There are very few ski-in ski-out hotels in Bansko, and this is one of them. It's just 30m to the gondola so it really couldn't be more convenient. The cosy lobby bar with its gorgeous fireplace, and two restaurants - one with a unique sports vibe that you'll have to visit to believe really add to the ambience.
The Irish pub is always packed, and you'll find free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. For après, you can treat yourself to the heated indoor pool, a massage or beauty treatment and the huge spa area, which comes complete with steam room, sauna and hot tub. The kids even have access to their own in-built pool area.
From the hotel to …
Nearest slopes: You're on the slopes
Nearest lift: 30m
Tuition meeting point: 30m
Resort centre: 1.2 km
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 Sport Bansko does half-board meals, so you'll have a hot and cold buffet breakfast each morning, plus an excellent buffet evening meal every night, perfect for refuelling after a busy day on the slopes.
All 100 rooms strike a good balance of modern stylishness with comfort and cosiness. You'll have a flat screen satellite TV, minibar, hairdryer and most importantly, a lovely balcony - ideal for taking advantage of that slopeside vantage point!
Families and groups will be particularly happy here. The one bedroom apartments are suitable for up to four people thanks to a double bed and a double sofa bed in the separate living room.
The executive rooms are perfect for two to three people staying together, while the deluxe rooms are great for groups of up to four people.
Official rating: ****
Indoor pool with kid's pool area
Steam room, sauna and hot tub
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Lobby bar with fireplace
Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Sofia
Flight duration: 3 hours
Transfer time: approx. 3 hours
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