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Hotel Lion
Ranked #31 of 135 Hotels in Sofia
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Stayed 2 nights here for a weekend trip. The room was spacious. TV had a lot of choices. I had a balcony with a nice view and to smoke a cigarette. Booked a single room and got 2 seperated beds, which I could put together for a better sleeping. The beds were very comfortable.
The shower in the bath had an usual construction...some of the water flowed to the ground. The toilette flush went out of order approximately after every 4 times pushing - every 2nd day it did not work. Some people here complained about the noise...I could not say that, when the window was closed, and the ac worked fine, it was silent and I had a nice sleep. What I am really missing, there is no deposit box in the room.
ATM, 2 big supermarkets are just in front of the hotel.
The airport pick-up was cheap and went very well!
Breakfast at Papaya was included and good.
Even it had a good value...I would thinking about to book another Hotel in the future

Room Tip: west wing is somehow the calmest side I guess
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

Lion hotel is now located next to a major street construction, so the location is not the best possible. The taxi taking us there from the bus station took some extra 'sightseeing' before getting there. Therefore we were not pleased when the reception staff refused to call a taxi for next morning from a number our friend had given, just to avoid these kind of taxis. They said they would use their own company, which turned out to be getting a taxi from the street.
Our room 502 was facing the back of the hotel, which was good as the traffic and the construction work caused a lot of noice in front of the hotel.
The room was nice and the bathroom spacious.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
Thank Ulla P
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We were picked up by the hotel and the airport. The driver was courteous and spoke some English. We had to pay him and not the hotel so make sure you have Levs or Euros ready to pay, they won't have change.

The Hotel is in a slightly dodgy part of town but we had no problems at all, and it is within walking distance of town and immediately opposite a very good metro station. The hotel is clean and the room which was at the very top of the building did not suffer from road noise which was good. If you had been in a lower room it would have been a little noisy in the evening and morning. There is no restaurant just a small cafe attached. We had booked bed and breakfast and the cafe which opens at 7.30am served this. The breakfast was absolutely awful and we tried all the options! Also on the last evening we asked if the cafe would be open for a quick coffee at 7.00 am before we left. We were told yes but I think this was just to get rid of us, it wasn't open! Also we asked for a transfer to be booked to the airport, and this did not happen. Having said that a taxi was ordered in the morning and came very fast. The cost of a taxi or hotel transfer is the same so don't worry. It takes about 20 mins to the airport, have the right money as the taxi driver will not have change!

This is a handy very reasonably priced hotel for a break in Sofia which is a fun cheap place to visit with excellent food, wine and some beautiful historical buildings all within walking distance.

Room Tip: Back of the building or the top to be sure of no road noise.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Julia B
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

We arrived before the check in time and the man at the desk allowed us to check in early and go straight to our room. The room was big, nice and clean with a tall ceiling and nice curtains. There was also a sofa in the room as well. Our room was a corner one and it sits over two main streets. There is AC in the room, so with the AC on and the windows closed it's fairly quiet. The hotel was clean, comfortable, and quiet. It's about a 10-15 minute walk to the city center and it's right next to a subway station which is very convenient. The room and bathroom were clean and nice and came with toiletries. The staff was nice as well. All in all, we had a great stay.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Naftali R
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

has all you need for relaxing good wifi,tv,bigrooms,breakfast was disappointing (next door in a café)and the hotel is a 1 mile walk from staion ignore previous post I waked it with crutches,,,guy on reception very helpful and the change money at official rates and don't under value the rate like 99%of hotels...well done the lion

Room Tip: keep away from noisey lift
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Thank stkildalowlife
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Reviewed 9 May 2014 via mobile

I stayed here for one night, the room was nice, clean, all that was missing from the room was a hair drier. The view was not very nice, because I was not on the front side. The downside and a very big dissapointment for me was the food that we had at breakfast, I really hope it was just a one time slip to have mold all over the bread. Really hope you fix this issue.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
Thank Roxy T
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

I stayed here for 2 nights, 30th and 31st December, and I LOVED it! The staff is friendly, it is extremely quiet, clean, equipped and warm. In the hotel, there is a cake bar with a great breakfast menu and AMAZING cakes.Next to it is a KFC, a Dunkin' donuts and just a few steps further, there are 2 large supermarkets and a subway station. It's about 15 minute walk to the center and 25 mins. to Vitosha Blv. (where all the stores are). I liked everything about the hotel, the food, the furniture, digital TV channels and the warmth and overall safety of it. It's a great price and you sure won't be disappointed whether you are a family, a couple or whatever! It's awesome.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Morrighan A
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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: £33 - £78 (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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