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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." … "… a constant paintings exhibition. The art cafe (24 seats) is also used for breakfast and at the same time it's a perfect place for...
The Penthouse Crib
"… beds and mattresses especially designed 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...
"… a garden in the city The only hostel in Plovdiv where you get free each day of your stay: + Free light dinner and a Beer + 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 garden + Free Plovdiv map with highlights + Free clean and...
My Guest Rooms Plovdiv
"… walk from the central train station and bus stations South and Rodopi. Perfectly located to the city park, central square and the central pedestrian street with shops and restaurants, in which is only 10 min. walk to the old town and the sights of the city. You can expect unique rooms decorated in comfortable style and panoramic view, a bedroom, two or three beds offering excellent conditions for recreation, cable TV, free Wi-Fi,...
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...
Antique Apartment KOKOB
"… 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 the Balkan, play board games, also football in the near garden or just sit and enjoy from the balcony...
Hostel Old Plovdiv
"… airport is Bulgarian biggest international Sofia airport (www.sofia-airport.bg) , 136 km away from Plovdiv (1, 5 h drive) There are many daily regular flights from the European capitals and cities. Do not hesitate to contact us for arranging transfer to and from both airports. By car The easiest way is to type our address in your GPS navigation: Plovdiv, ” Chetvarti yanuari” Str. №3 and follow the instructions . If you don’t...
"… When You Walk In The Old Town - The Big Cobble Stones Are Authentic But Can Be Dangerous If You`re Not Careful). Join A Free City Tour Everyday, Climb The Hills, Visit The Roman Amphitheater, Try The Variety Of Traditional Food Restaurants, Visit The Many Art Galleries & Museums. Far Enough To Escape The Town Noise When You Wish To Rest Up & Chillax, But Close Enough To Jump Back In No Time When You Wish To Party Or...
"… 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...
"… recently discovered stone cities (Belentash,Tatul and Perpericon) and not to forget the thermal bath and spa resorts of Narechen and Velingrad (in the mountains) and Banja and Hissar up north of the city Plovdiv area Plovdiv - the second largest city of Bulgaria is located in the Thracian valley upon seven hills and alongside the banks of Maritza river.Its history leads about 8 000 years back and together with Damascus in...
"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....
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Melanya Mountain Retreat
"… comprising 1 twin and 1 double bedroom, with self-catering facilities and private entrance. A spacious wet room with shower and separate wc compliment your mountain holiday accommodation. Please note: Guests pay only per person rates of 38 Euros per night. Single guests and couples enjoy the whole apartment at no extra cost. Breakfast is included and options of packed lunches and home-cooked evening meals are available....
"… 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." … "… hill. 100M from the...
Rooms Center PLovdiv
"Rooms Center is located in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. It\'s cheap and it\'s in the city Center. It\'s near restaurants, bars, cafes and discos. 10 minutes of the most famous sights of Plovdiv. The building has more than 70 years and is among the few preserved architectural wonders of the city. We offer vacation filled with comfort in luxurious surroundings and pleasant atmosphere. Groove to the city. We await you!" … "… clock...
"… as well as many famous historical and cultural monuments- the Old town, the Ancient Theatre, the Roman Odeon. Created for guests, who posses good and fine taste, the hotel has unique design and impeccable service. House "Romantica” offers unforgettable stay in the perfect centre of Plovdiv. Here, you can feel the atmosphere of the past and the comfort the present.The house “ Hotel Romantica” has 13 beds.All rooms are furnished...
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...
"… some utilities for guests: fully charged kitchen with balcony, lovely garden for relaxing time with BBQ, shared dinning room with TV, save room for luggage and sport equipments. Prices are for room per night : - Double room for 2 - 44 lv / 22 euro - Double room for 1 - 30 lv / 15 euro - Triple room - 60 lv / 30 euro - Family room with up to 6 beds and luxury bathroom with WC - 90 lv / 46 euro Paid: homemade breakfast on request...
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...
"… 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...
"… Malka Arda River. In the area (Banite village) is developed spa tourism, too. Worth to be seen attraction for rural and eco tourism is The Devils Bridge, which the caravans used to cross the river in the past. You can also visit the nearby Davidkovo and Sturnitsa villages that are lovely tourist targets. The road to them is convenient, well-marked and appropriate for one-day walk. In the village Krastatitsa and Erendzhikovs House...
"… 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." … "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 don't rate it excellent is that the hotel's not so easy to reach by car (but the center of Plovdiv is not so driver-friendly)." … "I was in Plovdiv in April 2005. I stayed in this hotel...
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...
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...
Park Hotel Plovdiv
"… 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 advance notice Taxes included Pets not allowed Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy...
"… microwave oven, fridge, stoves, oven, cutlery, plates, cups, glasses, air conditioner. Surroundings There is a cafe-bar in the building that contributes your comfort. Near the building 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...
"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...
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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