19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
FOREIGN PENSIONERS PARADISE!!!!!!!
"This hotel is a joke, full of foreigners, with no entertainment or music whatsoever, my husband and I arrived 17th September for two weeks, after check in discovered we were put into a room with no balcony, I asked reception for change of room, the rep helped a bit and I managed to change to a different room on the 8th floor, but couldn't move till the Friday with a balcony and sea view for 100 levels , which I thought was outrageous.The hotel was ready to close down for the season, so getting a sunbed was no problem, not that the pool was any kind of luxury to sit at, they were crammed together like sardines, and shared with another hotel, goodness knows what like it would be in high season, the food was the same every night. watery soup, chicken, pork in sauces and ice cream and sponge cakes, the corner where the ice cream was has a strong smell of horse manure!!!!!!!!!!!! so I am afraid I steered clear from this corner, Thomas cook should not be sending anyone to this hotel unless they are foreign and over 60, I felt as though we were in an old folks home for a fortnight, the sun was shaded at the pool at 3pm so even getting suntanned was limited, as for evening entertainment it was non existent, the foreigners took over playing cards and domino's!! there was only one pub on the last week still opened, with the same singer every night and karaoke, what a bore... On our last day we had to pay another 80 lev to keep the room, the reception staff make out they don't understand what you are saying, unless you are giving them money, so if you are thinking of booking Bellevue Hotel, I would think again........... "
- Travel date: 2nd October 2012
Dissapointed on few things!!!
"We arrived at the hotel early hours we was checked in very quickly. The room was nice and clean. The bed was quite uncomfy and we needed extra pillows which wasnt a problem and they were brought to us right away. The next morning when we woke up we attempted to get a sunbed by the pool,this proved difficult as Hotel pool is shared with another hotel and was only allowed to use sunbeds on one side of the pool which was crammed pack even though the beds on the otherside were empty, and to use the ones on the other side was 5lev pppd when your all inc you dont expect to pay for sunbeds. So we went to the part of the beach that bellevue have where there is a beach bar the guy is very friendly!! We got ourself sunbeds to be approached for payment 8 lev pppd so we ended up paying 224levs for 2 of us for 2 weeks for sunbeds when we had already booked an all inclusive holiday!!!!! The food in the restaurant was basic and VERY repetetive, expect to find left overs from breakfast made into something at dinner and dinner into tea! The smell of the restaurant made me feel sick come the last few days! The staff didnt speak any english in the restaurant either and found they didnt reset tables so i was on the hunt all the time for cutlery etc! There is 2 lifts at reception and 2 near lobby bar they fit 4ppl in at a time and we seemed to be forever waiting for them with one breaking down a lot when we was there. The room was cleaned and towels changed everyday and couldnt fault the maids or the cleanliness of the hotel! I wouldnt return to this hotel again thou. As for the resort when we was there it was a lot of Germans who thought they ran the place. The resort is nice and there is lots to do for families, rides etc! The excursion for khans tent is a MUST!! "
- Travel date: 21st June 2012
Great Hotel, Great Resort !!
"I have just returned from the Bellevue. Got back 16th August from a 2 week stay.Me, my wife and 2 children. Hotel was absolutely brilliant and I can not fault it. Read a few negative reviews on here about it and am gobsmaked. Room was great, very big with separate main bedroom that my wife and I had. Air con in good working order, maid service was exceptional and a nice sea view. Food was ok. We went half board which is enough in my opionion, and had lunch out in the many restaurants. Hotel food as said was ok, decent variety. Location brilliant. It is situated in a relatively quietish spot away from the central part where the clubs and casinos are. All music around the Hotel was switched off at 12pm.In comparison to the much noisier end in central Sunny Beach. Right on Beach which is good. A short 10min walk gets you in the main central part.Good cheap restaurants and bars. Hotel Staff I found very polite and friendly. Pool a bit cold but acceptable.Sunbeds a bit of a nightmare as you had to get up early to get one, but not so different to most Hotels of this price range. Overall, highly rated Hotel and location. Cheap Beer,good location and amenities, lovely resort. Top Tip 1 - go to Nessebar its brilliant. Top Tip 2 - if you decide to do any day trips, do not book with the travel agency along the road opposite the Windmill Bar. I think its called Bulgarian investments. Had a bad experience with them, booked trip and they refused to refund when we were promised a refund due to the boat breaking down..was completelty insulted and shouted at by the women in this agency. "
- Travel date: 17th August 2011
Great Hotel, Great Resort !!
