Best Areas to Stay in Sofia, Bulgaria

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Where to stay in Sofia – A guide to the Bulgarian capital

The relaxed capital of Bulgaria is often ignored by visitors, who prefer to head directly to the Black Sea coast or the nearby ski resorts. However, the city of Sofia is a peaceful capital with several hidden treasures to discover.

Surrounded by extensive green areas, Sofia, the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Bulgaria, is located at the foot of the popular ski mountain, Vitosha.

With a history spanning more than seven millennia, Sofia is one of the oldest cities in Europe. The National Historical Museum is one of the largest in Eastern Europe. Recent excavation works carried out during the construction of the city’s metro uncovered a hidden wealth of ancient Roman ruins almost 2000 years old, when the city was called ‘Serdica’.

Sofia is not a great metropolis, but a city that is largely modern and youthful, with a large number of churches with domed ceilings, Ottoman mosques and the occasional Soviet monument that makes it an interesting place to enjoy and experience a true Eastern European experience.

Wide cobblestone boulevards, boutiques with charm and a great night scene are some of the features in this city of 1.3 million people.

An extensive transport system made up of metro, trolleys, trams and buses cross this city, so getting around in Sofia is quite simple.

Accommodation in Sofia is also the cheapest in Europe, especially when compared to the great Western capitals. Even the most luxurious resorts on the slopes of Mount Vitosha tend to have low rates.

As for the best areas, the city center offers the best combination of shopping, attractions and nightlife. See hotels in central Sofia.

This is a list of the best areas to stay in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Best areas to stay in Sofia

Our favourite area: Sofia Centrum (Old Town)

The Centrum district of Sofia is located, as its name suggests, in the center of the city.

It is the oldest part of Sofia and comprises the Roman city of Serdika.

The Centrum area is the best area to stay in Sofia if you are looking to be close to the historical and cultural monuments of the Bulgarian capital and mobilize on foot.

This area is renowned for its museums, such as the Bulgarian National Art Gallery, the National Archaeological Museum or the History Museum of Sofia. Other attractions in the area include the beautiful Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the old synagogue of the city, the Banya Bashi Mosque or the Ivan Vazov National Theater.

The historic center of Sofia is undoubtedly the best connected area of the city. Lines M1 and M2 connect at the Serdika station, and innumerable tram and bus lines run through the district from north to south and from east to west.

Best areas to stay in Sofia - Centrum

Best areas to stay in Sofia – Centrum

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Accoommodation in Sofia – Centrum – Click on the map to see all accommodation options in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Sofia:

  • True heart of the city
  • Best area for nightlife
  • Historical buildings
  • Best area for tourists
  • Easy to walk
  • Metro connections

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Arte Hotel

Arte Hotel offers accommodation for both business and leisure stays and is located in the city center of Sofia, within walking distance of the National Archaeological Museum, the Aleksander Nevski Cathedral and the National Opera. Free WiFi is available in all areas.

from €57
Budget

Scotty’s Boutique Hotel

Scotty’s Boutique Hotel is located in a recently renovated historic building in the heart of Sofia, opposite the city’s synagogue and the Old Market. Serdika metro station is a 5-minute walk away.

from €29
Luxurious

Grand Hotel Sofia

The Grand Hotel Sofia is a 5-star hotel located a 5-minute walk from the Serdika Metro Station in the center of Sofia, and overlooks the municipal park. It also has spacious rooms, free Wi-Fi and free covered parking.

from €149

 

 

 

Around the central train station

Sofia Central Train Station is the main passenger train station in the country.

It is 1 km north of the city center, on the boulevard Marie Louise, next to Sofia’s central bus station. It was completely renovated in 2016.

The central station of Sofia offers domestic connections to the whole country and direct international services to cities such as Belgrade, Bucharest, Istanbul, Nis or Thessaloniki.

The area around the station is not the most beautiful in the Bulgarian capital. However, it is one of the best areas to stay in Sofia thanks to the convenience of having its largest transport hub at hand, especially if you plan to travel around Bulgaria.

Another good news about staying close to the central station is that the accommodations in this area tend to have very cheap prices and their value for money tends to be higher than those in the center.

Where to stay in Sofia - Around the Central Train Station

Where to stay in Sofia – Around the Central Train Station

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Accommodation around the Central Train Station in Sofia – Click on the map to see all accommodation options in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Sofia:

  • Very central
  • Cheap hotels
  • Central train station
  • Great for city-breaks
  • Main long distance bus station
  • Connected by metro and tram

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Aris Hotel

Hotel Aris, opened in 2012, is located in a quiet area, a 5-minute walk from the international bus station, Sofia train station and the central train and metro station. It offers rooms with individually controlled air conditioning and a balcony.

from €48
Budget

Hotel Cheap

Hotel Cheap is located in the center of Sofia, 300 meters from the central bus and train station, as well as the Puente del León metro station. It offers air-conditioned rooms with cable TV and free Wi-Fi throughout. building. The reception is open 24 hours and in the lobby there is a bar.

from €29
Luxurious

Favorit Hotel

Hotel Favorit is located on a side street in Sofia, about 10 minutes walk from the city center and about 300 meters from the Lavov Most metro station and the main train and bus stations. It has free Wi-Fi and a restaurant serving Bulgarian and international cuisine.

from €71

 

 

 

Around NDK (Palace of Culture)

The National Palace of Culture, abbreviated as НДК or NDK is the largest multifunctional conference and exhibition center in Southeast Europe. It was inaugurated in 1981 in celebration of the 1300th anniversary of the country of Bulgaria.

