We stayed here for our week in Varna. It's so clean and modern compared to it's surroundings, it almost feels out of place!
Upon making our booking, they offered to send a taxi to pick us up from the airport, which we happily accepted. The guy was friendly with the little English he spoke, on time and didn't mess about; we quickly got used to the standard of driving in Varna! Quite funny really.
We arrived quite late and honestly quite tired. The guy on the reception desk who checked us in told us he could order a pizza online for us. Not our original plan, but it was oddly appealing as it was 9pm by now, and we didn't want our first walk around the city to be at night. He had it sent up to our room and we were set.
The next day, when we had our first walk around the city, we realised just how central we were to everything we had wanted to see: the Sea Garden (beautiful) is just around the corner, and in the other direction you have the city centre and theatre houses. We never had to walk far to anything!
The hotel itself? Continental breakfast was included for free. They can be a bit hit and miss, depending on where you go, and this one was nothing special. Perfectly edible though, no complaints.
The staff were always pleasant, and helpful if we needed directions.
The room, like the rest of the hotel, was very clean, almost minimalist in it's tidiness, and we felt it was great value for such a low price. Shower worked a treat, albeit a very slow leak of water onto the bathroom floor was slightly annoying, and they had those 'energy-saving' light bulbs in, so it was pretty dim in there most of the time.
Varna feels very much like it is still it's own city - it hasn't succumbed to becoming centred around tourism. That said, the view outside our window was of a normal street with people washing their cars, walking into town, etc. Views don't have to be 'picturesque' to be memorable. I would rather have a view of life in the city than a hotel pool any day.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to be in the centre of life in Varna. It's not unlike a Travelodge in the UK - no frills, but it does it's job perfectly.
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