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Rila Hotel

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Rila Hotel

Address: Borovets, Bulgaria

GPS coordinates: 42° 15′53′′N 23°36′26′′E

Location: Rila Hotel is located at the very bottom of the ski runs of Borovets resort, 200 m from the ski lift, 50 m from „Sitnyakovo“ Express and 50 m from Quad chair ski lift „Martinovi Baraki“.

Accommodation: The hotel features 256 double rooms, 266 standard suites, 2 superior suites. The guestrooms feature telephone, satellite TV, balcony with mountain view, refrigerator, kitchenette.

Wine and Dine: The property offers a variety of dining facilities:
Rila restaurant for 400 persons, Iskar Restaurant for 170 persons, Sredets Restaurant for 170 persons.
The restaurants provide excellent conditions for cocktails, business meeting, celebrations and other events.
At guests' disposal are pool bar, lobby bar with 250 seating capacity and night bar with 300 seating capacity.

Sport and leisure: The hotel offers a variety of sports and leisure facilities. The easy access to the Rila mountain offers opportunities for skiing, hiking tours, mountain biking, picnicking, horse back riding, fishing, etc.

**Hotel rooms may vary in size and style. Guests can be accommodated in a different room from the images shown here as examples only.

Comments Rila Hotel in Borovets

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From claire Diana Murphy
from united Kingdom
Sent on 07 January 2010

we had spent xmas and new year here skying with our children when they were much younger and enjoyed it, it's in a great postion and catters for every one, we are now looking to return 2010 new year with our sons and now there wife, lets hope we have another great time, hope this helps

From jackie jones
from u.k
Sent on 02 April 2009

stayed at the rila for 1 week in feb and really wished we,d booked for 2.had a fantastic time,skiing was great,the people were the friendliest iv ever come across,mama mia,s steakhouse was lovely and the staff were so funny.the hotel was very busy but if you are looking for a quiet hotel this won,t be for you.after a few runs on the slopes each day,we,d stop at the silver fox for a few drinks,frank who works there was great,he was helpful when asked about the area,can,t wait for next year.

From Jamie Collins
from Brighton, England
Sent on 28 February 2009

Stayed in Rila in 2007 with a group of 21. Ideal, some of us liked our sleep, some of us liked our night life so it depends of what side of the hotel your luck draws you on! If you want some peace and don't fancy a battle with hotel staff then get chatting to people on quiet half and explain your plight, they might offer to swap. Or if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! Kareoke bars are so much fun. It's great for beginners and intermediate skiers and boarders as the instructors meet you outside the hotel. They are great. You will always get the odd instructor in every resort that tends to pay more attention to the pretty one but that's just men for you! My boarding instructor spent the whole week with with me and my group even though the snow was scarce (Jan 07). He took us to the ice rink in Samokov, met us on his days off and has just added me on facebook as I'm going back in 2 weeks. If you want to save money, book Half Board, and once you get bored of the food treat yourself every other day and eat at one of the great surrounding restaurants. The best restaurants pretty much surround The Rila. With everything in life, you get what you pay for, however when I did a price comparison with the same package in Tignes, France I got 1500 all in. Rila, I'm getting 480 all in, with advanced boarding lessons. Last time I took 150 spending money and that did me right until the return flight with an extra Saturday boarding due to 5pm transfer pick up. French resorts are getting away with 10 and upawards for a vodka mixer at the mo, so anything in Bulgaria has got to beat that! Take your old mobile phones, bribe the locals or instructors, enjoy yourselves. I've not had my Borovets experience beaten by any French or Italian resort and can't wait to get back there on 12th March. Don't be British and complain, just co-habit and enjoy the beautiful mountains and friendly resort. A smile goes a long way in any country, and The Rila is the best hotel for standards and location.

