B&B better bet in Bulgaria


The Autumn 2004 edition of Holiday Which looks at all-inclusive hotels in Bulgaria and concludes that ‘the hotels haven’t quite got it right when it comes to choice, variety and the quality of food and services on offer.’ However, it adds that ‘restaurants and bars in the resorts are better than those in the hotels, and very cheap’ It suggests bed and breakfast as the ideal option for visitors.The article points out that ‘Bulgaria’s Black Sea coastline is being pushed by the tour operators as an acceptable alternative to mainstream Mediterranean hotspots.’ The resorts visited are all included in S04 brochures, although no tour ops are mentioned by name, other than Balkan Holidays.The best hotel visited, Rui Arabella in the Golden Sands resort, cost ?465pp in early September while the worst, the Magnolia in Albena, cost ?489pp. Again, no operator or brand was mentioned. As well as Albena and Golden Sands, the inspectors stayed in hotels in Sunny Beach and Elenite.