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Hostel Mostel - Sofia

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Hostel Mostel - Sofia is in a fairly central location -- Sofia is not such a huge city and you can pretty much walk anywhere in the center within fifteen or twenty minutes.

The Location

The hostel is located at 2A Makedonia Avenue. You can catch an OK taxi here from the international bus station. It is located two shops after the Caesar casino. (Be careful which brand of taxi you take because the other brands can be very expensive!) The hostel is easy to miss because the entrance is a garage door and there is only a little sign (as seen in the picture). When you find it, go up and press the buzzer on the right side.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms and bathrooms are very clean. We've never been in a hostel where the soap dispensers are constantly refilled and the toilets have a perfumed/coloured flush! They even have spray fresh in there!

The rooms are nice and well heated in the cold. Be careful however that you don't book a stay in the loft/attic (the cheapest option) because there is no heating up there, and it is freezing! If the weather is warm, no worries. The dorms also have their own lockers and some even have their own bathroom (depending on how much you pay). The rooms are very secure with swipe card entry. Private rooms are also available but they are out of the main hostel area and a short walk away.

The showers are very clean and are separate from the toilets (fortunately). They have hooks to hang your clothes, and also have soap dispensers for the shower! A free towel is available if you ask them for it.

Common Spaces

The common area of the hostel was previously an art gallery, which makes for a warm, comfortable atmosphere. The common room/hall is composed of the following -- three computers (free internet and Wi-Fi), two very large sofas (about twenty-person capacity), two dining tables, kitchen, a special shoes-off area with a fairly huge flat screen TV, toilets, reception, luggage storage, book exchange, free pool table.

The price includes buffet breakfast with salami, cheeses, olives, bread, all kinds of spreads, and sometimes fruit. It also includes free dinner every night -- a plate of spaghetti and a free beer! Eating dinner with other guests also is an easy way to meet new people.

Summary

For the price of the hostel, this place is a bargain. It's got a good location, super friendly staff, good social atmosphere, and so many free things it makes your head spin! Just avoid sleeping in the loft/attic and you'll have an awesome time!

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October 2009

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Hostel Mostel - Sofia Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Best among 4 i stayed in sofia Very centre spot, u even got a bank there when turn left from exit, the showers good and decent, and main balcony of the upstairs. stayed around 5 days in 2013. noise level is good with regards that the spot is central. actually the wood stairs makes it a good architecture that gives you space atmosphere.  , age 47, Isreal ()
5   Perfect Atmosphere, Inexpensive, Convenient Location At this hostel, you will truly feel like a guest and part of a family. I met some great people from all over the world at the TWO free meals per day (breakfast and dinner, both of which are substantial), which is part of the draw to me for staying in hostels. At check-in, an employee goes over all of the attractions, restaurants, and amenities of the city with you, providing a detailed and easy-to-use map. When I come back to Bulgaria, I will definitely stay with Hostel Mostel.  , age 19, USA ()
4   Decent place This place was nice -- a real hostel, busy and lots of hangout. It was clean and the staff were friendly and informative. Breakfast was great. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because I think this place is better for more party-going/drinking people (which I'm not) because it was extremely loud until very late at night. So if you like partying, this could be a great place for you.  , Canada ()
5   Amazing Service and Great Location My husband and I stayed in the double for 3 nights and absolutely loved it. E service was incredible, I have never been given such useful information before when checking in. We ate at two of the restaurants recommended and stayed an extra day so we could take the day trip to the Rila Monestry. Which I would highly recommend as a day trip. If you go with the hostel it will cost 20euros, even the food recommendation for that trip was brilliant. The breakfast is fabulous and well worth it. Shops and all sites are an easy walk from the hostel. Our only complaint is that the double bed is VERY noisy, every time we turned through the night it woke the other person up so we didn't sleep very well. We are going back but this time have booked the twin in the hope it isn't as noisy. Other than that the hostel is PERFECT.  , Australia ()
5   Awesome hostel! It's the first review for a hostel I ever write but this needs to be said. It's such an awesome place! I loved it so much my first night that I came back in two days, changing my accommodation itinerary. Lovely people, super-helpful staff, free pasta for dinner and beer (!), fast wifi. The only suggestion for improvement would be better blankets. Thankfully, I had my own to supplement that thin sheet that was provided. Overall, highly recommend it!  , age 25, USA ()
4   Nice people, but freezing rooms and far out place ... we stayed in hostel mostel for 3 nights. it's a really nice place and breakfast and dinner + beer is a great offer. the only problem was that the heating and the provided sheets weren't enough for january in sofia. also, if u rent a double or triple room (everything thats not dorm) u will be in an other building, 10min away from the main building with the dorms, where breakfast and dinner is served. the place with the doublerooms is not cozy or personal at all. the staff is in the other place, but u can call them for free and you have 2 computers.  , germany ()
5   The place to stay If you go to Sofia stay here. Staff is extremely friendly and helpful. It's only a 20 minute walk from the train or bus station. Breakfast and dinner aren't included but they always make too much pasta at dinner and it's up for grabs eventually. Rooms are comfortable and clean. Security may be a bit lax once you're inside the hostel but I wasn't concerned. Enjoy the social atmosphere here if you go.  ()
5   Simply Amazing HM is excellent on all counts. I have stayed there several times while traveling in Bulgaria, and each time I am impressed by the friendly staff, clean facilities, and excellent quality of the stay. No other hostel I have stayed at has ever lived up to the expectations set by HM. One handy recommendation -- make sure to grab another one of the spare heavy Rhodope blankets in your room if staying there in the winter or late fall -- it does get chilly, as in almost all Bulgarian buildings.  , US ()

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