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14, Lavele str., Centrum, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9/10! (score from 262 reviews)
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Hiking, Bicycle Rental, Library
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Public parking is available on site (reservation is needed) and costs EUR 8 per day.
Car Rental, Shuttle Service (surcharge), Tour Desk, Baggage Storage, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Ironing Service
Newspapers, Non-smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Heating, All Spaces Non-Smoking (public and private)
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Until 11:30 AM
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
All children under 2 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.
All children under 2 years stay free of charge in a crib.
All older children or adults are charged EUR 8 per person per night for extra beds.
The maximum number of extra beds/cribs in a room is 1.
Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Pets are not allowed.
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Based on 262 reviews
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Comfy bed Warm room Breakfast was delicious and plentiful The manager allowed me to settle into my room after many hours of traveling on bus Plenty of tourist brochures available The hostel is able to book tours and other facilities on your behalf
Staff professionalism Lack of accountability for errors and shortcomings ie The manager/receptionist was incredibly late by an hour almost the check in time is officially for 2:00PM The female staff member was unprofessional and of course clumsy by forgetting her phone therefore was unable to open the gate, I had to stand outside the hostel in the cold for 1 hour!! I paid more than what I got back in return The toilet is literally against the wall There was no soap available The location of the hostel is hidden Going up the stairs is dangerous, the lights do not work despite having motion sensors It is a struggle to climb the stairs with your luggage
The room was spacious, clean, very cheap, the wifi was fast, and the location is the best!
breakfast was a bit poor
Location was ok
Heaters where not working in the whole building,probably holiday season and I was the second person in the whole Hostel that night. If u refuse to pay what they command,a price for one bed in a 10 bed's sharing room was the same as the price of a single room. which is steeling,( they will call police for you to make u pay ) and police are always on their side or maybe working with them, tipical Bulgarian style of life.in a short was the worst cold night and bad experiance ever.
All the places that an ordinary traveller want to see is at most 5-10 mins. walking distance.Good price.
In bathroom no soap&shampoo. The breakfast room is so cold.
The location was excellent. The main shopping street and main sights are all within walking distance. Very close to the major underground station in Sofia.
We felt that the price was too high for what we got. Our room was minimally furnished. What we disliked the most was the shared bathroom for the whole floor: it was usually flooded and quite unclean.
the room- cold no hot water staff attitude breakfast-very poor
Location is good and there was a heater in the room. The breakfast had nice yogurt. Hot water in the shower. The staff was okay.
Noise coming from the outside, room is not cozy, too big for the amount of furniture in it, there was even echo when we spoke. Also, the breakfast was poor and even though there was a rooter in our room, the wi-fi kept disconnecting.
1-Perfect location in center of city 2- Clean interior rooms
1- Exterior was desastre. 2- In bathroom no saop&shampoo 3- Mario ( hostel manager) take 8 euro for night to park the car but the parking was only 5 euro. 4- If you need to cancel the reservation they take 100% of the all the value and dont refund any money
-just in the center of the city - all the places that an ordinary traveller want to see is at most 5-10 mins. walking dinstance - good for short stays
- So hard to find reception in case of need - The week wifi connection - specially at top floors it works temporarly - The building is old - The breakfast is poor (it may be understandable for such a low -cost hostel but it would be better not to serve breakfast) - The breakfast room is so cold - There are written orders on the walls; even if they want to do it it maybe in more polite sentences - No public place in the hostel
I had single room 31, 3rd floor. This hostel was the only inexpensive choice available in the center. It was good to read the previous review because I was expecting the worse: noise from karaoke, dirty, not equipped, ... So it exceeded my expectation: clean, comfortable bed, quiet, excellent sleep, individual heating, small balcony, 3 power sockets for PC, working WiFi (when I arrived in the room), lots of light from balcony's window door. I could buy coffee and beer from reception. Nice dark wooden floor.
The WiFi did not work for many hours in the afternoon, I had to go to a coffee shop to answer emails.
Small WC/toalett. Water didnt get away from floor at bathroom.
