The Guinness has a real wow-factor as you walk in. The huge, towering lobby atrium with its glass room is a wonderful place to sit and rest after a day on the slopes. Grab a drink and seat by the large open fireplace (be quick) and catch up with friends.
There's a great range of facilities here. You'll love the indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam bath after a day on the slopes, or make some time to check out the games room, and play a game of billiards. Families will love the spacious rooms and free childcare run by the hotel too.
The location is perfect too. It's in the resort centre, but in a quiet spot and only a mere 200m away from the ski lifts; a great location to make the most of your holiday.
From the hotel to…
Nearest lift: 200m
Tuition meeting point: 200m
Resort centre: You're in the centre
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
The MPM Hotel Guinness Bansko offers half board, so you'll find a hot and cold buffet breakfast each morning, plus a buffet style evening meal with a choice of main dish, giving you plenty of options for refuelling after a busy day on the slopes.
The MPM Hotel Guinness has 119 rooms on offer, with a variety of studio, one and two bedroom apartments to choose from. Families and groups will love the two bedroom apartments that can sleep up to six people, while couples on holiday may enjoy the cosy studio flats a bit more.
Each of the rooms has a minibar, TV, and hairdryer, and you'll find a shower in each room as well.
Families and kids
The Hotel offers a free children's club for little ones aged four to 12. You can drop them off every day between 9am and 4pm, and they'll have a great time doing activities like indoor and outdoor games, creative tasks, singing and much more.
A supervised lunch can be provided if you make sure to request it, and that will be at a local charge. In the meantime, you can have a morning on the slopes, take a long lunch, and pick them up in the afternoon ready to tell stories about the days you've all had!
Official rating: ****
Lobby bar with atrium and fireplace
Large lounge area
Free Wi-Fi in the public areas
Indoor pool, sauna and steam bath
Games room with billiards
Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Sofia
Flight duration: 3 hours
Transfer time: approx: 3 hours
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