"I have just returned from the Bellevue. Got back 16th August from a 2 week stay.Me, my wife and 2 children. Hotel was absolutely brilliant and I can not fault it. Read a few negative reviews on here about it and am gobsmaked. Room was great, very big with separate main bedroom that my wife and I had. Air con in good working order, maid service was exceptional and a nice sea view. Food was ok. We went half board which is enough in my opionion, and had lunch out in the many restaurants. Hotel food as said was ok, decent variety. Location brilliant. It is situated in a relatively quietish spot away from the central part where the clubs and casinos are. All music around the Hotel was switched off at 12pm.In comparison to the much noisier end in central Sunny Beach. Right on Beach which is good. A short 10min walk gets you in the main central part.Good cheap restaurants and bars. Hotel Staff I found very polite and friendly. Pool a bit cold but acceptable.Sunbeds a bit of a nightmare as you had to get up early to get one, but not so different to most Hotels of this price range. Overall, highly rated Hotel and location. Cheap Beer,good location and amenities, lovely resort. Top Tip 1 - go to Nessebar its brilliant. Top Tip 2 - if you decide to do any day trips, do not book with the travel agency along the road opposite the Windmill Bar. I think its called Bulgarian investments. Had a bad experience with them, booked trip and they refused to refund when we were promised a refund due to the boat breaking down..was completelty insulted and shouted at by the women in this agency."
- Travel date: 17th August 2011
"me and my boyfriend stopped at this hotel in may 2010. it was a lovely hotel. the only problem we had is that the swimming pool wasnt ready but they sorted this out by letting us use the hotels next door. the food in the hotel was ok. it is near to all the entertainment, dont have much walking to do. going back in june but going to a different hotel cos its nearer to the night clubs as going on a group holiday. would go bk to that hotel if just me and boyfriend cos very quite and relaxing. "
- Travel date: 4th February 2011
My boyfriend and I have just returned fr...
"My boyfriend and I have just returned from staying at the Bellevue. Please do not read all the comments and believe that it is terrible because it really is not that bad. It is a 3 star and you will get what you pay for. We stayed in the Minerva II, which was about a 10 min walk from the main reception and entrance which is a pain when you are carrying your luggage. If you do not like walking it is not the holiday for you. Everything is quite far apart if your hotel is far away. When we went out for dinner each night it would take us about 10 mintues to get onto the main strip which was frustrating when it was raining! The hotel entertainment is not very good so if you are all inclusive do be aware! The cleaniness was not to the highest standard as when the maid cleaned our room she just pushed all the items of clothing under the bed instead of folding it neatly. If you are self catering do not go to the on site supermarket as it is very expensive and if you buy drinks at the hotel it is also very expensive. All women should be aware to take a hairdryer as if you do not then you have to pay 22 euros to borrow the hotels!!!! We had some fantastic neighbours and we spent most of time with them and staying up and drinking until late. As the complex is so big and there are varied age groups and you may be kept up by screaming, talking and singing. Overall it was brillant place and we had a great time. We would definately go back and do self catering again. There is something for everyone to do and there is about 4 swimming pools!!"
- Travel date: 27th September 2008
Just returned from two weeks in the Bell...