From Claire Worrall
from UK
Sent on 08 February 2009

Stayed at the Rila with Husband and two children. Food was good generally - plenty to choose from, but a little bit disappointing for "picky" kids - generally pizza and chips most nights. Breakfast choice good - pancakes cooked fresh to order. Rooms definitely not 4* - a little bit tatty round the edges. Stayed in a studio, but the "kitchenette" is not a realistic option, so don't bargain on preparing a meal! Word of warning - the rooms facing the bars are VERY noisy at night - till 1/2am at least, so be prepared and ask for a room facing the other side of the hotel!! The hotel staff didn't smile much, and some were even rude; I can't say they went out of their way to help. The location of the hotel is fantastic - couldn't be better. Drinks in general in the hotel and the bars are expensive, so take advantage of the supermarkets for soft drinks for your days on the slopes. Best slopes are at the top of the Gondola.

From Finella White
from England
Sent on 28 August 2008

Stayed at the Rila in March 08 for a family ski trip and not in a mad rush to go back there. Had 2 nights opposite the disco (so no sleep) and staff were reluctant to move us and kept showing rooms on the same side of the hotel - duh! Rep not much better, so after wrangling did get an ok room (not UK 4 star standard). Food was really good and pool nice, but that's all I can say really. Probably suit couples or singles better!

From Lee Wright
from england
Sent on 26 February 2008

i will start with what was my first concern about staying in the hotel which was the food. well what can i say!!! An excellent choice of hotel, so much choice of good food for all meals varying from full fry up to cereal to fruit or just plain toast for breakfast and let's not forget the fresh pancakes cooked to order. the evening meal is just as varied catering for vegetarians as well as meat eaters with a choice of several main dishes and plenty of side dishes every night. the accomadation room wise is good with everything you need for the week, fresh towels and the room cleaned every day. the pool and 2 yes 2 spa's are excellent after a long day skiing with plenty of room for everyone wishing to use them. plenty of other facilities were available casino, fitness room but we ran out of time before using them. the location is excellent ,all the ski schools meet outside the rila every day so you have minimal distance to go first thing in the morning. the staff we encountered were always polite and cheerfull and willing to help. the only negative thing about the hotel i would say is the cost of drinks they are more expensive for less drink than most of the rest of the resort but then you only have to go a few steps outside and the prices drop drastically in the many available bars and resturants. overall the place is excellent we have already started booking for next year at the rila

From anna hunt
Sent on 10 February 2008


From Aylish Gray, 12
from UK
Sent on 17 January 2008

Went to Borovets Jan-Feb 07. Stayed at HOTEL RILA. I was very impressed with the hotel as it had a few indoor shops, a small game room and a nice lobby and bar. The hotel had excellent balconies were you could view the slopes. Night-life was good. Many places to go. Would recommend going to the karaoke place - its a good laugh after a hard day of skiing. SLOPES - There are quite a good range of slopes. there is a green one which is a sort of spiral shape. good for beginners but is fairly flat so you might need to push yourself down the slope for some of it. There is also a black run which doubles as a nursery slope(the bottom of the black) and there is night-skiing which is really good! Would recommend buying a 'dustbin lid' (bought in RILA hotel in one of their small stores for 20 lev, approx 8 pounds) or toboggan. Great fun for night skiing! The resort includes 1 gondola, 2 chairlifts and several button lifts(or drag lifts) . There was plenty of snow so would give resort 5*s!!

From allison
from uk
Sent on 16 January 2008

stayed in studio side of rila was not happy could hear every one in the rooms round about us through the vents on the walls. spars on bed were broken so sunk into the middle. lots of noise in the corridors was most disappointed, will not be returning.

From ian cormack
from uk/scotland
Sent on 18 December 2007

Stayed at Rila two years ago and going again this Xmas/New Year. Top value for money. Slopes arent the best in the world but most of the skiers there arent the best in the world either so no probs . Nightlife is pretty good too.

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* The prices are in Euro, per room, per night with breakfast and dinner included. Guests of the hotel can use swimming pool and internet for free.
Prices are valid only for UK market.

Maximum occupancy: Single room – 1 adult; Double room – 2 adults + 1 child or 3 adults; Studio - 2 adults + 2 children or 4 adults. Cancellations can be made, providing details of this are received at least 14 working days prior to check-in day - cancellations made after this period will incur a fee equivalent to the cost of 3 nights accommodation and catering!
Cancellations for the period 20 December 2014 - 09 January 2015 can be made min. 36 days before the check in date and cancellations made after this period will incur a fee equivalent to full amount for the accommodation!

