Ive just returned from a week's stay at the Rila Hotel. I would agree with the other reviews that the hotel is fairly basic but you can't disagree that it is in a fantastic location. The ski depot is a few metres away as are the slopes.
There isnt a great selection of food, particularly for vegetarians. The food isnt hot either which some people have complained about but overall its a buffet and you can't expect fine dining. There are some nice salads available and also fruit.
I had heard reports of noise from the hotels and to request a room facing the back but I really wanted a scenic view which was what I got and I was only affected by the noise on one night.
The one thing I really disliked was the bed. I have never slept on such a hard thin bed where you can feel the springs. I had to sleep on top of the spare blankets and duvets although this didnt help much. It wasnt nice after a day skiing where you are aching.
The pool was quite good, its large but a bit cold. I didnt mind this as I liked jumping in and adjusting to the temperature and then going into one of the two jacuzzis that were nice and hot.
There is a large lobby area with plenty of sofas to chill out and this is where you can access the WiFi.
Overall, this is not a 4*, particularly to UK standards. However it does have some plus points such as the location. The last thing you want is to be walking a long distance in ski boots.
I'm not sure if they have a room only option but I may consider this next time as I found the food in restaurants to be more appealing and it is very affordable.
Two things I discovered:
They eat their food luke warm as they believe hot food is bad for digestion so you may want to ask for food to be extra hot.
They are known for their Straight-facedness so dont be offended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The four-star Rila Hotel is the most impressive hotel in Borovets. Built in 1986 by the French company Les Arcs it is one of the largest ski lodges on the Balkan Peninsula. The hotel has an excellent location as a ski-in / ski-out hotel at the very bottom of the ski runs and 200 m from the Gondola lift; 50 m from Sitnyakovo Express and 50 m from Quad chair Martinovi Baraki.Rila Hotel provides holidays perfect for any age and during any season and offers ideal leisure opportunities – sports; spa; various restaurants and entertainments; sightseeing tours and cultural programs. For nature lovers Rila Hotel provides qualified mountain guides and selected hiking trips.Rila Hotel was completely renovated in 2001 and today it offer 256 double rooms and 266 standard studios. All rooms and studios have balconies overlooking the mountain with table and chairs. All are equipped with telephone; radio and satellite TV; bath with bathtub and hair-dryer. The studios have also small kitchenette and refrigerator.The hotel spa centre is the place where guests can pamper themselves with aromatherapy massages. At your disposal are heated indoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi; sauna; steam bath and solarium. The Pool Bar is a perfect place for relaxation after the exhausting day on the slopes. Sports lovers will be pleasantly surprised with the modern fitness centre and tennis court.Hotel Rila has 2 restaurants – Rila and Iskar with 300 and 200 seats. Qualitative European cuisine and delicious Bulgarian dishes prepared with love and genuine care are served in cozy ambiance.The Lobby Bar and the Pool Bar are the ideal choice for family and friends. With care dedicated to kids; the hotel provides a hall for games and entertainment, as well as ski kindergarten; where children between 4 and 8 years of age will get their first ski lessons.The hotel offers five conference halls with a capacity to accommodate from 30 to 200 attendees and with modern equipment for presentations and seminars. ... more less
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- Rila Hotel Borovets