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Plovdiv is a very beautiful city in Bulgaria which is just a few hours from Sofia and Bourgas. Istanbul is also not far from it and there are cheap buses that go there. It's underrated as it can offer its visitors a reat experience.
There are many hostels in Plovdiv and most of them were opened in the last few years. There are three major spots where Plovdiv hostels are located: the first is near the central train station, the second is near the Plovdiv University and the third is in the Old Town. Hostels in Plovdiv do not differ much in price with a few exceptions. Hostels in the Old Town are a bit hard to find as the streets are small and the whole place looks like a labyrinth but the view is amazing. However, the Old Town is in the center so you can go there easily even if your hostel is in other place. Taxis are very cheap and a better option than public transportation.
Plovdiv has been inhabited since ancient times and is one of the few constantly inhabited places in the world for the last several thousands years. It has been a major city in Medieval Ages, during the Ottoman rule, after the Independence, and now as well. There are many sights from almost any time in history and only a few cities in Bulgaria can match Plovdiv. It has two Roman theatres, more than 10 museums, Roman stadium, mosques, cathedrals and churches and of course, the Old Town which has preserved many houses with architecture from the 19th century.
There is an airport which serves a few lines to Europe. The airport is far from the city – about 25 km and there is only one bus that stops there once a day only on days when there are flights. The bus is often overcrowded. Otherwise, train connections are very good and you can go to any place in Bulgaria within a day and there are several old monasteries less than 100 km, the most famous of which is Bachkovo.
Food in Plovdiv is ridiculously cheap and you can have a great lunch for 3-4 Euros at a restaurant. There are bars and clubs for any taste and pocket and night life is quite good. There is also an annual trade fair which attracts many international companies. You need to spend at least several days in Plovdiv.
There are plenty of excellent hostels in Plovdiv and the Hostelz.com Plovdiv Hostels list is the best way to find the right hostel for your trip.
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Raisky Kat Hostel
"The Raisky Kat Hostel is located in a very quiet part of Plovdiv. It is within short walking distance to the old city and the main area with all the restaurants and coffeehouses. The easiest way to get to the hostel is with a taxi -- just tell the driver the street name and he will take you to the hostel. You won't need a taxi besides getting to and from the hostel because you can walk everywhere else. The rooms, like the three-person room...
Hikers Hostel Plovdiv
"Hikers Hostel Plovdiv is a great place to stay, whether it be for a couple of days or a couple of weeks. It has a great atmosphere that promotes socialization, so if you are looking to meet people from all over then this is a great place to stay. Also, the staff are very knowledgeable and helpful and have great ideas regarding what to see and do in the city and the surrounding area. The Location The hostel is only a short distance away...
"Great - The receptionist only spoke simple English but went out of his way to be friendly, even making breakfast early and waking me up when I mentioned I had an early bus. There's only one key per room so they keep it behind the desk, which is a bit old fashioned but otherwise great." … "Extremely helpful and friendly staff. - Super location, continental breakfast included, clean airy rooms but no lift. A good place to stay and...
Bike Hostel Plovdiv
"Cosy hostel in the centre of Plovdiv. We are close to Central train station and close to south bus station. Parking for bicycles. Hire bikes at our Hostel. We are suggesting manifold sport & art activities. We have professional photo studio. We are organizing trips to Thracian sanctuaries & landmarks in the close of Plovdiv. Quiet clean place, no traffic noise. Friendly staff. Please note: Cash payment on arrival only Check In...
Hostel Old Plovdiv
"… you come by train-there is a public bus stop just in front Central railway station. If you preffer to take a taxi- we recommend you to use company 9199 or 6665 – they will drive you to us for approximately 2,5 Eur. You can take buses number 7, 20, 26 or rout mini-bus shuttle 2.After approximately 9 minutes travel time get off on the 6-th bus stop, immediately after you pass the tunnel. There are stone stairs 15 meters before...
"… you wish to use the PUBLIC TRANSPORT, even though Plovdiv is not too stretched, but your luggage is heavy or you`re just tired, there are BUSES that can drop you off about 500 meters from TheCrib** - When arriving on the South BUS STATION, turn right on the blvd as you`re exiting the station. Cross the boulevard on the first streetlights you run into, in about 30-40 meters walking along the blvd. Turn right and continue walking in...
"Great location, well-maintained hostel, best value - Everything lovely -- staff, cleanliness and upkeep of hostel, location, food provided. New bedding, overall good feeling." … "… Free all you can eat breakfast - 3 kinds of jam, salami, cheese, tomatoes, olives, muesli, Bulgarian yogurt, bread, butter, sugar, milk, juice, tea and coffee and more… + Free unlimited high speed internet access. + Free wi-fi - in-house and in our...
