It had been at least fifteen years since I had been in Bulgaria. I was looking forward to visiting the land of roses again. The occasion was a business conference held in the Suite Hotel Sofia. I knew the capital Sofia had undergone many changes since I had last been there in the late 1990s, and I was excited to see and experience the difference. The 4-star Suite Hotel Sofia relishes its role as an ambassador of all that is new and improved in the city. Situated in the heart of the Studentski Grad (Student City) area of the city, which is southeast of the center, the hotel enjoys an impressive southern view of the majestic Vitosha Mountain on the outskirts of Sofia. Everything one could need is within a short-walking distance, from inexpensive local eateries, to grocery stores and gift shops. The city center, with all of its tourist attractions, is also just a 15-20 minute drive away.
The hotel staff impressed me most of all. They exemplified genuine professionalism and authentic Bulgarian hospitality. Whenever I needed anything, the staff was ready and willing to help. They even gave me excellent advice on the best Bulgarian candy to bring home for my children.
The meeting rooms for the business conference I attended were modern and spacious, with an adjoining area for coffee breaks that was inviting and acoustically conducive to multiple simultaneous conversations. I have found that to be a rare quality anywhere in the world!
On the top floor, the hotel features its Zest Restaurant with a panoramic view of the city to the north and Vitosha Mountain to the south. I enjoyed breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets at the restaurant each day of the conference. They offer fare to please a wide spectrum of palates, from European to North American, and from the health-conscious vegetarian to the unabashed carnivore and pastry lover. I was in health-conscious mode and was thankful for the fruit and yogurt at breakfast and the grilled vegetables at lunch and dinner. The menu offered distinctively Bulgarian cuisine as well, with plenty of local sausage, cheeses and bread items. A convenient espresso bar enabled my coffee addiction throughout the day. 😉 Who doesn’t need an espresso alongside crème brûlée at dinner, you know? The comfort and simplicity of my room met every expectation I had for a 4-star European hotel. It was clean, neat, functional, and comfortable. I love that crisp, cool feeling of clean hotel sheets when I settle into bed for good night sleep. The bathroom and shower fixtures had a refreshing modern flair that I found appealing.
My typical routine at almost any hotel is to wake up early and find the fitness room to start my day with a workout, even if I am not so disciplined at home! I found the fitness room at the Suite Hotel Sofia to be just what I was looking for, with cardio and elliptical machines, weight machines, and free weights. It even had a self-service vitamin juice bar! One of the staff was nice enough to give me a quick tour and offer to turn off the TV and music since I was the only there, and I had my own headphones.
I would recommend the 4-star Suite Hotel Sofia to anyone traveling for business or pleasure. I know it will be on my list the next time I consider travelling to Sofia. They can be found on the Web at www.suitehotelsofia.bg.