What can I say, from the moment we set foot in this hotel everything was spot on. The hotel interior and grounds are simply lovely with a huge swimming pool and park area for the kids.
As we checked in our bags were taken up to our room for us, The porter met us at the room showed us how to program the electronic safe then when we were happy, left us to it. The safe cost 35 lev (approx £15) for the week, which is less than most places we've stayed.
The room is large and modern, very clean and comfortable with two large single beds pushed together. Even the duvets were nice and thin but still plenty warm enough if the night got a little nippy.
The bathroom was very large with both a separate shower cubicle and bath tub, along with the usual wash basin and toilet. The toilet also happened to have a telephone right next to it, should you wish to make use of some otherwise wasted time.
There was plenty of wardrobe and storage space in the room, but you may want to take a few extra hangers if you travel fairly heavily as there were only about 10 in total.
Another feature which is often missing from all inclusive hotels was a fridge/mini bar in the room, which we just used to keep our water cold in, but there was a drinks price list on top too, which looked pretty reasonable.
The Balcony was reasonably sized and the huge window gave us a wonderful sea view across the bay, which proved extremely useful for watching the lightning storms that hit on a few evenings.
There was also a new lcd TV in the room which was a good size, maybe a 28 or 32", although we only turned it on once just to try it out the picture was perfectly crisp.
The maid came in daily to clean the room, change the towels and leave us some funky towel swan sculptures on the bed.
For anyone like myself who enjoys eating, the food is probably one of the most important aspects of your stay. I'm not one for fancy food, but I am a big fan of good local cuisine. For me this is where the hotel excelled itself. Every morning, noon and night saw a huge variety of tasty new dishes to try. Lots of new to me local dishes along with the usual child friendly staples, such as sausages, chips, pizzas, fresh veg etc...
The food was plentiful and regularly replenished and each meal rarely saw me sampling less than 5 or 6 new dishes along with additional side dishes and desserts. Along with this the restaurant staff were unbelievably efficient, no sooner than a plate was empty it was gone, ready to make way for my next.
The dining times as far as I can remember were Breakfast from 7am-10am, Lunch 12pm-2.30pm and Dinner 6pm-9pm, with a no beach wear dress code in force for dinner.
The choice of seating was also impressive, with plenty of tables for various size parties both indoors and out.
Along with the meals, the pool side bar was open throughout the day with an endless buffet of salads, sandwiches, pizza, fish, chips, pastries, cakes and my personal favorite ice cream, for which they had a lovely forest fruit sauce that made my tub of vanilla taste just like a screwball.
The nice little private beach is just a short walk at the bottom of the hotel grounds, however the steps down to it are pretty steep and may not be suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
The location of this hotel is also fantastic. There are regular taxis available to take you anywhere you want to go from the front of the hotel, a sea taxi to Nessebar Old Town from the end of the beach (which cost us approx £5pp each way), the Old town is only about a 30min stroll if you turn right out of the hotel and follow the main road all the way down, but best of all there are bus stops just a little way from the hotel entrance to take you either way at at ridiculously low prices (just a couple of lev to sunny beach bus station, from where you can get a bus almost anywhere). We took buses to both Burgas and Varna for less the £6 each, although be careful to check your return times carefully from Varna as we very nearly ended up stranded there. You can ask at reception for timetables.
All in all this holiday was a fantastic experience from start to finish and the hotel and it's staff were an instrumental part in that. If you're looking for a nice family oriented holiday with good food, friendly staff and relaxing evenings, then this hotel is definitely worth a look. If you're looking for a lively resort with a lot of nightlife, better head off to the 18-30 mecca of sunny beach just down the coast.
Feel free to give me a shout if you've got any questions and If you do end up staying here I hope your stay is as good as ours was :O)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Management for Sol Nessebar Resort by Sol Hotels as per 2008. Kids pool area and castle refurbished for safety and quality reasons. New and extended food offers and resort entertainment & sports follow Sol Hotels quality standards. Gardens and Park upgraded. Resort Manager for Sol Nessebar Palace,-Mare, - Bay is Mr. Lubo Lipchev. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Nessebar Palace Hotel Nessebar
- Sol Hotel Nessebar
- Sol Melia Nessebar