The location is good but not so easy to find
The room was a little dirty and the stairs were impossible to do with luggages.
The staff is really great ! Many thanks to Mario and Albena who were always happy to help you out whenever you had a problem ! The breakfast is homemade so the quality of the food is just excellent !
The appartment in itself is not as good as shown in the pictures. Some doors are with a hole and they just mended it with sellotape and some paper ! Moreover, they day we arrived, the heating was not working ! There are some holes in the wall.
Wifi no heir dryer very old building bud elevator
The position is just great. Also the room itself quite ok. The lady serving breakfast was very nice.
I was on the last floor and there was no light on the corridor, so iw was quite difficult to identify my room. I have seen people arriving at about 20-21:00 and there was nobody at the reception. On the voucher it was written they can organize shuttle, but they do not do that... in fact, it is not necesssary, the location is just great, so even at 4:30 in the morning you get a taxi without any problem. People at the reception gave me feeling that every question is disturbing and they even did not give me the bill after I have payed. I had to came back to ask.
Could not have been more convenient . Great staff
There was nothing I did motblije
Helpful staff, a wonderful position very close to the centre. Good price.
The hostel owner is an amazing person. The hostel is clean and looks fancy relatively to other hostels I stayed in. You won't find a better breakfast in any other hostel.
Good, clean facilities, food was nice. Excellent for the price.
Somewhere to hang clothes and mirrors in rooms would of helped.
Bedbugs in the rooms
There were Cockroaches in the room. Not a pleasant experience.
- Right in the centre - Manager was a nice person - Access 24h - Clean enough
- Lacked the feel of responsibility to get things right - Drain in Shower did not work well. - At arrival (Midnight) they forgot to make up one of the beds - Difficulties in opening locks on room doors - Curtains should have been thicker so light does not come in in the morning - Door to room should have been oiled, so it does not squeak - Girl serving breakfast was not very welcoming - For such a big room, there could have been put in a table and a chair - The two single beds in the room had different mattresses of different heights. So not possible for people to sleep close together.
Location is the best. 24h working hours...nice.
Building is...I whist it's still standing.
Good location, ok price, kitchen ok.
I didn't like the fact that you have to pay for everything before you arrive. In the bathroom, the shower drain was stuck and there was hardly any warm water. Our door was tricky to get in and we only were given one set of keys which made it difficult to coordinate things if we made separate trips. Our "balcony" door didn't open and had a rusty rail to keep everyone from falling. The beds were old and dusty so my kids were sneezing and itchy. For you people - fine but as a family we cut our visit short.
Very friendly staff. The breakfast fine. Location of the appartment. Ideally located to visit Sofia and to go visit touristic places close to Sofia. Most of the furniture of the appartment is new. The paintings have recently been refreshed. Modern decoration.
The building in which the apartment is located is not very secure: a simple latch to open the main door. The door of the apartment is even less secure. One could easily open it up with a kick. The windows and balconies of the apartment are even less secure. Each window is doubled but each of the first windows are broken. We did not feel safe at all when leaving our things in the appartment. The appartment is located in a noisy street: there is one karaoke and one restaurant in the street and the area was noisy till late in the night, especially during week-end nights. The bathroom is quite dilapidated and should be completely redone from A to Z. There is no equipment in the kitchen. Just a kettle but not even microwave: hardly acceptable for a aparthotel. At a minimum the host should provide a microwave or even hotplates. But the icing on the cake is that we did not have any hot water during two of the three days we spent in the appartment, due to some maintenance operation on the building's boiler! The manager fainted surprise when learning about the mainteance operation from a neighbour but a big paper written in syrillic in the building seemed to be warning the owners of this operation maintenance. We had to take our showers in the hotel's common bathrooms, across the street. We were then able to notice that the bathrooms and the rooms in the hotel had been comptelely redone and refurnished, and that all the windows of the hotel rooms had been replaced with brand new windows. We will definitely not recommend the apparthotel that Hostel Lavele proposes.
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