During my remarkable trip to Bulgaria earlier this spring, I had a chance to explore the backpacker hostel scene in Sofia. A great Hostelsclub provided me with free nights in two different facilities in downtown. The review of the first one is here. Today, I will tell you more about Gulliver Hostel which invited me to stay for two nights.
Gulliver is a tiny, cozy hostel situated very close to the Parliament and the monumental Alexander Nevsky cathedral. 5-10 minutes walk to every attraction! The facility is located in an apartment block. It’s just one big apartment, fully renovated and turned into a backpacker hostel. It consist of 5 rooms. I had an opportunity to stay in the biggest one, 5 bed dormitory, all by myself. The room was nicely furnished with a simple wooden set. Everything was really clean. If you fancy, you can also go for a private room, there is even one premise with its very own bathroom. Little tip: rooms that are not facing Dondukov street are way quieter. Every room has a TV set and a little fridge. There is a washing machine and a dryer. Coffee, tea and water are offered round the clock with no limits. The hostel can also arrange a pick-up service from bus/train station or from the airport. I didn’t test it but it sounds like a convenient option.
The stuff is helpful and friendly. They helped me out with figuring out how to organize my day trip to Plovdidv. I got a map and a ton of helpful directions. When I was leaving for a trip to Rila Mountains, the receptionist helped me with arranging the taxi so I wouldn’t get rip off (which is a common problem in Bulgarian and I experienced it on m own skin during my first day in Sofia). Very accomodating. Most of the team didn’t speak much English but the language barrier wasn’t a big issue as they were really doing their best to communicate. The reception desk is staffed 24/7 so there is no problem with late/early arrivals and departures of the guests.
Unfortunately, as I came to Sofia in the low season I was the only visitor and the moment. I’d be more fun to have someone to socialize with. I have to admit that as I was the one and only the staff took a really good care of me despite their limited English.
If you are looking for a basic, budget-friendly, centrally located place to sleep for a weekend away, I’d recommend you Gulliver hostel!