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“Breakfast left me speechless.”
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Victoria Hotel
Ranked #27 of 35 Hotels in Nessebar
Portchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Breakfast left me speechless.”
Reviewed 28 July 2010

I arrived in the early hours of the morning. The hotel was locked up and my driver had to bang loudly before a sleepy woman arrived at the door. They left me standing whilst they spoke in Bulgarian. I was then beckoned by the receptionist who said I need your passport and told me I was on floor 2 . There was no lift but a spiral staircase with nobody to help with my luggage. On entering the dinning room in the morning, I was told this is for you. It was a square plate with a boiled egg, 3 slices of salami, 3 slices of white cheese, 3 of yellow cheese, 3 slices of tomato and 3 slices of cucumber. There were a few slices of bread and a few teabags. The following days consisted a few plates containing what looked to be leftovers ready for the bin, cucumber, tomato, cheese, cucumber and a few olives.
the wooden fencing around my balcony had rotted and had I lent on it would have gone crashing over the side.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled solo
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Aberdeen
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2009

My mother, husband and I got back from a 2 week holiday in the Victoria only yesterday 12th September and I have just finished reading some of the reviews. I noticed a lot of changes must have been made since the reviews in 2008. We had a lovely stay there and found the staff to be very friendly both in the hotel and in the little bar & restaurant across the road, although one of the staff in the bar had more than a little liking for the drink. We found the room to be clean and the bedding changed at regular intervals, although I have to agree with one of the earlier comments regarding the size of the balcony which was only approx. 9-10 inches wide. Although my mother did get a balcony, there was only views of roofs and another building in very close proximity, however, since we were out most of the time, she did not use the balcony much anyway. It was a little noisier than we thought as we did not realise that we would be situated right next to the road, but this was really the only drawback. On the whole this was a good holiday and I would recommend the hotel, but not for someone with walking difficulties as it is situated near the top of the Old Town and my mother did experience some problems walking up and down the streets every day This was our 1st time at this hotel but our 4th in Bulgaria and hope to go back again, but if my mother does want to come with us, it will unfortunately have to be elsewhere, perhaps in the New town on the flat.

  • Stayed September 2009
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cheshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2009

Add room 14 to the list of bad rooms. Great view, but the balcony was about 10 inches wide. Extremely noisy road inches away, & the noise from a disco from sunny beach (honestly from all that distance away ) was vibrating the windows until 5:30 am. i actually tried to swap to the dreaded room 15, ( at the back of the hotel but with balcony), but to no avail. Plus the usual moans & groans....no clean linen/towels for the 11 night duration....crap breakfast........Don`t go here.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2008

Having travelled far and wide we thought the description and location of this hotel sounded lovely.
On our late night arrival we were given our room key....yes, to the dreaded room 25 (see other reviews), so we new straight away this was a crampt room on the back of the hotel and not a room with sea views as sold to us by Balkan holidays brochure!
The room was as described by other trip advisor entries, crampt with no view and very dirty. We asked for a room change and were told the hotel was full and we would have to speak to the manager in the morning.
After quite a bit of negotiation we were told a room on the front with sea views would be available by 2pm.
We changed rooms to find a lovely room with fantastic sea views, but, unfortunately this room was filthy. It had not been cleaned from the previous occupants, the ash tray was full, the towels dirty the floor filthy etc etc.
We were told by reception that they had a problem with the house keeper., and that she would be up again to clean.... without boring you, in the week we stayed at this hotel we had to complain to the reception, manager and balkan rep on numerous occassions and quite frankly it made no difference at all to this well located but dirty hotel.
Please visit Old Nessebar, the old church ruins and buildings are lovely, the small pebble beaches lovely and meals were generally fine, but be carefull with the main street restuarants as they know a tourist and you do get treated like one !
I was told by a restuarant owner that they all hate the tourist tatt that is sold on the stalls on the main street and that as from 2009 these stalls will no longer be there which I think will please both tourists and locals alike.
I do advise that you do not book this hotel as no one wants to spend a weeks holiday complaining !
Ps Balkans post holiday reply to my letter sent with a copy of the in resort reps comments ..........RUBBISH ! Useless after sales approach to their customers.

  • Liked — The View from the hotel room on the front of the building
  • Disliked — The Filth!
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2008

We have just returned from a fortnight in Hotel Victoria in Old Nessebar. (June 2008) We were delighted to be there and not in Sunny Beach, which looks like Blackpool : concrete jungle with hotel on hotel down to the beach.


This hotel is situated in a lovely position overlooking the bay, and a couple of ancient ruins! However be warned that while there are some lovely rooms with fabulous sea views you might be unlucky and get..room 25 or 15 which is at the back of the hotel and faces another house. We had room 25 for the first week which we felt was a single room with another bed crammed in, hardly room to open the door, the wardrobe or to get round into the bathroom. However, we were moved into wonderful room 23 for our second week which had a lovely view of the bay. We saw dolphins and a couple of pelicans from our window! It was also wonderful watching the swallows who had nested in the old castle opposite.


