The 10 Best Places to Stay in Bankso, Bulgaria
is most crowded in winter when skiers and snowboarders from around Europe arrive eager to enjoy its ski runs. But the small mountainous town is becoming more and more active in the other seasons too, with events like the International Jazz Festival Bansko
keeping the place alive year-round. No matter when you come to Bansko
, you can make the most of your stay by choosing a hotel or a guest house that offers more than the usual accommodation. Here is a pick of the best places to stay in Bansko
Premier Luxury Mountain Resort, Bansko
Resort, Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel
Premier Luxury Mountain Resort glows in style in all its dimensions. The spacious rooms are furnished in wood and fine fabrics, with gorgeous views from the windows. In summer, you can bask in the sun at the outdoor pool, while in winter, you can warm yourself up in the hammam and the sauna or take a swim in the indoor pool. Premier Luxury Mountain Resort offers one of the best fine dining experiences in Bansko. If you want to skip the lines at the gondola lift, you can buy your ski passes at the hotel.
Uniqato Boutique Hotel, Bansko
If you prefer to stay comfortably close to the ski area so you can be among the first on the slopes in the morning, Bouqitue Hotel Uniqato is a perfect choice. Built in the style of the old houses of Bansko, it is decorated mainly with natural materials—wood and stone, for a relaxing and cozy atmosphere. The hotel has its own restaurant featuring a summer garden where you can try both traditional dishes and international cuisine. The sauna and the steam bath are where you can relax your body after an active day out.
Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko
Resort, Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel
Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko is sticking to the Kempinski chain standards and will pamper you during your stay in Bansko. Besides the immaculate service and interior, you will be impressed by the huge spa center with treatments inspired by the cycle of the four seasons in Europe. Twelve treatment rooms, three swimming pools, Jacuzzis both indoors and outdoors and a snow room will revitalize your body. You can also indulge in beauty procedures or discover new tastes with the seasonal menus in the restaurants of the complex.
Rahoff Family Hotel is one of the places to stay in Bansko that really feels like you have found your second home. It is close both to the center and to the first lift station, while at the same time it is tucked away in a quiet street. The hotel has a compact gym, a sauna, and a hydromassage bath tub to make your stay more relaxing. Its restaurant is renowned for its delicious meals, and if you visit it on a holiday such as Easter or Christmas, you will be able to experience traditional Bulgarian dining.
Trinity Bansko Spa Hotel, Bansko
Independent Hotel, Spa Hotel
Those who enjoy spending more time by the pool will love Trinity Bansko Spa Hotel’s spa center, especially the indoor pool area designed in such a way that natural light flows in. There is also a Turkish bath, a Finnish sauna, a steam bath, a stone bath, a Jacuzzi, and massage rooms. The hotel offers both rooms and apartments, free ski equipment storage, and two restaurants. The gondola lift is 10 minutes away, but you don’t have to walk as in winter there is a free shuttle to take you there.
Aparthotel Lucky Bansko / Lucky Bansko Aparthotel, Bansko
Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel
Lucky Bansko Aparthotel Spa & Relax is one of the best-rated luxury stays in Bansko. It has one of the best spa centers in town with a gorgeous relax zone, a room with Himalayan salt lining, warm indoor pools, contrast showers, ice room, steam bath, hot tub, you name it. When you are hungry, you can choose from a classical European and an Italian restaurant onsite. In winter, you can go skiing without worrying about the children, for whom a professional babysitter is provided free of charge. There is a free shuttle to the gondola lift and to the town center.
Balkan Jewel Resort & Spa, Betolovoto
Resort, Spa Hotel
This resort complex is located in a valley between three mountains—the Rhodopes, Pirin and Rila, with gorgeous views, including to the nearby golf course designed by Ian Woosnam. Most rooms have a fireplace so the winter nights are warm and filled with a homey atmosphere. As the resort is out of the way, you can take the scheduled free shuttles to the gondola lift at Bansko, to the town of Razlog or to Pirin Golf Complex. The relax area of Balkan Jewel Resort features a heated indoor pool, a hot tub, and a spa center.
Guest House Hayloft, Bansko
Independent Hotel, Guesthouse
Hayloft is for those travelers who love exploring the local cuisine and staying at unpretentious but cozy houses. The rooms are furnished mainly in wood and other natural materials, and are located close to the busy Pirin Street where you will find many pubs and shops. The ski lift is a 15-minute walk away. Follow the irresistible smell that will lead you to the traditional tavern housed in Hayloft. Salads, grilled meat, regional specialties—you will find it all and in abundance here.
Kap House, Bansko
Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
Kap House is a family property where you will be welcomed like old friends. It is located on Bansko’s main street with many bars, taverns, and shops in the area. The town center is a 10-minute walk away, while the ski lift is only 100 meters from the hotel. At the hotel, they will provide ski storage and ski wardrobe with a discount. If you prefer a more laid-back stay, you can spend time swimming in the indoor pool or just soak in the hot tub. There is a traditional Bulgarian tavern onsite where you can try the local cuisine.
Ruskovets Resort, Dobrinishte
Resort, Suite Hotel, Spa Hotel
You will have to travel seven kilometers (4.5 mi) out of Bansko to the nearby town of Dobrinishte, but it’s all worth it once you see the outdoor warm mineral pool of this mountain hotel (and they have a free shuttle bus to the ski area of Bansko). The spa center is impressive with its two steam rooms (one featuring aromatherapy and the other salt inhalations). There are also wooden Jacuzzis outdoors where you can relax with a view to Pirin Mountain. The complex has a garden and a kids’ area, so you don’t have to worry about your little ones.