"Just returned from two weeks in the Bellevue hotel. We were not sure what to expect of the resort having read many differing reports about the resort and hotels. We liked this hotel. It was kept very clean and the staff all appeared friendly throughout our stay. On arrival at 2.00am we were well greeted and our cases all taken to the room for us. Our room was a good size and was cleaned on a daily basis, by a very friendly cleaner, and it had with reasonable air conditioning. There was a good choice of food in the hotel restaurant although this was quite repetitive. We all had no problems finding something we liked each breakfast and evening meal. (two adults/ two children 5 and 10) This hotel does not stand out as much as some of the others in its glamour and presentation but it is one we would use again. We were disappointed at having to pay for sun beds each day although there was never a great rush for these. Pool was very cold in the mornings though. However it was clean enough. The atmosphere was always friendly within all areas of the hotel. There was no entertainment at the hotel (other than at the paying restaurant) and often when this was available in other hotels you were expected to pay for a ticket to attend. The sea was lovely and warm although there were occasional jellyfish during our stay. The beach was well organised with lifeguards and medical attendants around throughout the day. It was generally very clean but there were many cigarette ends on the sand. Walking along the seafront on an evening was a exciting experience with loads to see and do but was spoiled by the number of electric motorcycles, three wheel cycle taxis, golf buggies and other transport all noisily moving you out of their way. A number of people wanted to present snakes, tiny crocodiles and a monkey for photo opportunities. Many people appeared uncomfortable with this. Some begging on the streets also highlighted the extremes of poverty and wealth in this country. The number of Mercedes AMGs, Bentleys, Audis, Rolls Royces and Porches (almost all black with heavily tinted windows - a little sinister) was astonishing - There appears to be some incredibly rich people in this poor country. We did a trip to Varna to see the dolphins and also to Nessebar which is well worth a visit. The jeep safari was a good day out showing how life is for many in their small and backward villages. Most people we dealt with were friendly but as someone else has commented it can be difficult spending money. The supermarket near the hotel hated notes and almost expected correct change for every purchase. They were clearly not pleased with anyone not managing this. My advice would be to take small denominations as getting rid of 50 Lev notes became quite a challenge at times!! Watch also for the ice cream which is sold by weight in many cases!! We were disappointed with the Balkan holiday flight - it was all friendly and efficient enough but a small drink of tea or coffee and a small cold sandwich (both ways) seemed well below the expectations of many people on the plane. On balance we enjoyed our visit - it is important to remember that this is a less developed country than our own and which is behind in a number of areas. Most things remain good value but the Bulgarians are learning to charge for as many things as possible and I suspect this will not remain the case for too long. I am sure most people would be happy at Bellevue. Having read some reports from customers of far flashier hotels I remain pleased with our choice. "
- Travel date: 26th August 2008
We have just got back from Hotle Bellevu...
"We have just got back from Hotle Bellevue, where we stayed for two weeks. Honestly, we cannot fault the hotel - it was brilliant. The one complaint we did have thou was the food provided at the hotel - it wasn't very nice and the restaurant staff were quite miserable. Unlike the bar staff at the hotel who were wicked, in particular, Nic, Martin and Peter - these guys were brilliant and extremely friendly - the best bar staff in bulgaria! The hotel was very clean, and well presented. It is located just at the end of the main strip, which is nice as it means of an evening you are not disturbed by the noise when you are trying to sleep. Yes you are required to pay for the sunbeds, both around the pool and at the beach, but its only 5Lv, (approx: Â£2) and the pool is kept clean all day - the only thing you do need to do is brace yourself for the pools temperature - very cold! If you are eating out of an evening we recommend: Carriby restaurant and Raffelos, the Castle does a good pizza as well - worth a visit. If its breakfast you are after, we recommend Raffelos, Arizona (which conveniently are right next to each other!) Filliloplops is also worth a visit. Trips wise - the water park isn't great, but will be good for families. We flew with Thomas Cook and signed up to Off Road Full Throttle which was amazing - horse-riding, quadbikes, archery, shooting are the day's main activities, lunch is also included and our tour guide "Orlean" was fanatastic - his knowledge re: Bulgaria and its history is brilliant as was his English. Khan's Tent is another trip worth doing - dinner is provided and the entertainment is out of this world (acrobats, and a woman that can bend her body to fit into a bird cage - yes an actual bird cage!!) Overall I would definitely recommend this hotel to everyone! We had an excellent time and are missing it already!!!"
