Staying is believing
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.
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.
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.
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.
MAIN DISH - Conference hotel service
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.
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.
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.
FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES
Relatively small lifts, which thankfully function quickly and efficiently
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