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Victoria Hotel
Ranked #3 of 10 Borovets B&B and Inns
Reviewed 28 March 2013

On arrival to this hotel the outside was pleasant and the pathway had been shoveled for a risk free walk to the front door. We were greeted by the staff who with there best English advised us where our rooms were and notified us to put our bags away and have a shower if we wanted and then to come back down stairs and they would cook us some food. This was a very nice surprise to say we arrived just after 9 and we weren't expecting anything as we new the restaurant would be closed. The food in the restaurant is not as good as your mums home cooking but it is hot and cooked to order and all comes with chips, soup or salad for starter and cake or a piece of fruit for dessert was fine for us. Drinks reasonably priced as well just don't have a red-bull! the walk to the slope was manageable for a group of guys in early 20's, got tiring towards the end but that is to be expected when burning the candle at both ends. Our room was clearly a twin with and extra bed to make it suitable for 3 people, the third camp bed was blocking the balcony and the wardrobe but we opened one door of the wardrobe so we could still use it and never felt the need to go onto the balcony so we again were happy. Room was cleaned and tidied on a regular basis. Staff very helpful and polite on every occasion however language barrier proved difficult sometimes, but more than manageable. overall a very enjoyable stay, dogs noise was not a problem and these are Wild/stray dogs not in the owners control.

Room Tip: 1 floor room at the front of the hotel was ideal for a twin
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

This hotel is not for a romantic trip to the slopes! It is however great value - the smoking area is a little lean to that you walk through on arrival so that's why people moan about smoke. Once inside it is smoke free. Room was fine with wet room and super powerful shower. The resort is a steep 10min walk away and unlit but we just stored our boards at bobbys bar for free and then took the hotel minibus for £1.50 to get to resort, walked back down and when drunk in the evening it is a fiver in a cab. Not bad really.
Food was funny with a Greek/Russian/Hungarian etc salad to start then a soup then three choices of main with one being omelette. Then a cake slice. Two things we learnt at dinner - go about 630pm and ask other guests what is good! And when a dish is served with garnish, that means fries! That is the same in resort. Breakfast is good with two cereals and toast, tea and filter coffee then they bring a plate of meat/cheese/egg and a piece of salad veg. This can bring odd combos with salami, feta cheese , fried egg and two cucumber slices one morning but personally I don't think you should expect full English.

Food in resort is very cheap - two beers and a wood fired pizza cooked outside next to you is a tenner! The local beer is pretty good and is around £1.70 a pint so less than half that of French resorts!

Trouble with this hotel is the dog next door - this dog barks at 2/3/4/5am and if you are light sleeper then you cannot stay at this hotel!

Half price holiday compared to French alps but more than half as good!

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 March 2013

we are currently staying here.our room was dirty so we were upgraded to the family 2 bed apartment at the top of the hotel which is really nice with a bath.the tv does not work.this is the furthest hotel from the slope.there are others much closer.we werent sure about the food at first but tonites wad excellent and four courses.i have not had a good nights sleep since i got here due to next doors dogs which bark for most of the night.however we find the staff here very friendly and will do anything to help you.its raining at the moment and the conditions are not good.lots of runs closed.i would however come back here but would stay somewhere like the yanikiev and would come earlier in the season.if you have ski lessons ask for toni.he is brilliant and great fun.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

Me and my family visit this lovely hotel for the second winter. We all are in love with everything there. First of all which in my opinion is the most important for one hotel are the rooms. we used 3 rooms because we were quite a lot of people and all of them were so tidy and clean.Each time when we go back from the slopes our rooms have been extremely clean and they smell so nice. actually i didn't smell smoke on none of our rooms as that was mentioned in some of the previous reviews. I was very touched that on their mother's day the staff was thinking for their guest as well, also i think on the beginning of march which in Bulgaria they celebrate the start of the spring we get as present a typical bracelet with red and white colours which is for health, this is very very touching of their behalf and very good cultural experience they want to show us their traditions which is amazing :) At the hotel they have wonderful fireplace where me and my husband enjoy it so much :):):) the food was extremely good I love Bulgarian food :) our kids enjoy the snow and jacuzzi as well even now when we back home we start to think for our next winer holiday which will be definitely in Hotel Victoria for sure :):):)

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

Upon arrival the hotel looks lovely. Unfortunately the experience was very different. Choking through the smoke we were shown to our poky rooms. We were lucky and managed to upgrade to the top (at a cost) and so had plenty of space. Don't look under beds as u might find something. The fridge was plugged in but not cold. I didn't bring a hair dryer as I thought hotels provided them, no, so don't expect one. When i plugged it in there was a flash and it blew from the wall. A worker lent me hers which was used by 4 of us, which was lovely of her. Food was rough, a choice of spam, cheese or egg for breakfast and dinner, oh and with chips. Dessert was a choice of cake or fruit. Cake was hardly available and fruit was an apple on a plate. Needless to say we ate out most of the week. Daily cleaning / replenishing was not happening so each day we had to ask for something. Staff seemed to be sitting around most if the day. Stair carpet was very dangerous as it was not nailed down and kept slipping. Dogs barking kept us awake for a few hrs each night. Although staff were lethargic, they did respond to requests. Loved the skiing, would have liked to have been nearer the slopes but it wasn't too bad a walk. Bulgaria was great and I would definitely go back, to a different hotel.

Room Tip: You get what you pay for
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

I just kep reminding myself that you get what you pay for. The hotel Victoria looks rather nice from the outside however the smell of smoke hits you as soon as your through the front door.The rooms are small and i would describe the standard of cleaning as poor (couldnt bare to touch the carpet dropped something on the floor under the bed wish id never tried to retreive the item)
the beds where uncomfortable and the rooms far to hot at night.wasnt too keen about leaving the bedroom window open as there were stables next door, the dogs barking woke us up and kept us awake for an hour or two. We may have been unlucky but we were woken up most nights either by drunks returning in the early hours/drunks fighting with each other/ drunks with loud music playing at 1am (when we went to complain it was the staff partying down in the bar)
The food was traditional if spam is a tranditional Bulgarian dish. so spam for breakfast and in all the salads. we ate out most of the time Hunters was an excellant find.
we also felt the 18 levs for the mini bus was a total rip off we walked most of the week and felt that if the guy hadnt ripped us off on the first day we may have used him more often.

Room Tip: one of the family rooms at the top spacious cleaner and quieter.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

This was our first visit to Borovets and we have had an excellent week.
I am an experienced snowboarder but by girlfiend had never skiing before and this looked like a cheap way of seeing if she liked it.
The ski school was excellent and she made many new friends, even though the resort is aimed at beginers / intermeadiates there is plenty to go out - the masala run is 8 miles long and alot of fun.

The Victoria is a familly run Hotel and they are all really friendly, the food is nice and it has a great atmosphere, would definitely come back and would reccomend to other people.

We have been fortunate with the snow but it is starting to get a little patchy now - will probably try and come a couple of weeks earlier in future.

If you wan to try skiing or boarding for the first time It's a great place to come.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Borovets 2010, Bulgaria
Region: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Borovets
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Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Borovets
Price Range: £41 - £76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
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