This was a last minute break and the hotel looked great on the website.
The room itself was large, clean and had a lovely balcony overlooking the pool, with a distant view of the sea. The beds were comfortable and everything worked apart from the air conditioning (which wasn't an issue as it was not hot enough to need it).
However from that point on it seemed to be a constant exercise in grabbing money...sunbeds, parasols, cushions, our key replacement (the plastic was so worn it snapped but somehow that was our fault), and the parking (a small dusty patch of land at the back with no security, no parking bays and no rules about who could park there; so what had we paid for exactly?) I thought I had paid for a package but it would seem not.
I found the staff to be surly and unfriendly.
Breakfast was ok but nothing special and I was very relieved I did not have to eat any other meals there.
Outside was a great family run restaurant which did amazing breakfast and 24 hour shop which sold very cheap sandwiches and beer.
The resort itself was noisy and tacky and all the restaurants seemed to think I would only be able to order food if I could see a picture of it...this reminded me of Spain in the 1980s. I wanted a top class restaurant but they did not exist. We did enjoy the skewer kebabs in 'The House' and we did find a little Chinese restaurant one town along the coast but if you didn't have a car you wouldn't be able to reach it.
Everything was very cheap though and this with the weather made up for the rest. We also enjoyed driving into Nessebar for the old town and the sunset.
I would not return to Bulgaria again but that is not because it was dreadful just not really to my taste.
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