Your guide to the best 5-star hotels in Bulgaria. We’ve narrowed down luxurious hotels in Bulgaria, from Sofia, the mountains all the way to the sea.
The Republic of Bulgaria lies in South-Eastern Europe and shares borders with Romania, Serbia, Greece, Turkey, and North Macedonia. It is the 16th largest European country and covers an area of 110,994 square km. The country has seen several rulers and regimes over the centuries and was also part of the Roman and Ottoman Empires at different times.
Bulgaria boasts ample natural geography and wildlife diversity and is also home to over 150 endangered plants. Unspoiled beaches and lush nature, ancient monasteries and splendid churches, magnificent palaces, and stoic historical monuments add the charm of visiting Bulgaria.
The capital, Sofia, attracts theatre enthusiasts to the Ivan Vazov National Theatre as much as it attracts tourists to see the Aleksander Nevski Crypt, Daralevtsi Monastery, and other sites. Whether you visit ancient cobblestoned cities like Plovdiv or modern cities like Sofia, Bulgaria will send you away with a bucketful of memories.
Here is our pick for the 5-star hotels in Bulgaria we know you’ll love!
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1. InterContinental, Sofia
My top suggested place to stay in Sofia.
The location of this hotel is truly iconic, overlooking Narodno Sabranie Square and offering stunning views of Alexandar Nevski Cathedral. It’s perfect for those looking to stay in the heart of the city, with easy walking access to historical landmarks.
The design of the hotel and its spacious rooms can be described as classically elegant mixed with contemporary. Rooms feature luxurious toiletries, flat-screen televisions, and soft linens. If you are looking for an excellent view, book a deluxe or executive room. For those needing more space, suites are also available. Executive-level rooms also come with the option of complimentary breakfast, canapés, and refreshments throughout the day.
If you need help deciding your itinerary, a concierge service is available for all guests, and a tour desk where you can rent cars.
Two onsite restaurants – Floret Restaurant & Bar and Studio Restaurant – offer tasty food, warm coffee, and delicious cocktails.
EDITORS NOTE: I stayed at the Sofia InterContinental in October 2022 with my husband and two sons for four nights. We LOVED this place. The on-request breakfasts, the large family room with two large beds, and the L’Occitane toiletries were excellent. But, what really was terrific was the service. We used the concierge service to book tours, and also the team at breakfast remembered our coffee orders and the children’s hot chocolate and pancake orders – promptly served them to our table each day. Best way to start each day.
2. Sense Hotel Sofia
This relatively new 5-star hotel opened in 2013 along Czar Osvoboditel Boulevard. With an exclusive spa, a panoramic rooftop bar, and a playfully contemporary restaurant serving a fusion of Asian, Latin American, and European cuisine, it truly is a luxurious place to stay in the city’s center.
Rooms each have a slightly different design, but you can expect wooden floors and contemporary luxury with a mixture of textures no matter what you choose. One of the best features of the stylish and spacious rooms are the floor-to-ceiling French windows looking out over the city, which can be opened for fresh air. LCD televisions and Molton Brown cosmetics are also provided.
A modern art gallery is available onsite, with concierge services and free WiFi.
3. Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena, Bansko
At the renowned ski resort Bansko, the Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena is located in central Bulgaria, two hours from Sofia. All ski enthusiasts will find the hotel’s location ideal because it is close to the Gondola station, in a quiet area, and only 15 minutes on foot from the old town and the city center.
The hotel provides the ideal ski, gastronomic, and spa experience, with 5 bars, three restaurants, and modern luxurious spa facilities. The hotel is open throughout the year and has 150 rooms decorated in Alpine style. There are also 25 luxury suites and a Presidential Suite..
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4. Blu Bay Hotel, Sozopol
Blu Bay Hotel Sozopol is located in the center of Sozopol Old Town district, near Amphitheatre Apoloniya. If you take a short five-minute walk from the hotel, you will find yourself in the fantastic Sozopol Open-Air Theatre. The public beach is also just a few minutes away. At the hotel, you can relax at the outdoor pool and sauna or visit a fitness center. There is also a tennis court at the hotel property for those who want even more exercise.
The hotel restaurant is specialized in Mediterranean cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Buffet breakfasts in the mornings are included in the price of the room. In the evening, guests can enjoy a drink at a poolside bar. Guests that prefer peace will love the hotel library..
5. Merit Grand Mosta Spa Hotel & Casino, Svilengrad
The 5-star Merit Grand Mosta Spa Hotel & Casino is located just outside the city center of Svilengrad, a small town south of Bulgaria. The hotel has 82 luxury rooms to choose from. All rooms have 24-hour room service and jetted bathtubs. You can grab a bite at the restaurant, where they serve a breakfast buffet daily.
Guests can visit the spa and wellness center to be pampered with massages, body scrubs, or pedicures. After that, you are welcome to relax indoor pool, sauna, and hot tub. For the guests who want to try their luck, there is a huge casino on the hotel’s ground floor. The hotel also features a nightclub and a fitness center. Private parking is available at the front of the hotel for free..
6. Hotel Orlovetz, Pamporovo Resort
This five-star luxurious and cozy hotel is located at the center of Pamporovo Resort. Pamporovo is a famous Bulgarian ski resort with almost 30km of slopes for skiing and snowboarding. Its slopes are suitable for beginners and advanced skiers, making it a perfect resort for whole families. There are 98 rooms and seven flats at the Hotel Orlovetz. Each unit has a balcony with a view of the ski slopes and pine forests.
