For €35 a night you would be hard put to beat this hotel.
The room and décor are a bit “tired” but you get a comfy bed, acceptable bathroom with hot water, TV with wide range of channels and a mini-bar with reasonable prices.
Breakfast was included and was OK – coffee, juice, reasonable selection of cold meats, cheeses, etc and a little egg and sausage.
It is bang in the middle of the city and within easy walk of all the museums, opera, concert halls, etc.
On the subject of museums avoid the Ethnography Museum – it is now only 3 rooms. Also avoid the Sofia City Art Gallery – actually, you will almost certainly not get in as they close it as it suits them.
The National (Bulgarian) Art Gallery is first class and I enjoyed the Natural History Museum – I like traditional museums with things in cases.
The Foreign Art Gallery is worth a visit for the Rodin sculptures alone and, to be honest, that is really all there is worth seeing – still, it is cheap enough and the building (ex Government Printing Office is interesting. There was a very good temporary exhibition when I went, though.
The Crypt of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is probably only worth a visit if you like icons as there is not much else down there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Slavyanska Beseda Hotel offers a fantastic location and an ideal accommodation for both business and leisure travelers looking for budget and affordable lodging but who will not sacrifice balanced quality and fair service. The hotel is situated in a prime downtown location on Rakovski Street, one of Sofia's fuzziest, most popular and busiest streets. It's surrounded by Ministries, government offices, exhibition halls, banks, museums, shops, boutiques, independent theaters, restaurants, bars and its a few meters away from the Bulgarian Parliament, the President's Palace, the National Opera house, the National Theater, the Bulgaria Concert Hall, the National Sport Stadium, the Alexandar Nevski Cathedral, the Russian Church and the NDK (National Palace of Culture) at a 10 min walk. All other touristic attractions, museums, art galleries etc are at walking distance. ... more less
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