. Working hours: 07:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. every day except Monday.
Unique Quality: - air condition,
- 24-hour room service
Directions: - City centre
- next to Russki Pametnik (Russian Monument) Square
- 15 km - 20 minutes to Sofia airport.
- 15 minutes to the Central Railway Station.
24 April 04
ive just spent 10 Days in the Rodina and its a great hotel with all the facilities you could want including fitness centre / pool / internet access / office / travel services / good food and all the staff throughout the hotel ( Especially in the Front bar ) are helpful / pleasant and the rooms and service are very good.
The Rodina gets 10 out of 10 from me and I would certainly stay there again !
Dave ( Bristol UK )
Directions: The Rodina is on the edge of town and its a 10 to 15 minute walk to most of the sights but its easier to get a taxi because they are sooooooo cheap ! ( About 3 Lev to anywhere in the city )
This is the 'Rodina' (Motherland in translation) hotel.
I live near that hotel and it seems nice. It has a nice pool.
Situated in the heart of the city Rodina hotel is just a few minutes walk from the cultural and commercial centers of Sofia. The hotel itself has much to offer you - casino, sport center with pool, sauna and cafe, lots of boutiques and a souvenir shop. If you are hungry there are 4 restaurants and a night club on the top floor offering you an exciting variety shows. You can choose from the 24-hours Grill Restaurant "Ledenika" for all the barbeque lovers, also 'Panorama' restaurant with international cuisine or if you are looking for some entertainment the Night Club with its show programs is the right place for you. But if you allow me I can recommend you the Winter Garden restaurant - the service there and the food are excellent and everywhere there are green plants and trees. And yes the prices are really acceptable - you can have a wonderful meal for two for about 60 leva (which is less than 40 USD).
Unique Quality: Do you know that?
One of the most amazing views of night and lighted Sofia can be seen from the top of the hotel so I strongly recommend you to go there and you will fell yourself like a real bird on the top of a tree. Believe me it is amazing!
Directions: Situated in central city zone next to “Russki Pametnik” (Russian Monument) Square, 20 min from the airport
The Rodina Hotel is a cheaper alternative just outside the busy city centre. The last time old Cliffie was there, it seemed to be popular with busloads of Greeks and Arabs, some of whom were less interested in Bulgaria's artistic heritage and more attracted to some of the country's, er, contemporary beauties. An interesting place to down a few bottles of anonymous Bulgarian beer.
1 Gurko Street, Sofia
1 Boulevard Bulgaria, PO Box 325, Sofia
4 Narodno Sabranie Square, Sofia
Solunska Street 30, Sofia
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