- Travel date: 24th July 2008
A late decision to go to Bulgaria as my ...
"A late decision to go to Bulgaria as my daughter had already booked with friends, but I definitely had the better hotel, friendly staff, rooms cleaned daily, even the cleaners had a welcoming smile. Although booked late in the year would definitely go back in years to come... relaxing holiday for me but there was still a bit going on, its an up and coming place I think. Some hotel entertainment would be good... a place worth visiting. "
- Travel date: 9th October 2007
"First time in Bulgaria didn't know what to expect. Like many we read reviews before we went and were a little aprehensive to say the least.So you can imagine our relief when we arrived to a very warm and friendly reception. Our room was enormous with fantastic views,cleaned daily and beds changed every second day with clean towels daily. All staff friendly and helpful and willing to give you ideas of places to visit they are so proud of their country(rightly so). We were told to visit St Vlas a small village about 10 min bus journey from Sunny Beach it was lovely. We were advised to watch out for some of the taxi's as they would try and overcharge you. Again many of the staff would advise you on what bus to get and from where. The food was average but you would not go hungry, if you did, it meant you were very fussy. The beach was right on the hotel doorstep. The only thing i did not like was the fact that there was a man outside our hotel with snakes so people could get their photo done, but i just dont like snakes so it was more a personal thing for me. The beach bars at night were great so relaxing that you could imagine you were on some tropical island. The weather was fantastic very warm but rooms are airconditioned.On two occassions in the fortnight during the night there were thunderstorms,the thunder was deafening and a bit scary,by morning you would never have believed it had occurred. This was our first holiday in Bulgaria and it certainly wont be our last. Would even consider buying in Sunny Beach. Dont always trust what you read in reviews be like us and go and judge for yourself. One last piece of advice never book below 4* lower than this and maybe you would have something to complain about."
- Travel date: 3rd October 2007
loved the beach
"just returned from bellvue hotel after 2 weeks,what a great holiday.this was my first time in bulgaria and i would thoroughly reccomend it.the hotel looked better once inside,the rooms were huge,the biggest hotel room we have ever stayed in.the beach was just yards away and what a lovely beach.it was very clean and the water very calm(apart from one day).the staff at the hotel were friendly,the room was cleaned every day.the food wasnt always up to scratch from my point of view,even though my partner who is very fussy ate well every day and that says a lot.breakfast was the usual cereal,croissants,fruit and lots of eggs.the evening meals didnt look to appetising but actually tasted better than they looked.i would point out that the coffee urn and hot water urn were not hot,so beware of upset stomachs. in the mornings there is a water dispenser next to the juice machine and i discovered that this housed red hot water as well as cold,just use the red tap,i used my own tea and coffee and just filled up there.nobody else had sussed this.yet.a great hol was had."
