The Grand Montana combines all the good bits of self catered apartments and the facilities of a hotel. The complex features well-equipped and spacious apartments with gorgeous hardwood floors and lots of natural light. They even provide a small welcome pack complete with essentials like tea, coffee, milk, cereal and bread to get you going.
You'll also find a lobby bar with Wi-Fi (convenient), a restaurant and a free wellness area including an indoor pool for all guests to enjoy. Luxurious spa treatments are available to help relax any aching muscles. You won't want to miss the panoramic views from the glass lifts either!
The Grand Montana sits right in the middle of Bansko, just 600m from the Old Town resort centre. A hotel-run shuttle bus regularly runs from the hotel to the gondola station, just 400m away.
From the hotel to…
Nearest lift: 400m (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
At the Grand Montana you'll be left to your own devices, 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.
The Grand Montana is an apartment complex of 50 bright studios, one and two bedroom apartments. Each one is spacious and has a well-equipped kitchenette, balcony‚ mini–safe‚ cable TV‚ DVD and CD player‚ hairdryer, shower & separate wc.
The studios sleep two to three people and are approx. 35m2 with a double or twin beds and a single sofa bed.
The one bedroom apartments for two to four people are approx. 60m2 and have a double bed in the bedroom and a double sofa bed in the separate lounge.
The two bedroom apartments sleep between four and six people and are approx. 90m2 with one double, one twin bedroom and a double sofa bed in the separate lounge.
Official rating: ****
Relaxed lobby bar
South-facing sun terrace
Free Wi-Fi in the public areas
Ski storage with heated boot warmers
Lift servicing all floors
Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Sofia
Flight duration: 3 hours
Transfer time: approx. 3 hours
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