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Marrinella Apartments
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Marrinella Apartments
Ranked #43 of 140 Speciality Lodging in Sofia
Reviewed 5 August 2012

We stayed at one of Marinella’s apartments July 31st-Aug 3rd. The location was excellent!!! We found the apartment a great value and are very satisfied with the experience. We enjoyed the peace and quiet of staying at a residential building. To address the previous reviewer note regarding the buildings being old, that is true – but to be fair the majority of the buildings at the center of Sofia are old so it is a reasonable trade off for the convenience of the location.

In addition, we appreciate the company’s flexibility to switch us form an apartment with no elevator to one with an elevator, once they found out I was five months pregnant. That was very nice of them and saved us a lot of stress and agony.

The only couple of things I would refer to as improvements were: the smell of cigarette smoke in the rooms and the noise coming out of the pipes when the toilet was being used. Management has been alerted on the second point so I am sure it will be addressed in the future.

Overall we are very satisfied with our experience and are looking forward to the next time we make a booking with this company.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

We've booked a Marrinella apartment two times and we were forced to cancel the reservation by the lady who answers on the telephone (I guess she's the owner). The apartments are scattered in different, old, and very shabby buildings in the centre of Sofia, usually without an elevator, so you'll lift your luggage 4 floors up. Some of the apartments are recently renovated with beautiful furnishing and jacuzzi bath tube. Unfortunately not all the apartments are luxury, some of them are mediocre. The first time we made reservation, the lady (the owner) was not able to tell us in which apartment would we stay. The only beautiful apartment, she showed us, was in a building where there was an ongoing work, so we cancelled. And in fact, after a month, I read a lot of complaints (in booking.com reviews) about the mess in that building.

The second time we reserved, I've called the owner well in advance to be sure we'd stay in a nice apartment. She treated me contemptibly and told me that between 28 apartments there was only one possibility for me - an old, bad smelling (cigarettes) apartment on the 4th floor without elevator. The reason I had not choice was because I paid the lowest price of 40 Euro per night for a studio. She "upgraded" us to a one bedroom apartment, so I had to be grateful. If I would pay 60 Euro per night I was able to chose. At the moment I was booking Marrinella, there were rooms at 60 Euro per night in the 5 star Hilton and 5 star Kempinski. This arrogant lady repeated me more times that she would prefer if I cancel my reservation. Of course I did it and booked a 4 star luxury hotel from a worldly renominated chain at 40 Euro per night.

Bulgaria has not a lot of tourists and I understand the people there don't have any idea what the good service mean. But when you make a reservation, I recommend, prefer always the famous chains, they give you a minimum of guarantee about the competence of the personnel.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2017
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2016
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Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 November 2015
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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 July 2013
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 18 August 2012
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  • Stayed: August 2012
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Address: 53 B Patriarh Evtimii blvd., Sofia 1463, Bulgaria
Region: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia
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Ranked #43 of 140 Speciality Lodging in Sofia
Price Range: £36 - £65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Marrinella Apartments 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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