It’s grey, little known and we grow to like it. Yes, I am talking about Sofia. A seemingly unpromising Capital city. Is this the place to stay? Read on for how to stay in style. Oh and ignore that communist era greyness that lines the road from Sofia airport.
But giving Sofia a miss is like crying off on a party you had an invitation for. So I’ll stick my neck out, and say Sofia is THE up and coming place to be in Europe.
With five shopping malls, and three new malls well under construction, some have huge confidence in the City’s future. I am one of those.
Right now, I’m feeling a renewed vibrancy and confidence in the air. New IT jobs, low personal and corporate tax bring some real attractions for both business and individuals being based here.
Unleashing my Sofia
There has never been more reason to visit Sofia. For music lovers the program is astonishing. Take, for example, The NDK (“The national Palace of Culture”). It’s located just off Vitosha street — one of my favourite places streets lined with cafes, shops, bars and clubs.
NDK hosts world renowned classical, folk and popular artists. Like my favourite, violinst Vasko Vassilev and the hugely popular all girl classical ensemble, “Bond” Both play here over the coming weeks.
From Classical and Opera, at the Opera House, to a weekend rock festival headlining Guns n Roses Sofia has long since emerged as a key place to perform.
City centre hotel apartments
It is somewhat fitting to be I took time out to review apartment accommodation that is well suited for those wanting a city base. Any savvy traveller knows that City apartments offer much better value that a hotel. Just like they often do in Bansko.
So I took a look at some city centre apartments in the heart of the city. The first one Allegra, a business apartment, just off Vitosha Street on the quiet Knyaz Boris Street. One from a selection of central apartments from rentapartment.bg.
In literally two minutes walk there are over fifteen bars and restaurants to choose from. The cafes lining Vitosha Street are a joy to sit at and people watch. Or just stare at the snow capped Vitosha mountain which the boulevard gets its name from.
What makes rentapartment.bg different from other websites is that that for longer stays they come and do a clean every four days. All included in the price. In addition, all the apartments are owned and managed by the same people.
Equipment in all apartments were impressive.
Nice touches in all apartments are the provision of both filter coffee machines and an espresso machines. I found proper kettles for tea making. All the kitchen utensils. Washing dryer machine. Dishwasher. Air conditioning, toaster, fridge and a spacious bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath.
With a computer with fast internet access. The Allegra apartment makes perfect business sense. The internet phone means phone calls cost from €0.01 per minute.
For relaxation, the 200 channel cable TV is yet another indication that the owners really care about guests. Not only are they making sure the stay will be comfortable but also that they will recommend it — and return again on a future Sofia visit.
I have no hesitation in recommending the apartments on rentapartment.bg as bargains. With Sofia is full of surprises. From shopping, eating out, to music and culture you’ll have more cash to spend on having good times in Sofia.
NOTE: I compared apartment prices and could not find anything of the same size for the price of similar size and standard in this central location.
NOTE: I NEVER recommend something I have not experienced, seen and liked.
Per night: 30-69 EUR
Per week: 455 EUR
Per month: 930 EUR
Rentapartment.bg for more info