About LION Hotel Bansko
- high speed internet in room
- swimming pool
- free internet
- fitness center
- free parking
- public wifi
- wheelchair access
- free wireless internet in room
- room service
- air conditioning
- dry cleaning
- meeting room
- non smoking rooms
- non smoking hotel
- laundry service
- flatscreen tv
- concierge desk
- family rooms
- bath shower
- hair dryer
- breakfast buffet
- currency exchange
- english amenities
- shops amenities
- wake up service alarm clock
- reduced mobility rooms
- heated pool
- indoor pool
- complimentary toiletries
- 24 hour check in
- tv channel one russia
15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Lion Hotel Bansko
"We got back from a weeks skiing in Bansko and we have to say that we have no complaints whatsoever about the resort or the hotel. If you are used to exceptional service in good hotels in France/Austria etc, then you may find that skiing in Bulgaria is a little different! However do not let that put you off!....Our hotel was excellent, the staff were polite and friendly, but most of all the skiing was excellent! The FIS ladies downhill world cup was being staged during our visit, and the slopes are kept in an excellent condition. I know some people moan about the queues for the bottom gondola...its busy because its good....! Live with it and get up earlier!! Its also excellent as a first skiing holiday resort for families, and there is a very good Skindergarten school. The night life is ok, but probably not as busy as resorts like borovets or pamporovo, however the apres-ski is still good. Watch the prices though, especially imported drinks!
If you've not skiied before, this is an ideal resort to start in, as the instruction is good but without the added pressure of 'slope snobbery' that you might get in other resorts!
Bulgarian's like their food warm, not hot, so if you are going on HB basis then expect this. That said the food is reasonable, plenty of choices and it is not the same every night! There's also the usual fodder in the mountain restaurants.
Shopping is fairly limited (unless you want to buy ski gear!), so don't expect this in resort, you can get pretty much everything in Sofia (2/3 Hours transfer away).
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of March 2009
the lion hotel was really good. i would...
"the lion hotel was really good.
i would strongly recommend it to all my frinds @ skl.
the food was nice, the waiters were polite..
it was that good all of our family is goin next year.
- Travel date: Tue 4th of March 2008
This was the first ski holiday we had ta...
"This was the first ski holiday we had taken our family on and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Hotel Lion to anyone!
We read the reviews posted on this web site and was worried what we would find. The food was ok, and although we were part of a party of 13 there was something for everyone.
The staff were really friendly but occasionally there were communication problems which is only to be expected in a hotel that welcomes guest from every European country. The hotel was spotlessly clean and the night club didn't disturb us at all.
The instructors were really friendly in fact Boris, boarding instructor, took us all out to the village on more than one occasion to show us all the happening bars!
If you wanted to sample a more authentic Bulgarian atmosphere I suggest you visit the old village where 4 beers cost the equivalent of Â£2.50.
The only downsides is the queues for the gondola and the long transfer.
Please don't be alarmed by the other reviews, we all had a brilliant time!"
- Travel date: Thu 14th of June 2007
Hotel Nice, Bansko Horrible
"Stayed in Hotel Lion from 3rd March 07 for one week, the hotel is nice, clean, comfortable and the hotel staff are polite, apart from the reception staff who seem to be the least helpful. The food in the hotel is okay, not great but I do think they are trying to improve the menu. When we visited there was no snow so the whole of the area is a building site, snow makes everything look nice. It was often difficult to sleep because of the packs of dogs that roam around, either fighting, mating or just barking. The dogs were also a problem coming from a country of animal lovers (UK) many had old or new injuries and are obviously just left to heal, I found some of the sights quite distressing. Watch the Taxi's I was in a party of six we took two taxi's one evening one cost 5 levs (Â£1.50) the other cost 30 levs! This ended up in a major argument back at the hotel with the taxi driver, the hotel staff were not interested, infact the receptionist told one in our party to (--). The locals are okay many seem to have a real resentment towards us, and often can't even raise a smile. Beware of theives, I and my partner had our ski's stolen on our second day, again no one seemed interested, it was left to me to go and search for them but to no avail. Transfers are a nightmare to and from Sofia airport. Some of the local food is really good though I would recommend finding where the locals eat, if you venture into the tourist places you quite evidently get different poorer quality food from other diners who are either local or able to communicate with the staff. Not many people outside of the hotels speak very good english so it's impossible to be understood and to understand. I wouldn't go again, maybe in a few years when it has been more developed, and the standard of living for the locals has risen."
- Travel date: Mon 19th of March 2007
Great Hotel shame about Bansko though
"May I say the Hotel Lion was lovely and the rooms were huge and very comfortable - The food is, interesting, no ok it was pretty awful. The bar staff were great and the bar food was very good - The reception staff were a bit Poe faced (not sure if thats the right spelling) - Would return to the hotel no problem but would not return to Bansko for at least five years if ever - You have got to see the building work to believe it - This year the queues for the Gondola were sometimes as much as an hour long - Next year when the next 3000 rooms are complete ( multiply that by two per room) that will put another 6000 people on the mountain or rather in the Gondola queue - New Gondola planned but the eco warriors are on the warpath and trying to halt it so can't see it happening anytime soon"
- Travel date: Mon 12th of March 2007
"We stayed here at the end of February 2007 and found the hotel to be fantastic. It's only a short walk from the gondola and town centre (10mins to both). They also run 2 busses to the gonola whitch run very often.The staff were very good. The reception/bar area is massive with loads of seats. Drinks and food there were very good and nice and cheap. The breakfast and dinner in the main restaurant was not so good but it was OK. The superior rooms we had were huge and very nice (Free HBO on the telly was a nice bonus too). The only downside was that it's very hot in the hotel. We slept with the balcony door open most nights. Building work is visible from every room in the hotel but it wasn't a problem."
