Just got back yesterday from Sunny Beach, Hotel Globus is a nice hotel, cool modern smart.
However In typical Bulgarian warped style there are literally metres and metres of wasted unused areas. Vast lobbies, huge empty "medical area", huge corridors, massive vitamin bar with no one in it. etc etc Yet the pool area is cramped with 60 sunbeds for a capacity of over 300 guests. I had to get up at 6am to get a sunbed! NO EXAGERATION! Quite Bizarre! Do the hotel want to push guests to pay for sunbeds on the beach??? Do they have a vested interest in the beach?
The hotel staff get paid between £25 - 48 per week and is this the reason for the long faces and lack of service. That said and they soon smile if you tip them. Bulgaria is a very poor country and they are very jaded so don't expect any "have a nice day" or any pleasantries for that matter.
Now the restaurant- again excuse me if I sound cynical but this is another bizarre quandary that I am trying to weigh up. The restaurant in the hotel "Masala" is fabulous the food is excellent, the staff are friendly and the service is US style "bang bang bang" if you get the picture. The catch is this is not where you take breakfast or half board.
The Aqua Restaurant (next door with the same chef) where the half board is taken is terrible. Breakfast is passable, though its cheese, bread, ham and no bacon and the eggs are very undercooked. The dinner is just slop, don't even bother unless you like chip sandwiches which incidentally are nice. The meats are all in yucky sauces to disguise the quality and there is mixed bulgarian salad every night. No drinks are offered and the staff again (young girls) don't give a care except for if you happen to sit down without them seeing your room card. In that event they are over immediately to see your cards.
I personally think the food is so bad to encourage you to use the masala restaurant. Such a shame as with a bit of creative thinking the buffet could be turned into a salad bar or sandwich bar for no extra cost to the kitchen but then that wouldn't create additional income would it.
So all in all great two weeks, AC good, Rooms have MTV for kids, nice beds, nice quilts, power showers. Do not go half board and get up early to get a sun bed or put a towel out when you come in the night before because you will definitely NOT get a bed after 7.15am even on a dull day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Excellent and First Class hotel Globus is an established landmark in the popular resort of Sunny Beach. Location wise it does not get any better than this, steps away from the golden sand of Sunny Beach, hotel Globus is also right in the very centre, splitting the resort in two equal parts to the north and to the south. Everything is on its door step, pleasant seaside promenade, the 8 km long stretch of sandy beach, restaurants, bars, cafes and shops galore. Hotel Globus offers the perfect combination of elegance and comfort combined with a wealth of facilities including an outdoor swimming pool with children's section, and an impressive indoor swimming pool with attractive summer terrace. The A la carte restaurant with outdoor seating area around the pool is perfect for an evening meal and the Bowling alley for a few strikes of fun. This creatively designed hotel, enhances its friendly atmosphere with a well kept garden that surrounds the hotel. All of the rooms are impeccably furnished with some offering unrivalled sea views from the upper floors making this hotel the perfect choice for a great summer holiday. Hotel Globus has been fully refurbished for summer 2014. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Globus Hotel Sunny Beach
- Globus Hotel Bulgaria/Sunny Beach