"I am here in winter and it really is quite bad. There is no heating in the hostel whatsoever. There is a room with a sheet of plastic down the middle to separate the "kitchen" and "shower room." The sheet of plastic doesn't even go up to the ceiling. Look elsewhere and ignore the great location." … "There wasn't 24-hour reception, and I didn't like this place at all. I don't know about other times, but the showers were cold and crappy....
Preslav str. 29
"… all the pleasant features of Bar Gramophone such as different kinds of beer, refreshing cocktails, hot drinks, powerful shots, fusball, backdoor terrace, special party events, gigs, djs, vjs, etc. All floors are equipped with wireless social media access and we also provide computers in the living room for those of you who don’t like carrying laptops when travelling. Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case...
Melanya Mountain Retreat
"… choices including delicious home baked bread and fresh eggs laid by the free-range chickens. The kitchenette has all the basics for cooking but guests must stock up in town as there are no shops in this village. Packed lunches and seasonal evening meals using vegetables from the organic garden and locally sourced produce can be provided with 24 hours notice. The hosts are good-food enthusiasts and pride themselves on meeting...
"… you can go shopping in Mall Galeria or METRO (15 min walking), FORUM Shopping Center, supermarkets, restaurants, disco, cafes. Next to the building is situated AQUA LAND (swimming pools, water attractions). Right next to the building you can find a bus stop. If you are with your own car, the parking is not a problem and it's free. The suits are appropriate for everybody - businessmen, students, travelers. We offer you comfort and...
"Hotel Renaissance. Completely new hotel opened April 2007 near the city center and old town... Luxuriously modelled and attired rooms. Full restaurant and garden patio. Accommodating English speaking staff and management. Free parking and breakfast included. Absolutely charming. Very near Old town at the bottom of the east side of the hill. 100M from the Monday Market or Ponedelnik Pazarr." … "… Old town at the bottom of...
"… and cultural monuments - the Old town, the Ancient Theatre, the Roman Odeon. Created for guests, who posses good and fine taste, the house has unique design and impeccable service. Here, you can feel the atmosphere of the past and the comfort f the present. House "Romantica“ is suitable place for business trip and holidays. House "Romantica” has wide rooms and two apartments with 2 separate rooms, furnished according to all European...
"… with WC inside it, individual wardrobe with locking for each guest, seating - stools with table. Paid: homemade breakfast on request - 2lv / 1 euro / per person half day guided tour - 12 lv / 6 euro / per person rent-a-car event organization - on request Please note: Cancellation Policy: 48 hours before the arrival Check In: 2.00 pm Check Out: 12.00 noon Method of Payment upon the...
"… possibility for a third bed in the room, with an additional charge 10 euro. Please Note: Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 13:00 to 22:00 . Check out before 14:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards. The reception and lobby bar are open 24 hours. Taxes included. Breakfast not...
The Plovdiv House
"Good, cheap guesthouse; 7 minutes walk to Roman Stadium - 7 minutes walk to Roman Stadium and Mosque, very clean and large rooms and shared baths & WC. Use of simple kitchen, free coffee. Nice own garden. Very fast free Wifi. Family who runs it speak good English. Maybe the the most cheap guesthouse in Plovdiv." … "… for people on business trips or tourists. Our guests can feel free. We try to be comfortable and cozy for all...
Guest Rooms " The old house "
"… , so you can go by foot in few mins to pick up a meal if you want. During the summer you can enjoy the romantic music and light show from the fountain, which is one of the most famous in the world. Please note: Cancellation Policy: 3 days before the arrival Method of Payment upon the arrival: Cash only Check In: 12.00 noon Check Out: 12.00 noon Breakfast not included. Taxes are included. Suitable for children ( we...
"… you will meet Mrs. Nadia Erendzhikova who is owner of this guest house. Add to this fire of the camp, the home kitchen with environmentally friendly products from our garden and song of the crickets, the aroma of herbs and baked glow of fresh potatoes, many stars who are hardly not hand distance from you. Thus time in Erendzhikovs house, village Krastatiza like stopping to enjoy more fully to the magic of Bulgarian nature, rural...
"… in the south central part of Bulgaria.It spreads on the so called Thracian valley and on the outskirts of the Rhodope mountains.Its wide relief and climate diversity gives the opportunity to potential holiday makers to do the best of their stay here.Because of the four seasons we have you could either visit and enjoy the nearest ski resorts(Pamporovo, Chepelare) during snowy winters or alternatively you could go on a mountain trip...
