Slap bang next to the gondola!!
- Half Board
- Central resort location next to the gondola
- Lounge bar
- Spa Area
The Hotel Ela is a great value hotel in the ideal location – it puts you slap bang next to the gondola which takes you to the top of Borovets Mountain, it’s right at the start of the main street too so you’re close to all the bars and restaurants of Borovets. So a great location, good rooms and breakfast and dinner is included everyday – plus we found the bar one of the cheapest in Borovets, and when beer or wine doesn’t cost more than £1 that’
for 2 people on half board sharing a small double room with private shower and WC. Small twin rooms, larger twin rooms with a sofa bed for a third person with balcony or terrace and single rooms are also available at a supplement. All bedrooms have cable TV and minibar.
· extra charge for sauna, steam room and massage · fitness room · table tennis · bar in lobby · free WiFi · lift to all floors ·children's playroom · 76 bedrooms
· hot buffet breakfast serving frankfurters, bacon, variety of eggs (boiled, scrambled or poached) · cold buffet breakfast serving French toast, waffles with jam and honey. Cereal with yogurt and compote. Ham, salami, patties and cheese. Beans, cucumber and tomatoes. Tea, coffee and juice · buffet evening meals with daily salad of tomatoes, cucumbers and beans, starter & dessert buffets · extra charge for drinks including water
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.