Hotel Yanakiev, Borovets
Perfectly situated right next to the piste surrounded by a majestic forest
- Half Board
- Next to a beginner's run & 4 minutes' walk to the resort centre
- Indoor pool with great views of the piste
- Wellness area with sauna & steam room
- Popular slopeside café/bar with sun terrace
The Yanakiev is ideally located next to a gentle ski slope. The hotel has a great pool and spa area, and offers a variety of spacious rooms with balconies and great views across the piste. The hotel caters for couples, families or small groups. Offered on a half board basis, you will enjoy a variety of local and internationally inspired cuisine.
- next to the slopes
- 4 minutes' walk to the resort centre
- 5 minutes' walk to the ski school meeting point
All rooms have a cable TV, wired internet access, hairdryer, bathrobes and minibar. Extra charge for safe available at Reception. Room service is also available.
Double room - 23-24m² - sleeps 1-2: double bed, private shower, WC and balcony.
Twin/double room - 24-26m² - sleeps 1-3 (max 2 adults and up to 1 child aged 12 years and under): twin beds or double bed, single sofa bed, private bath, WC and balcony.
Twin/double room with piste view - 29-32m² - sleeps 2-3: twin beds or double bed, single folding bed, private bath, WC and balcony with piste view.
Family room - 45-55m²- sleeps 3-4: double bedroom, lounge with single sofa bed and single folding bed, private bath and WC.
Cots are available free of charge. Please request at time of booking.
Sofa beds are suitable for children, folding beds are provided for adults.
- indoor pool with piste views
- fitness room
- free entry to sauna and steam room (3-7pm, over 14s only)
- extra charge for massages and beauty treatments
- lounge and bar with open fireplace
- games room
- ski storage
- free WiFi in lobby
- lift to all floors
- 32 rooms and 6 apartments
- welcome drink
- hot and cold buffet breakfast
- buffet evening meal with a choice of main course
- health food and vegetarian options are available
- early meals for children available
- Christmas Day and New Year's Eve gala dinners included
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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