"… with cable TV, telephone, minibar, air-conditioner, private bathroom with a shower. At guest's disposal are lobby - bar, restaurant with excellent bulgarian & european cuisine. In some of the rooms there is Internet access. Using Internet is free of charge. Everybody speaks english, german, russian and several persons speak greek language. You can sleep and have dinner or lunch at very good prices. At the reception desk of the hotel...
"They were very pleasant and efficient during my April 2005 visit." … "I was in Plovdiv in April 2005. I stayed in this hotel only for one night. It's friendly personnel and great breakfast with quality cheese was enough for me. I advise you to come here." … "Very clean hotel. The rooms are large and the furniture is high quality. It's very near the town center and the price is surprisingly low by western standards. The reason I...
Hotel Nord Plovdiv
"We had a marvelous stay at Hotel Nord. You must ask for Petko, the hotel manager. He is very gracious and available to assist with any planning for your stay in Plovidiv. He speaks perfect English if you don't know Bulgarian. The employees are warm and courteous towards the quests. The hotel is clean, located in a great location, and quiet for a nice nights rest. I highly recommend staying at Hotel Nord and seeing Plovidiv! Also ask Petko for...
The Penthouse Crib
"… for an excelent rest. Every bed has its own locker for your security and if you desire to read before going to bed-there are reading lights available at all times. Every room has air condition and high speed Wi-Fi internet access. Needless to mention, shower and face towels, sheets, linen, hairdryer is all free. -TheCrib has 3 new spacious bathrooms, one including hydro-massage tub - Jacuzzi and Sauna. We are located in a private...
"Comfortable, clean, good location, very friendly and helpful - A lovely building of 7apartments meticulously kept, with a friendly and most helpful staff. The location is in a quiet neighborhood but easy walking distance to major places of interest. The rates are quite reasonable. Only drawbacks are an odd breakfast delivered the evening before, no elevator, and those wacky showers that are meant to flood the small bathroom floor. But I would...
My Guest Rooms Plovdiv
"My Guest Rooms Plovdiv is located very close to the centre of town. It is ideally located in between the bus station and the city centre. The Location The hostel is easy to find, as it's located on a main road. It is a beautiful building, as you'll see when you arrive. Although, when you arrive at the hostel, be prepared to walk up lots of stairs to get to your room. The owner of the hostel is very helpful and offers to carry up some...
Star Hotel Plovdiv
"Simple, clean rooms. Good price. - The rooms are furnished in dark colours, but are clean. Bathroom is cleaned every second or third day, towels are then replaced. Rest of the room is cleaned once a week. When I informed the receptionist that my airconditioning did not work he sent met back to my room with the information that there had to be a switch behind the fridge. Because I could not find this, I informed him so. At that moment I did...
Antique Apartment KOKOB
"… restful and stress-free stay, so You can recreate from the trips and get ready for to the hottest city in Bulgaria - Plovdiv - with hot people, hot prices and hot opportunities. Welcome to 6000 years of history, culture and civilisation! We speak English and German and have best contacts to cultural objects and monasteries in the whole large area of Plovdiv. With us You could learn how to prepare typical meals and drinks from...
Park Hotel Plovdiv
"… planning, comfort and attention to detail. This makes Park Hotel Plovdiv the ideal venue to host your event. For this purpose, the hotel offers modern Conference centre consists of three multifunctional, fully equipped conference rooms. Please note: Check in after 14.00 Check out before 12.00 Breakfast included Payment upon arrival by cash or credit card (Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa accepted) Cancellation policy: 24h...
"… lobby-bar. The restaurant offers a rich breakfast and a great variety of delicious meals of Bulgarian and international cuisine as well as a fine selection of wines. The hotel offers a SPA center with Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath and solarium. There is a well equipped fitness center as well. With its 3 conference rooms Kendros hotel is the perfect place for business meetings, conferences and presentations. There is a free guarded...
Imperial Hotel & Spa
6, Lev Tolstoy str./ 1A, Arch.Kamen Petk
Plovdiv Travel Tips & Suggestions
I went to Plovdiv in the winter and it was pretty boring from a young person's perspective, as well as quite gloomy (and freezing). But there are a few sights, although they looked totally deserted. It was somewhat depressing.
— Josh, Glasgow
Two nights is enough.
— MK, melburn
Plovdiv is incredible, one of my favorite cities in Europe. There is so much to see in the old town, and the residents of Plovdiv are so nice and relaxed. The highlight of Bulgaria, for me.
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