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Hotel Lion
Ranked #31 of 133 Hotels in Sofia
Reviewed 3 January 2013

It is a nice hotel, near the city center by walk 5-10 minuts, or in a minuts by metro.
It is clear with nice and good rooms :) i found a gentle reception people and a nice bar too :)
If you don t want spend a lot this is the best in my opinion

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Fabio_Vitale_11
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LionSofia, Manager at Hotel Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2013

Dear Fabio_Vitale_11,

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive impressions from staying at LION Sofia hotel!
We are pleased to learn that you enjoyed your stay and remained highly satisfied with the hotel location, room ambiance and the service of our team members! We shall do our best to keep up the good service.

Looking forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back soon.

Sincerely,

Vladimir Tsekov
Manager
Hotel LION - Sofia

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Reviewed 15 October 2012

We enjoyed our stay at The Lion Hotel, which is well situated for the Bus and Train stations, as well as the city centre. With a new metro station right outside the door all of Sofia is easilly accessable. The luxury room that we stayed in was big, clean and comfortable. The only downside was the traffic noise outside and the hotel can hardly be blamed for that. The hotel receptionists were very helpful,but the service in the cafe next door where we ate breakfast was a bit "Bulgarian"! I have now stayed at this hotel three times and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Sofia. By the way, while other websites were advertising our four night stay at around £160, Gala's price was £124, so I highly recommend them as well and will use them in future.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank JOHN W
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

My Wife and I have stayed not once but several times at The Lion Hotel, Maria Louisa Boulevard ,Sofia, Bulgaria.during the past eight years. We first stayed there in 2005 following a twenty minute taxi ride from the airport. The staff made us so welcome as they do every time we stay and all speak English. We have stayed in different rooms and found them all to be very clean, with on-suit bathrooms. Our family have also stayed with a baby for which extra care was provided Down side no tea/coffee making facilities.. but a fridge full of drinks and chocolates.There is an excellent restaurant on the ground floor where the breakfast is provided and adequate.They also do evening food ..but close at 9 pm Next door is a KFC and many other eateries, The hotel is central for the indoor and outdoor markets and shops and a stones throw from the railway and bus stations, The hotel staff are only to willing to collect or take you for free, or to the airport.
Yes we enjoy our stays and will be back in October,

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Gerry M
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Reviewed 20 July 2012

Two couples, retired professional educators stayed 4 nights at the Lion Hotel in Sophia. Adequate location. Close to the bus station where we arrived. Some may consider it in the lower levels of Sophia but we found it perfectly adequate. In fact it is close to a market where most tourist probably would not look for. Rooms were a bit run down, some dirty carpet and clean glasses were not always provided each day. Adequate for the prices we paid. WiFi was excellent in each room. Breakfasts were probably the least bountiful and expansive we had in our entire month in Eastern Europe. Apparently they have a contract with a downstairs bakery shop to serve breakfasts. Service initially was poor with grumpy young waitress. After the second day it got better. Had a choice of 4 or 5 different breakfasts. No extra coffee without paying extra. However, whatever misgivings we had were erased with our experiences with the front desk. A clerk. Rasho, arranged to have a special taxi take 4 of us to Rila Monastery which saved us a substantial amount of money, allowed us to print out our flight tickets for Wizz air which would have cost us each 60 Euros had we done it at the airport and gave us lots of useful information about the city. The taxi driver, an off duty policeman was extremely helpful giving us directions to places of interest and directions to one of the best traditional Bulgarian restaurants in town. Many thanks Rasho and other Hotel Lion personnel.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank binder40
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

Very convenient location, close to rail and bus stations. Professional, English-speaking staff at reception, very large and quiet room, but be sure to ask for a room away from the street if you want quiet, because the hotel is at a busy intersection. Cleanliness generally OK, but desk drawer was full of old chocolat wrappers etc. Breakfast is a choice of various menues,no great experience, but sufficient. Deafening disco music in coffe shop from early morning. Computer station with internet free for guests.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Thank DKWorldtraveller
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Reviewed 7 June 2012

The Lion Hotel is situated conveniently close to the central train and bus stations, and only a short walk away from most of the main visitor attractions in Sofia. Our room was clean and comfortable and, for a smoking room, remarkably free of cigarette smell! The staff were polite and very helpful.

Our only complaints were some minor stains on some bedlinen that were slightly offputting, and the amount of light entering the room in the mornings, due to a thin blind on a velux window. For a busy area, we had little if any road noise - our room was on the fifth floor at the back.

Breakfast was an interesting variation on an English breakfast - very tasty and not too heavy, very good value for the budget allowed as part of the room rate.

All in all, we would be happy to stay at this hotel again.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Elaine H
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

We stayed at this hotel because of reviews we had read. We paid extra for a room with balcony only to discover that the "balcony" housed the airconditioning unit, and there is no room to step out onto the balcony. The location was extremely noisy with traffic. The room was large and clean. The staff were the most unfriendliest we have ever encountered in all our travels. No one ever smiled or acknowledged us when we walked past reception. Unhelpful. Had to wait for one person to finish a personal phone call before he could attend to us. Even when we checked out, the staff member could not smile or be friendly. The only friendly person we encountered was the cleaner. Breakfast in the coffee shop was a challenge. They try to get you to have what is on the "buffet" (very ordinary, not much to chose from), but another couple alerted us to the menu which you have to ask for. It's close to the station but the location is noisy. Would never stay here again.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Lion

Address: bul.Knyaginya Maria Luiza 60, Sofia 1202, Bulgaria
Region: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia > Poduyane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#15 Romantic Hotel in Sofia
Price Range: £34 - £63 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Lion 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Lion Sofia is situated in the center of the city. The hotel offers direct connection to the public transport network. The entrance of the new metro station "Lavov Most" is right in front of the hotel. It is just a few minutes walking distance from Sofia's main places of interest and administrative buildings. A range of shopping venues are to be found on Vitosha Street, within a 5-minute walk of the hotel. Alexander Nevski Church is also situated in vicinity. Sofia airport is only 20 minutes drive. Transfers are offered on request at additional cost. Hotel Lion provides 32 large, clean, beautifully decorated rooms. Each room includes: separate fully equipped bathroom, work desk, free Wi-Fi Internet, air conditioning, mini-bar and cable TV with more than 100 channels. Hotel Lion will charm you with its unique atmosphere of quietness in the heart of Sofia. The attentive staff creates a warm and friendly atmosphere and will be happy to help you with all your queries. Pizza bar and grill "Papaya" offers various breakfast and many delicious specialties. A nice place to have a drink after a long and busy day. ... more   less 
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