Meridian Hotel

Sunny Beach 8240, Bulgaria
4 star
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6.5  / 10
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Room: 7/10
Service: 6/10
Food: 6/10
Value: 6.5/10
Cleanliness: 7/10
Location: 8/10

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Good hotel, shame about the resort

"Stayed at the Meridian for 2 weeks from 4th June 2007. Went as a single female so used to getting small grotty rooms but the room was a standard size, 2 large single beds which were very comfy. Sheets changed every 3 days except at the end when went 5 days, towels every day. Didn`t have a glass balcony but a good view over the reception area and local bars to watch everyone coming and going. Yes the music goes on from 9am - midnight but once the door is shut it is very quiet in the room. Minibar which I put my own drinks in as no price list for the hotels own drinks and sat TV and hairdryer so all mod cons. Air con didn`t seem very effective but it wasn`t that hot at night so not a problem.

My main complaint was the dreadful smell in the bathroom - worse than a mens toilet and it wasn`t just my room with the problem - others complained of the same. The shower often flooded out of the glass cubicle as the drains seems very slow to empty.

The other main complaint is the loud disco/rave music by the pool from 0830 - I`m sure the barman played it just for himself and there really wans`t any need. He seemed to want to compete with teh music from the hotels other bar. It wouldn`t have been so bad if he played a selection of music for all tastes and definately isn`t for those wanting a relaxing day. Note - take your ipod/CD payer to block it out!

The food was OK. I was expecting the worst from reading other reviews but I loved the breakfast. Choice of cereals/fruit, salad, cooked breakfast and fresh pancakes and omlettes. Yes the toaster is crap but theres plenty of other food to eat. The evening meals weren`t as good, but varied - some days fantastic selection, other days not so good, and yes chips everyday, but its cheap and definately edible. I`ve had far worse and never had a bad stomach whilst there or was aware of anyone else suffering. Again my complaint is about the loud music in the restaurant and the waiters who love singing along to it while eating their own breakfast - hardly professional but I guess that`s the problem of poorly paid staff. Some waiters worked their socks off, others were lazy.

The lifts weren`t that much of a problem except on the main departure days (monday and fridays). They seemed to be fairly reliable this year!

I would go back to the Meridian. Its probably more 3 star standard than 4 star, but the main problem is the staff in the hotel. Some were very friendly and worked extremely hard. Others were lazy and obviously there to see what they can get. Perhaps they just need a stronger management to enforce standards and training. Accept Sunny beach for what it is - a sunbathers paradise/drinkers paradise and you`ll be OK. Shame about the Brits who misbehave and give us all a bad name - I mean passing out in the corridors as too pissed to make it another 20 feet to their hotel room, and this wan`t teenagers (more like mid life crises).
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by Pammy64
8 / 10

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Worst Hotel Ever!!!!!

"My partner and i have just returned from the Meridian hotel for a 2 week holiday break. We had problems with the travel agent and ended up here. We ended up in a superior room in which the only difference was a glass shower door from a curtain. The maids come in every day but only do some cleaning and the beds are supposed to be changed every three days this isn't the case it was the eighth day they were changed. The main problem for most holiday makers was the sunloungers by the pool which cost 5 levs per bed. The restaurant was unsuitable for this size of hotel there was never any cutlery and bread ran out and took forever to be replaced although there was always someone around. As long as you like chips you'll be fine if not uncooked chicken and lots of skinned fish was there to eat. Dessert was good though.There is NO Fitness Suite -there is a bike and bench press and guess what that's it. In the hotel there is NO entertainment AT ALL. Checkout is a bit of a nightmare when you only get 20 mins per room in a curtsey room. After all i would recommend the hairdresser in the hotel who was fab and really listened to what you wanted and very cheap. i would recommend Sunny Beach for a group of people or families but just find a better hotel."

by netballchic
6 / 10

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great hotel

"stayed at this hotel 7th may for one week, the room was very clean and larger than most hotel rooms, the food at the restaurant was basic but always hot. and filling, the waiting staff cleared your plate as soon as you finished.

we found the staff very friendly and helpful.

although there was quite a bit of buliding work going on around the resort we hardly heard any noise.

would we go back ?

