Sol Nessebar Mare
15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Its not a 4 star...!!
"We have just returned from a 2 week holiday in this hotel - it is by no means 4 star!! We go on holiday several times a year and this was the worst holiday ever. The accommodation is fine, spacious rooms, but our bathroom was small and we constantly had faults with it. The food is awful, its bland and is 3 star quality. The choice is very limited, every night the 'meat' buffet served chicken - which is always half cooked! pork or liver. The salad and soup is fine, we lived on it for two weeks! Some of the staff are very rude or speak limited english - I asked for a vodka and orange, I was handed gin and blue bols? I asked for my drink again and the bar maid was quite rude. (All inclusive) drinks are only served until 11pm, thereafter you pay cash...and yes the staff pocket the money!!
There are privately owned bar/restaurants on the beach, the food is good and well worth a visit.
Beach - you have to pay for a sun lounger, the beach is not run by the hotel.
Old Nessebar town is very nice, worth a visit and again, the food served in most of the restaurants was so much better than our hotel.
If you fancy a cheap 3 star holiday then this hotel is for you.
Sadly, very disappointing."
- Travel date: Mon 9th of July 2007
better than I thought
"After reading the reviews on this sight we were slightly apprehensive
however, the hotel was lovely, very clean and modern, the daily maid service was wonderful. The pools were lovely, clean and will hopefully get hotter as the summer goes on! There were alot of German
who I felt were treated slightly better than the English, but only slightly! The bar staff were very rude, and if you are female, expect
to be waiting hours if there are any males around, as they are guaranteed to be served first no matter how long you have been waiting! The food was alright... not very hot, but there was a relatively good selection, breakfast being the best meal by a long way! The all inclusive part... pizza and ice cream available during the day! Alot of people we spoke to were very disappointed about the evening entertainment, as there was none, unless you went to the next hotel, but then of course you had to pay for your drinks! However the entertainment team during the day were brilliant, and spoke very good English!!!
The weather was beautiful... oh and we did have to pay for our sunbeds on the beach and then when we left our towels down there to pop up and get a drink they were stolen!!!
The walk to the old town of Nessebar was beautiful and well worth doing, the town was really interesting too and quite busy. All in all though we had a really relaxing time in the sun!"
- Travel date: Thu 21st of June 2007
"Ifa mare is a really nice hotel but they have a lot of problems.
1.Food is not so good, only few choices.Many times i could not find something nice.We were a big group ,24, and all of us felt the same .We paid for sea view and when i asked were is my sea view ,they said >this room is with sea view, but you can not see ,because of the trees!After a terrible fight they gave me a pool view!The chairs from beach were not free.One day i asked for a teaspoon at the restaurant ,they were closed,but i was with a 8 month baby in my arms.They said >we do not have ,go to the bar ,wich was 100 m away.They were, indeed <<very nice>>!"
- Travel date: Mon 18th of June 2007
"We travelled as a family of four with children aged 5 and 8 for a no hassles sunshine break. Bulgaria delivered the goods for us.
The IFA Nessebar Mare is one of three hotels set in common grounds. There is a great Kids Cub with three childrens pools including a toddler pool, large playpool and waterslide pool with three small waterslides. There is also a larger pool by each of the three hotels on the complex. Also in the grounds are a range of swings and other play equipment.
Access to the beach is down about 80 steps, these are solid metal steps with three landings to ease the journey when you have the beach equipment to carry. The beach was patrolled by dedicted lifeguards and we did not have to pay for sun loungers on the beach.
The hotel was spotlessley clean, great family rooms, two interconnecting rooms inlcuded in the price. The rooms were cleaned every day by friendly staff.
We had no problem with the food which seemed to suit our taste with a variety of dishes every day. The salad, cold meat and cheese options were complimented by the hot food which was perhaps a little Germanic although there were plenty of pasta dishes. Chips were served once in the week so if you are looking for "English" food you may be dissapointed. We went in half term so the hotel was not full, there were always tables available and very few queues, dedicated staff kept tables clean and whipped away plates sometime before you had finished.
We found the staff to be generally very polite at all times, and had no problem communicating in English although we did try a few Bulgarian phrases, much to the amusement of those around us.
To get the best out of the entertainment you need to stroll to the other hotels in the complex. The entertainment staff worked tirelessly to keep things going if organised event are your thing. My only concern with the entertainment woudl be there seemed very little for teenagers to do.
The hotel is just "out of town" and you do need to taxi or busses to get around. Neesbar old town is pretty for short visit, Sunny Beach is full of tack and beach bars if that is your your thing. The whole area is one large construction site, although there is a lot of constrution in the resort area we were never bothered by noise or dust.
All in all, we wanted a hassle free break with good weather. We got just that."
- Travel date: Tue 12th of June 2007
Dont Bother With!!
"This hotel should be avoided like the plauge! I arrived back on the 9/6/07 and found that it was not worth the money.
The food was terrible, my boyfriend became violently ill with food poisoning after eating at the hotels resteraunt, and we had to pay for the doctor and medicine when it was in fact the hotels fault in the first place. It ruined the holiday, as we had hardly any money left and were put off all the food.
The hotel catered mainly for Germans with no regard to the many british that were actually there.
Only good thing was pool and rooms were clean.
It was a waste of money staing at this hotel, the all inclusive is rubbish and i would not recommend to anyone."
