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This booking was for one of my business colleagues. He asked for this particular hotel on the basis on his previous experience in Sofia.
The sign in breakfast area " forbiden to take food and drinks" from breakfast area
The hotel is neat and spacious and full of art No
A really nice hotel with modern paintings everywhere.
The most beautiful and artistically decorated hotel I ever stayed in.I was impressed as soon as I entered the lobby where there is a display of beautiful paintings and sculptures.The rather low ceiling is cleverly hidden by the mirroring effect of its black,glossy surface.The staff was very kind and helpful and the room spacious,luxurious,spotlessly clean and also artistically decorated as were all the areas of the hotel.The single bed was very generously proportioned as I am 1,95m tall and had room to spare!The breakfast buffet was huge and with great quality and the chef of the restaurant was simply the best I have ever have the pleasure to try!The wireless internet connection was flawless everywhere in the hotel.In one word, excellent!
Very helpful and nice staff, great service, very polite and always available. Very nice design of the hotel and very spacious rooms and bathroom, which were fully equipped. Thumbs up for the airport shuttle service. Even when someone bumped on our car, the driver was very calm and in 4min another car came and picked us up. The internet connection in the room. Wired it did not work and wireless it worked after several tries and consultations just to have the slowest connection possible. For a business traveler this can be very frustrating. I would also recommend that the hotel informed their guests about the "different" taxis in town, as some of them charge almost 6 times the rate of others. Or at least that they gave us a card or phone number of a taxi company with which they would collaborate, as we had a very bad experience with taxis in Bulgaria.
Clean, comfortable, friendly staff. Paintings displayed in the entire hotel give a unique touch to the place.
Very wide rooms, excellent service, professional staff Breakfast maybe to be improved
It was excellent. The hotel also upgraded our rooms without our asking and without extra payment. That was wonderful. The phone system did not work properly sometimes. (I could make calls with my mobile, so it was not such a big problem) And some of my colleagues had difficulty accessing the high speed internet (LAN).
Hotel is nice, but the staff, and especialy cleaning personal is for budged hotel.
nice spacious rooms communal areas a bit faded and tatty.
Staff was great, Food was great too, location is great. Although I had confirmation from Booking.com the hotel could not find my reservation in there system!! Traffic can be a problem around the hotel.
The spa and health club were some of the best in the world. Had a super massage that made a new person of me. The staff were very cordial.
Very comfortable and well organized hotel. Staff very helpfull and polite. -
Great service, huge rooms, good value for money Beds made of cast concrete
Excellent central location Enormous bedroom and bathroom Slow hotel taxi, quicker to go out on street and order your own
It was clean, friendly and the breakfast was very good.
hotel staff has been very kindly and useful for any request
very comfortable hotel all the staff only too pleased to assist food in the restaurant first class
Excellent location and very good service as employees are fully dedicated to customers. The only very bad point is the breakfast : medium quality and very poor choice, not cheap (21€).
Very central location, next to the metro and the pedestrian area. No plugs near the bed to plug in cell phone.
Large rooms, grand hotel Excessively expensive minibar....daylight robbery..stock up beforehand!
I liked the location,decor,linen Poor choice of channels on tv, should have free movie channels. No tea making in the room. Ridiculous mini bar prices.
The wide corridors and soundproof rooms.
Comfort of bed, television and silence Price of food and no parking
Luxurious hotel in the centre of Sofia. Excellent hotel staff. Wonderful bed. Great view. Room service rather expensive however prompt.
Very good staff, very clean and the central location. Breakfast was not included in the price and to have it seperately costed too much.
They did not give me a room even though I had prepaid for it. Central Hotel appears to be running a "bait and switch" where they lure you in with a great low rate (in my case £45 for a deluxe room) and then when you show up they tell you they're full and they transfer you to a different hotel farther away (in my case the Ramada which is not a Hotel I ever would have chosen although the receptionists were nice and helpful). The lady at the Central Hotel check-in said "this has never happened before" but a receptionist at the Ramada (rolling their eyes) said it happens 2-3 times a month. Kayak.co.uk should be aware of this scam as it is damaging to it's reputation as a reliable booking service. This was my first visit to Sofia and only had one day so the whole experience wasted my time and left me feeling frustrated and taken advantage of.
