Hotel Samokov, Borovets
The Samokov boasts a superb central location and an extensive range of leisure facilities to ensure après-ski relaxation - excellent choice for families & groups of friends
- Half Board
- 1 minutes’ walk to the main gondola & near the resort centre
- Huge indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, steam room & fitness centre
- On-site shops, nightclub & bowling alley
- Wi-fi Available
The Samokov is in a great location - nestled among old pine forests, near the resort centre and opposite the main Yastrebets gondola. It’s a short walk to shops, bars and restaurants but there's plenty to do within the hotel itself. The rooms are basic but they've got great views of the town and mountains. The hotel runs its own ski club for children aged between 4 and 7 years to ensure the enjoy the fun!
- in the resort centre, near bars and restaurants
- 1 minutes’ walk to the main Yastrebets gondola, 3 minutes’ walk to the nearest drag lift and beginners’ slope
All rooms have a cable TV, hairdryer and radio.
Twin room - sleeps 1-2: twin beds, private bath and WC.
Twin room with balcony - sleeps 1-3: twin beds, single sofa bed, private bath, WC and balcony. These rooms are also available with an upgrade to Superior Dining.
- indoor pool
- extra charge for wellness area with fitness centre, sauna, whirlpool, steam room, Kneipp bath, Hamman, spa treatments, beauty parlour and massages
- free WiFi throughout
- extensive choice of bars and cafés
- Panorama à la carte restaurant on top floor
- Samokov buffet restaurant
- sports bar, pool bar and lobby lounge
- bowling alley
- kids' club
- ski store
- lift to all floors
- 262 rooms
- hot and cold buffet breakfast
- 3-course buffet evening meals with vegetarian options
- extra charge for all drinks including water
- Christmas Day and New Year's Eve gala dinners included (drinks included on New Year's Eve)
- Superior Dining: Choose a twin room with a balcony and take advantage of the optional upgrade to 4-course waiter-served evening meals with a choice of menu, taken in the top-floor Panorama restaurant.
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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