Small but perfectly formed!!
- Half Board
- Excellent location
- Right next to ski school meeting point
- Moments from the resort centre
- Studios sleeping 2-4 available
· Located in the resort centre right by the pistes, ski lifts and ski school meeting point · less than a minute's walk to the resort centre
2 people on half board sharing a double room with private bath and WC.
Third single bed; triple occupancy available at a reduction. All rooms
have mini bar, telephone, satellite TV and DVD player.
Type C studios - sleep 2-4: Living area with double bed and 2 single beds in separate bedrooms. Private bath and WC.
• Extra charge for sauna, steam room, whirlpool and massage • Bar and café in hotel • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas • Extra charge for launderette
· Cooked breakfast includes scrambles eggs, Hemendeks and fried bread. Continental breakfast is ham, salami, eggs, cheese and cereal (cornflakes). Bread and croissants with butter and jam. Tea, coffee, juice, milk and water · 3 course evening meal, from set menu. Starter options are salad, soup and San Galen (chicken nuggets with bacon, Mexican rice and mushrooms). Main courses are spaghetti Carbonara, chicken with mozzarella, grilled chicken, Trout, pork skewers all with French fries. Pork steak with potatoes. Selection of curry (chicken, fish or pork). Vegetarian options include spaghetti, margarita pizza, mushroom stroganov and lasagne · dessert is ice cream, Crème Brule, pancakes, apple pie and homemade biscuits and cakes · extra charge for all drinks with dinner ·Christmas and New Year's Gala dinner with live music supplement included in half board upgrade
Guests staying in the Alpin Hotel will collect their hire equipment from the hire shop within the hotel. This excludes guests who book first time ski, first time board, intermediate ski and intermediate board who will collect their equipment from Borosport.
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.