Where to stay in Plovdiv, Bulgaria – a full guide to the best neighbourhoods and areas for tourists and nightlife (including handpicked hotels and apartments).
The city, just like Rome, is built on seven hills. Over the centuries they were used as quarries. As a result, only six of them have left. Don’t miss to climb any of the hills for some stunning views over the city.
Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria after the capital city, Sofia. However, all the landmarks are either in the Old Town or in the city centre. Both areas are small and everything can be seen on foot.
My favourite area to stay in Plovdiv is the city centre. I prefer it as it is not so hilly as the Old Town. In addition, the South bus station is on a walkable distance. It’s easy to reach your hotel by foot if you’re arriving by bus from Sofia.
It’s a charming hotel perfectly located next to the Tsar Simeon Garden.
The best area to stay in Plovdiv for tourists
The best area to stay for sightseeing is the Old Town. Almost all of the attractions are clustered here. Plus, the area still keeps the spirit of the old times.
Plovdiv is one of the most ancient cities in the whole world. It started as a Neolithic settlement in 4000 BC. Nebet Tepe is the place where the ancient town was founded. You can still see the ruins of its fortress walls and towers in the Old Town.
The area is full of colourful houses from the 19th century. Narrow cobbled streets guide you to charming little restaurants and shops. Many of the hotels occupy restored old houses.
However, there is one flaw. As the Old Town is located on three hills you can imagine that it’s quite hilly. It’s good to take this in mind while choosing where to stay in Plovdiv. If you’re not into walking maybe staying in the city centre would be the better choice for you.
Choose Plovdiv Old Town
If you want to experience what it felt like to live in Bulgaria during the 19th century.
- Almost all of the landmarks are here – the Roman Amphitheatre, most of the art galleries and museums.
- Try the Bulgarian style fish and chips in Rahat Tepe Restaurant. If you can’t finish your meal by yourself, there are always some cats around to help you.
- Watch the sunset over the city from Nebet Tepe.
Plovdiv Old Town hotels (Best for families)
This atmospheric hotel occupies 19th-century Renaissance building. It’s right in the heart of the Old Town, close to all major attractions and restaurants. Also, the hotel features a Bulgarian traditional restaurant with an extensive wine list (over 400 labels).
The hotel is situated at the base of the Old Town, only 200m away from the Roman Amphitheatre. The Revival interior features classical wooden beds and hardwood floors covered with traditional rugs. The hotel offers an airport shuttle and free parking on site.
If you prefer staying in apartments, this is the best option in the Old Town. All apartments have well-equipped kitchens and terraces with panoramic views of the city.
Plovdiv Old Town hotels (Best for couples)
Hotel Evmolpia is one of the best places to stay for couples in the Old Town. This romantic property is set in a traditional Bulgarian Renaissance house. The wooden antique beds add to the authentic atmosphere. For your comfort, tea and coffee facilities are available as well as free parking on site.
This small family run hotel features large 19th-century style rooms and excellent service. Location is perfect to explore the Old Town. Plus it’s easy to reach the city centre from here.
If you’re interested both in sightseeing and nightlife, this is the best place to stay. The hotel is located on the border between the Old Town and Kapana (an area known for its restaurants and bar scene). Plus, the adjoining restaurant is not to be missed.
The best location to stay in Plovdiv for one night
The best place to stay in Plovdiv for one night is the City Centre. Choosing this area, you’d be close to everything. The Old Town is only 500m away and the South bus station is about 1km. Kapana district, an area filled with trendy boutiques and bars, is on a few minutes walk.
There are a lot of landmarks to see, too. A Roman Stadium from the 2nd century AD lies beneath the main pedestrian street. The oldest mosque on the Balkans is also right in the city centre.
Choose Plovdiv City Centre
If you want to reach easily all parts of the city.
- Visit the Roman Stadium and Dzhumaya Mosque.
- Try the waffles with chocolate or forest fruits at gelateria Afreddo.
- Rest at the beautiful Tsar Simeon Garden and see the singing fountains.
- The South bus station is at a walkable distance.
Hotels in Plovdiv City Centre (Best for families)
This small hotel has an excellent location, just next to the central square and the main pedestrian street. Easy walking distance to the Old Town and many restaurants. Plus, there is free parking at the property and a huge shopping mall just around the corner.
Odeon is a lovely hotel with vintage atmosphere right in the heart of the City Centre. Perfect place to stay to explore both the Old Town and the City centre. Plus, the hotel features an amazing restaurant with a great wine list.
Hotels in Plovdiv City Centre (Best for couples)
This stylish property features modern comfortable rooms. The location is very central, still quiet enough. Numerous cafes and restaurants around the hotel. In addition, the breakfast buffet is amazing, offering a huge range of gourmet foods.
The property is located at the ideal centre, right in front of Ancient Theatre Odeon. The main pedestrian is just around the corner. The breakfast buffet is vegetarian-friendly and features Bulgarian and international dishes.
Where to stay in Plovdiv for nightlife
If you’re looking for nightlife, then Kapana is the best area for you.
Kapana is the hipster neighbourhood of Plovdiv. In the past craftsmen lived and worked in the area. And the place still keeps its art atmosphere! If you’re looking for vegan food, trendy coffee shops and bars or unique souvenirs, you’ll find them here. It’s no wonder, that some of the best restaurants in the city are in the area.
Choose Kapana neighbourhood
If you’re looking for a vibrant and colourful area with good restaurants and bars.
- Try some Aperol or craft beer in Monkey House.
- Taste the meatballs or the French fries at Pavaj. This is my favourite place to dine.
- Sit and relax with a cup of coffee in Basquiat Café.
Best Hotels in Kapana district
This property is perfectly located in the heart of the Kapana district. All local bars, restaurants and shops are at hand. The comfy rooms are soundproof, so you won’t be disturbed by noise at night. Also, the hotel features a restaurant and a wonderful Spa centre.
The location is more than ideal – of the edge of Kapana and the Old Town. This makes it a great place for travellers interested both in nightlife and sightseeing. Comfy and very stylish rooms.
Fabulous large apartments equipped with kitchenette in the heart of Kapana district.
How to get to Plovdiv from Sofia
Take a bus from Sofia Central bus station to South bus station in Plovdiv. There are buses almost every hour. The journey is about 2 hours and a half and the ticket costs 14 BGN (~7 EUR, ~8 USD) each way.