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Facilities in Rila Hotel, Borovets

  • safety deposit boxes
  • information
  • money exchange
  • laundry and dry cleaning
  • internet access
  • business centre
  • conference rooms
  • outdoor parking lot
  • shops and boutiques
  • hair and beauty salon
  • restaurant
  • lobby bar
  • elevator
  • 220v/ 50Hz voltage
  • fitness centre
  • indoor swimming pool
  • massage
  • hydrojet
  • rehabilitation

Room Facilities

  • cable/ satellite TV
  • bath/WC
  • bathtub
  • balcony
  • magnetic card lock

The region is suitable for

  • relax
  • tourism
  • walks
  • sport in the mountain
  • mountain biking
  • business

Attractions in the region

  • mountain
  • beautiful nature
  • nightlife
  • forests

Reviews about Rila Hotel, Borovets

The guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Rila Hotel

  • General Rating 3.9/5 Average from 29 Reviews
  • Hotel Staff 3.1/5
  • Services / Facilities 3.4/5
  • Location 4.9/5
  • Value for Money 4.0/5

Reviews on Rila Hotel

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From Justine Doncaster from UK sent on 4.0/5

Hotel was dated but very clean , clean towels everyday a brilliant location .

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From Matthew Hazel from England sent on 5.0/5

You also sorted out my transfers, which were brilliant, just wish id done it years ago, as was far superior than traveling by coach

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From Chris Hammond from UK sent on 3.5/5

Staff throughout the hotel were not very welcoming, especially at Reception and in the restaurant. The room cleaner was the friendliest of them all. Maybe a bit of smiling would help!

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From Chris Mitchell from US sent on 3.5/5

I'd strongly suggest the Rila upgrade the rooms to include internet access. Hardwire or wi-fi would be fine. Guests shouldn't have to go to the hotel lobby to check on things at home.

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From Paula Fitzgerald from UK sent on 4.2/5

The only thing that let down the holiday was the state and atitude of the snowboards and the staff. The boards were all scratched and not maintained and the bindings were not adequate. When we go back to Borovets we will definitely rent from another place. The transfer service to and from the airport - the drivers were very friendly and informative (brilliant). Thank you for everything

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From Deborah D. Bahadir from Cyprus sent on 3.5/5

Great snow this year. My daughter was with the kindergarden within the Rila hotel, shame they did not take the children out for sledging. Their lunch was too basic and chips everyday. The guys at the ski depot were very nice and helpful. The safe is a rip off price at the reception so don't take anything expensive with you. The best thing about the hotel is the pressurised water in the bathroom. The view from the balcony is stunning but if you like to retire early do not book rooms facing the front. The bar below turns on the music so loud that it is almost impossible to sleep until about 2am. Their is enough choice of food to please almost everyone but I thought that Samakov's was better.

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From Saskia Groenevelt from Cyprus sent on 3.2/5

Should have small snacks (olives, cheese variety, etc) and simple lunch (toast with cheest, toast with ham and cheese, etc..) available in the lobby.

Staff in restaurant not so good. Reception and lobby was just fine.

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From Tovi, Avia Ephraim from Israel sent on 4.0/5

The service of Mr. Ninov from the was exelent.
The ski room rila3,the service,the ski equipment is very bad and expensive even compair to the other hotels.
I think that there is no need to charge 60 Levas for late Check out, Princes Sofia gives us always, free late chack out.(because the flights back to Israel are in the evening.
I think hotel Rila has to give maybe 1 or 2 hours a day entertainment in the lobby

with small investmant the guests will be happier.
the lobby atmosphere is very nice

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From Sharon Deacon from England sent on 3.8/5

The hotel staff do need to try and smile and look as if they actually want to be there.
The cleanliness of the hotel was excellent and the cleaners did an excellent job with the room cleans.
Perfect location and for the money this hotel is excellent value for money.
This was our 3rd year coming to Borovets and plan to return.

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From Evelyn Evans from UK sent on 3.5/5

I found the reservation booking easy & helpful & would use BulgariaSki again.

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