Do not take on board all the moaning reviews on this hotel and resort as it is a really nice hotel , great location and the people very friendly.
Rila - large pool with free jacuzzis ( 2 very large jacuzzis to take about 10 people so no problem getting in one) . extra 10L for sauna and steam rooms but even that only a fiver. Rooms on back are very quiet and people said rooms to front overlooking slopes quiet too so take no notice of the odd moaner about noise as you can always move to the rear and it is so QUIET you cannot hear anything at night.It was lovely to have a bath ensuite to soak in after skiing as some places you only get a shower. Food was absolutely fine - salads were lovely and plentiful,pasta dish,pizza every night and pork ,chicken and veggie dishes every night so what is the problem there! Breakfast was plentiful and fresh pancakes every day - ok you had to queue but my kids loved them!
Resort has been short of snow but it snowed most days and the "Masala" blue run from the top to base of gondola opened towards end of week to give plenty of skiing for begin/interm . Bulgarians are extremely friendly and welcome tourists as they are not an affluent country (I hate to see the waste of food at buffet meals!!) We bought new ski gear too as it is very cheap over there esp towards end of season.
The only problem was CRYSTAL - busy half term week and they booked everyone into the same ski hire shop to get fitted so 1 1/2 hr wait to ski first morning and 1 hr next - our ski instructor then advised to store skis in hotel room which most people did and plenty of space in room to do this anyway. CRYSTAL then try and flog you every trip and night out going which is a pain as you waste so much time sitting thro their chat.
RECCOMMEND the HUNTERS steak restaurant opposite Gondola as our ski instructor's family owns this and the meals were fab - garlic bread to die for !!!
SO GO TO RILA AND BULGARIA AS YOU WILL HAVE A FAB TIME
- 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