The capital of Bulgaria, Sofia sits below Vitosha Mountain in the western part of the country. Sofia is full of historic cathedrals and ruins, and it offers more than enough modern restaurants, bars, and shops to satisfy even the most discerning visitors.
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Right across from the Tsar Osvoboditel monument, the luxurious InterContinental Sofia is a five-star hotel perfectly situated for visitors who want easy access to the city's top attractions. The soothingly-decorated rooms and suites are equipped with flat screen TVs, coffee makers, complimentary Wi-Fi, and sitting rooms, and upgraded rooms include access to a lounge with all-day snacks. Some rooms offer views of the nearby cathedral or of the city skyline, and some suites have private balconies or terraces. A continental breakfast is available every morning, and the upscale hotel restaurant boasts a beautiful terrace, creative cuisine, and an extensive drink menu.
4 Narodno Sabranie Sq, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-29-33-43-34
2.Rosslyn Thracia Hotel
© Rosslyn Thracia Hotel
Conveniently located in the heart of the city, the Rosslyn Thracia Hotel boasts a stunning and immediately recognizable smoked glass exterior. The modern rooms are furnished with flat screen TVs, minibars, coffee makers, and complimentary Wi-Fi; some also have separate sitting areas or private balconies. Major attractions like the Sveta Nedelya Cathedral and the National Art Gallery can be reached by foot in less than ten minutes, but a car rental facility operates out of the hotel for guests who would prefer to drive. On-site parking is available for a fee, and guests are welcome to use the hotel's laundry service.
30, ul. "Solunska" Str, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-28-01-79-00
As you might guess from the name, the Arte Hotel is unique in that it often hosts dance performances, art exhibitions, and live music. Guests are also encouraged to enjoy the hotel library and its wonderful collection of modern art. The rooms are simple but welcoming, and they're equipped with all the amenities you need to have a comfortable stay, including minibars, complimentary Wi-Fi, work desks, and flat screen TVs. A relaxed bar can be found in the basement, and the hotel restaurant offers both Bulgarian and international cuisine. A daily breakfast is available for an additional fee.
bul. Kniaz Aleksandar Dondukov 5, 1000 Sofia Center, ????? 1000, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-24-02-71-00
4.Sense Hotel Sofia
© Sense Hotel Sofia
Established in 2013, the Sense Hotel Sofia is a modern five-star hotel that caters to both business and leisure travelers. The stylish rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, and many offer views of the nearby Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Some rooms also have private balconies, and all are equipped with smart TVs, espresso machines, iPod docks, and minibars. Guests are also welcome to enjoy a meal at the hotel's Mediterranean restaurant, get a massage at the on-site spa, relax in the rooftop bar, or get some exercise at the hotel fitness center, which boasts modern equipment and an aqua gym.
bul. "Tsar Osvoboditel" 16, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-70-02-06-70
5.Best Western Art Plaza Hotel
© Best Western Art Plaza Hotel
Only a minute away from the Bulevard Vitosha pedestrian street, the Best Western Art Plaza Hotel offers an excellent selection of rooms, suites, and one-bedroom apartments for guests to choose from. All come with free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, air conditioning, and cable television, and the apartments also feature full kitchens. However, there's no need for guests to cook unless they want to; a complimentary breakfast is served every morning, and lunch and dinner can be eaten in the hotel restaurant. Massage services are available upon request, and the hotel business center is open 24/7.
ul. "Hristo Belchev" str, 46, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-29-80-00-30
6.Central Hotel Sofia
© Central Hotel Sofia
Surrounded by many of the city's best restaurants and bars, the Central Hotel Sofia is a comfortable and welcoming hotel with a lobby bar and an on-site restaurant specializing in a variety of European cuisine. The rooms all come with flat screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee makers, and mini fridges; guests can also upgrade to a studio room or a suite, which come with living rooms and kitchens or kitchenettes. Other hotel amenities include a sauna, a hot tub, a steam bath, and a relaxation area. Valet parking is available for a fee, as is an airport shuttle service.
