Bulgaria isn’t a country often sought out as a city break location, or indeed one for solo travellers. However, Sofia the Capital has a lot to offer, and it is slowly changing, and waiting with open arms to welcome travellers.
Although I stayed just one day in Sofia (following my trip up the mountains to snowboard), it gave me a good insight into the city, thanks to the free walking tour of Sofia, as recommended by my hotel.
During my visit, I stayed at the Park Inn by Radisson hotel in the city, and found that it was a great base. The Park Inn by Radisson is a hotel brand that I have partnered with before, and I love the style, location and facilities offered, so was more than happy to stay at one again.
The Park Inn by Radisson is located a little out of the city centre itself, but is well connected by public transport – the James Bourchier metro station is a 15 minute walk away from the hotel (but it may be easier to get a taxi, if you have a lot of luggage with you). This metro station is on line 2 of the metro, and about 10 minutes from the centre of Sofia. Line one runs all the way out to the airport also – so you can get here from the airport at a low cost.
On my arrival, I was impressed by the sylish and brightly lit lobby, which had plenty of space to sit.
I was greeted by two friendly front of house staff, who checked me in quickly, and offered to take my bags to my room. They informed me of breakfast times, information about the hotel, including the spa, and how to connect to free WiFi (a must for a blogger)
My room was located on the fourth floor, and I was suprised at the size of it – so much space for just one person, but I was glad to have it, and rest my aching bones from snowboarding. The room overlooked the nearby business district and hospital, but was extremely quiet, depsite being so close to the road. It was clean, bright, warm and comfortable.
The room had two bathrooms (a smaller toilet and sink), and a larger bathroom with a bath and a shower – which was perfect if you fancied having one or the other (or both).
Again with Park Inn by Radisson, they had provided lovely little toiletries to clean yourself up with, which I love!
The bathroom had plenty of fresh and soft towels, as well as a robe and slippers.
There was a mini bar in the room, but if you wanted this stocked, you needed to call up. Room service was in place also – if you were feeling lazy, or a little sumptuous!
No matter how long, or short your trip to Sofia is. The Park Inn by Radisson is the perfect place to relax after your day of sightseeing.
The hotel includes a spa, pool and gym, as well as having an area for treatments such as massages.
At the time of my visit however, the spa area was undergoing renovations, but I got to chill out in the lounge area, and steam rooms, as well as take a sneak peak at the pool!
As well as a fully licenced bar, the hotel has a staffed restaurant, and kitchen, with great dishes to choose from if you are hungry. I had the varna style braised chicken in the evening, and later the next day, before heading to the airport – a huge club sandwich, which kept me full for my journey!
Breakfast was served from 07.30 to 11.00 on weekends, and there was so much to choose from. Hadn’t I been going on a city tour, I would have happily grazed all morning!
Staff and Extras
All of the staff that I encountered during my staff were so helpful and friendly, and I enjoyed talking about my travels with them, as well as gaining an insight into their working life in the hotel. I was provided with heloful information, and able to store my bags securely whilst I went off exploring the city.
An airport shuttle, which I took advantage of, can also be provided.