Mike Beddows skiing in Pamporovo 26 Jan - 1 Feb 2002

Mike Beddows skiing in Pamporovo 26 Jan - 1 Feb 2002

Photos and comments by Mike Beddows from UK

This was mine and my wife's first ever skiing holiday. Previously we had only skiied a bit on dry slopes and once on real snow at Tamworth. We could only snow plough turn before this holiday. Within 2 days we could parallel turn and stop. We chose Bulgaria because of how cheap it is compared to other European destinations. We chose Pamporovo because of the 5 stars hotel Pamporovo and the fact it looked an excellent resort in the brochure. Plus a friend at work had previously visited." The flight there was OK. We flew by Hemus air. Returning by Balkan holidays flight (the new airline). Both planes were OK. I'm 6 foot 4 so I asked for extra legroom. On the way out I got a seat in row 29 at the very back of the plane. I recommend this for you long / tall people. I was able to fully stretch out. On the way back I got a seat next to the emergency exist. Again, plenty of leg room. The food is OK on the flight. Dont expect too much. There was no duty free at all on the plane, and we only got one drink throughout the flight, so it may be worth taking a few drinks and snacks on board with you. The airport at Plovdiv was a nightmare but it is only a small airport. We had to wait for ages to get through passport control, and then wait ages in a small teminal waiting for our luggage. The coach journey to Pamporova took 1 hours. The hotel Pamorova is excellent and if you're going there you will enjoy it. Its got a very warm cosy atmosphere. Its the only 5* in Pamporova. We visited 2 other hotels, the Mougrats, a 4*, I didnt particularly like the layout, it seemed very cold (but I didnt stay there so can't comment) and the Perelik (the 3*). This seemed to be the largest hotel with the most facilities and seemed OK inside. From the Pamporova Hotel it is a 700 meter walk to the resort center (or a 5 lev cab ride under ??2). The best bars to go to are BJs and the White Hart pub. Both have cheap booze. ??1 a pint, cheap cocktails (which have loads of booze in) or 1 lev a shooter. About the food in the Pamporova - it all depends on what type of foods you like. I'll try anything whether I know what it is or not. My wife on the other hand will only eat things that look good and that she know what it is. Looking at some of the buffet food you have no idea what it is. That's not a problem because theres always a woman near by to guide you to what you are eating. There is lots of salad type starters and 2 different kinds of soup. For the main meal there's a good selection (inc veggie food) to include fish, meats (mainly pork, veal and lamb), chips, rice, pizza etc, with a variety of cakes to finish. don't worry you wont starve. I actual enjoyed the food with the wife thinking it was just OK. It all depends on your palette. We took thermals but didnt need them. There is a ski bus to take you from your hotel to the slopes and back again (the slopes are about a 5 min bus ride). The ski school is excellent. We had an instructor called Nasko. We learnt a lot from him. On the first day (we were with Balkan holidays) we were asked if we had skied before. Those that had were sent to the nursery slope, those that hadnt were split into groups and went away with their instructors. We went to the nursery slopes. We were there for about 40 mins until everyone from Balkan holidays had got sorted. We were then asked to go down the nursery slope one at a time and then split into groups. We were in a group of 6 (plus the instructor). All could snow plough turn only. By the second day we could parallel ski. The week got better and better. We had lunch on the slopes every day (very cheap). The ski school ran from 10-12 and then 2-4 (but these are only rough times). Its really up to the group and the instructor. Things to take lip balm (lips get chapped easily). A piece of elastic for the ski pass (you can buy ski holders for 6 lev locally but I was scared that mine may get lost, a piece of elastic round the neck was good enough for us. Some proper bog roll, the stuff in the hotels was crap. Some hang over cures. The Bulgarians dont seem to know what measures in drinks are (which is great!!!!). An alarm clock, I asked for 3 wake up calls and got none. We had an excellent time for our first time skiing and will definitely be doing it again next year. Pamporova is EXCELLENT. ENJOY and see you next year. You will have a great time!!!!!"
     
