I visited the Marina Palace with the wife and another couple in August and had read some pretty good reviews of the hotel prior to our arrival. First impressions were mixed; the guy who checked us in at reception had his tie hanging loosely and a couple buttons undone on our arrival. Maybe I’m slightly pedantic, but not what I would expect in a four star hotel. The room was pleasant, spacious and clean, so was pleased with this. The negatives about the room were: the air con was mediocre at best and we probably would have produced more water pressure in the shower if we had to pump it manually ourselves. Breakfast was pretty good and they varied it slightly each day. Pasta was on the breakfast menu for two days which seemed a strange concept, but at times you just need to take the rough with the smooth and get stuck in!
The beach was a 10 min walk and was particularly busy, but really pleasant! The majority of the beach is ‘pay’ and depending on how often you visit it, it can be quite expensive. There is a free zone, but it’s right at the other end of the beach. What we did, and advise, is just pay for the umbrella and ditch the sun loungers (because you pay for these on top of the umbrella).
The hotel is in a great location and Old Nessebar is only a 10 min walk away, where there are some really good restaurants and I have to agree with some of the other comments that it would be criminal to book half board when there’s such a diverse mix of restaurants on your doorstep. Also, in the whole seven days we were here, we only saw one couple have dinner in the restaurant, which kind of says a lot.
The biggest negative of our stay was probably how unapproachable the staff were in the hotel and people generally in the town. Must clearly be the culture. However, let me explain. Everyday the four of us visited the sky bar in the hotel for the best part of two hours playing cards etc. and every time we approached the bar, there was no ‘hello’ and always this blank, ‘what the hell are you doing here’ look on the staff faces. So by the end of the holiday you would have thought they would know what my drink would be instead of asking whether I wanted a large or small beer. “It’s large, it’s been large for the past six days and it’s not going to change!” Also, if you wanted another drink, you had to go to the bar even though they offered waitress service. And yes….I would like a large beer please! It just surprises me that when you have people sitting in a bar drinking, playing cards etc. surely the objective is to keep them there drinking more to spend more money?!
Anyhow, on reflection, I liked Bulgaria a lot. The hotel certainly served its purpose; however, it’s never four star. Three at best!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The four stars Sol Marina Palace hotel is located between the new and the old part of Nessebar, only a few steps away from the most preferred Bulgarian beaches and is among the best hotels of Nessebar. With its unique location and quality of services, Sol Marina Palace is a very good choice for relax, holiday and business events. Modern conference rooms for formal meetings, elegant restaurants and bars, comfortable rooms with stunning view will make your stay unforgettable. At the disposal of the guests are 123 double rooms, 1 single room and 4 apartments. Most of them have unique sea view and are equipped with satellite television, information system, cable Intrenet, mini-bar, individual safe, central air conditioning system and ventilation. There is an underground paid parking and Wi-fi in public areas like lobby, sky and day bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marina Palace Nessebar
- Marina Palace Hotel Nessebar