Villa Park Hotel
Travel Blogs from Borovets
Having to say some sorry goodbyes to people in Belgrade, we drove off south to Sofia/Sofija the capital of Bulgaria. Needing another vingette for our car proved quite difficult, 8 petrol stations later and a few non-responsive border guards we arrived without one,
fearing the $100+ euro fine, thankfully avoided as first station heading out of the city we got one. Hostel was run by a great brother and sister centrally located. ...
... the airport for some photo ops. But the TSA could take some lessons from the German airport security...no groping, body scans, or any of that other ****...but trust me, its not easy getting on an airplane in that country.
Frankfurt to Sofia (1 time zone)
9:35am - 12:45pm
Missed our opportunity to score some cash courtesy of the airlines...they overbooked the flight and were looking for people to take the later flight and ...
... trouble and was again pleasantly surprised and the people were very welcoming. I was beginning to like the idea of spending time in Sofia more and more.
I spent the next nine nights in Sofia and had a good time staying here. I took advantage of an offer at the yoga centre and went there every day and sometimes twice. The classes were good and it was a nice way to meet local Sofian's. Most of the classes were only taught Bulgarian ...
... we were met by our driver. We said goodbye and jumped in the taxi. Nice guy, spoke some English and we got dropped off for the same price we were told 6 euro, nice no doubling (later to find out we paid a premium price but hey we weren’t too concerned).
We check into our hostel, the Orient Express, its quite nice, a big room which is great. The staff are nice and we settle into our room for a while. We head out to get some money and Troy ...
... there has recently been a change to the law to make sure that people can only be kept there for a maximum of 18 months. These men were very happy to receive the simple gift bags that had been made for them but Shams was very disturbed and kept asking me "why does God not love me?" and “why am I here in Busmansi?”. We eventually persuaded him to take a gift bag (mainly toiletries) but he left with one of the saddest looks in his eyes of anybody I have met.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet