First of all, I would just like anyone reading this to understand that the poor reviews of this hotel are absolutely pathetic and must come from people who have nothing better to do than moan about petty and insignificant things. Now, on with my review.
We pulled up to the hotel at 1am, local time, and were greeted by smiling and friendly staff (yes, even at that hour). We were stood at reception for a maximum of 1minute, and our room key was ready and we were shown to our room.
Being first time solo travellers, my girlfriend and I stuggled to sort out the lights in our room, I even checked the fuse box above the door, then realised we had to put the key in the lit slot for the electricity to work. Epic fail on OUR part, not the hotels.
The room was spacious, with 2 single beds pushed together, which we were expecting anyway, as the Europeans don't understand the concept of double beds. We were provided with 2 towels, bedding, mini fridge, satelitte tv (which was mostly porn at this hour) and a remote for the air conditioning. We were expecting hotel from hell after reading some reviews, but were pleasently surprised. The balcony was great too, excellent view of the strip and beach just overlooking the enticing pool (more on that later).
The location of the hotel could not have been anymore ideal for us, as we were literally a 20second walk away from the beach and maybe 10mins walk to Flower Street (party central really). A number of bars within spitting distance too, all with happy hours on cocktails, usually BOGOF, the most we paid for cocktails was 9lev, which is ridiculously cheap considering the amount of alcohol that was in them! A personal favourite was the black russian, GET TO KNOW!
There were cleaners everyday, and throughout the day too, cleaning all over the hotel, so it's a super clean place. I felt bad walking in from the pool and wetting the floor they'd just cleaned but they laughed and said not to worry.
Now, the food. We were staying half board so we got breakfast and dinner. The breakfast consisted of the same things everyday; chopped frankfurters, all kinds of cooked eggs (including omlette that looked like pancakes), beans (not as good as a good old british baked beans though haha), a selection of fruit and veg, cereal (with warm milk though) orange juice, blackberry juice, water, tea, coffee, bacon, mushrooms. The highlight of the breakfast buffet was the eggy bread though, I couldn't recommend it enough, its delicious!
Dinner consisted of themed nights throughout the week. We had; Italian (spaghetti, pizza, mozarella balls, pasta, bolognese sauce), English (french fries, liver & onions, mush, peas, sweetcorn, beef sausages), Bulgarian (a selection of cold stews, pork burgers, kebabs), Asian (chilli con carne, sweet & sour chicken spaghetti, rice) Meat & garnish too. The food was fine, just what you'd expect to find with half board, always something for someone to eat, you'll not go hungry at this hotel!
The pool, although quite small compared to some other hotels was sufficient. But be warned, it is FREEZING! It's best to just jump in, not going in gradually. I lost a bet on the Man Utd vs Liverpool game and had to dive straight in, it was delightful! Loungers get taken up quickly, but that's to be expected anywhere, so put a towel down at breakfast, but if not, just walk to the beach.
So, overall, a very good hotel. I would definitely consider going back there, the only thing I would change would be the pool, but having the beach so close, who really needs a big pool?! Not a bad thing to say about his hotel, and I hope this persuades more people to go there, instead of being scared off by over critical reviews on here.
Some excellent ideas for days out include; Kahns tent, Action aquapark, nesebar, mini golf, rent a pedalo for 15lev.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome! Located at the north part of Sunny Beach Resort is hotel Palace. We have more than 130 double rooms and 11 apartments as well as family rooms, which are connected with doors between them. All rooms have cable TV, telephone, air-conditioner, mini-bar and a balcony with nice sea-view. You will be more than welcome at the summer garden right in front of the hotel to enjoy on our special selection of Bulgarian and British meals, 24 hours open Lobby-bar and outdoor swimming pool with cocktail pool-bar Karaoke. For your convenience we also have: two elevators, exchange desk, safety deposits boxes at the reception, message centre, doctor, room service, 24 hour open shop inside, rent-a-car, laundry and dry cleaning, pool-table, free wi-fi /public areas, ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palace Hotel Sunny Beach
- Palace Hotel Bulgaria/Sunny Beach