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Hostelz.com's Review
Nightingale Hostel is very good value and in an excellent location. The atmosphere is friendly and the staff are very informative. Most of Sofia's sights are within walking distance of the hostel, making it a great place to base yourself. Security is good; guests are provided the codes to use at a keypad at ground level to access the building and also at the hostel entrance into the hostel. There is no curfew; however, late at night the common entrance to the building is sometimes closed. It requires a bit of manipulation to open the gate, and might be difficult for a shorter person.

The Location

It's hard to get a better location than Nightingale Hostel -- it's smack bang in the middle of Sofia at Slaveykov Square, literally ten steps from the hostel entrance to the book market and thirty seconds' walk to the tram line. There are shops, bars, and restaurants nearby. There is also an excellent value local gym next door and a twenty-four-hour supermarket five minutes' walk away. The area is well lit at night and very busy during the day. Nightingale is approximately twenty minutes from the central bus/train station on the tram line. The hostel itself is located on the third floor of an apartment building overlooking Slaveykov Square.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorms are well laid out and clean with adequate sheets and blankets. There is a radiator in each room as well as an external window. The dorms are not locked; however, small lockers are provided for if you bring your own lock and there is a hostel safe for valuables. There are two common bathrooms with two showers and two toilets each. Bathrooms are generally clean and are integrated with the toilets and soap is provided at hand basins. The owner indicated that the bathrooms were to be upgraded shortly.

Common Spaces

The common area is in a separate room with room for around fourteen people. There is a large-screen TV with an almost unlimited supply of movies and two free computers; the Wi-Fi is excellent. Breakfast is a limited set menu, usually fairly light, and changes daily. Free coffee and tea are provided throughout the day. The kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, large fridge, toaster, kettle, crockery and utensils, and a slow-but-steady stove. There is no smoking in the hostel but a small outdoor balcony is provided. There is no swimming pool at the hostel as indicated in the description, however there is a public indoor pool nearby.

Summary

Overall, this is a clean, good-value hostel in an excellent location.

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How is Nightingale Hostel rated on other websites?
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Hostelworld  
79%
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Hostels.com  
49%
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93%
60%
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HostelBookers  
70%
66%
72%
89%
63%
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HostelsClub  
73%
62%
78%
77%
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68%
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Nightingale Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
1   Absolutely terrible, not as described at all I made my reservation at nightingale, but showed up and was told they were out of space, and sent me to another new location of theirs. It's going to be a hostel one day, maybe. It was basically a bunch of rooms with dirty beds on some cardboard on the floor (I think the cardboard looked more inviting). They just packed travelers into the rooms, overcharging everyone and providing no amenities. One bathroom for 6 dorms (about 30-40 people), no breakfast, no wifi, no A/C, no hot water, no chairs, tables, or other furniture. OK, there was one chair. I lied. Do not stay here! I even heard the guy telling people they had to pay more than what they reserved it at because of an event in town. He was just trying to rake in money in a full city.  , age 25, USA ()
5   Feels like home Excellent location. Staff is great. Make you really feel at home. Good value for your money. They even guide you around in the nightlife for free.  , Dutch ()
5   Best place to stay in Sofia!! I was very impressed by the welcome and facilities. Owners were really nice and helpful. Breakfast was fantastic and the location was excellent. I would highly recommend Nightingale Hostel to anyone! Thank you for a great experience.  , Spain ()

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