from Bulgaria, 28 July 2008, 03:01
Comment: Was one of the best trips I had ever! I spent there just a night but what a night! My family and my husband decided to go to celebrate a personal event there and we were happy with our choice:) I even learned to swim in the hotel pool which is huge and really clean! The best part of the stay was that we were one of the few guests and that means wasn't crowded as we like it;) The restaurant was a small issue but we survived after eating there:) Th breakfast was great and warm. The hotel room was large and comfortable - we had a bath tube in the bathroom and a small balcony.
from Altrincham UK, 14 February 2008, 02:44
Comment: The recently opened 4 star hotel offers a restaurant, lobby bar, nightclub, indoor swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, Spa centre, laundry & dry cleaning service and safety deposit boxes (at local charge). In addition guests can enjoy the local town restaurants and pubs.
A beautiful hotel with bright, knowledgable and happy to help staff....Wonderful setting with a bridge over the river running down into the town....A small shop and bars immediatly outside the hotel....and restaurants a stride away meant you can have a great stay here.....
The open fire and comfy lobby bar were very homely and welcoming after being out on the slopes........
The rooms are well equiped and of a good size......very warm with sat. TV....the bathrooms had a large bath and piping endless hot water....no shower curtain tho' more of a wet room..
The evening buffet dinner was very hearty and plenty of choice for everyone ..the early breakfast had a great choice of varieties hot and cold forfilling everymans need to be set up for the hard day ahead skiing...........
We were very fortunate to stay over the New Year and were in awe of the welcoming dinner and entertainment which lasted thru into the early hours.......
The health spa and gym were vey well equiped we only used the pool which was a very good size for lengths....
Other activies in the resort were excellent including the ski schools Ski doo bikes ...husky sleighs and sledges...
The shuttle bus ran to the slopes regularly and also by request with no problems whatso ever........
from UK, 22 January 2008, 08:45
Comment: Me and my partner stayed at the Rhodopi Home from 12th - 19th January 08 for our first skiing trip.
After not being able to find any review on this hotel before going I booked it and hoped for the best, as usually I like to do a bit of research!
Rooms: The rooms in the hotel are fine, not luxurious but not too basic. There are balconies but if you are going during the cold months, you won't be using them! There is a bath and shower, hot water was always available when we returned from skiing. Maid came in everyday to make the bed and change the towels.
Staff: The staff in the hotel were a big issue. Their English is very poor, and there were a few times I just gave up as they had no idea what I was saying to them. I also found the staff were quite rude, and we even saw some of the restaurant staff laughing at us when we were counting out some change to tip them (needless to say they never got that)!
Food: Another major problem, and possible health hazard in the hotel was the restaurant. The restaurant is very small, having around 12 tables, which wasn't a problem for us but I can imagine it being an issue at peak times. Also, as with other places in the hotel, the staff did not speak English and quite often bought you the wrong drink as they misunderstood what you asked for. Now to the food. The food was by far the worst I have had at a hotel, breakfast - unusually rock hard fried eggs, boiled eggs, eggy bread and scrambled egg, hotdog sausages and unusual looking bacon. We just had toast every morning. Evening meal was not much better, the soup to start was ok, but the main courses were questionable and nothing was labelled so you had no idea what you were eating!
Facilities: We did not use any of the facilities in the hotel i.e. swimming pool, massage so cannot really comment on them. However, the only reason we did not use the massage facilities was because we couldn't find anyone in the beauty area to help us.
Resort: Chepelare is a small town, unaffected by tourism which has its good and bad points. On a negative note, you did feel stared at when walking around the town, or going into shops. On a more positive note, one of the ski instructors took us to a traditional non-tourist restaurant and we had a lovely time, with gorgeous food and drink, and friendly staff.
from makedonija, 10 January 2008, 22:27
Comment: Jas sega na 12 odam na istoto mesto i vo istiot hotel.I edvaj cekam da idam
from UK, 31 December 2007, 12:43
Comment: We flew into Plovdiv Airport that makes East Midlands look like Heathrow! It is very small with a small tea bar and even smaller gift shop. The transfer to the hotel takes about an hour and a half. The Rhodopi Home is in a small town called Chepelare, which is about 10km from the main resort of Pamporovo.
This was no problem at all for us as there are plenty of local bars that also serve food within walking distance of the hotel. It is also about a third cheaper in Chepelare than in Pamporovo. We were paying about 1 - 1.40 lev (40p -50p!) for half a litre of local beer, with a freshly cooked pizza in a woodfire oven being about 2 - 4 lev (80p - £1.60!). The bars are very rustic but we found the locals in Chepleare to be very friendly and accomodating despite their limited English speaking.
There is a bar right opposite the hotel, next to the river, called the Exotic Bar. The owner, Danscho, was absolutely fantastic. We were only the second group of tourists he had ever had in his bar but he made us feel very welcome. Seven of us spent one evening in their from 5pm through until 1am and the drinks bill came to a whopping £45!!! It was a great night and he even let me plug my ipod into his stereo and have our very own Chrsitmas party, fantastic! This place is well worth a visit.
The hotel itself is very comtortable and they are obviously still trying to adjust to Western European ways. For example, Bulgarians do not eat their food piping hot but like warm. They will gladly heat your food up to your liking though. The food in the hotel is ok by Bulgarian standards, although their cuisine is quite bland.
The rooms were very comfortable. You have to pay 5 leva per day for the use of your room safe. The pool in the hotel was quite cold and you have to pay 5 leva to use the hot tub, sauna and steam room, the latter being very nice. The gym is also well appointed.
The lobby / bar area of the hotel can be very smokey as you are still allowed to smoke in enclosed spaces in Bulgaria. The same goes for most bars aswell.
The hotel provides a complimentary coach to take you to and from the slopes of Pamporovo each morning and afternoon. This takes about 20 - 25 minutes.
We were very lucky because they'd had some early snow this year which meant that conditions on the piste were excellent at the start of the week, although the lower slopes did begin to thaw towards the end of the week.
We purchased our lift passes in the resort. I would recommend that you pre-purchase via your travel agents before you travel as this works out about 30% cheaper. We unfortunately were not given the option prior to travelling.
Ski / Board hire is also cheaper if you pre-book.
We had our boards and equipment from the Snow Shack and the ski's from the shop next door. Both places were very helpful.
One member of our group had never ski'd before and had two days of one to one lessons. This was very cheap, about 160 lev per day (£50 - £60), and the tuition was excellent.
The slopes are good for beginners and intermediate standard skiiers and boarders. Some of the lifts could do with updating, but they did not cause us any problems.
Eating and drinking on the slopes is reasonable with a pizza or Cheeseburger costing about £5 with beer being about £2 for half a litre.
We only went into the main town of Pamporovo on one afternoon. There are a few nice bars with prices comparitive to the UK.