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21/A Angel Kanchev Street, Sofia, Bulgaria

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356 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 74%Cleanliness
  • 75%Facilities

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It is not about the location, staff or cleanliness. It is about awesomeness. Not sure what works but it does. The garden sure helps. The bar is a great great place. Had a jazz concert one night, the rest of the time, they were playing chilled electro, hip hop and the like (ie: not really stiff that will keep you from sleeping). The crowd is sort of hippie free spirited. Great people, awesome vibe.


Location is awesome The atmosphere is a bit of a mixed bag. The bar is cool with some awesome art, and the live music shows on Friday and Saturday are great, but most of the people you'll see around are either locals coming to hang out or long-term stays, so it feels a bit cliquey, but people are friendly. WiFi was good. Noise level wasn't as bad as some reviewers say - the bar closes at 1am and with earplugs the noise was barely audible from the room. Could use another toilet and shower though


You could invest more in the shower

  • 25th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Really cool hostel, very relaxed and very art oriented!


Cool hostel, nice garden to chill in and awesome bar downstairs!


Booked very late on the day, so the hostel didn't actually have a record of my booking, and were fully booked ( an issue with booking through hostel world last minute). However immediately and very helpfully found us a place to stay just down the road, in an old ladies guest house for the night. The atmosphere looked very chilled and everyone seemed friendly.


horrible cherbeno bino at the bar. For 3 levas!!! In a big plastic bag...the only thing we didn't enjoy.

  • 30th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Spain
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


The worst hostel I've been. Room was overbooked and it felt like staff didn't care about anything or anyone. Breakfast was average. Nice garden.


Everything included. Breakfast is okay. The bars great, but you have to get down early or there is nowhere to sit. It's open to the public and there is very little stopping them getting Into your rooms with no lockers. Wifis great and two PCs in lobby as well. The staff aren't very knowledgeable about sofia though in my experience.


Room was overbooked, staff were to stoned to figure out what was going on, rude about it like i should stop bothering him. Bar is cool, location good...fine if you want a partyish spot.


A great hostel to visit (but maybe not stay). It has a beautiful garden, art etc but somethings were poor. We stayed in a 3 bed private with a shared bathroom on the same floor with some other rooms.That "shared" bathroom must also be an ensuite bathroom to another room because they can enter it from their room (whilst you are showering!-u cannot lock that door) and lock the bathroom from their side (there's no way for u to unlock it). great having to wake guests up to unlock the shared bathroom


Hostel staff are super friendly! We got a lovely private room as we were going to be waking up very early each day for a conference. Choosing this hostel was not a mistake! Great atmosphere, good affordability, good location and great staff made our stay a pleasure!


The staff wasn't very friendly. The garden and the bar was very cool. The cleanliness was average.


It was one of the worst experiences of our trip. You have to take the warning serious, you won't have any chance for sleep there. They have parties every night, and with party I mean really loud music. It was so loud that the bass vibrated our beds. And they don't stop at midnight, that's when they start... it's cool that they are popular in Sofia, with lots of locals hanging around, but they are hanging out (and having drinking games) right outside our door. The staff didn't mind.

  • 12th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • All Male Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Good place, good service. Garden is great.


Lovely hostel- very hipster- nice staff, good internet and good vibe. Well located just off the main shopping street in Sofia. But VERY overpriced for Bulgaria. You are paying almost twice the normal rate. They also need to upgrade some of the facilities and locks and maybe have extra bathrooms. For the price they are charging you should expect a modern boiler so the hot water in the shower doesnt run out after 3 minutes. .

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