Fantastic hotel on the edge of the village with refurbished wellness facilities
- Half Board
- Lounge with open fireplace & cocktail bar
- Free shuttle bus to the slopes
- Contemporary and elegant hotel
- Excellent spa & wellness facilities
Nestled amongst a forest of pine trees, in one of the most beautiful spots in Borovets, is the highly recommended Hotel Lion Borovets. It's set in a peaceful location, with 15-20 minutes' walk to the town centre and main ski lift. Offering excellent service, the Lion is stylishly decorated throughout and has great facilities too. The rooms are a good size and decorated in a simple yet modern style
- secluded location
- free shuttle bus to and from the slopes (every 20-30 minutes throughout the day)
- 15-20 minutes' walk to the resort centre and main lift
All rooms have a satellite TV and minibar.
Small twin eaves room - sleeps 1-2: Twin beds, private bathroom, bath (with shower attachment) and WC.
Double room - sleeps 1-2: Double bed, private bathroom, bath (with shower attachment) and WC.
Superior twin room - sleeps 2-3: Twin beds, single sofa bed, private bathroom, bath (with shower attachment) and WC.
Family room - sleeps 2-4 (max 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children up to 11 years): Double bed, double sofa bed, private bathroom, bath (with shower attachment) and WC.
- indoor pool
- wellness area with sauna, steam room and relaxation area (extra charge for massage)
- fitness room
- games room
- lounge and bar with open fireplace
- free WiFi
- lift to all floors
- 150 bedrooms
- welcome drink
- hot and cold buffet breakfast
- 3-course buffet evening meals with drinks included (beer, wine, water and juice)
- Christmas Day and New Year's Eve gala dinners included
- optional upgrade to full board with packed lunches (sandwich, piece of fruit, cake or sweet item and bottle of mineral 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.