bul. "Hristo Botev" 52, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +35-98-94-59-00-04
© Hotel Niky
Tucked away on a side street off the pedestrian-only Vitosha Boulevard, Hotel Niky offers a Bulgarian restaurant with a garden and clean and affordable rooms and suites with kitchenettes and living areas. All units come with minibars, free coffee and tea, and complimentary Wi-Fi; guests are also welcome to use the computer station in the lobby. Baby cots are provided to families with children at no additional cost. Hotel staff are happy to help arrange tours and activities in and around the city, and guests can even book a special ski and snowboard package along with their accommodation.
ul. "Neofit Rilski" 16, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-29-52-30-58
8.Les Fleurs Boutique Hotel
© Les Fleurs Boutique Hotel
Designed by the famed architect Francesco Lucchese, Les Fleurs Boutique Hotel is a boutique hotel with a unique floral exterior. The rooms are all individually decorated in a floral style as well, and they come with amenities like flat screen TVs, minibars, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Some also boast additional features such as mosaic bathrooms, private terraces, and separate sitting areas. The hotel is located right on Vitosha Boulevard, meaning that it offers easy access to an abundance of excellent shops and restaurants, but guests can also enjoy a meal or two at the hotel's excellent steak and seafood restaurant.
21, Vitosha Blvd., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-28-10-08-00
9.Best Western Plus Bristol Hotel
© Best Western Plus Bristol Hotel
Set on a peaceful tree-lined street only fifteen minutes away from the airport by car, the Best Western Plus Bristol Hotel is an intimate four-star hotel with approximately 45 rooms and suites to choose from. All rooms come with flat screen TVs, minibars, coffee makers, and complimentary Wi-Fi, while suites include all these features as well as separate living areas and sometimes Jacuzzi tubs. Breakfast is included in the room rate, and the hotel restaurant serves Bulgarian and international cuisine in a relaxed setting with a peaceful courtyard terrace. Parking is available for an additional fee.
bul. "Hristo Botev" 69, 1303 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-29-80-44-45
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© COOP Hotel
Offering just over 70 stylish rooms equipped with flat screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi, the COOP Hotel is conveniently located less than ten minutes away from the Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Many of the rooms offer views of the hotel garden or of the city, and some also offer extra space in the form of a second bedroom or a separate living area. Breakfast is served every morning in the hotel bistro, and although there is no on-site restaurant, the lobby bar serves both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Other hotel amenities include complimentary parking, a sauna, a fitness center, and a 24-hour front desk.
ul. "Iskar" 30, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +35-98-95-69-17-91
11.Hotel Rila Sofia
© Hotel Rila Sofia
Formerly used as accommodation for the Bulgarian Communist Party, the Hotel Rila Sofia boasts a convenient location only steps away from Vitosha Boulevard. Most of the rooms offer wonderful views of Vitosha mountain, and some also feature a private balcony or terrace. Suites with separate living areas are available as well, and all rooms and suites are equipped with standard amenities such as cable television, minibars, air conditioning, and kettles. A continental breakfast is included in the room rate, and other hotel amenities include a fitness center, a lobby bar, and a spacious restaurant with a large terrace.
ul. "Tsar Kaloyan" 6, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-29-37-91-30
12.Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Sofia
© Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Sofia
Conveniently situated right next to the Serdika Underground Station, the Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Sofia is an elegant five-star hotel with plenty of amenities. Highlights include a luxurious spa with a sauna, an excellent selection of shops, and an airy lobby bar that overlooks the Roman ruins; guests are also given free access to the hotel's on-site casino. When it comes to accommodation, the hotel offers both rooms and suites, all of which boast Italian marble bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, cherry wood furniture, and coffee makers. A continental breakfast is available for an additional fee.
