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Photo: Best Western Plus Expo Hotel

Staying is believing

LOCATION

The hotel is located in the eastern part of the city, where a modern technological and business centre is developing. The hotel is surrounded by skyscrapers and the headquarters of numerous multinationals and large Bulgarian companies. This is the most modern, urban and youthful part of Sofia. In addition, the hotel’s neighbour is the Sofia Inter Expo Center, a Bulgarian meetings industry institution and a strong strategical advantage. Despite not being in the strict centre of the city, the location is still attractive and even more accessible during rush hour in Sofia.

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ACCESSIBILITY

The airport is only a 10-minute drive away, but we recommend taking the metro line, which is very clean and will get you there even quicker. The Inter Expo Center metro station is the closest, only 100-metres from the hotel. We also recommend the metro if you want to go to the city centre. This will only take you about 15 minutes. The hotel has a large carpark and its own shuttle bus that takes guests to the airport and to a nearby shopping centre. Accessibility is, therefore, excellent, as the hotel is close to all the main highways and the airport.

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COLD APPETIZER - Architecture and Aesthetics

The modern hotel building is part of Sofia’s developing “Manhattan” area in the suburbs. The 9-storey building has a glass facade, fitting in perfectly with the rest of the surrounding skyscrapers and office buildings. Functional. That is how I would describe the architecture. The interior has been recently renovated and feels quite pleasant with some tiny details that remind you of a living room. Pastel colours are the main theme and the overall design of the hotel is quite convincing. A great 4-star option.

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WARM APPETIZER - Staff and catering

The staff is definitely on a 4-star hotel level. Remarkably praiseworthy is the restaurant staff, who go the extra mile for their guests. Breakfast is standardised and should be more local, especially when you look at the diversity of Bulgarian cuisine.

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MAIN DISH - Conference hotel service

Hotel rooms

The hotel rooms are tailored to business guests. Pastel colours go nicely with the functional furniture in brighter tones. There are loads of cubbyholes to put stuff in and enough space to get some work done. The bed is excellent and the room is well equipped with everything a business guest might need.

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Meetings centre

The hotel has a smaller meetings centre made up of two meeting halls that can fit up to 150 people and smaller conference rooms. Both meeting halls have relatively high ceilings, improving the overall feeling of spaciousness. An additional conference hall is located on the first floor, perfect for receptions and very popular among wedding planners. Alternatively, the Forego restaurant can also be arranged as an event venue, maybe one of the most attractive ones in the hotel, if you ask me. The garden is also a great alternative to the meeting halls in the warmer months and a refreshing addition to the classical meetings offer.

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Expo Center Sofia

DESSERT – The extras

The hotel is positioned right beside the biggest fairground in Sofia, the Expo Center. If you are attending an event there, the hotel is definitely the best and closest option, providing the highest quality.

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FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES

Relatively small lifts, which thankfully function quickly and efficiently

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TOP – POSITIVE SURPRISES

The restaurant staff are very professional, fast and adaptable to different needs.

OVERALL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY

The recently refreshed Hotel Expo is now functionally even more perfected and practical for business guests. It has a great location and as a whole, is definitely one of the most interesting meeting hotels in the city. Positive surprises await at every corner and we certainly recommend it for your next stay or event in Sofia.

FINAL GRADE: 4.53 BRONZE CITY MEETING HOTEL 

GOLD final score from 4.81 to 5.00
SILVER final score from 4.61 to 4.80
BRONZE final score from 4.41 to 4.60

CATEGORY 4****
OPEN FROM Built in 2004, renovated in 2013
MEETINGS STAR City meeting hotels
STANDARD Hotel with conference facilities
NUMBER OF ROOMS 99 rooms
INTERNET PRICEEUR 88–150 (single use) / Trivago, September 2019
ADDRESS:Best Western Plus Hotel Expo 

149 Tsarigradsko Shoose, Blvd.

1784 Sofia, Bulgaria

P: +359 (0)2 817 81 00

E: reservations@hotelexposofia.com

www.hotelexposofia.com 

FACILITIES– Restaurant Forego

– Sauna and Fitness Room

– Business Lounge

– Free shuttle to the airport

– Garden for meetings and events

SPECIALS The garden is a great alternative to the meeting halls in the warmer months and a refreshing addition to the classical meetings offer. I think every meeting planner will be able to appreciate that.
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RESULTS MARKS
1. LOCATION4.81
2. ACCESSIBILITY4.49
3. FIRST IMPRESSION4.29
4. LOBBY4.56
5.  EMPLOYEE ATTITUDE4.73
6.  RECEPTION4.58
7.  HOTEL ROOM4.41
8.  HOTEL BED4.69
9. BATHROOM AND RESTROOM4.28
10. HOTEL BREAKFAST4.45
11. BARS AND RESTAURANTS4.62
12. CONGRESS HALL4.63
13. ADDITIONAL OFFER4.39
TOTAL: 4.53