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The English Guest House
Ranked #2 of 29 Ruse B&B and Inns
Reviewed 14 May 2014

I stayed at the English Guest House for the first time in August 2010, halfway through an epic trip in an ancient Land Cruiser from Burgas in Bulgaria to Cluj-Napoca in Transilvania. Having the occasion to pass through Ruse again (this time in the reverse direction), this was my first choice for accommodation. I booked at a few hours' notice, and luckily there was a room available. From the train station, the #11 bus on Borisova Street (ticket 1 leva) takes you to within 100 metres of Freedom Square, and then it's ten minutes walk, across the square to ulita Rayko Daskalov. The street is not especially attractive but the location is unbeatable if you want to walk to the Danube and the city centre. The guest house has been renovated recently, there's free wi-fi, there is a new kitchen in the basement, with the usual provisions for self-service. The refrigerator is full of food and you can help yourself even if you get up at the crack of dawn. You can buy a beer from the mini-fridge in the lobby. My room was spacious and perfectly clean, with a private bathroom. The hostess is, as always, charming and helpful. For me, that's what makes a place worth returning to.

Room Tip: Room 3 faces ulita Rayko Daskalov, so some people might find it noisy. I had my ear plugs.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 February 2014 via mobile

We visited in Feb 2014 and our stay was pleasurable. We were upgraded to a bigger room upon arrival due to it being the quiet season at no extra cost. The location is great, 20 minute walk from the train station, 5 minute walk to the city center.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

Hi,

We visited Ruse few days ago, without making any bookings, so we ended up in front of this Hostel, I'd call it, at 3 am in the morning and just rang the bell. We read few reviews about it before leaving home, but we haven`t decided in time to make a reservation. So, there we were in the middle of the night, waiting for someone to let us in. And they did, actually she did. A very nice lady, with good english skills. We decided to stay there, almost on the spot. Me and my husband stayed in the first room, with double bed and own bathroom. It was a bit cold in the beggining, but we switched on the AC, and it got better. Next day we were provided with informations and a map. Breakfast is included, but you have to cook it for yourself (we didn't mind that). All in all, it was cool, comfy and clean. I reccomend it.

Location: very close to Freedom Square, which is the center of the town, and close to Danube River, walking distance for both, 5 minutes walk.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 November 2012

Ive stayed here numerous times and thought it was about time i wrote a reveiw.The hotel is spotless clean,manager extremely helpful,she speaks perfect english.Great location betweem Danube and Freedom square.Kitchen where you can brew up anytime,All you can eat breakfast,you can even buy your own food and use the kitchen to cook your evening meal.
Great place for backpackers,manager will even do your washing,I think it was 7 lev.

Room Tip: rooms upstairs are quieter.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 November 2012

I guess we made the mistake of expecting a hotel. The location is fantastic, walking distance to the Danube and freedom square. We booked an apartment for 3 nights for our family. The manager was very friendly and helpful and she had excellent English. The apartment itself was spacious and well equipped but quite outdated, even the newer furnishings have seen better days and are quite cheap, and, in my opinion, the beds were not very comfortable. The small heaters were not very efficient and as a result we were all cold through the night. We were woke up several times during the night by people downstairs moving furniture across tiles or wooden floor, and by people shouting outside as they walked past (Halloween Night- not the hotels fault). The breakfast room was self service and seemed to be well stocked.

We made the decision to move to a different hotel after only 1 night, as we couldn't face the prospect (however slim) of another sleepless night. The manager was quite disappointed (understandably), and after we paid a penalty we moved on. I think perhaps The English Guesthouse is better suited to young backpackers than families.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

I stayed here for two nights on a cycling trip. I've backpacked a lot before and liked the shared kitchen where you can cook your own food and prepare breakfast from the ingredients that are provided. The room was clean, nothing extraordinary, but quiet, we slept well. The owner was friendly and organised a driver to see the medieval town of Cherven and the stone monastery and church near Ruse. We could leave our bicycles in the garage which was nice. If you come to Ruse eat at the Chiflika Mehana ( a tip from the owner), the food and atmosphere were great.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2012

For 70 BGN per night you will get much better conditions in the just few metres away hotels like Riga and Lilia nearby. Small rooms, bad noise isolation, common toilets and bathrooms for some rooms, breakfast must be prepared by the guests themselves. Thanks, but no, thanks!

Room Tip: Choose it another hotel.
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Address: Rayko Daskolov street 34, Ruse 7000, Bulgaria
Region: Bulgaria > Ruse Province > Ruse
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Ruse
Price Range: £20 - £33 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The English Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The English guest house is situated right in the very centre of Ruse, Bulgaria. Turning right out of the gate it will take you literally 60 seconds to the tranquil banks of the River Danube (Dunav), turning left will again take literally 120 seconds to enter the main square. The Vibrant heart of Ruse city. On the ground floor there are 5 bedrooms all with air-conditioning and with en-suite bathrooms, and 2 Bedrooms sharing one bathroom. On the attic we have 2 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning.On the ground floor we have a big apartment in wich 5 people can sleap, with two bathrooms. The rooms are a mix of doubles, twins, singles, as well as options for 3,4 and 5,6 people. All rooms have curtains as well as nets, double glazed windows are fitted with fly screens. Beds are comfortable, linen and towels are supplied free of charge. Showers are always piping hot. Each room has its own TV with cable channels. There are lamps, mirrors, wardrobes etc to make your stay with us enjoyable and give that feeling of being at home, which is something we work hard on to achieve. The garden has table with parasol and chairs allowing us all to sit and talk in the evenings with a hot or cold drink. Tea and coffee are supplied free of charge.Breakfast, which is included in the price is very rich and varied . We will do our very best to ensure your stay with us is trouble free, restful and enjoyable. There is a computer set up in the foyer which is for guest use. ... more   less 
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