5, pl. "Sveta Nedelya" Square, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-29-81-65-41
13.Hotel Lion Sofia
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Part of a well-known Bulgarian hotel chain, the Hotel Lion Sofia offers affordable accommodation conveniently located only a few minutes away from the Alexander Nevski Cathedral. The spacious rooms come with minibars, cable TV, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi, and some also offer sitting areas and balconies. None of the units have kitchenettes, but a complimentary breakfast is available every morning and the hotel offers a cheerful restaurant open for lunch and dinner. An airport shuttle service is available for an additional fee, and hotel staff are also happy to help guests plan and arrange excursions around the city.
bulevard "Knyaginya Maria Luiza" 60, 1202 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-29-17-84-00
© Hotel Aris
Five minutes away from the International Bus Station, Hotel Aris is a clean and modern hotel that has been open since 2012. Free Wi-Fi is available all throughout the property, and all rooms are equipped with satellite televisions, work desks, minibars, and balconies. A complimentary breakfast is offered every morning, and the hotel restaurant serves Bulgarian and international cuisine. Room service is available for guests who would prefer to dine in the comfort of their own rooms. A car rental service can be found on-site, and both indoor and outdoor parking are available for a fee.
Rue du Marché Aux Herbes 80, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium, Phone: +32-25-14-43-00
15.Metropolitan Hotel Sofia
© Metropolitan Hotel Sofia
With more than 200 rooms and suites to choose from, the Metropolitan Hotel Sofia is an optimal choice for both business and leisure travelers. The comfortable rooms boast panoramic views of the city, and they're furnished with amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, and minibars. Suites with separate living areas are available as well; some have extra features like whirlpool tubs and balconies. The hotel is located intentionally close to the airport, and an airport shuttle service is offered to guests free of charge during the day. Complimentary on-site parking is available for guests who have their own vehicles.
bul. "Tsarigradsko Shose" 64, 1784 Mladost 1, Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-24-24-79-00
16.RIU Pravets Golf & SPA Resort
Nestled in the mountains on the shore of a beautiful lake, RIU Pravets Golf & SPA Resort is a luxurious resort with an 18-hole golf course. The rooms and suites feature balconies and views of either the golf course, the lake, or the mountains, and they're furnished with flat screen TVs, mini fridges, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests are also welcome to use the hotel's sauna, steam room, and indoor pool. Other amenities include a spa offering a wide range of massage and beauty treatments, a golf school with both individual and group classes, and three restaurants.
Quater Ezeroto, 8, 2161 Pravets, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-29-02-41-00
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17.Arena di Serdica Hotel
© Arena di Serdica Hotel
Boasting large, elegant rooms and a central location, the Arena di Serdica Hotel is the perfect choice for visitors who want to stay in a modern hotel with five-star amenities. The rooms are furnished with minibars, flat screen TVs, and satellite television, and hotel amenities include two restaurants, a lobby bar, and a Roman-style spa. However, the hotel's most unique feature is the 3rd-century Roman amphitheater on the ground floor, which was uncovered during construction and left for guests to admire. Room service is available 24/7, and a delicious buffet breakfast is included in the room rate.
Budapeshta Street 2, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-28-10-77-77
18.Meg Lozenetz Hotel
© Meg Lozenetz Hotel
Sitting on a charming cobblestone street in the heart of the city, the Meg Lozenetz Hotel is a stately hotel that offers excellent value for money. Both double and triple rooms are available; all come with vintage furnishings, flat screen TVs, minibars, and complimentary Wi-Fi, and there is also an apartment with a private balcony available for rent. A full breakfast is served every morning free of charge, and guests are also welcome to visit the lobby bar or the elegant hotel restaurant. Special prices are offered for stays of longer than five days, and complimentary outdoor parking is available for guests.
