If you’re planning a trip to Bulgaria and want to take in the capital Sofia in true style, take a look at some of the city’s boutique accommodation options. Whether you’re after a hotel or an apartment, our round-up of the top spots in town offers design gems amid the best of Bulgaria’s warm hospitality.
Residence Oborishte Hotel, Sofia
Night by the fire | Courtesy of Sofia Residence
Sofia Residence is a place that will take you back in time, making you feel as if you are a guest at an old private elegant residence in the center of Sofia. Make time for the special massage and aromatherapy room, or relax in the sauna after a long day around the city. This hotel offers a personalized service, and can organize a yoga or coaching session, a sightseeing tour or a friendly personal guide for your stay. The lobby bar and the restaurant takes guests on a exceptional culinary tour.
Sense Hotel is a superb luxury place to stay in the heart of Sofia. The world-class service comes together with innovative design that stands out in the capital’s hotel scene. The best rooms are on the top floors, and feature amazing views of some of the major cultural landmarks of the city. The rooftop bar is a highlight not to be missed.
This hotel towers above most buildings in this part of Sofia, and was erected in 1979 by a project of the Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa – hence its moniker as the ‘Japanese hotel’. It has been since renovated and today houses the biggest ballroom in Sofia, as well as five restaurants, and numerous meeting rooms. The rooms at the top floors feature amazing panoramas over Sofia. How does a bath tub placed by the window sound?
Step back in time at Casa Ferrari, a B&B in the center of Sofia furnished with pieces from the early 20th century – guests can choose among the Blue Room, the Yellow Room, and the Pink Room. You will be welcomed like a friend here and you will experience true Bulgarian hospitality and warmth. The city tour offered by your host is a truly unique experience.
Hotel Budapest is located within walking distance of the Central Railway Station and the Central Bus Station, and is also close to the city center. This immaculate city hotel has 63 rooms, including a Presidential Suite. If you like having more light in your room, opt for a corner room with French window.
These boutique apartments are a cozy home-from-home, and have all facilities including a fridge, a stove, and toaster to prepare a quick breakfast before heading out to explore the city. They sit close to the central area of Sofia where all the museums, shops, and restaurants are located.
This hotel is located in Dragalevtsi, a neighborhood of Sofia where a chairlift to Vitosha Mountain will take you straight to the ski slopes in the winter and to the meadows in the summer. There are standard and luxury rooms, a number of which include a kitchenette where you can prepare your own food.
Meg Lozenetz Hotel offers a beautiful panoramic view of Vitosha Mountain through the windows of its elegantly furnished rooms. Set in the center of Sofia, all its rooms are soundproofed, as the hotel is conveniently located close to the European Union subway station and most of the city’s cultural attractions.
This hotel is a special experience in itself, as its rooms are a work of art – they were decorated by young artists experimenting with painting, graffiti art, and photography. Though it is a bit far from the center (3 km (1.9 miles)), you can hop on the subway and get there in five minutes.
If you like being in the center of events, Les Fleurs Hotel will perfectly suit you with its location on the main pedestrian Vitosha Boulevard. The staff of the hotel is known for being extremely friendly and helpful, the breakfast tasty, and your morning coffee served on a table with perfect people-watching opportunities. Choose a room on one of the top floors for a magnificent view over the roofs of Sofia.
Crystal Palace is located in the heart of Sofia, near Sofia University but you wouldn’t guess it when you arrive here – the hotel sits adjacent to a neat city garden and, all in all, the area is quiet. The hotels’s old-world wooden style is highlighted by the flair of its contemporary design.