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“It was…..okay!”
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Sol Marina Palace
Ranked #3 of 35 Hotels in Nessebar
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 September 2010

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!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 August 2010

Although it is a 4* hotel, the service is very, very poor. No daily cleaning and not even blanket change. There was pleny of furniture broken ( a chair, a lamp). No champoo, neither soap recharges. The answer of the reception manager was "We only offer soap and champoo the firt day of your stay...Afterwards you have to buy them by yourselves".

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 August 2010

We are a couple between the ages of 35- 41 and wanted a relaxing beach holiday and this is what we got in Nessebar. The Marina Palace was well positioned for a 10 minute stroll into the old town Nessebar and likewise to the sandy beach (in the other direction). The hotel was extremely clean and the staff were pleasant (you may have to make the first hello or smile to get a response) . Some previous reviews said about the food being terrible..well, we went Bed and breakfast and I don't eat meat..so I was a little apprehensive about this....The food was actually fine and my partner liked it. Lots of choice..cereals, pancakes, cheese, salad, cakes, eggs, hotdog sausages, ham/bacon, fruit etc etc. We went down at half nine most days and there was still enough left..but obviously the earlier you are down the more options you have!
The pool was placed at the top of the hotel which gave excellent views over the harbour and bay..a little windy up there but great for cooling off...yes the pool was cold but what else do you want when cooling down from 30 + temperatures. Drinks and food in the sky bar were fine and reasonablly priced. We ate out in the old town most nights and this is more expensive than other places but still cheaper than the food in England. Be prepared to pay for the toilet (even if you have eaten in their bar). Beach was busy and you need a mortgage for the sun beds (take your own parasol and mats) but the sea was great for swimming in. (free sunbeds in the hotel by pool!! :)
We had a great relaxing week at the Marina Palace and would recommend this hotel with out hesitation. If we return to Bulgaria we would probably stay in this hotel again.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2010

Our holiday was just like The Curate's Egg - it was OK but nothing special! We stayed for a week in Nessebar at the Marina Palace in August. The locals told us it was the hottest week of they year and it had been in the high thirties and on two days it was in the late fourties. On our arrival they showed us to our room which was opposite a rather busy road so we asked to upgrade to a sea view room which had a partial view of the sea but you could still hear and see the road. The hotel room was very basic but clean. The air conditioning is a bit weak but perfectly decent. There was a bit of music at night but you could hardly hear it and all was silent by eleven o'clock.

We are very glad we stayed in Nessebar and Sunny Beach! We went through Sunny Beach on an excursion and the place looked awful. It was tacky, dirty and full of uncouth youths running wild all through the night. We spoke to a couple who were staying there and said the music didn't stop until 5 o'clock in the morning and all they could hear was a 'thump, thump, thump' of the awful music! So I suggest you stay in Nessebar and not Sunny Beach.

The beach was very nice and although big there were always plenty of sun beds which cost 22 lev if I remember correctly to rent for a day. The worst thing about the hotel was definitely the food. When we read other reviews saying how awful it was, we just thought to ourselves that they were obviously the typical Brits - expecting a cooked breakfast each morning so we thought nothing of it. When we go on holdiday we are they type of people who expect and enjoy foreign food as that is what you eat in a foreign country, we would never eat British food in another country. However, the food was just disgusting! The juice (either apple or tropical) tasted of water, the bread was of the sort you eat on an aeroplane! Even the melon was dry and tasteless. We only had breakfast in the hotel so we ate out each night in Old Nessebar where the food was alright but nothing special compared to the food in Corfu or Italy but then again we didn't expect much more.

Old Nessebar had many, many stalls selling various bits and pieces but all of the same variety. The old churches were lovely to visit but that's about all I can say for it. One bad point about Old Nessebar is that people from restaurants make a bee line for you and try to persuade you to eat in their restaurant. It was a mere 5 minute walk into Nessebar which is very handy.

The main disappointment about Bulgaria is that there wasn't much culture. There were no great places to visit like we thought their may be. We went on several excursions (Jeep Safari, Aquapark and Virgin River and Sozopol trips) and the views were nothing spectacular, just a lot of grass and rolling hills! The Jeep Safari was VERY rough and bumpy but I'm glad we did it. The aquapark was fun for the children and to my surprise it was very clean with many life guards. The Virgin River and Sozopol trip was quite interesting and we were able to visit various relics.

Overall I had a lovely holiday, the sea was warm and pleasant and we were in a nice little area. Bulgaria itself was a bit of a disappointment as it wasn't really beautiful but it made a lovely summer holiday!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 August 2010

The hotel is nice and clean and the air conditioning in the rooms work very well. Doesn't work so well in corridors and other areas. We had a good view from room of sea and beach and it had a little balcony you could sit out on. Rooms a reasonable size and they have reasonablr range of TV but no British stuff. They have a very nice modern lift which runs on the outside wall. The location is good and it's only a short walk over the causeway to Nessebar old town or in the other direction to the clean sandy beach. The opnly negative point is that the food is awful, including breakfast. For this reason alone would not go there again. Also don't think it'sd quite a 4 star hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 August 2010

Having stayed in Sunny Beach last year this was a different holiday in Nessebar, it is still the old Bulgaria, it isnt quite geared up for tourists and the food is very much Bulgarian fare. The hotel was lovely, the pool is nice but its too shaded for my liking and you couldn't swim in it as it was far too small. The hotel bar wasnt too expensive and it was very up market compared to last years in Sunny Beach. Breakfast can become a little boring but i find that anywhere i go. If you go on the beach be prepared to pay 21 levs for 2 beds and a brolly (£11) and in a different section it is 30 levs (£15). Get your water from the little shop on the way to the beach, its 0.80 levs for a small sparkling, if you go into the bar on the beach its 1.50 for a small still. It is annoying that people try to get you to eat in their resturants but one of them does really well where the others are empty. We took a trip to Sunny beach and found although the beer was still 50p a pint the food had almost doubled or in some case tripled. The only plus side was the beach beds had pads on them whereas in Nessebar they didnt so it was a rather uncomfy weeks sunbathing. If you want to go into Sunny Beach there are various bus stops but we went into the old town and the bus ran every 15 mins and was 1 lev each way. We took £400 for the week and brought home £10 so it was still cheap. A little tip, dont have food on the plane, buy something before you set off, its horrible. All in all a lovely holiday and i would not hesitate to go back

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2010

I have just returned from a short holiday at Marina Palace in Nessebar, and I do have a few comments to make about this place. On the good side, the hotel was clean, the room was spacious and the location and view were nice. However, there are far more bad points. The air conditioning hardly worked, the water in the shower had no pressure at all, the wi-fi didnt work at all (I had to use the connection of a different hotel nearby). I had chosen this hotel especially because they said internet connection was available in the room, so I was very dissappointed. When we complained about the shower, the receptionist said he would send someone over to check, but he didn't. Also, the breakfast wasn't too great, there were plenty of things to choose from, but all were tasteless and insipid. The pool is small and shallow, only fit for children, and both the irish bad and the sky bar were deserted at all times, making them both extremely boring. I would defenetly not return to this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Address: 7 Ivan Vazov Str., Nessebar 8230, Bulgaria
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Region: Bulgaria > Burgas Province > Nessebar
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Nessebar
#3 Luxury Hotel in Nessebar
Price Range: $100 - $277 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sol Marina Palace 4*
Number of rooms: 123
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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