Location- walking distance to a lot of sights, Ladies Mkt, Market Hall, Serdica Station, shops, etc.. Accessible- 4 tram lines in front. I feel safe walking around even during the evening time alone. The staff are very helpful. The room is big enough, amenities are included, ac is working & not too loud, lots of premium English channels on tv:-). Its clean from the lobby to the rooms. Over all, if i have to go back again to Sofia, i'll definitely stay here again The wifi is ok, can send pictures but need to log on every now & then but works all the time. Breakfast is the same everday. I hope they do variations every other day? But its sufficient enough.
clean, good stuff and excelent internet conection. best for business trips
large, clean and well-kept room - everything looks new!, great room service, great hotel restaurant on the 9th floor - great food and service! you have to wait a long time to get some hot water out of the shower; staff could be more attentive at breakfast - they do not come to you to offer drink, do not ask what you may want, you have to literaly chase them for everything, they do not offer fres juice which one would expect in a 5 star hotel in Sofia. Jaccuzi or a small pool in the wellness center would be good,
Everything top nosh!! Will definitely go back. Great for families with babies and small children!!
I loved the room. Very nice and spacious. The bed was comfortable and the spread was nice and warm. The WiFi was good. No unexpected drops while using. I had difficulty sleeping on my last night in the hotel. I was on the second floor and was kept wide awake by the music from downstairs until 4am.
A location is excelent, nearby the most touristic points, the hotel is quite silence, the room is espacious e the hotel offers a very good breakfast. The ar condicionare did not work properly -- 2 dias was only reasoably and one day did not work. The amenities were resctive, one soap for 2 people
location, services and comfort; next time in Sofia we plan to stay at Arena again. no negative comments; staff friendly and cooperative, good location, very comfortable
Hotel staff very helpfull
Friendly staff, luxury hotel, excellent breakfast, close to the center
The food was excellent. The reception staff all spoke perfect English and were very helpful in arranging taxis etc. The hotel's location is also very good.
My kids really enjoy the ground-level historical ruins - they were happy climbing up and down them. The location is quite, but very central.
The rooms are spacious and immaculate. The service is sharp and the staff is courteous. We have stayed at this hotel twice already and choose it over other cheaper options for the great service. The wake up call was on time and the cab was waiting for us in the morning as we requested. The restored piece of a Roman coliseum on the ground floor is beautiful.
the central position optimal for business and leisure, good hotel structure and staff.
Exellent location - exactly in the city center. They merged old Roman walls and modern building - it is amazing: like in museum.
It's central and within easy walking distance of the main 'in town' sights. Functional and comfortable and the staff very obliging and friendly.
Great location, good friendly staff, free internet but not worthy of a 100euro per night hotel.
Friendly staff, clean well located hotel. Couldnt get coffee after 10.30pm!! Rooms very small
shower. all warter is on the floor.
Cozy, home like environment in the business room. Good for the price. has some problems with wired internet connection configuration, no wireless available.
Exceptionally friendly and helpful staff, clean and comfortable rooms. Good breakfast.
Modern, comfortable, free internet, localization Small rooms
Good helpful and attentive staff with a reasonable selection of choice in the resteraunt. Quiet and clean. Parking not a problem if you book in advance.
Friendly and helpful staff.Small quiet hotel in good central position. A very good hot or cold breakfast.
Excellent and friendly staff. A few improvements with room and breakfast needed - we left feedback with the hotel.
Friendly staff and an excellent room, though I may not be typical as I was upgraded. Wonderful having free wifi especially during the travel crisis. Great location. The only thing I would have liked was hot water for the tea in the breakfast room. The thermos only kept the water just warm.
Breakfast, clean rooms, hot water
We stayed there before and the main reason for returning again was its central location We ungraded to a suite ! Bedroom which very large and was 'nice' but nothing to write home about , the jacuzzi bath was excellent, decor was a bit dull and 70's, the only problem was there were only two suites one on each of two floors,the only access to these bedrooms was by stairs, standard bedroom elsewhere in the hotel all had access by lifts....our room was on the top floor, didn't expect to be doing three or four work-outs each day on a leisure break !! Bar service was not up to scratch
Very friendly staff, free wi-fi in the room
polite attentive staff; quiet; nice modern decor; good buffet breakfast; modern bathroom/shower; excellent location The room was not maid up until 2pm daily until I complained about it. Breakfast did not begin until 8:30am -- rather late if you need to get an early start. No room service. Very weak wifi signal. Small TV. Twin bed. Stingy with soap. Satisfactory hotel but I question the four-star rating.
Central location, nice and comfortable room
Location, private parking, friendly staff and room 102 with the nice windows and balcony... I´m vegetarian and maybe have some soya milk included in your lovely breakfast buffet...
Convenient location. Decor original and attractive. Should be easier access to necessary facilities like extra toilet paper, additional duvet for double bed.
The staff is really welcoming, professional and ready to help you during your stay. This is my 2nd visit to this hotel and the room was even better. Just the fact that we could not stay to discuss with other customers after 10 p.m. in the bar but I do understand that this was the end of the working hours.
