Sofia – where I stayed (1)


My stay in Istanbul last December convinced me that cooperation with Hostelsclub is always a good idea. What is Hostelsclub? It’s a a hostel booking company that provides over 28,000 accommodation options worldwide. Obviously, some of them are located in Bulgaria. That’s why I contacted them again when I spontaneously decided to visit Sofia&surroundings in spring 2014. Why not? Once again, I was provided with accommodation, this time in two different hostels in downtown Sofia. Once again, everything was smooth, professional and extremely nice.

Old Sofia
Vitosha Boulevard

I arrived to Central Bus Station in Sofia from Istanbul in a dead of night, absolutely exhausted and pretty concerned about all this low-budget solo female travel concept. Everything I wanted was to sleep and get pampered. Check-in at 5 am only exists in my ideal travel world though. It was still dark outside so I decided to linger over a cup coffee in the station building first.  But, as you could guess, I got bored and I eventually got to the hostel at dawn, fully prepared for an awkward nap at the reception. Imagine how happy I was when I discovered my room was already ready for me. Internet Hostel hosted me in a very nice double room (a double bed for a single use, I love them!) overlooking at the beautiful Vitosha boulevard. You see, my trip to Bulgaria was one of the most spontaneous, read: not properly planned journeys in my entire life. I knew almost nothing about the city. I woke up to the sun and realised that I’m in the very core of the city center, just next to the Court House. It’s a perfect base for city walking tours. And believe me, Sofia is one of the greenest and the most walkeable European capitals I’ve ever been to!

Sofia Old Town
The location is not the only advantage of the hostel. The place is suitable for everyone as it offers private rooms (from single to quadruple) and big shared dorms. The bathroom is always shared and quite basic. That was fine with me and I think most of the backpackers I know would agree.All rooms are eqipped with TV sets, private rooms also have AC,energy saving appliances and all wooden furniture sets. I truly loved mine! It might get pretty cold in the winter though as there is no central heating but the staff can provide you with a heater. The hostel consists of couple of apartments in one buidling. I was staying in the one just above the reception and it was really nice. The premises have never lost the vibe of home. You know, it feels like you stayed at someone’s apartment:-) There is also a nice sufficiently euipped kitchen for the guests use. In the mornings continental breakfast is served (no idea how good/big/tasty it is as I overslept), free wifi, lockers and luggage storage space. For the foodies and party lovers – there is a vegan organic restaurant serving fresh homemade bio meals and a hostel’s very own Irish pub located next door. The pub is a perfect spot to go make new friends and get a cold drink. Easy, convenient and no, it’s not loud at nights.

You probably want to know something about the staff members – a pretty place is nothing else than a place if there are no beautiful people filling it with their energy. Internet hostel’s team is truly great, helpful and always eager to provide you with the  information about the city, spots to visit, hidden gems and maps for directionally challenged tourits like me.And they are all smiles, which is not entirely common in this part of the world. If you have ever been there, you probably know what I mean.

You are planning a trip to Sofia? You are a backpacker and you don’t necessarily want to splurge on the accommodation but the location matters for you? Internet hostel is an option!

The second hostel I stayed in will be described in a separate post.
I was a guest of Hostelsclub and Internet Hostel. As always, all the opinions are my own.

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