The Belmont Hotel is located right in the middle of Bansko and just 600m from the 'Old Town' centre. A shuttle bus regularly runs from the hotel to the gondola station 400m away.
Even though it’s called the Belmont Hotel, it’s actually home to spacious, self catered apartments. Each apartment has everything you'd expect for your home away from home, plus they're kitted out with a beautiful balcony.
The Belmont has two bars and a pool to help you relax those aching muscles at the end of the day. There's also a sauna and steam room, and a ‘welcome pack' of breakfast goodies to get you going.
From the hotel to…
Nearest lift: 400m to the main gondola
Tuition meeting point: 400m
Resort centre: 600m
About the resort
Set high up in the Pirin mountains, Bansko is the largest Bulgarian resort and it has a lot to offer. The lift system is one of the most modern in Eastern Europe and it serves the best variety of skiing across skill levels. The runs are mainly tree-lined which not only makes it picturesque, it feels safer for those just starting out on skis or snowboards.
There's plenty of English speaking instructors offering lessons for beginners, but intermediates won't be left out either as there's an great choice of cruisy blue and red runs to keep everyone busy. The lessons, lift pass and kit hire is all at incredibly reasonable prices making it a great choice for those on a budget.
For après-ski, most hotels have wellness facilities to keep you relaxed and limber when you aren't up the mountain. And if you're itching to head into town, you'll find a great choice of restaurants and bars to keep you occupied - don't miss a visit to a traditional 'Mehana' or tavern as the entertainment is unforgettable.
Area size: 70km
Skiing altitude: 930m to 2560m
Number of runs: 20
Range of runs: 20% green, 15% blue, 40% red and 25% black
Lifts: 7 drags, 6 chairs and 1 gondola
Night skiing: No
Cross country trails: 5km
Snowmaking: 50% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Food and drink
You're left to your own devices at the Belmont, but the apartments are more than equipped to let you create your own dishes. Each apartment comes with a small welcome pack with initial essentials such as tea, coffee, milk, cereal and bread to get you started.
You also have the in-house restaurant for the times when you're not wanting to fend for yourself. Or head out and explore the many local 'Mehana' or taverns.
All of the apartments are decked out with homely facilities that you would expect of a hotel. Each apartment is spacious and you'll have a private balcony all to yourself. Each room has a kitchenette with a fridge, small cooker, microwave and toaster. There are hairdryers and cable TV too, plus internet access.
Relaxed bar with Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi in the public areas
Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Sofia
Flight duration: 3 hours
Transfer time: approx. 3 hours
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