Krum Popov 84, 1421 g.k. Lozenets, Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-29-65-19-70
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19.Earth and People Hotel & Spa
© Earth and People Hotel & Spa
Situated in South Sofia near the junction of Bulgaria Boulevard, Earth and People Hotel & Spa is a luxurious modern hotel that embraces the natural beauty of its surroundings. The hotel interior is flooded with plenty of natural light, and many of the rooms offer wonderful views of the nearby Vitosha Mountain. Guests are also welcome to enjoy the views from the rooftop bar or relax in the beautiful hotel garden. All rooms and suites come with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, minibars, and separate living areas, and the hotel spa boasts a Turkish bath, a vitamin bar, three types of sauna, and massage treatments.
ul. "Okolovrasten pat" 27, 1680 Manastirski Livadi, Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-24-24-10-00
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With its affordable rooms and friendly staff, Pop Bogomil is a great hotel for visitors on a budget. There are ten colorful, individually decorated rooms to choose from, all of which have televisions, private bathrooms, and wooden furniture. Some also offer views of the hotel courtyard, which features a peaceful garden in which guests are welcome to relax. Anyone who would prefer to be inside can enjoy a drink at the lobby bar. A car rental service is available on-site, and there is a metro station within ten minutes' walking distance for guests who prefer to get around with public transport.
Pop Bogomil str 5, 1202 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-29-83-11-65
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21.Art Hotel Simona
© Art Hotel Simona
Located near the Vladaya River, the Art Hotel Simona offers an eclectic collection of rooms that have been decorated by young, up-and-coming artists. Each of the rooms is decorated in a different style, but all are furnished with cable television, flat screen TVs, mini fridges, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Some also offer pull-out sofa beds. The whimsical hotel restaurant is open 24 hours a day, and it can also be booked out for private events of up to 90 people. Snacks and beverages can be purchased from the lobby bar, and room service is always available as well.
Enj. Ivan Ivanov 10 Blvd 10, bul. "Inzhener Ivan Ivanov" Road, 1379 Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +35-98-85-25-90-98
© Novotel Sofia
Novotel Sofia can be found right next to the Mall on Tsarigradsko Shose Boulevard, making it just as well-suited to visitors with business in the area as to anyone who wants to enjoy the Mall's many entertainment offerings. The modern rooms all boast amenities such as minibars, flat screen TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi, and some also offer separate living areas and panoramic views of the city. The front desk is open 24 hours a day, and other hotel amenities include a children's playground, a restaurant with a welcoming terrace, complimentary parking, and an airport shuttle service.
115 N Tsarigradsko Shosse Blvd, 1784 Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: +359-29-04-30-00
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22 Best Sofia Hotels
- InterContinental Sofia, Photo: Diana Rui/stock.adobe.com
- Rosslyn Thracia Hotel, Photo: Rosslyn Thracia Hotel
- Arte Hotel, Photo: Kadmy/stock.adobe.com
- Sense Hotel Sofia, Photo: Sense Hotel Sofia
- Best Western Art Plaza Hotel, Photo: Best Western Art Plaza Hotel
- Central Hotel Sofia, Photo: Central Hotel Sofia
- Hotel Niky, Photo: Hotel Niky
- Les Fleurs Boutique Hotel, Photo: Les Fleurs Boutique Hotel
- Best Western Plus Bristol Hotel, Photo: Best Western Plus Bristol Hotel
- COOP Hotel, Photo: COOP Hotel
- Hotel Rila Sofia, Photo: Hotel Rila Sofia
- Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Sofia, Photo: Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Sofia
- Hotel Lion Sofia, Photo: Atiketta Sangasaeng/stock.adobe.com
- Hotel Aris, Photo: Hotel Aris
- Metropolitan Hotel Sofia, Photo: Metropolitan Hotel Sofia
- RIU Pravets Golf & SPA Resort, Photo: Atanas/stock.adobe.com
- Arena di Serdica Hotel, Photo: Arena di Serdica Hotel
- Meg Lozenetz Hotel, Photo: Meg Lozenetz Hotel
- Earth and People Hotel & Spa, Photo: Earth and People Hotel & Spa
- Pop Bogomil, Photo: daizuoxin/stock.adobe.com
- Art Hotel Simona, Photo: Art Hotel Simona
- Novotel Sofia, Photo: Novotel Sofia
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