Having lived in Bulgaria for over 18 months I thought it was about time I went to check out Sunny Beach. Most people in Bulgaria frown when you mention Sunny Beach due to the reputation it has got itself for being a full on party town. Nevertheless, I like to gather my own opinions and so I booked a couple of nights in the heart of Sunny Beach to see what it’s all about!
My first night was spent at Hotel Jeravi located in the centre and right on the beach. I should mention that although I was brave enough to opt for the centre of Sunny Beach it was still pretty quiet as the real party season gets into full swing in July and August. I was not setting myself too many expectations for the trip however when we arrived at Hotel Jeravi I was very pleasantly surprised. The hotel reception feels very calm and relaxing and there’s a lovely pool right outside a set of sliding doors. The reception desk had a friendly and helpful lady waiting and even though we had arrived early (around midday) our room was ready after just a few minutes wait.
My next pleasant surprise, the room! It was a family room and it was huge! You could easily fit a family of 5 in this room and still be comfortable. There was a large balcony, overlooking the pool and beyond that the beach. The room also had a lounge area with a sofa, comfy chairs, table and a TV. There’s also free wifi which for me was great as it meant I could make use of the spacious room and do some work before heading out to the beach. What made me even happier was the lovely big bathtub in the bathroom; that was another bonus being able to have a soak in the tub after the long(ish) journey from Sofia.
As I mentioned the swimming pool is located next to the lobby and restaurant and there is also a pool bar so you don’t have to move very far at all once you get comfortable! If you do feel like stretching your legs you can take the very short walk from the pool to the beach. When I say short, it’s around 30 seconds, but I’m sure that still classes as exercise when you’re on holiday! The beach isn’t owned by the hotel so here you will need to pay for the use of the sun loungers and umbrellas. It’s quite reasonable though at 8 leva per item per day. After an afternoon of exploring and then relaxing we decided to try the hotel restaurant for dinner. You can read the full restaurant review here. Many of the Sunny Beach hotels actually offer all inclusive deals however Hotel Jeravi offer breakfast included so dinner is optional which I think is better. It’s nice to have the choice whether to stay at the hotel or go out and try some new places. Speaking of the breakfast, I highly recommend it here. There was plenty of choice including eggs, bacon, beans and cereals. It’s also lovely to sit outside and eat breakfast in the sun by the pool.
In addition to the nice pool and restaurant with terrace, the hotel also has a massage room, a change bureau, a lobby bar and, my favourite, the Panoramic Rooftop Bar. Head to the rooftop and you’ll find this great bar with inside seats and a large terrace. Inside there is a pool table, table tennis and darts and outside, well, outside you have the most incredible views of Sunny Beach! This is a lovely place to spend an evening with a few cocktails!
For my first stay in Sunny Beach I think I chose the perfect place and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a nice hotel which is centrally located. Of course, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that you shouldn’t expect peace and quiet here. Sunny Beach is a party town and there will be music playing most of the night from the nearby beach bars and clubs. Saying that, this didn’t disturb me at all and I had a great night sleep!
Things we liked:
- Roof top bar
- 24 hour reception
- Great pool with pool towels provided
- On the beach
- Very central
- Free parking
- Nice restaurant
- Big room
- Free wifi
Things to improve:
- I think Hotel Jeravi have done a great job at making this a very comfortable and pleasant hotel. I had a lovely stay and couldn’t fault anything at all.