Royal Central Hotel visited from August 13th til August 24th.
Like everyone on here who had read a review on this hotel prior to departing the country, I was dreading the state of Royal Central.
However, I have to say I disagree with many of the aspects touched upon here. The hotel advertises as a three-star, so as a group we certainly were not expecting the works. On arrival the reception staff were very polite to greet us and a gentleman helped us upstairs with our bags to our designated rooms. I shall break this review down into hotel features, as the quality and reaction from the staff differed as the nights and the various aspects of the hotel were visited.
My first impression of the bedroom (room 109) was that they provided a lot more space than I originally anticipated. The beds for a double room were two singles pushed together which wasn’t really an issue as it provided enough space and the small gap in the middle was hardly noticeable. The bathroom was good also, a wet room with shower, sink, and toilet. The shower curtain wasn’t the best as the rail did look like it wasn’t as stable as desired. Nevertheless, toilet rolls were replenished daily as were the bed sheets. Your towels have to be left on the bathroom floor in order to be exchanged for clean ones. We made the mistake of drying ours on the balcony for a few days until we realised.
The balcony was spacious with a small table and two chairs and an airer for clothes used at the pool or beach. The view wasn’t bad either. We were located at the back of the hotel, making our balcony opposite the Hotel Kalina (from memory.)
The air conditioning managed to keep us cool on evenings also.
Noise wise in these bedrooms, I didn’t have a disturbed night’s sleep. The music from the hotel bar was non-existent once we entered our rooms.
My main issue with the rooms was the state of the plugs, they were loose from the wall and so you had to be very careful when removing items from the sockets.
This was disappointing, but expected. I aren’t sure whether it served only Bulgarian cuisine for breakfast or the selection was simply a stab in the dark. As other people have noticed, the scrambled egg is horrendous, as it resembles egg foo-yung yet tastes bland and remains solid. The selection of meats was interesting, with the likes of mini hot dogs, salami, and, pepperoni, which did hold a lot of taste – I just didn’t fancy a cold meat platter for breakfast. The fruit and salad looked okay. The pastry type item that has also been mentioned was tasty, but again not my type of breakfast. Toast and cereal were also provided; with the toast machine not being the hottest and therefore you have to pass the bread through it a few times. Jam, butter, and the usual staple foods were provided. As was juice, coffee and so on.
I would say if it is paid for, the breakfast is worth a go. Even if you end up going down just for a coffee on a morning. The breakfast is served between 8am and 10am.
Whilst we were in Thompson’s booking our holiday and we heard the words ‘pool on the roof’, we were not expecting anything lavish. Yet on day one, we took the lift up to the fourth floor and stepped onto the pool roof. It is very basic, but the pool is large enough for a swim at least and the well needed dip for those afternoon sweats in the thirty-degree heat. There is no lifeguard present ever, so the pool isn’t the best for young children. The roof area gets the sun all day until the pool is closed at 7pm, which is perfect for the relaxing holiday we wanted.
We ventured to Hotel Kuban on a couple of occasions, one out of curiosity (where we did use the slides which I would highly recommend), and second time because our pool had no free loungers.
The Hotel Bar…
This is where we experienced a few problems. Not severe complaining issues, but small matters that were out of plain ignorance. Cocktail happy hour is every evening. Therefore, we used the bar as a meeting place for our party and had a cocktail before venturing out for the night. The price for 2 was 8.90 Lev, which is a very good price, not to mention the amount of alcohol that actually goes into them. Yet when paying, the staff seemed to be very reluctant to hand over change. For example, we would pay with a 10 lev note, yet we would get no change, the staff simply put the note behind the bar and walked off to serve someone else or chat to a member of staff. At first this wasn’t addressed, as it was 1 lev change which equates to about 40pence. Yet if this happens 8 nights, that is practically a round of drinks. So my brother addressed the issue in a joking manor and ever since then, we received our 1.10 lev change.
The staff were also wonderful at making up prices for drinks. 2 Bacardi breezers ’20 lev,’ to which the issue was addressed and the price marked down. This also happened again with pints of beer. 2.50 lev in the menu, yet the man serving us decided that they were 5 lev, until we found a menu to prove him otherwise.
This was the only real issue I had with the hotel, the total ignorance of the bar staff when it is perhaps the most sociable job in the entire hotel. It seems like something bizarre for us to do, but if you visit here, please ask for your change.
And as the review before me has mentioned, there is a dancing lady on a podium. This wasn’t just our hotel however, they were everywhere. Even in the two bars at Hotel Kuban which appeared to be so full of children during the day.
The location of the hotel…
The hotel is not for families with young children. Although, this seems to be a trend running through the entirety of sunny beach, with the surrounding consisting of sex shops, cheap alcohol, fake merchandise, a lot of restaurant workers who are desperate to get you inside. Our party consisted of a 19 year old, a 21 year old, and two 28 year olds. I would definitely go to Sunny Beach again and I would stay at the Hotel Royal Central again. The noise at this hotel is limited because it is just set a-back from the pandemonium of the main strip.
There is a sex shop next door which appears to literally be open all hours, with doors open so ‘all’ eyes can see inside, a supermarket 2 shops down, a pharmacy – which was very well priced and the advice inside was superb, a stationers, an excursion shop, a sex show bar, and then it developed into the clothing shops and bars.
For what it advertised it is a very good hotel which provides the basics you need when travelling on a bed and breakfast basis.
4 stars out of 5, I would have recommended it to everyone if it wasn’t for the bar staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- MPM ROYAL CENTRAL is situated in the centre of Sunny Beach, only 150 m from the beach and comprises of 120 spacious and stylishly decorated rooms with balcony.The Hotel features three lifts, a main restaurant, lobby bar with terrace, outdoor swimming pool with children section on the hotel roof, shops, beauty shop and currency exchange. MPM ROYAL CENTRAL operates on a half board basis and among the services included are buffet breakfast and dinner, use of fitness gym, swimming pool, parasol and sun lounge at the swimming pool. The Hotel offers open air parking lot against additional charge, free Wi-Fi internet access in public areas, video games, billiards, massage and SPA treatments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- MPM Hotel Royal Central Bulgaria/Sunny Beach