I love living in Sofia. It was a love from the first sight. The city is my home for the last 15 years. It is the perfect base for a traveller – cheap with a lot of history and great nightlife. Sofia is an awesome destination for a long weekend escape, too.
Choosing where to stay in Sofia, especially if you are visiting the city for the first time can be a little bit confusing. Usually when I book a hotel for any trip I take care to choose something right in the city center. However this rule doesn’t apply to Sofia. There are few areas in the center that you should avoid at all cost.
Map of where to stay in Sofia
Where to stay in Sofia
There are few great areas to stay: the Center (Център), Oboristhte (Оборище) and Lozenets (Лозенец). The best area to stay in Sofia depends on the length of your visit and the experience you are searching for.
If you are visiting the city for a day or two choose the center of Sofia. All main landmarks, restaurants and bars will be in front of your nose. You can walk everywhere and avoid using any public transport at all. Just step outside your hotel and feel the atmosphere of the city. Most of the hotels are also located here.
Yet there is one flaw, this area could be a little noisy at night. It depends on where you are staying exactly.
In any case avoid the central parts around Lavov most (Лъвов мост), the Central station and Pirotska Street. There are a lot of immigrants, the areas look quite shabby and they are not safe. Check out the map at the begining of the post to see which central parts are good to stay in.
The best hotels in the center
Sense Hotel has a rooftop bar with an amazing view over the city.
If you like smaller hotels, check out Les Fleurs Boutique Hotel.
If you are looking for a luxury in the heart of the city, check out Sofia Hotel Balkan.
Other great places to stay in Sofia
It is a very litle nice area quite close to the center of the city. The area is residential and calm, full of cute little restaurants. There is no metro connection to the city center, only buses. If you prefer to walk you will need a 15 minutes by foot to reach the center. If you are looking for a quiet central place, this is the best area to stay in Sofia.
Where to stay in Oboristhte
For a longer visit or if you want to blend with the locals, choose Lozenets. The area is residential and calm. In fact it is one of my favourite quarters for a living.
Lozenets is not far away from the city center, but you may need to use the public transport in some cases. You can catch the underground that connects the area to the city center or use a bus.