Went on a cheapie half term break. I think £320 for All Inclusive was a pretty cheap deal for a school holiday week! Flights were at horrible times which meant arriving in the middle of the night.
On arrival we were not very impressed with our room as it was set out as a double bed and we were two friends sharing a room. Hotel staff quickly rearranged the furniture even though it was 4 am and said we could look at other rooms the next day although all were the same. Our original room was overlooking the 'street' or gardens and i have to say it was not the noise of people or bars that was irritating but birds! Next day we changed to a room overlooking the pool- much nicer. The balconies though are tiny!
This was early season and when we arrived we were greeted by some very disgruntled British holidaymakers who just put down everything about the hotel. Moan moan moan. We were glad when they left!
I speak as I find. This hotel is in a lovely location. virtually on the lovely sandy beach. A few bars and restaurants nearby however at this early stage in the season they were not all open and pretty empty. There is a 'train' which stops outside the door of the hotel which takes you into Sunny Beach if you want a livelier time and more shops. It runs every 20 mins and cost about £1.50 per person. It runs until midnight. 50 yards up the road there is another train which takes you into Nessebar, a very pretty old town with lots of shops and restaurants as well as museums and ancient ruins- same price on train. So if you want to escape the hotel you can.
The hotel itself is very clean and quite pretty - although the brand new foyer furniture looks like it should be in a 70's residential care home! Four choices of 'sit outside' drinking areas and the drinks are plentiful and good if all inclusive. The vodka was ok and we drank a fair amount of pernod equivalent. The wine too was very acceptable!
My friend got quite disgruntled at the fact that there was no coffee between 10 and 11 am if you were all inclusive- in fact no drinks at all for that hour. She even offered to pay but the answer was no!
Well the breakfast was good. I found that the other meals were ok- edible but the presentation of the food was what put me off. I still managed to find something to eat at every mealtime but if I'd been eating out it might not of been my choice. many of the British holiday makers were complaining about the food claiming it was catering for the German guests but if yuo looked at the menus of the traditional Bulgarian restaurants then the food we were served was much the same... Various pork stew type dishes and chicken dishes. Only thing was the way it was presented eg potato and chicken which was actually a bed of very tasty mashed potato with chicken wings and legs thrown in. It didn't look good but it tasted fine! I suppose though if you have children they might find it a bit too adventurous.
We did find the evenings a bit boring! Nothing in the way of entertainment in the hotel except a man on an organ singing in German. The German holidaymakers were dancing. I have to add that at a guess the average age of the German guests was about 70- 75 but this might just be because of the time of the year. The German tour company reps did run a children's club for the two German children and they happily included the British children into their activities- whether this would happen in high season I do not know. No evidence of British tour operators offering children's club!
Two very decent pools.
Other comments- I didn't like Sunny Beach. i found it a bit seedy. Young girls touting for 'business'. Some of the gentlemen in our hotel had been propositioned when going for a walk both Brits and Germans. I think they forgot to get the town planners in too and the resort is a mish mash of everything and a mess- although clean.
Nessebar is a nice old town and a good shopping/browsing place.
The airport is the pits!!!!! My friend and I had both said we wouldn't rule out a trip to Bulgaria in the future until we got to the airport. Two and a half hours to get through check in and security to find very few amenities in the departure lounge. Approximately 100 seats for approximately 8 flights going out within an hour! Portaloos! Rude staff and extortionate prices! All at 3.00 am - not good!
All in all you get what you pay for and £320 for a weeks all inclusive is ok. Don't expect 5* for 2* prices!
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