Yes hopefully in september if not then early next year.
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by diandi
8 / 10

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Well where do I start, we went to...

"Well where do I start, we went to Bulgaria in 2005 and stayed in the Arda hotel but after saving more money this year we decided to upgrade and stay at the Meridian.

We arrived and couldn't believe our eyes, we were in heaven. We were there when the World Cup was on and the atmosphere was brilliant bar the fact we got knocked out but hey never mind.

The night of the England V Portugal the heavens opened and when we woke up in the morning the ceiling was coming in as the water was running down the wall.

We complained to reception and it took them 6 hours to come up to the room it was awful the room stank and all our clothes were dirty. Instead of moving us into another room or hotel they made us stay in the same room.

We couldn't use half the room for the majority of the first week as it all had to be plastered so we had work men in our room for hour’s everyday.

I agree with everyone else about the breakfasts and the pool side. Being a 22 year old we were coming in at 6.00 and there were people who had towels down already.

Then when we were coming out about 11, there was no chance we could sit or lie down anywhere, so we ended up using the Arda hotel, which was annoying as we had paid the extra not to go there.

I would defo go back to Bulgaria, I know this review sounds like the holiday from hell but we just got on with it.

Go to Frankie’s bar which is next door to Meridian it is brilliant and he makes you feel so welcome.

Everything is so cheap too which is a bonus. I spent £300.00 in 2 weeks and we going out every day BRILLIANT!
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by T Gallon
6 / 10

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****FANTASTIC********

"We went to Bulgaria on the 19th August 2006, We thought it was a super holiday and found that the staff were all very friendly. When we got the hotel the porter took my case and carried it up stairs to our room, which was much apprechiated after the flight!

The food upstairs could be improved but for the cost we didn't mind going out, we enjoyed a meal in a restruant facing the Bacardi Bar across from the Hotel, there is a little pizza stall down the little row of little shops (we often enjoyed a slice of pizza on the way back from the beach!)

We had a real good time in the Bacardi Bar (For what i can remember!), Also there is a pub called "The Coner Pub" - right next to the hotel, which we also like to have a drink and watch every football match too.

We thought that Bulgaria came to life at night, really enjoyed the night life!

We are looking for another holiday to Bulgaria for next year and up to now have not seen a hotel we'de rather stay in!
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by Piana
10 / 10

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oh those lifts!

"we enjoyed our stay at the meridian. rooms were nice and clean and we had a good view of the pool. the only problems were trying to get a bed at the pool and the lifts out of order which was a nuisance at meal times and depending on what time you went to eat it could be hard to get a table. the food was ok. i could always eat something in the restaurant. the cleaning staff were nice and were good at waiting till you had left the room to clean. the reception staff were a little abrupt but were always busy. there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby. beach about 5 mins away. nice beach bar next to hotel bougas beach. lovely pizza. overall i would recomend this hotel."

by kiershay
6 / 10

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Just returned from 2 weeks in Sunny...

"Just returned from 2 weeks in Sunny Beach, staying at the Hotel Meridian. Not much has changed at this hotel since last year.

The look of the hotel is very European and modern and in a good location. As you enter the reception area of polished floor-tiles, glass and mirrors, a very friendly security guard greets you.

The reception area has several comfortable chairs and tables, a 24-hour bar, souvenir shop, hairdressers, tattoo shop, Doctors and Internet room. The receptionists are very friendly and helpful and check in was a breeze, 2 minuets max. A very helpful and chatty porter took our cases and showed us to our room.