There are a dozen areas to chill and relax. Lobby bar with a fireplace, panoramic Sky bar with spectacular views, and hotel summer garden. For guests that like to relax at the spa and wellness, there is relax center with an indoor pool, sauna, steam bath, and massage rooms. If you want to stay active, Orlovetz also has a gym. Tennis court and mini football playground. The hotel offers a parking garage to protect your car from snowy weather..
7. Voya Beach Resort, Sunny Beach
Voya Beach Resort, which is in the center of the town of Sveti Vlas and less than five minutes from the center of Sunny Beach, is a paradise on the Black Sea off the Bulgarian coast with beautiful beaches and hiking areas in the mountains. The ultra-luxury 350-room Voya Beach Resort is located on the first sea line in Sveti Vlas, next to one of Bulgaria’s most well-known marinas, Dinevi Port.
The Voya Beach Resort’s professional chefs want to create a unique culinary experience for hotel guests. There are four restaurants at the hotel, where you can choose meals from Bulgarian or international cuisine. There are also six other bars, which serve various refreshing local and foreign alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. All of them provide 24 hours of continuous service.
The resort has been carefully designed to offer maximum comfort to families with both small and large children. A variety of special events held in secure play areas by a professional animation team will delight your children. Kids can enjoy the movie theater, Game Room, outdoor activity area, and Mini Sports Field. At the front of the hotel are three outdoor pools and Voya Beach Aquapark, featuring five water slides and a bunch of other activities for the whole family to enjoy during their vacation..
8. The Palace Hotel – Sunny Day
The Palace Hotel is an oasis of elegance, refinement, comfort, and coziness. It is located on the beach in a spectacular natural park with unique tree species. Your visit will be remarkable thanks to its distinctive style and unique environment, whether you’re there on a business trip or for a holiday or weekend getaway.
The hotel has 154 rooms. All the rooms provide cozy accommodations and furnished balconies for a genuinely peaceful vacation. The Palace Hotel’s main restaurant is composed of numerous large halls and a sizable terrace with views of the endless blue sea. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a requirement for hotel cuisine, prepared by a team of professionals using only the highest quality seasonal ingredients.
You’ll find the Pizza Bar on the shore, which sells fried chips and pizza. If you want to explore the local area, then you will be glad that the Monastery of Saints Constantine and Helena (a popular attraction) is just a few minutes from the hotel.
The Palace Hotel is suitable for children. A skilled group of animators amuses the kids with entertaining games during the day, and in the evening, they host a kids’ disco..
9. Meliá Grand Hermitage
The elegant Melia Grand Hermitage on a peaceful hillside is only 100 meters from the beach and conveniently located in the center of the Golden Sands resort. Melia’s restaurants feature fine Bulgarian and international cuisine, and various bars and cafés welcome you to spend time there. Each room has a big private balcony that offers a stunning view of the sea, pool, nearby parks, or forested hills. Room bathrooms come with a bathtub and a shower big enough for two people. The hotel spa occupies two levels and features a gym, indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub, a sauna, and a Turkish bath. Massages are also available..
10. Yastrebets Hotel Wellness and Spa, Borovets
An hour from Bulgaria’s capital Sofia, among the historic pine forests of the Rila Mountain, directly above the Borovets resort, sits the world-class Yastrebets Hotel Wellness & SPA. The hotel is situated at an elevation of 1500 meters. Yastrebets Hotel Wellness and SPA offer everything required for a perfect winter or summer vacation, whether you enjoy winter sports or wish to spend the summer in the mountains among nature. When talking about winter, the hotel is in the ideal location for a ski trip.
The hotel provides excellent chances for various winter sports and ski gear. Ski lessons are also available for booking at the hotel for adults and children. And during the summer, guests can choose from various mountain routes, either on their own or with a knowledgeable hotel guide, and visit one of Bulgaria’s natural and cultural landmarks listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
If you are not interested in walking, there are a dozen activities that Yastrebets Hotel is offering. Some of them are the Rila Lakes tour; tennis, volleyball, and basketball fields; horseback riding; boat fishing, and archery. The hotel has 34 cozy rooms and eight luxury suites. There are 15 charming cabins hidden in the woods around the hotel for guests searching for something more unique..
11. HVD Reina del Mar
Hotel Reina Del Mar is located in Obzor, right on the beach. An endless golden beach, a lovely park where you may find coolness for your afternoon rest, and comfortable, modern rooms are only some of the amenities the hotel offers its visitors.
Elegant dining establishments are prepared to satisfy your preferences and expectations, and the charming kids’ areas offer your kids a carefree and pleasant place to play while basking in the sun. For your accommodation, you can choose from different rooms, apartments, or villas. The Multifunctional field has tennis, football, basketball, and volleyball equipment and is also available to Reina Del Mar’s visitors.
The animation crew and the private tennis instructors will be available for your use. You can play different games and tournaments all day long in the hotel, beside the pool, or on the beach. Seven pools are available at the property, accommodating all requests and needs. The towels, loungers, and umbrellas are available to you without cost at whichever pool you select..
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12. Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort, Kavarna
Situated in Kavarna with access to the Black Sea, Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort is the perfect location for hiking, diving, or windsurfing. The hotel features an 18-hole golf course, sauna, hammam, steam bath, and infinity pool.
13. Long Beach Hotel And Spa In Shkorpilovtsi
This is one of the best beach resorts in Bulgaria on Shkorpilovci Beach. Spacious rooms and apartments range from 50 m² to 130 m². The hotel also features an aqua-tonic pool, hydro and aero massage lounges, a hot tub, a steam bath, a Finnish sauna, a Turkish hammam, a Russian bath, and a Himalayan salt room. Kamchia Nature Reserve is 6.3 km away, while Varna Airport is 32 km away.