My friend and I were staying in Viand for a week in mid-July and did not regret. Here is my detailed review with all pros and cons.
Hotel was modern and beautiful. It reminded me of a sand castle. Everything was clean and stylish. However, Viand has weaknesses as well as other hotels but it is nothing important.
The check-in is as usual at 14.00. We arrived around 11.00. We had expected that we did not get the room but the hotel did not give us the all-inclusive bracelets before 14.00 too. The lunch ended at 14.00 so we were starving till dinner. I have never seen something like this. Take into account this in case you arrive early just like us. It is better to have a snack.
The hotel does not take credit cards. Viand has its own exchange office (1 € = 1,91 lv) with no commissions. I understand why Viand does not want to take credit cards. This is the easiest way how to make a bit of money but it is kind of unprofessional for 4* hotel.
The last weakness of the hotel is food. I have never seen so small range of food in 4* hotel. Moreover, the meal was still repeated. It was tasty but when you eat fish fingers with potatoes four times over you have enough. Besides, there was dill everywhere, in salads, fishes, potatoes etc. I was surprised that it was not in desserts. I love dill but enough is enough! Also, the Italian dinner was such a joke. If somebody told Italian that it was their cuisine, they would laugh at them. But I cannot say it was disgusting. I always found something good I could eat, so do not worry.
The positive thing about the hotel is a fact that you can prolong your check-out for reasonable price (50 lv – until 19.00), which is very comfortable when you leave in evening.
Viand lies right on the long beach with many bars (the hotel does not have beach bar). Beach is clear and full of little seashells. However, the beach is divided into two strips. The first strip is closer to the sea and full of deckchairs and umbrellas. We were nicely surprised that it was possible to buy just an umbrella or a single deckchair. Every piece cost 8 lv per day, which is reasonable price. You can not lie there unless you buy at least one thing. The second strip is for people who do not want to pay. It is free but without umbrellas and deckchairs.
The sea was absolutely transparent. However, it was full of life. There are lots of jellyfishes but they are harmless. There were beautiful huge blue-violet jellyfishes. You could avoid them because they literally stick out a mile. But there were plenty of small transparent jellyfishes. It was quiet unpleasant to touch them while swimming. On the other hand, once you touch it you get used to it. I also saw small crabs, so the water is really clean.
Viand lies in the very centre of Sunny Beach. The centre is full of shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, sex shops, tattoo studios etc. You can buy wooden penises stylized as opener and so on in every single shop. There were girls dancing on bars, drunk people on streets, weirdos, loud music etc. That is why I do not think it is the right place for children but I can definitely recommend it to young people. We had a great time at nights in Sunny Beach centre. Especially a bar called Oxygen was great (unlimited free drinks for girls, great music, plenty of foreigners). If you go to Sunny Beach and search for party, go to Oxygen.
For those who like trips there is an ancient town called Nesebar (15 minutes by bus). Nesebar is cosy and full of small shops and restaurants. Absolutely lovely!
To sum up, I can definitely recommend the hotel. You get what you pay for. :-)
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- Also Known As:
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