Where to stay in Sofia – the best area and hotels

Where to stay in Sofia - the best area and hotels

Where to stay in Sofia, Bulgaria? What is the best accommodation in Sofia? Which areas to avoid? Find all the answers in this travel guide.

I love living in Sofia. It was a love at 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 centre. However, this rule doesn’t apply to Sofia. There are few areas in the centre that you should avoid at all cost.

 


Where to stay in Sofia, Bulgaria – map

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.

 


The Center

If you are visiting the city for a day or two choose the centre 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 beginning of the post to see which central parts are good to stay in.

If you need some recommendations what to see, check out these articles on how to see Sofia in 1 day or 2 days

The best places to stay in Sofia’s city centre 


Sense Hotel

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Sofia Hotel Balkan

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Central Hotel

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Grand Hotel

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Oboristhte  

It is a very little nice area quite close to the centre of the city. The area is residential and calm, full of cute little restaurants. There is no metro connection to the city centre, only buses. If you prefer to walk you will need 15 minutes by foot to reach the centre. If you are looking for a quiet central place, this is the best area to stay in Sofia.

Where to stay in Oboristhte


Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel

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Sofia Residence Boutique Hotel

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Lozenets  

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 centre, but you may need to use the public transport in some cases. You can catch the underground that connects the area to the city centre or use a bus.

Where to stay in Lozenets 


Magic Castle Hotel

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Hilton Sofia

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