This place was crazy. We got conned by the taxi man who bought us to the hotel, the area is one big ghetto but funnily enough we kinda enjoyed being there. Rooms were clean and safe at night. The staff were ok infact the young guy who was on nights took us out to show us the nightlife, he found us a R & B club which I could'nt believe until we entered as it was like something out of an American teen film. When we came back to the hotel he gave us some weed and the security guy gave us cigarettes. We bought him a couple of packs the next day and I thought he was gonna cry. We never ate there but I thought it was cosy enough. The hotels is next to a river which was more like a stream and there was a strip club across the rd. I would definately recommend this hotel if you are staying with friends. We were here in 2006.
Unique Quality: The hardcore porn channel which was free was great.
Directions: By the Lions bridge (?)
I strongly reccomend not making arrangements to stay at the Sun Hotel for the simple reason that at night Maria Luisa Blvd turns into Sofia's center of prostitution each and every evening. Once the sun goes down, prostitutes, pimps, and drug dealers flock to, literally, in front of the Sun Hotel to make their money. It is not a pretty site and can be rather intimidating.
I suggest paying 10 additional Euro per night and staying elsewhere.
Unique Quality: Sofia's center of drugs and prostitution
Sun Hotel is a bit more expensive that many of the places along Maria Luiza Boulevard (though not necessarily in Sofia as a whole) but there are good reasons for choosing to stay here rather than at one of the other places. One reason is the number of prostitutes who walk this end of Maria Luiza and whose clients likely use the cheaper rooms of the other hotels. Another is that fact that the rooms are clean and secure (you have a regular lock plus a night lock) and you have your own washroom that is fairly large and includes a bathtub and shower. The guy who works the desk is nice and speaks good English while the girl who works in the mornings doesn't speak as good English as the guy (although I think she pretends) and isn't all that helpful. In addition to repeatedly asking me when I was leaving the day before I was to leave, she refused to give me a receipt for the room despite making me pay after the first of two nights I spent in the hotel.
Unique Quality: The room is clean, decently comfortable and has satelite television (you don't want to be out in the neighbourhood late at night). Breakfast is included and consists of coffee, toast, jam, feta and olives. A single room is 49 euro or the equivalent in leva.
Directions: Near the Lion's Bridge
The staff are very friendly and helpful, but it did seem over priced, not sure how it is classified as three star either.
It can be noisy as it is on the main road. Vitosha. which is convienient for KFC, not far from bus station.
Was able to watch football on Canal +, Tottenham v Chelsea. Which seemed weird in Bulgarian!
The breakfast was goats cheese and olives!
Overall a good hotel, but maybe it should be a bit cheaper, i guess you are paying for the location.
Unique Quality: Friendly and helpfull
It did seem cosy and clean aswell
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