The rooms are of average size, with a TV, telephone, and air-conditioning and although we only had three coat hangers, plenty of storage on shelf’s and in drawers for our clothes. The bathroom, which we were told last year were going to be modernised, haven’t been touched, just the basics and very small but they do have a hairdryer. The shower curtain is about 4” (10cm) to short so when you have a shower the water runs off the curtain and onto the floor, there is a sign in reception telling you that this is supposed to happen as they are wet rooms and the water will drain away, this however makes it very dangerous when stepping out of the shower so be very careful. All the rooms have balconies and our overlooked the front of the hotel and the main activity area, but with the balcony door closed you could hardly hear any nose.

There are 4 lifts, two in reception, which carry a maximum of 6 people each, two at the rear of the hotel, (one of which was always out of order), carry a maximum of 4 people in each. The hotel has 10 floors, 25 to 30 rooms per floor, average of 2 people per room, make approximately 500 to 600 guests, with the restaurant on the 11th floor and the lifts carrying a maximum of 20 people at any one time, it doesn’t take a mathematician to work out there’s going to be trouble at meal times. So between 07.30 and 10.00 am and 18.30 to 21.00pm it was almost impossible to get a lift, up or down, some people were telling us that they had waited for 20 minutes.

The restaurant is much better run this year and although the food hasn’t’ improved, the waiters are much more attentive. We were only B&B so only had breakfast, which was the same every morning, 3 or 4 cereals, fruit, rolls & croissants and something they called ‘English breakfast’?

The swimming pool is just about big enough for the size of the hotel, but not a lot of sun terrace, so everyone was fighting for the best positions.

All in all this is a very good hotel, very clean, friendly, in a very good position for shopping, drinking, eating and the beach (5min), towels changed every day, sheeting changed 4 times in our two weeks, if they could only improve the bathrooms and the lift problem this would be an excellent hotel.
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by D Deakin
8 / 10

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Disappointing

"Just got back from staying at the Meridian Hotel on Sunny Beach. Bulgaria is an interesting destination, but if you don't like Blackpool, don't go to Sunny Beach. There are hundreds of bars and restaurants with karaoke most nights and dangerous offers of two for one on most cocktails that are killers on their own.

The Meridian Hotel was ok. Can't fault the cleanliness and the rooms were a decent size, all having a balcony. The bathroom was average and smelt very damp. We were on the tenth (top) floor which was ideal as could walk upstairs to the panorama restaurant. Previous reviews can show you the problems with the too few lifts in the hotel. On at least two occasions, we saw people stuck in the lifts and they were down to half capacity.

However, if you never make it to the panorama restaurant, you're not missing much. For the price of a package deal, the food is fine. You're never going to get nouvelle cuisine, but was fine. However, the service was very poor. There were too few staff, so no tables cleared after other guests had left. Found myself searching high and low for a table, then having to leave belongings so could hunt out cutlery then eat off dirty tablecloths. Not too bad as eating out is very cheap in Sunny Beach.

A friend of mine went on the "Real Bulgaria" trip which she couldn't speak highly enough of, and we found the trip to Nessebar lovely, so went again by bus ourselves. The trip to Bourgas was disappointing as the place has no great attraction, though the wine tasting afterwards was good fun. A word of warning - DO NOT waste your time and money on the rep's TRI night held on a Friday. You are led to an awful, tiny venue where over a hundred and fifty people are crammed in, charged more than double the usual for drinks with very poor entertainment, and toilets downstairs, outside, round the corner and filthy. I don't know how they have the audacity to advertise this and is a blatant way of making money.

All in all, I may go again, but wouldn't stay at the Meridian.
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by manctourist
8 / 10

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lovely appearence

"We have justed returned from the Meridian hotel in sunny beach Bulgaria on arrival at the hotel from the outside it looks very modern and in the reception area it is clean spacious and comfortable. The rooms are quite generous in size with good storage space and air conditioning unit.The bathrooms on the other hand are very small and the shower cubicles tiny and flood the floor as you use thm therfore after showering you have to mop up the floor otherwise water just lies there and you have to paddle to use the wash basin.

All rooms have a small balcony but unfortunately we were at the front of the hotel which was extremely noisy and therfore could not sit out in the evening we had to close the doors to drown the noise.

