A boyars’ style holiday – Park Hotel Arbanassi, Bulgaria

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A weekend well spent in one of the richest in history parts of Bulgaria

I wake up in the morning and sit on the terrace of our hotel room. The view to Veliko Tarnovo is stunning. Just the former residence of late communist leader Todor Zhivkov is hiding a part of the view but actually makes the feeling exotic. Of course I am a little envious about it – he and his guests doubtlessly felt great staying there. However, these days I am enjoying the peacefulness of the area, the birds’ songs and the rising sun above Veliko Tarnovo and the village of Arbanassi.

Arbanassi is a beautiful historical village and a popular tourist destination just a few kilometres from the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo. With its old streets and houses and historical spirit, it is loved by both nature lovers, history lovers and party lovers. And it is wonderful place to stay around Veliko Tarnovo, no matter whether you want to spend just a weekend or a longer holiday. It is not a surprise that it used to be a favourite place for politicians and millionaires.

Where to stay in Arbanassi?

This is not an easy to answer question because almost every house in Arbanassi nowadays is a hotel or a guest house. However, we wanted many things at the same time when we picked our hotel. We wanted a quiet place to have rest but also a place where our daughter would have fun. In addition, we wanted a nice view and would always appreciate a sunny pool. Park Hotel Arbanassi offered all of the above so we were quick to pick it for our stay. The hotel is a new one and is located just above the former residence of dictator Todor Zhivkov. And if the residence is probably the place with the best view in Arbanassi, then Park Hotel Arbanassi has the second best view in the village. The hotel is located in the park than once belonged to the residence. (Location)

Park Hotel Arbanassi

Park Hotel Arbanassi

In the small park of the hotel, there is still a table, once used by Todor Zhivkov and his guests. Of course, we spend some time there, just like our former communist leaders.

About Park Hotel Arbanassi



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Park Hotel Arbanassi proved to be a wonderful place to stay. During the day the area was quiet and calm with birds singing around. Very comfortable and welcoming, with many extras we appreciated. Little Anna was more than happy to jump on the trampoline and in the pool. The pool itself is not shallow but she was not afraid to swim with her inflatable accessories.

Our happy fish Anna

Our happy fish Anna

Like in most hotels in Arbanassi, the Saturday night was dynamic and noisy. After all, the village is a popular destination for events like weddings, team buildings, school holidays, etc. But in the weekdays the village is extremely calm and peaceful and we had great time exploring it.
Our room on the third floor offered stunning view to Veliko Tarnovo and the beautiful landscape around. The terrace was very large, almost as large as the room, and we spent a lot of time there, enjoying both sunrises, sunsets and beautiful night views.

View of Veliko Tarnovo

View of Veliko Tarnovo

During the day, when we were not exploring the many historical places in Arbanassi and Veliko Tarnovo, we enjoyed the beautiful park while the kids was playing on the playground.

Anna and the playground

Anna and the playground

Park Hotel Arbanassi has also a SPA centre with sauna, steam room and a Jacuzzi. The Jacuzzi is functioning in the cold season but was still working in late April. Moreover, you can book a massage or play tennis or just visit the fitness. Maria loved the cozy lobby bar which also has a small playground for the colder months.
The pool in Park Hotel Arbanassi

The pool in Park Hotel Arbanassi

The view from the pool

The view from the pool

The restaurant of Park Hotel Arbanassi

We are very picky about food and restaurant but Park Hotel Arbanassi was a good surprise. Everything we ordered was well prepared and delicious, at very reasonable prices. I would recommend you the homemade sausage and the Arbanassi style meatball.

the Arbanassi style meatball

the Arbanassi style meatball

the homemade sausage

the homemade sausage

Rates at Park Hotel Arbanassi

Of course, this is important information. We were happy to discover that the rates were very reasonable for a 4-star hotel and for the services offered. They also had some promo packages that were even better deal, check on the hotel’s site. I can honestly say that Park Hotel Arbanassi is a very affordable 4-star hotel that surprised us pleasantly. (For booking.com follow the link)

The rates also include using the underground garage, which was very useful. It is really difficult to park on the street in Veliko Tarnovo or Arbanassi. Moreover, a covered garage or parking is always a great option both in the summer heat and in the winter cold. Our car felt really great.
THe other part of the hotel

THe other part of the hotel

When we left

Park Hotel Arbanassi is one of the places that made us nostalgic when we had to leave. We stayed only 3 days but felt home. Before we left our room, we spent some last time on the terrace, enjoying the view and the atmosphere. It was a wonderful holiday, full of Bulgarian history and joyful family moments.

Some work time in the hotel :)

Some work time in the hotel :)

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