Reception staff were very helpful
Position and breakfast I specifically asked for a quiet room and they gave us a small and noisy one . Furthermore they asked me to pay the full stay in advance
Quiet and clean When we ask for taxi the receptionist don't inform (or don't know?) that in Sofia there are 2 terminals in the airport: we risk to loose our fly.
The location was very convenient for seeing sights of Sofia, the staff friendly, breakfast very good, everything in the room worked properly to include Air Conditioner. Good Internet connection. Building has character, appears to have been built in late 1800s, remodeled twice with last one in 1998. It is close to the street car and you do hear it in the room,did not bother me that much but might a light sleeper. Does share a entrance with a strip club, but not aggressively advertised and can't imagine being a problem, except for a real prude. Bathroom while fully adequate, sort of small.
position and price a couple of days we cold not get any breakfast because of too many turists
Older style hotel, renovated a while ago, and pleasant. Good sized room, slightly better than average breakfast with room. Room was very clean, and the staff were excellent. Hotel is 2 blocks from central Metro station "Serdika." Hotel is close to center of town, but one block into a slightly dodgy area with a few strip clubs and gambling bars. There is a strip bar in the basement with signs in the main lobby of the hotel. It's all done rather tastefully, but may not be a place where families will be 100% happy.
Friendly receptionists. Found it very noisy at night (from the street).
sightseeing disco ripped you off
the staff, they are very helpfull and friendly.
Hotel staff is exellent. Hotel is in the center of Sofia. No
Its really wel located. The doors of the shower cabin were broken and it was really difficult to close them. Despite I was on the 6th floor I could hear the traffic noise outside. The main lift is really slow and it even blocked between 5th and 6th floor with me inside. Emergency bell did not work so I wasted 10 minutes inside the lift with no assistance. Finally, the lift suddenly started to work again.
Firendly staff, good location (near the bus and train station adn few steps from the center), clean and spacy room, winter garden!
Very close to everything. Poor breakfast
location, flexibility of staff. I paid extra and upgraded to a better room, which I liked a lot.
the big bed one blanket for a 2 person bed
helpful staff, central location need to walk up several steps to get to the elevator, which could be a challenge if you carry heavy bags
cleanliness of your room
Staff very welcoming and polite and they spoke excellent english. Very helpful on arrival and on helping us with luggage etc. Very helpful in booking taxis to airport, althougfh unfortunately they did not turn up the next day! It was fine, there were cabs on the street they hailed for us instead. No transparent windows in bedroom, probably related to air conditioning efficiency, but we could not tell what the weather or the view was like! The ordered taxis did not arrive, but they hailed us two cabs. Unfortunately one of them overcharged us for the trip to the airport (20 lev vs the 13 lev it should have been) which was disappointing. Cab no. 91119 just in case!
It was very central and had a very relaxed athmosphere
Location was great for me, breakfeast was good and the hotel was very clean. Room was very small with no proper window and I would not like to stay in that room for a week. I was there on business for two nights and only used the room for sleeping.
The really good thing about this hotel is its location! Step outside and your in the middle of all the streets for shopping etc! there was no window in our room and thats ok if air conditioning is working properly. Also the fact that tea and coffee were not complimentary in your room, but had to be paid for
The athmosphere was warm Nothing
Friendly and efficient staff. Organised Airport transfers. Good clean linen on the Beds.Two Small Bars or Dining Room with good food Internet link can be very slow at times
helpful..friendly..bright and cheerful with excellent English. Room a little small, but it was just a two night stop over.
Very nice hotel, good service, great rooms with modern desgin. Hotel is centrally located on main shopping street, close to restaurants and bars.
very nice room. location exceptionnel in center.
Comfortable bed, great blackout curtain, good wifi, modern design, artistic furniture, convenient central location, excellent breakfast Glass see-through bathroom was awkward, shower wasn't sealed well and flooded bathroom, temperature control didn't work well and room was always too hot or too cold, expensive compared to other 4 star hotels.
Nicely designed, very central, very helpful staff Sofia is hot in the Summer. Would have been nice to have a pool
Very nice location in the centre of Sofia. The interior of the hotel is really stunning. The mosaic, the furniture, the bad, the corridors.. not typical, but very nice. Design is all over the place. A nice bar to have a drink. The sub-level where you have to eat is a bit kitch.
very nice hotel keep the good work breakfast is poor
The hotel was very cosy and excellently located. The staff friendly and the breackfast very fresh. Very nice room but too small and I would have liked to see some fresh flowers.
nice art hotel, comfortable rooms, friendly staff, very central an quiet according to staff no double rooms with single beds; only ok if you are traveling as a couple
Excellent location, close to NDK and the Sofia downtown area. As a Starwood Platinum member staying in hotels two thirds of the year, I can tell you that this hotel is truly 3 stars. The TV can be bigger but: 1. This is Europe so TVs are small 2. Why watch TV in the hotel :)