One problem everyone complained about were the lifts there were two main lifts in the middle of hotel which took six people at a time but meal times you could not get in them just not enough for so many rooms, there were two other lifts which held four people but they rarely stopped at our floor .

Food was very good lovely selection and well cooked and plenty of it. The maids came in every day to make beds change towrls and mop bathroom.
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by marlana
6 / 10

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Booked to go again!!

"We got back september 19th. I had a bit of worries when i read some peoples reviews on this resort....But there is not much bad i can say about it at all...

We arrived early hours in the morning..Our luggage came out straight away... When we arrived at the hotel the people where friendly and willing to help....We was on the 1st floor so i was pleased with that.....

The hotel was really nice...We had a superior room and there was not much that i could grumble about with it...There were a few loose sockets and drainage smell in the bathroom, but that was it.....

The weather wasnt too bad it was a bit cold somedays and it rained on our last day ..... The beach and sea is really nice..

A lot of people said that you have to be careful with your food was a bit picky of where to eat....My faviourite place was Mamacitas (The chicken steak).....The people were really nice everywhere and there are loads to do. Me and my boyfriend found loads more stuff to do the day that we were leaving... It is unbelivably cheap over there, i never had to watch my spending...

All in all it was a reall good holiday...Im already looking to book it again.
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by destiny18
10 / 10

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Just returned from Bulgaria. What a...

"Just returned from Bulgaria. What a lovely country so cheap to. The people are so friendly. Stayed at the hotel meridian it was a great hotel.

The food was not too bad, some days it was bad we had 3 bad meals out of 14. If you are going to Bulgaria I can recommend some bars and restaurants to use. Just email me at mrlionsx@hotmail.co.uk
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by Wayne Horridge
9 / 10

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This is not a four star hotel despite...

"This is not a four star hotel despite its claims. My partner and myself booked our family holiday in Bulgaria as something different from Greece or Spain. Bulgaria is lovely with a wide variety of things to do and we will return but not to the Meridian.

On our arrival we were allocated our room on the 10th floor, not what we expected as our children are 7, 4, and 8 months, but at this point did not consider it a problem, then we realised that we were directly under the restaurant as they set up the tables and chairs at 06.00 every morning.

Being high up meant that we had lovely views of the sea, Nessebar and right the way across the bay, however during the restaurant opening times we could not get off our floor either to go to the restaurant or to go out as the lifts were to busy to get the baby's pushchair in.

The room was pleasant and clean, but had no tea or coffee facilities or chairs to sit on, nor did it have a bath, this may not be considered a problem unless you have a baby to bath and water to boil for bottles, the rep came to our rescue and provided a kettle.

Now for the restaurant, excellent panoramic views......go self catering! The breakfast was the same every day except one day when we were treated to baked beans, the food was greasy and fairly tasteless, the toaster was slow and antiquated, it also took two revolutions to get the bread anywhere near brown. Evening meals were even worse, minimal selection, poor quality meat, one recognisable vegetable and nothing for the children, except chips, (I spoke with the rep about this and to her credit they introduced a children’s selection in the second week), the staff were very slow when it came to taking drinks orders.

The pool looked very nice in the brochure and on line, but was very small compared to the size of the hotel and number of sun beds, the terrace area was confined, the beds were very close to the water and this meant you were constantly splashed every time someone jumped in or played with balls or inflatables of which there were too many. The usual scenario with sun beds - be up early - some people were reserving them as early as 0630. By the end of the holiday the pool was also very murky and uninviting.

Overall we had a good holiday, but the hotel was a big let down, Bulgaria is lovely but go self catering as the food standards in all the hotels are apparently poor, there are more than enough restaurants to choose from and all very cheap. Don't worry about a pool, try Lazur restaurante for good food, good pool and water slides, it's right on the beautiful sandy beach so you can use the warm shallow sea as well, or try both the water parks both were excellent.

The Meridian may suit couples as a base, but not much more.
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by D Vickers
4 / 10

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