- Travel date: 15th September 2007
very touristy and busy
"HI we went as a family of five (three teenaged boys 13, 15 and 17) to Sunny Beach, Bulgaria. we have just come back today (28th august 2007). HOTEL: We were situated on the second floor. we asked for our three boys to be put next door to us but it couldnt be done but they were in an okay room on the same floor down the corridor. i disagree with an earlier review - not all rooms have sea views! we did, we had a side room overlooking the pool but if we looked side ways we could see the beach which was a nice view. however my three sons did not have a sea view but saw a great big hotel called the victoria palace (and thats exactly what it does look like, a palace). never mind they were hardly in it so they werent that bothered. I agree it is a very clean hotel and cannot fault it in that way. i think it deserves its four star status but im soooooooo glad i only went bed and breakfast....the food was yuk for breakfast. on one side it there was a table laid for i would say specifically for the germans (and perhaps the Russians if thats what they eat). with a lot of salad, meats and that sort of thing. then for the hot side there was one toaster, beans, two types of sausages, scrambled eggs and poached eggs. the drinks were watered down (not bottled obvioulsy but tap water). i mostly stuck to the fruits which were in abundance...melons, cut bananas, oranges, green and black grapes etc and loads of types of breads. all in all the food was bearable but as i said i dont recommend you go full board at all. the butter was floating on ice (yuk). and tasted as it looked - horrible. its much better to either do what we did and go b and b but not more than that. eating out is very very cheap. as i say there were five of us - with three teenaged boys it was still cheap - on average our daily night time bill for food was about Â£35 which cant be bad and included drinks. most nights the boys had steaks or pizzas. As for the maids doing there little thing with the sheets....well....all i can say is that they did it for the first two days and then gave up - we were on the second floor - maybe they make a fuss of you on different floors. i have to say though we had two maids (two maids for every floor) one young one old, you always knew when the older one was doing your room cos she did it thoroughly and the younger one didnt even bother to clean the bathroom and do the bins sometimes. we gave the older maid her tip though when we left making sure it was just for her cos she worked the hardest. i agree with the other reviewer, the walls are paper thin. we had an elderly irish couple next door to us - at least just for a week and they were blooming noisy. coming in late and scraping their chairs and talking on the balcony when we were trying to sleep...why do people do that why r they so selfish!!! anyway the next couple were quiter - i cant sleep without earplugs so im glad i took them. i heard a couple complain to the rep (chloe) saying we have to pay for the sun beds, internet, pool (as in the game pool not swimming pool) and they had a point you had to pay for everything. there are plenty of sun beds but you share with the hotel next door (you can see the hotel from your window it is very close called the slavinsky). obviously the higher you get a room, the less noise there is from the swimming pool etc. chloe i would say was very polite but really didnt know her stuff - she didnt know about local knowledge and we had to tell her about the market. on the whole i liked the hotel but food was rubbish and it wasnt fair you had to pay for everything. by the way they say there is a free gym - i was looking forward to that but there were only a few things in there and to my mind wasnt even worth the mention. SURROUNDING AREAS: The beach was very very nice and clean and spotless. the area would be ideal for youngsters there is so much to do and everything is so cheap. go to old nessibar on the bus - really nice experience. TAXIS AND BUSES: if you can, dont go by taxi - for the five of us to go to nessibar it cost us under Â£2 sooooooo cheap. we got stung by a taxi fare - you have to live and learn i suppose. they try to pack as many people as they can on buses and you will feel like a sardine but who cares its cheap. watch out for pick pockets and gypsies. the taxi driver told us that the bulgarians hate gypsies. they have on average about 12 children and they have all been taught to beg. you have to tell them to go away - hard but you will get sick of it when you get there. on the whole a really nice trip - i would advise going to the following old nessibar - lovely cheap shops and so much atmosphere aquapark (there are two) lazy day cruise (its cheaper if u dont go through the rep but see the people outside) MISCELLANEOUS: watch pickpockets and gypsies beer is about 50pence to one pound depending on the restaurant lots of coach and horses going up and down the road as a means of travelling little trains that cost 2 levs each (about Â£1.10) going up and down to take u to your destination very hot but heat you can take as there is a breeze from the beach. customs can be quite room - ie bourgas airport - u have to put up with it - (not easy). beach is just across road and you have to pay for layouts (of course). internet room for about five levs gym waste of time kids club change of towels everyday but they give u a notice saying they dont encourage it cos of the eco situation dont go full board i hope you have a good stay in the bellevue - but take a look at the victoria palace two hotels down - god its lovely."
- Travel date: 29th August 2007
Top traveller tips for Bellevue Hotel
"go half board, and avoid the travel agency just along from the hotel opposite the windmill bar"
"go half board, and avoid the travel agency just along from the hotel opposite the windmill bar"
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