Hotel Ela   Borovets , Bulgaria 3 Stars

Our view: Ideal for those looking to combine location with value for money

Great value hotel with a welcoming atmosphere. It's located right next to the main gondola and at the start of the main street, close to all the bars and restaurants of Borovets. The recently renovated rooms and friendly staff make the Ela a popular choice.

  • Small sauna and steam room
  • Close to the main gondola
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Package Summary
  • Half board
  • View the travel options & pricing grid below
  • Holiday Ref: 24360N
Booking information: Prices are per person and based on 2 sharing unless otherwise indicated. Room and flight supplements may apply. Special offers and ski deals are subject to availability and may sell out at any time. Terms & Conditions

Hotel Ela


  • Half board


  • Ski lifts - 50m
  • Ski school meeting point - 300m
  • Resort centre - In the centre


  • Reception
  • Bar in lobby
  • Fitness room
  • Sauna, steam room and massage facilities available at an additional charge
  • Table tennis
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • Lift to all floors
  • Ski storage
  • Children's playroom

Rooms: All recently renovated rooms are for 2 or 3 people with cable TV, minibar, private shower and wc.

Small twin and standard twin rooms (2 people): Twin rooms have two single beds.
Superior twin rooms (2-3 people): Larger twin rooms are larger with a sofa bed for a third person and balcony or terrace.
Single rooms: Are also available at a supplement

Board basis: Half Board.
Hot and cold buffet breakfast and buffet evening meal with daily salad, starter and desert buffets.

Number of rooms: 76

Some facilities may incur a local charge.

Borovets Resort Info

Eastern Europe's biggest ski resort (58km), Borovets suffers from many of the usual complaints about this finance-friendly region. Most commonly associated with budget-conscious skiers and beginners, Borovets has an excellent ski school, a fine snow record, cheap prices (especially for beer and spirits), lovely scenery - and it's only 90 minutes from Sofia. On the downside, there are unattractive buildings, skiing for better intermediates and advanced skiers is no more than average, the lifts and piste are kept poorly and there is the constant threat of theft, boring food and bad queues.

But, many people regularly return. Why? Most veterans talk of the great teaching they have received and the low prices, as well as the varied nightlife available. You'll have to forfeit western creature comforts, but it can be well worth it. It's skiing in a very different culture and is, joy of joys, half the price of the Alps. If the skiing doesn't interest you, there are always site-seeing trips to Sofia and other historic sites to keep you busy, although the archaic transport systems can make this rather time-consuming.

Overall, Borovets is a place to go to learn if you have a tighter budget. You also need to have a sense of humour and adventure, as it is very much the poor relation to Western European skiing. It isn't going to replace Val d'Isère as your venue of choice, but it does successfully cater to a completely different clientele.

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