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Best Western Expo Hotel
Ranked #42 of 133 Hotels in Sofia
Yockleton, Shropshire, United Kingdom
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153 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Handy for airport”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Flew in by Easy Jet late and caught dinner, Taxi transfer quick and easy. Breakfast was minimal but good, then taxi back to airport just a few minutes to pick up hire car for week. Taxi driver still thinks its cheaper to take a taxi for the week! I don't want to share room with them if I can help it. Room was OK and the staff OK for such a short visit.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Gainesville
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355 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2014

The hotel gave excellent service. I wanted something close to the airport with good wi-fi. The wi-fi worked very well, the "7 minutes drive" to the airport was a little optimistic, but still it is well placed, out of the city, with a direct route to the airport. I found it a little tricky to find the hotel - if you drive from the ring road look for the futuristic sky-scrapers and the expo is close by. Excellent breakfast, good food too out the back (well landscaped so that you can believe you are in the countryside). Good sized rooms - very clean and well cared for. Much better than the American Best Westerns!

Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Bayern
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271 reviews
137 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2014

The hotel is only 5km away from the airport and 200m from the Expo.. So it is the perfect location for a business trip. If you need to go to the city, the Metro is only 500m away and you need 20min to the city.. (and the mtro is very cheap)
The hotel itself is a little bit old but still ok. Rooms are big, you have warm water in the bathroom and the WIFI is working everywhere with good connection.
The staff is very friendly and speaks very good english. The food in the restaurant is ok, as well the breakfast.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Antwerp, Belgium
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2014

I stay in the B.W. Expo often at the end of my business trip to Sofia because it is very conveniently at a 10 minutes ride from the airport...

There is a metro almost in front taking you to the centre of Sofia in 10-15 minutes... very convenient...

The hotel is doing it's best to be top level...
Lat time I arrived at 23:00 hours, restaurant and room service where normally closed but the waiters did not mind bringing me 2 huge plates of hamburger with fries after 23:00 hours...
This is the extra I love from the B.W. hotels (unfortunately not all).
I enjoyed a good meal in the restaurant also the previous time... price is high for Sofia norms but the quality is very good...
Only positive things about the staff last time... Despite my short stays I have always had the best experience...
Rooms are big and convenient for working with a huge desk with plenty of space...

The most important thing: The management does care and follows up on complaints: Last time I wrote on the BW site the rooms are to dark to work when you come in for a business trip this is important...and immediately got a reply they will work on that and it would be fixed very quickly...

When the management takes such things personally you can only recommend this hotel to others guest, can't you? :-)

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Francois V
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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110 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2014 via mobile

I must state at that point in my life (age 43) that I owe some of my best experiences in travelling around the world to TripAdvisor application and for the community that contributes to that idea. I use TripAdvisor for 10 years already and never was disappointed. I will add this opening to my next 10 reviews.
I stayed one night in this hotel after two weeks traveling and before my flight home which was scheduled for the coming morning. I found this hotel very similar to U.S Best western I experienced before. Very large, clean and comfortable.
I had to ask for fixing the shower head which was totally broken. The guy swapped it with the shower head of the closest room.
It takes only five minutes to the center of Sofia and cost around 10 Leva (5 euro) so it good choice if you don't want to pay for staying in central hotels.

Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2014

The hotel is located near the airport and there is a metro station a short walk away that will take you in to the city centre. The complimentary breakfast is very good with hot cooked items like eggs and sausages as it is located in the hotel's restaurant. The staff throughout the hotel speak very good English and are extremely polite. Overall I had a good stay and for the price the hotel delivers decent value. There are some downsides however. The walls seem to be very thin and you can hear a lot of noise from the adjacent rooms. If you're a light sleeper this could be a problem. The pillows aren't very good and seem cheap compared to a W or a Marriott. The only 2 elevators are also extremely small when you consider the size of the hotel which can fit maybe 2 people with luggage at best.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2014

I don't expect much from a Best Western hotel. Perhaps I'm pessimistic or the hotel in Sofia was above average but I liked it. The fact that they have a concierge surprised me. I have no idea what he does except running outside to open the gate to the parking lot since I did not need such services but it is a good sign. My expectations on a hotel restaurant are not very high either but I was pleasantly surprised by the food (turkey with rice). The room was nice, it had all the amentities I needed and I could not find anything negative except the shower head which is losing its metal finish (electroplated plastic).

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Property: Best Western Expo Hotel
Address: 149 Tsarigradsko Shose Blv., Sofia 1784, Bulgaria
Region: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#21 Business Hotel in Sofia
#27 Luxury Hotel in Sofia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Best Western Expo Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
HOTEL HIGHLIGHTS & SERVICES Best Western Hotel Expo is: Part of the largest hotel chain in the world - Best Western - with more than 4000 hotels worldwide Located in the heart of Sofia's Business District, within walking distance of the International Exhibition Center, in close proximity to the Sofia International Airport, the numerous city sights, and between two shopping malls Being located in the heart of the Business District of Bulgaria's capital city and within a walking distance of less than 10 meters from Sofia's leading International Exhibition and Congress center, the 4-star BEST WESTERN Hotel Expo offers its guests 99 comfortable rooms, multifunctional meeting rooms, a state-of-art business lounge, a modern bar as well as other dining option, among which and a lush open-air summer garden. ... more   less 
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Best Western Sofia
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