Bed and breakfast was adequate..the usual continental breakfast, cheese meat cucumber tomatoes etc..could have done with some proper `squeezed (thick) yoghurt every morning for breakfast which is lovely, and fresh juice would have been nice. They produced a toaster the second week which was very welcome. Some decent coffee would have been great ..it was thick wih coffee grounds and rather insipid. However..good tip..take your travel kettle and some tea bags..then you can make yourself a cuppa in your room! There are 2 little supermarkets round the corner which sell absolutely everthing and stay open until 11 at night.


We had a decent shower, loo was fine, and there is a little fridge in every room with a mini bar so you can stash your milk in there. We avoided the mini bar and bought our treats from the supermarket..much cheaper!


They have a lovely little outdoor restaurant where you can order food and drink and sit and watch the sun go down, or just go back for coffee and brandy at the end of the day. Very pleasant people who run the hotel..all very welcoming.


Loved staying in Nessebar, fascinating strolling round any time day or night, lots and lots of little restaurants to try..stick to Bulgarian Lager , lovely salads..fresh fish...kavarma their special pork or chicken stews...good food and never any tummy problems!


2 little beaches on Old Nessebar..shell beaches so take beach shoes. Otherwise we jumped on the local bus , or walked over to New Nessebar beach at the end where it was quieter near the sand dunes..lovely sand, cheaper wooden sunshades if you need them. Take a picnic or get a drink from the little beach bars. Right at the end is a section for nudists if you are so inclined.


We discovered which restaurants were good to watch the sunset. The weather changes depending on which side you are on, so if its windy one side wander round to the other!


Sunny beach is easily accesible by boat, little train or bus.


We enjoyed taking the local bus from Old Nessebar to Bourgas then on to Sozopol...you can also go to Varna on the Express bus..times by the bustop by the harbour! About 2 hours on the bus.


1 lev was worth about 43p when we went. Fantastic value for money we could have a good 3 course meal for 2 of us plus beer and a Pliska brandy and coffee for 50 levs : about £21!


Be warned..do not bargain...haggling is NOT appreciated..forget the mediteranean traditions...everything is a set price and it is not appreciated if you try to haggle.in fact they are very offended! Food is sold by the gram..meat and fish is priced up in restaurants in term of 250 grams...they even weigh your ice-creams on little scales! Have a look at the little antique stalls and shops that proliferate in Old Nessebar. They are fascinating..full of russion, nazi, memorabilia, as well as an amazing number of old muscial intruments..lutes, tubas trumpets, flutes ...watches..all sorts of things for the avid browser! Many local girls drawing and paitning selling their wares. Lots of ladies crocheting on the street, and lace making..as well as wood workers. Also look out for the wavy bulgarian pottery..earthenware that they serve their Kavarma in... nd of course..and ancient churches..buy a little tourist book about Old Nessbar and go exploring. You cant get lost but we seemed to find a new street every time we went out.


You have to develop a tactic of getting past the `greeters` for every restaurant who are stationed on every corner trying to get you into their restaurant. We tried lots of restaurants and went back to a few we really liked.


Got to have a look at Tangra...up near The Neptune..always full of Bulgarians with Big black BMWs and their molls ..we were told this was a favourite haunt of the mafiosi! Fascinating!


Interesting mixture of ancient and modern ..lots of boat trips to choose from..but book them on the day..the sea can change..and we did hear of a few queasy voyages!


Loved it! Certainly a hint of the russian influence rather than the laid back mediteranean..everyone seems to work very hard..and there is no siesta time..everything stays open in the afternoon.

  • Liked — the views and the location
  • Disliked — breakfast
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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North East
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2008

Just returned from a 2 week stay at hotel Victoria, Old Nessebar. The location is wonderful with sea views. However the service at the hotel and standard of accomodation left alot to be desired.

We did not have clean sheets for the whole 2 weeks. The room was dirty, the towels and linen stained.

The air conditioning did work and the room was unbearably hot.

Breakfast was very megre. Stale bread, cheese and some meat. Always the same and not very good.

The little bar and restaurant connected to the hotel (on opposite side of street) was quite different from main hotel. Staff here were freiendly and the food and service good.

Would definetly recommend Old Nessebar which is a fantastic destination for a quiet relaxed holiday, but not this hotel.

  • Liked — The Views
  • Disliked — Lack of cleanliness
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank englishtraveller_8
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Property: Victoria Hotel
Address: Kraibrejna Str 22, Nessebar 8230, Bulgaria
Region: Bulgaria > Burgas Province > Nessebar
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #27 of 35 Hotels in Nessebar
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Hotel Class:3 star — Victoria Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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