This hotel is on the small side by Bulgarian standards, but that just adds to the relaxed atmosphere. The recently renovated rooms and friendly staff make the Hotel Ela a happy little place. A sauna and steam room are available to use for a little extra if your legs need some TLC.
Kids will love the playroom, and there's free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel too. Head to the lobby bar for a drink but be sure to nab a seat by the open fireplace.
From the hotel to …
Nearest lift: 50m
Tuition meeting point: 300m
Resort centre: You're in the centre
About the resort
Borovets is a bustling resort sat amongst the stunningly gorgeous pine forests of the Rila Mountains. It's particularly well-suited to beginners, improvers and families as it has wide-open slopes, fantastic coaching from friendly, English-speaking instructors and a dedicated kids ski area. There's also night skiing if you don't get your fill during the day.
Off the mountain, the resort is fairly compact and has two main pedestrianised areas that are jam-packed with cafés, bars, live music venues, tourist shops and more. It's quite the bustling marketplace.
You can't come to Bulgaria without trying an evening meal in a Mehana - a traditional Bulgarian tavern with fantastic local food and entertainment. Also, don't miss taking a traditional horse and cart trip around the resort, or head into the nearby town of Samokov for a taste of authentic Bulgaria - all for incredible value.
Area size: 58km
Skiing altitude: 1300m - 2550m
Number of runs: 18
Range of runs: 40% green/blue, 50% red and 10% black
Lifts: 9 drags, 4 chairs and 1 gondola
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 18km
Snowmaking: 60% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Food and drink
The Hotel Ela offers half board meals, so you'll find a hot and cold buffet breakfast each morning and a buffet evening meal to refuel. And refuel you shall as it includes a salad buffet, starter buffet and a dessert buffet - you'll be spoilt for choice!
The Hotel Ela has 76 rooms, all which have been recently renovated and are fitted out with cable TV, a minibar, free Wi-Fi and ensuite bathroom.
Families and kids
The hotel also has a spacious and light children's playroom to keep the little ones happy when you aren't all on the slopes. There are plenty of toys and tables for creating mini-masterpieces to take home and pin on the fridge.
Official rating: ***
Recently renovated rooms
Sauna and steam room
Children's play room
Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Sofia
Flight duration: 3 hours
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
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