We've been to this hotel in the winter, for the New Years Eve....and for some skiing.
I will start with the bad things:
The concierge woman at our arrival did not speak one word in English, nor Romanian. Only Bulgarian. And she seemed pretty annoyed that she had to deal with our check-in forms. She was not in the mood at all..... :) So she was rude. Other personnel in the hotel offerd us better experience, or at least they tried a little more.
The surroundings are ...well....nothing. Just ground. Unpaved, un-arranged, left just as it is....Balcanic style I would say....
They have some contract with a transportation company that has mini-buses, at fixed hours, that can take you to the gondola. BUT, DO NOT expect the bus to always be on time or to be there. Probably because of the New Year, for 2 fays in a row there was no bus, and the hotel knew nothing about this....so we had to walk.
Materials and finishes in the hotel are ...well rather cheap. With some very bad points (the less visible ones).
New Year Dinner is not worth the money (about 70 Euros / person if you want to buy it separately and is not included in the package). Poor show, the restaurant was too crowded, because they had to squeeze everybody in the hotel at the same time, in the dining room and still have some space for local musicians and dancers. The show is very poor.
Now, the good things:
The hotel is quite close to the gondola station. Less than 1 km. Not very easy to walk on ski-boots, but for boarders it is OK. On the way towards the gondola, the road goes up a little, so it is really not pleasant to do this on ski-boots. On the way back it is ok, going down.
The hotel has very very big rooms (suites actually). It has a huge lobby, a kitschy skylight, with TOO BIG an ugly steel profiles (I know what I am saying, being a structural designer myself and working with architects all the time). But overall the lobby is nice. It simulates an inner court. Big heating costs I would imagine....
Breakfast and dinner are really GREAT! This is a very big plus.
Price is very decent. We payed 280 Euros / person for 5 nights during the New Year peak season, with half-board and New Year Dinner included!
They also have a small indoor pool and sauna, and they are OK.
From all of the above, one might ask why do I give it 3 dots and less. Becasue for Bansko, I would say that this hotel is OK overall. And for the money you pay....Overall it was worth it.
Would I go back? I don't know, probably to this hotel yes, but not very soon in Bansko.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The modern MPM Hotel GUINNESS is situated in a serene and quiet area only 200 m. from the Gondola lift. Comprises of 120 spacious and stylishly decorated studios and apartments with magnificent views of the surrounding mountain and ski runs. The hotel offers an elegant restaurant, authentic Bulgarian tavern (Mehana) and an unique atrium lobby. The spa areas features heated swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, massage and a large number of treatments. A modern, 100-seat, conference hall is also available. The open air parking lot is free of charge for the hotel guests and the heated garage is subject to a local charge. The hotel offers also free Wi-Fi in the public areas, game hall, billiard and table tennis. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Guinness Hotel Bansko