The saying 'You get's what you pay for'. Was written for
the Sea Horse. It is tired in the extreme, although from first
observation, it appears quite modern. The rooms are very tired...or at
least no.36 Was!!!
The single beds are VERY narrow. The curtains do not shut completely. There is a VERY dirty and rusty old fridge in the room + a smaller modern and clean one? The a/c didn't work. The TV is about 8-10 years old and is so small viewing anything with writing is impossible. The furniture(!!!) is basically a pile of dated pieces. There are wires hanging from walls, the electric extractor fan in the bathroom is hanging by its wires? The bathroom has a door onto a 1m x1m balcony!!! But to access this, you need to step into the shower, open the door and then open the 2nd door to go outside? Quite why it was designed like this I have no idea? There was a feeling that the shower was rinsed rather than cleaned and a used Elastoplast, was witness to this...basically just sitting at the bottom of the wall?
My biggest gripe however was the fact that I was charged twice for breakfast!!! I'd paid in Lev on arrival and had as requested at booking, ordered breakfast for the next morning. I even commented to the receptionist that 43 Lev for B&B was amazing. However, as I ate it the next morning, another receptionist asked me for 5 Lev for the breakfast, despite me showing her my confirmation email from Booking.com which showed I'd ordered it and that it was charged at €2 extra on the price?
Yes, I know it is a small thing, but it takes the total price closer to 50 Lev and for that, there are several other hotels, in equally prime locations, who could offer better. Including several with sea views and balconies you could actually sit at a table on!!!
Finally, beware, there is no lift at the Sea Horse and the staircase in narrow and twisting, so for those like me, it is very difficult.
The Sea Horse is situated in a quite road that gives access to shops,
restaurants and ATM'S. The beach as many claim is no more than a 10
minute walk, but I'm disabled and reaching it...but
worse...returning from it could not be achieved due to the very steep
road approach. But the real winner, is the distance to Burgas airport,
which even I can walk in 20-25 minutes. A reasonably fit and active
person could manage the walk from hotel to airport departures in under
10 minutes...providing they haven't bought a van load of
suitcases!!! Even a child, capable of walking unassisted could easily
complete this journey. The hotel is also sited very close to the bus
stop for Burgas city and a short stroll of 250m connects you with buses
for Varna and points in between. The little seating patio outside the
bar area is a lovely little place to unwind and prices for drinks are
fair...but watch those bottles of wine!!!