- Travel date: Tue 6th of March 2007
Better than expected
"After taking advice from a previous traveller, we asked for 'quiet' rooms away from the nightclub and this was honoured. Overall we found the Lion good value for money. The rooms were clean and the bathrooms spotless. Food did vary a little in quality and a week was probably long enough but it gave you sufficient calories to tackle the slopes.
We did complain about the music in the bar and restaurant. It was relentless and just a little loud if you wanted to talk.
There was also a good mini-bus service to the Gondola if you were one of the lucky ones to actually get on it. Otherwise it was a 10 min walk. We were there half-term plus an international Biathlon was in town so the gondola queues and the slopes were very busy.
We would definitely stay at the Lion again but not at half-term.
As a matter of concern, we have been to Bansko 3 years running and the expansion of the town is incredible. However, there are no more ski-runs although a new gondola is supposedly planned for summer 2007."
- Travel date: Wed 28th of February 2007
not for us !
"The hotel Lion has very nice rooms & common areas decorated to a high standard, with a great pool area, it is very hot in the evening & you will only need short sleeves!
Food quality is very poor (we ate of the bar menu most nights which was very cheap), even the breakfast wasnt great. Drinks are very cheap though.
The Hotel runs a bus but it was complete bedlam in the morning the queue would start from 7.30 & the bus didnt run until 8.00 once it arrived it was every man for himself. The gondala is not easy to get to without using the bus due to brick walls being bulit which do not provide access though.
The week which we arrived was half term & we expected it to be busy but if you were not at the gondala by 8.15 the queues were so big you could queue for about one & a half hours (being crushed by impatient people)
Once arriving on the slopes we when to lessons we had 22 people in ours .......(aparently not enough english speaking ones ) the slopes that were classed as blue were more like reds, one map marked the slopes in blue & then another we got marked them in red, very bumpy slopes made the skiing very hard work espcially for beginners . This is not a resort for beginners as avertised."
- Travel date: Wed 28th of February 2007
"Just arrived back from hotel lion and we had a wonderful time. this was our first skiing trip and it wont be our last. the hotel lion was a warm spacious hotel, we had a large family room which was always kept clean and had fresh towels. the staff at the hotel were all very friendly and helpful. Our only minor complaint about the hotel was that the pool was quite chilly compared to english pools but you soon get over it with the help of ther sauna. the food at the hotel was very good, we ate there most nights food was buffet style and there was always something to suit all tastes both at breakfast and the evening meal. the rep at the lion was always there when it was said she would be and was again very friendly and always helpful. in bansko itself it was very busy with alot of building work going on dread to think how busy it will be when all the hotels are completed as the slopes were also very busy ( however this could have had something to do with half term and the biathalon which was on whilst we were there) ques for the gondola in the morning were long and it took us anything up to 1 1/2 hours to get up the mountain each day. Bansko is very cheap to eat and drink in. would return to bansko but not in school holidays. ski school was excellent instructor very patient and had a sense of humour learnt loads."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of February 2007
Hotel was clean and tidy with fair facil...
"Hotel was clean and tidy with fair facilities. The food in the hotel was very poor and got the impression the hotel was keen for people on a half board basis, not to eat in the hotel.
During a gala evening there was a 1.5-hour gap between the service of a starter and main course.
I would not recommend this hotel or skiing in Bulgaria, as the designated ski instructors on the whole struggle to understand English."
- Travel date: Fri 23rd of February 2007
Decent 4 star hotel
"My wife and I enjoyed this hotel. We booked through lastminute.com and upgraded to a family room and were given a huge room on the 6th floor which was excellent. It was cleaned daily to a high standard and all the hotel staff were helpful.
The swimming pool area is well maintained and quite relaxing and we both had a massage there which was invigorating and great value for money. The bar area is welcoming with open fires and comfortable lounge seating and the local beer is good as well as being cheap although imported drinks are closer to UK prices. The restaurant offers a good selection on a buffet style basis - breakfast was always good and the evening menu was pretty good on one night but average on the next. I would recommend trying some of the local restaurants as we had an excellent meal in the town for a very reasonable price. The hotel also runs two shuttle buses to the gondolas which ran very regularly. Overall I would recommend staying at this hotel. We certainly will if we return to Bansko."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of February 2007
to hot to handle
"on arriving @ 6.30am very pleased with Hotel, very spacious family room, very clean & well maintained. Collected Ski equipment & met ski instructer @ 9.30, well organised, Gondala cue very busy ,need to arrive about 8.30 to miss crowds's.
Ski instructer very pleasant & patient, B,B board standard breakfast, Food in hotel Bar very cheap & tasty especially Chicken fajitas atmosphere lively & friendly But very very warm!!! vest & short's needed not jumper's, pool & sauna + steam room excellent , Good ski resort & will be back next year no complaints from us"
- Travel date: Mon 5th of February 2007