Many people will like the style of the Grand Hotel Sofia -- a kind of late-20th-century imitation of a late-19th-century grand hotel. The decor is dark wood and fussy detailed ornament that tries hard to connote luxury but never manages to achieve the elegance of the archetype. When I visit a friend at the four-star Central Park Hotel Sofia, I find its clean modern decor, simple but stylish, more pleasant and welcoming than that of the five-star Grand Hotel Sofia. But those whose tastes differ from mine may find what they like at the Grand Hotel Sofia.
My "executive room" is very large, and there's a lot of unused space in the middle that just adds walking time between point A and point B. Furnishings include a sofa, two arm chairs, and a large coffee table; a desk with a lamp and a chair that's slightly too low for comfortable laptop use; lots of cupboard space and drawers; and a minibar. All the lighting, both wall sconces and ceiling lights, is distributed unevenly around the periphery of the room, leaving a patch of gloom in the middle of the room, and another one at the edge where the suitcase stand is. The latter is severe enough that when I'm packing, I have to move my suitcase to the sofa so that I have sufficient light. The large flat-screen TV faces the bed but is so far away that it needs to be even larger. It cannot be watched from the sofa or armchairs. The internet connection works well.
The large bathroom is pleasant, well-equipped, and well-lit, with both a shower and oversized tub, and plenty of space to lay out toiletries. A wide range of amenities is supplied.
The breakfast buffet is truly grand -- a very broad selection, elegantly presented. A highlight is a honeycomb that sits in a frame, dripping honey that can be spooned up. The waiters are attentive.
The front desk staff and bellhops are friendly and helpful. The floor mats in the elevators are changed every day to tell you what day of the week it is.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This five-star hotel's unique central location and easy access to major sights makes this an ideal choice when staying in Sofia. It offers extremely spacious rooms where to enjoy a 5-star level of luxury, style and comfort. The modern Convention Centre features 4 conference rooms, varying in size to accommodate from 10 to 150 delegates in different set-up. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofia Grand Hotel