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  • QwertyKnowsBest 301 posts

    I know many here visit sofia. Which is the better option – Hilton or Intercontinental? Hilton tell me that the refurb is almost complete, rooms finished working in lobby and lounge at the moment.


    John 1,095 posts

    Status? Price? Do you want to be in the city centre or two metro stops away?

    I think I like the IC more but it tends to be more expensive. Both are ok to good with upgrades. Hilton’s lounge replacement during the renovations has been very generous.

    If I didn’t need to think about status retention or any promotions, I would probably go for the IC if a club room is the same price or cheaper than the Hilton.

    supergraeme 146 posts

    easyHotel 😉

    Ant M 82 posts

    I’ve not stayed at the Hilton but of the two, the Intercontinental is in a better location – right by the parliament and the cathedral plus its a direct metro from the airport.

    Royback 115 posts

    I’ve only stayed at IC. It exceeded exceptions on every level. Rare!

    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    I’ve only stayed at IC. It exceeded exceptions on every level. Rare!

    Agreed, there in June on a redemption, very much recommended, only caveat is some upgrade work in progress

    FFoxSake 222 posts

    Stayed at the IC in Sofia – absolutely no complaints at all (apart from one slow check-in behind an American tour group with a ton of fellow Ambassadors).

    alig4th 322 posts

    Will report back on the IC in November if that helps

    RM84 4 posts

    I stayed at both in the same trip, admittedly several years ago now. I much preferred the location of the IC, and it was a stunning hotel. I would choose that even as Hilton Diamond and taking the refurb into account.

    LD27 217 posts

    IC is our go to hotel in Sofia, especially because of location. We have also stayed at the Sense Hotel which is close by but usually more expensive.

    We were there just over a week ago. We booked cheapest room and got upgraded to suite on 6th floor which had huge balcony overlooking church and National Assembly. Weather was hot, so nice to relax with drinks on the balcony. Only downside was fire alarm went off early one morning so had to evacuate, only to restaurant though for an early breakfast.

    If you plan on going to Plovdiv be aware that the entire bus station/train station area is a huge building site and the station itself is being remodelled with few platforms in operation. It was chaotic. We took bus there, but were unable to buy ticket back to Sofia. Went to station. Eventually bought ticket but nearly missed our train as you had to walk along one platform, back down another and then along a temporary platform. That said, it is well worth visiting. It was our second visit.

    Erico1875 144 posts

    We too stayed in the IC. Booked thru Amex FHR so got early/late check in/out, upgrade room and $100 dining credit.
    Minor complaint about buffet breakfast hot items only being luke warm, so they threw in a free taxi back to the airport

    Tocsin 66 posts

    I’ve enjoyed my stays at the Hilton – good upgrades, and reasonable replacement benefits for the Exec Lounge during renovation, as @John said. Will be there in a couple of weeks, when that _should_ be finished…

    One thing to watch out in Plovdiv – the parking enforcement guys are very efficient, and only take cash (I stopped on street outside the hotel for a couple of minutes to get directions to the car park)!

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