  • Tommyboy From Scotland
    Sent on 07 April 2018
    5th time skiing in Bansko, have been here over Xmas period and Easter break, hasn't always been a lot of snow but enough to ski for five days. It is a good value for money skiing holiday for those on a budget, food very good value and varied depending on taste, some restaurants better than others, again depending on personal taste. Not to sure what the nightlife is like as we stay in our timeshare resort The Balkan Jewel which is 3 > 4 miles out of Bansko, they operate a free shuttle bus but the last one back from town is at 4.30pm therefore going back into town would require the use of taxis. I am sure we will be back in the future.
  • Mitko From Bulgaria
    Sent on 28 February 2018
    Dear all, Borovets is a nice place to be, but it is risky to ski there. The slopes for advanced skiers are crossing the slopes for beginners and the slopes are negligently prepared with icy spots and snow heap places. This all is a precondition for accidents. The ski lifts are maintained all on the surface, they stop frequently and the gondola had to be scrapped years ago. So be careful when skiing in Borovets!
  • Lene willsea From N.i
    Sent on 28 February 2018
    I love Pomporova. Its our home from home.We first went in 2008, the airport was a portacabin and the lifts were a dangling wooden chair.. The place improves year on year. I would highly recommend it. VERY CHEAP once ur there. But with all upgrades the prices to travel are clinbing. Jumped 200 in two yrs.
  • Neo From United Kingdom
    Sent on 15 February 2018
    The hotel it’s a brilliant idea however there are aspects you would be surprised to stumble upon We arrived late at night about 10pm. Greater by a very polite hostes she kindly provided us with prepacked sandwiches as the restaurant closed at 9pm ( we called in advance to ask if such is possible especially when you have young ckranky from long travel hours in multiple travel vechicles The room very spatious. Bed cover had some suspicious sticky stains that absolutely horrified me at the thought that my children could possibly put their tiny hands on to that. One of the bath robes provided had a black stain on its back, the other bath robe had its pocket thorn out and just hanging. There was a massive flaky, mouldy, damp patch in the corner on the ceiling. The toilet was leaking on the floor. Breakfast food was cold and rancid with a queue for pncakes quite long and very impatient as pancakes was the only food that you could have still warm. Boiled eggs were cold and so hard the yolk was dusty . Fried eggs were dry... won’t even go to details about the rest of the food. As the drinks offered to be purchased by the restaurant aren’t the healthiest of choice for children (all the juices on choice contained added multiple preserving agents and colourants) we asked if possible to have some tap water. It proved to be a terrible mistake, we were told that yes but we would have to pay for it, then told that if they bring a jug for us everyone else will be asking for it, then he brought a manager who was more rude than the server and plainly put it that even if we have children asking for water we would have to buy bottled water and she is not prepared to give us water for free, unnecessarily often stressing the ?free’ word. There are far more many good things that are good about this hotel. It’s main let down it’s restaurant staff who are poor hospitality professionals and frankly plain rude.
  • Nigel Buckle From United Kingdom
    Sent on 17 December 2017
    I have stayed at the Orlovetz for 6 out of the last 8 years and will be returning in 2018 for another week. It has become my 'Winter retreat'. A modern hotel that stands out due to its prominent position and its design. The rooms are comfortable and warm with plenty of wardrobe space and an area to relax. The safe is in the wardrobe, which is really useful for your valuables. There is a decently equipped gym, a small pool (though you can also use the larger pool in the Perelik as well) a Sauna and massage treatments, great for those aches from the first days of skiing ! The restaurant was made larger a couple of years ago and now accommodates more guests. Both breakfast and dinner are buffet style, the food, in general, is of good quality and there usually at least four different options at dinner. There is a small bar in the lobby area and a Piano Bar on the top floor that has stunning views across the surrounding district. As it is the sister hotel to the Perelik there is a tunnelway that links the two and saves you going out in the snow if you choose to use the alternative facilities provided there. One of them being 'The Pub' (previously known as the Pampi Bar) plus a couple of night clubs and a bowling alley. Also as the Orlovetz is just across from the Schnezanka it is only a short walk to Daks Bar, often used as the first mornings meeting place for your ski passes etc.,which is a lively night spot with live music and very popular. In all a great Hotel within a great small town, try it , Pamper yourself !
  • Liz From England
    Sent on 19 November 2017
    I went with my daughter January 2018. I was a cheap half board flights included and we wasn’t expecting much.... but what a fantastic week we had!! Stayed at the Lion hotel which is about a 10-15 minute walk to the slopes/town. A free shuttle is provide by the hotel. The hotel and staff are lovely. The food was always varied and hot. My daughter and I are vegetarians and in only two nights were we disappointed with the choice - but we heaped up on pudding so didn’t go hungry. Am lucky enough to be going back in 2018.
  • val From United Kingdom
    Sent on 15 February 2017
    group of us just back from borovets.we arrived 4th feb 2017 and departed 11th feb.had a great time.hotel rila was fab.great gym and spa.food was good.ski school was great.we had a really good instructor Martin Hristov.he was really good with everyone took time to try and learn everyone.we all had a great time thankyou.will be back next yearx
  • Alison From England
    Sent on 15 January 2017
    I wonder if the poor review is really about the Winslow Elegance. We have been going for years. It does not serve food and never has done. However, the spacious accommodation is for self-catering. We have always found it to be clean and we have always found that the reception staff can not do enough for you. We are looking forward to our next visit in February, 2017, Bring it on!!
  • RobJ From UK
    Sent on 01 January 2017
    Had a great week over xmas there - Hotel Lion was great, didn't see any lift queues but I did get there early. Easy blues for the most part, not loads for the advanced skier but great for beginners and families. I had more fun here than Chamonix last year at the same time. Bottom line ...manage your expectations... it is more than value for money but don't expect Whistler.
  • Pepa From Madrid
    Sent on 24 August 2016
    Un citio presioso pero todo lo demas mentira.la comida,el personal muy mal.No lo recomiendo a nadie.Es una publicidad engañosa.Y de All inclusive nada.No se dejen engañar por las paginas web.Por desgracia en Bulgaria todavia el consumidor no es nadie.
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