Although the palace is located within what could be called the city center, its size and the typical functional and Soviet style of its structure makes this a differentiated area to stay in Sofia.

In the vicinity of the NDK there are some landmarks of the city such as the Central Park, the Museum of Earth and Man or the Central Park Shopping Center.

This area concentrates a good part of the luxury hotels of the city.

It is an excellent area to stay in Sofia since it is located in the center of the city and has several metro stops nearby.

Where to stay in Sofia - Cerca del NDK

Where to stay in Sofia – Cerca del NDK

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Accommodation around NDK in Sofia – Click on the map to see all accommodation options in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Sofia:

  • Very central
  • Soviet style
  • NDK
  • Luxury hotels
  • Connected by metro
  • Central Park

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Central Park Hotel

The Central Park Hotel enjoys an exceptional location right in the center of Sofia, on the famous Vitosha Boulevard and next to the National Palace of Culture metro station. It is within walking distance of the Palace of Culture, the largest convention center in the Balkans.

from €74
Budget

Casa Ferrari

Casa Ferrari has been recently renovated and features Italian furniture from the early 20th century. It is located in the center of Sofia, just a 5-minute walk from the NDK metro station and the Vitosha Boulevard.

from €49
Luxurious

Hilton Sofia

The Hilton Sofia is opposite the National Palace of Culture, a 10-minute walk from the city center. It is surrounded by the South Park and offers views of Mount Vitosha. The hotel offers free bicycles between April and October.

from €71

 

 

 

Lozenets

Lozenets is located south of the center of the city of Sofia.

Since the communist era, Lozenets has been considered one of the coolest areas in Sofia.

Lozenets is also one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Sofia.

Some of the highest areas of the neighborhood offer views of the Historic Center of the city.

It is an area with ample green spaces, to the west it borders the Central Park, and to the east the Borisova Gradina garden.

Lozenets is one of the best areas to stay in Sofia due to its quiet environment and its central location.

In addition, the area is crossed by the metro line M2, with European Union and James Baucher stations that connect directly with the city center and the central railway station.

Best areas to stay in Sofia - Lozenets

Best areas to stay in Sofia – Lozenets

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Accommodation in Lozenets – Sofia – Click on the map to see all accommodation options in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Sofia:

  • Relatively central
  • Green areas
  • Upmarket district

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Magic Castle Hotel

Magic Castle Hotel is located in the center of Sofia and offers rooms with modern furniture and free Wi-Fi. The European Union Metro Station is 50 meters away, and links to Sofia Airport in 30 minutes.

from €64
Budget

Bulhotel City Apartment 1

Bulhotel City Apartment 1 is located near the South Park of Sofia, in a quiet area close to the center and the metro station. The apartment has 2 bedrooms and a kitchen equipped with appliances, as well as a dining area and relaxation area.

from €35
Luxurious

Hilton Sofia

The Hilton Sofia is opposite the National Palace of Culture, a 10-minute walk from the city center. It is surrounded by the South Park and offers views of Mount Vitosha. The hotel offers free bicycles between April and October.

from €71

 

 

 

Vitosha

Vitosha is a mountain massif on the outskirts of Sofia.

Vitosha is one of the symbols of Sofia and the closest site for hiking, mountaineering and skiing.

Convenient bus lines and able cars make the mountain easily accessible. Vitosha has the contours of a huge dome. The territory of the mountain includes the Vitosha natural park that covers the most known and most frequently visited parts.

The part of the mountain closest to the city contains several residential areas where the highest strata of Sofia’s society live.

The Vitosha neighborhood is home to most of the luxury resort-style hotels in the city.

The good news is that the prices of these hotels are usually quite affordable. Accommodations with spa and spectacular views of Sofia are the norm in Vitosha.

Best areas to stay in Sofia - Vitosha

Best areas to stay in Sofia – Vitosha

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Accommodation around Vitosha – Sofia – Click on the map to see all accommodation options in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Sofia:

  • Great for outdoor activities
  • Vitosha Mountain
  • Luxury resorts

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Villa Boyana

Hotel Villa Boyana is located in the wealthy Boyana neighborhood of Sofia, at the foot of Mount Vitosha. The property offers free private parking and free Wi-Fi.

from €46
Budget

Alexander Palace

The Alexander Palace hotel is located in a quiet area at the foot of the Vitosha Mountains National Park, a 19-minute drive from the center of Sofia and 500 meters from the closest ski lift. It also offers elegant rooms, free parking and free Wi-Fi.

from €35
Luxurious

All Seasons Residence Hotel

All Seasons Residence Hotel is located in Sofia, 200 meters from Boyana Church. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi in all areas. The property has a restaurant and free private parking is available on site.

from €80

 

 

 
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