- Travel date: Mon 11th of June 2007
"The Nessebar Mare Hotel is a really nice hotel if you are looking for somewhere which is just off the "beaten track". It is an excellant base for a relaxing holiday. The hotel pool is great, really clean and safe for children, there is a lifeguard on duty all day. there is a smaller pool also which is great for children which has flumes for them to ride on.
The beach is accessed via quite a staircase which is easily acccssible if you are able bodied, however, it has no facility for disabled people to access. It is a lovely clean beach, not that large but lovely soft sand and clean safe water.
The hotel is lovely and clean and the staff go out of there way to look after you. Although it is owned by Germans I felt that other nationalities including English were treated equally.
Food was a variety of hot and cold buffet style, however the snacks on offer in All Inclusive package was not that impressive.
The hotel rooms were great, very large with maid service daily. Clean towels were put in room everyday.
The hotel was spotless clean and staff worked continously cleaning around the clock.
The hotel resort is situated about 5 mins by bus into Nessebar which is lovely with beautiful views of Sunny Beach across the bay. Sunny Beach is a further 5 mins by bus. A very lively resort with beautiful soft sand and very clean water. Ther is an abundance of restuarants, shops and bars to visit.
Bulgaria has beautiful countryside and the best way to see it is by Jeep Safari which can be arranged at the hotel.
Although the country has a lot of building work going on, I think that in a couple of years time it will become a very beautiful place to visit.
Susan Willett 26/05/07"
- Travel date: Fri 25th of May 2007
Wouldnt go back!
"We stayed for a week in Bulgaria. Unfortunately the weather was not good and we only had one day of hot weather. If it had been hot enough to sunbath the other problems may not have been so apparent.
The hotel was very nice clean and tidy, however the staff were incredible rude to the English, the hotel caters mainly for German tourists, as a female, it took me 25 mins at the bar to get served, the staff served all the germans and then all the men before me! The food was terrible, we lived on bread and wine all week, it was luke warm and the variety was very poor. We were all inclusive and landed up spending Â£150.00 eating out.
All inclusive is not a good ideal for this hotel, the "ice bar" that they talk about in the brouchure is basically, ice cream, the snack bar is 3 silver dishes filled with luke warm peices of pizza, cheese bread, not nice! The wine however is fine!
As the weather was not so good we had to spend alot of the time outside the hotel finding things to do. This is where you find out that you are a 20 minute walk from Nesserbar Old Town, which really isnt great, if you walk on from there for another 10 mins you come to Nesserbar Old Town, which is lovely but very small, in my opinion this is the prettiest place to visit in this area, and there are some nice restaurants but after going twice you would be bored.
Overall i dont think this country is geared up to accomodating tourists yet, there is alot of building work going on and its not particularly pretty. Sorry Bulgaria!"
- Travel date: Sun 8th of October 2006
"This hotel is really lovely, very modern and very clean. Food was nice, although it caters for Germans mainly. It has a nice big pool for the adults and a kids pool with flumes right next to it. Nessebar itself is beautiful, you can get a bus there for next to nothing and it's only 5 mins away. Sunny beach is another 5 mins away from nessebar and has great night life. Theres plenty of trips that you can do through the hotel, i would recommend Khans Tent. Fantastic night out up in the hills looking over nessebar and Sunny beach. My husband and I enjoyed our holiday there that much that were planning on going back next year as were just back from Turkey and felt it wasen't a patch on Bulgaria, then again I think that we were spoilt with our hotel and the lovely staff."
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of September 2006
"We spent 2 weeks at the Ifa Hotel nessebar Mare for our Honeymoon. The hotel was really nice and very clean. The staff were very rude to the english and catered mostly for the Germans as there was mainly germans there who also were very rude. The hotel is quite isolated from places but a good bus service takes you into local Nessebar and Sunny Beach which both places were very nice. The childrens entertainment and entertainers were brilliant. There is no entertainment for adults which is a shame as the nights can be quite boring. Food was nice. The only thing that spoils the place is the staff and how they treat the English/Irish/Scottish/Welsh."
- Travel date: Tue 20th of June 2006
nice hotel very clean
"My family has just returned from holiday in ifa beach hotel Nessebar mare. The hotel was very modern and very clean. The hotel was very isolated about 1/2 hour walk to the nearest town although good bus service you just have to make sure you get on the right bus. exspecially coming back. The hotel had great facilities for children not alot for the adults and no entertainment at night. The food was ok but a bit repepative seemed to cater for the Germans as it was mostly Germans that was there also the kids entertainment was mostly in German..The old town of Nessebar was lovely sunny beach was like Blackpool very busy but everything there."
- Travel date: Wed 31st of May 2006
Would go again.
"The Hotel was kept very clean and tidy,inside and out.
Food wise,it had a very good selection on offer at all times.
You have to take into consideration that they are trying to please people from all contries.
So you cant please every body.
We felt they could ask parents to keep an eye on there children in the resturant.
Not everybody likes them running round while you are trying to eat.
Annimation team very frendly,not pushy.
We were happy with location,no husle busle."
- Travel date: Mon 29th of October 2012
This hotel was great all of the staff we...
"This hotel was great all of the staff were friendly, there was always entertainment for the kids and the adults from the animation team, there was one person imparticular who made me laugh the most and that was petia. The food was excellent with it's wide variety and drinks were nice and refreshing on a hot day. The hotel was cleaned to a very high standard as well as the pool. This was an excellent holiday i would recommend it to everyone."
- Travel date: Sat 2nd of August 2008