Where to stay in Plovdiv – the best area and hotels

the best places to stay in Plovdiv

Where to stay in Plovdiv? Are there any good hotels in the Old Town? What are the best places to stay in Plovdiv?

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 by foot.

Where I stayed

My favourite place 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.

Old Town

Plovdiv Old Town

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 the area

If you want to experience what it felt like to live in Bulgaria during the 19th century.

Highlights

  • 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.

Where to stay in Plovdiv Old Town


Mid-range hotels


Hotel Residence Hebros – an old-fashioned boutique hotel with a lovely garden.
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Hotel Evmolpia – a charming hotel in the heart of the Old Town.
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Guesthouses


Plovdiv’s Corner Guesthouse – a lovely guesthouse that occupies a traditional Revival house.
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Apartments


Apartments Plovdiv – spacious apartments with fully equipped kitchen.
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City Centre

City Centre

The City Centre is the perfect place to stay in Plovdiv. 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. In fact, you are close to everything.

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 the area

If you want to reach easily all parts of the city.

Highlights

  • 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.

Where to stay in the City Centre


Mid-range hotels


Villa Antica – a lovely hotel near the pedestrian area.
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Hotel Odeon – a 3-star old fashioned hotel with a perfect location to explore the city.
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Guesthouses


Guesthouse Maison 21 – a modern guesthouse with comfy beds.
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8 1/2 Art Guest House – a gorgeous and arty place to stay, just off the main pedestrian street.
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Apartments


Galeria Apartments – spacious and clean apartments in the top centre of Plovdiv.
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Kapana

Kapana

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 Plovdiv are in the area.

Choose the area

If you’re looking for a vibrant and colourful area with good restaurants and bars.

Highlights

  • Try some Aperol or craft beer in Monkey House.
  • Taste the meatballs or the French fries at Pavaj. This is my all time favourite place to dine in Plovdiv.
  • Sit and relax with a cup of coffee in Basquiat Café.

Where to stay in Kapana


Mid-range hotels


Mini Hotel – a charming little 2-star hotel.
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Hotel Dafi – a modern 3-star hotel with a superb location.
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Guesthouses


Old Plovdiv House in Kapana Area – a 3-star guesthouse featuring nice little spa with steam bath and sauna.
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Boutique Guest House Coco – an elegant and cosy guesthouse with large rooms.
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Apartments


Bright House – bright and spacious apartments in Kapana area.
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Things to do in Plovdiv

Take a walking tour of Plovdiv or explore the city on your own using this 2 days in Plovdiv itinerary.

Visit Rila Monastery, one of Bulgaria’s most famous landmark.

Take a day trip to the picturesque city of Veliko Turnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom.

Tourist map of the city

Map of the Old Town

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.

Where to stay in Plovdiv – map

Map


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