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Reviews of Nightingale Hostel

Hostel | Slaveykov Square #2A, Sofia, Bulgaria 1000

71.0% Overall Rating

164 out of 205 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (19/08/2014)

sasha georgiava thinks…

"Loved it so much! Very nice location and also the place of the hostel. in the central of the city! perfect to explore the interesing thing in Sofia. WIll come back! For Sure! Nightingale Hostel…"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Nightclub
  • 24 hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Fax
  • Gym
  • Bicycle hire
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Wake-up calls
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Bar(s)
  • Café
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Internet café
  • Onsite shop(s)
  • Outside area
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup USD 13.13
  • Breakfast USD 1.97

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

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Group of 15 or more traveling to Sofia?

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71.0%

Overall Rating

164 out of 205 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Nightingale Hostel'

Atmosphere
63.2%
Location
89.6%
Facilities
65.6%
Cleanliness
66.4%
Staff
72.8%
Value
66.4%
Safety
72.8%
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88.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

08 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Staff were very helpful and welcoming :)

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

City break

25 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: it's fine

Disliked: nothing

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

20 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location in the middle of town.

Disliked: Rooms all open off the central reception/common area so can be noisy if people are arriving or staying up late at night.

100.0%
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Tomohisa Higuchi

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

04 December 2011 Tomohisa would recommend this property

Liked: Shower rooms are comfortable and clean. Wifi is very good. Breakfast is very tasty.

Disliked: Tomohisa left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Tomohisa Higuchi

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Events / festivals
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

04 December 2011 Tomohisa would recommend this property

Liked: Shower rooms are good. It's very nice of the staff to give us free very tasty breakfast. Wifi is very good.

Disliked: Tomohisa left no negative feedback.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

01 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the friendly atmosphere between staff and travelers - it felt like a commune where everyone trusts each other. The internet was free. The shower head had good pressure and the water was nice and hot. We were given free maps of the city center and a lot of information on where to visit.

Disliked: The breakfast was greasy and gave my sister a stomach ache. The blankets weren't warm enough on the cold nights. But for the price we paid, this was to be expected.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife

21 November 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: great location, good staff with good info, good place to stay in Sofia

Disliked: The toilets stank and the rooms were like a pig sty when full

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

02 November 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Free WiFi Good dining room

Disliked: Breakfast is so so

100.0%
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Jack lewis

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

28 October 2011 Jack would recommend this property

Liked: Very nice hostel... Short pleasant and easy walk from train and bus station, excellent location, very helpful and friendly staff, great and cheap food on request, wifi everywhere and a great common room with a flat screen cable tv- Perfect!

Disliked: I didnt stay long enough !

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Ben Yetton

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Family Holiday
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Romantic getaway
Sightseeing & culture

23 October 2011 Ben would recommend this property

Liked: Such friendly staff and very helpful too, showed us where to eat and hooked us up with special deals. One of the ladies made a bulgarian cheese yogurt pastry and gave us some at about 12am. On top of that the place is in the best location and is an excellent price. Ended up staying for 3 more nights.

Disliked: Nothing.

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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

20 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel was one of the best I have stayed in. The owner and staff were friendly, took time to explain things about Sofia to us and made us feel like we were visiting a Bulgarian family. Large common room, Wifi, washing machine and left luggage. Tours are also run from the hostel. Comfortable and close to everything. Not a crazy party place, just a nice relaxed place to enjoy Bulgarian hospitality.

Disliked: The directions there were not quite accurate. From the train station get off the tram 18 at the 6th stop, follow the tram line in the same direction you are already travelling until you see the book market (5mins but you cant see it) and then you will see the DM building and the hostel is signed in the alley beside.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

gilberto frau

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

17 October 2011 gilberto would recommend this property

Liked: really familiar and friendly atmosphere(Misha and wife will take care of you), excellent location, clean and all facilities provided, and last but not least : excellent value for money. So I definitely reccomend this place to all people who want to spend some time in Sofia. A tutti quelli che vogliono trascorrere un po' di tempo a Sofia, questo e' il posto giusto : pulito, atmosfera familiare, posizione perfetta in centro citta', internet e tutto quello di cui avrete bisogno. Qualita' prezzo ovviamente eccellente Consigliato a tutti!!!

Disliked: nothing,I am totally satisfied

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

13 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: nice breakfast.friendly staff.big common room.hot shower.easy to go everywhere!

Disliked: nothing

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

10 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Staff are friendly. Cable tv

Disliked: could be a little cleaner, but still very good.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

01 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good fun, and very helpful staff.

Disliked: Check out time is 2 which is irritating if you have a bus which gets in early - but they did give me somewhere to put my bags.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Visiting friends or family

11 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: When u stay in this hostel,u feel yourself like at home. The atmosphere is really friendly,u cannot be bored there,on the other side,it is really quiet and calm)

Disliked: almost everything was perfect

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

04 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: waffles for breakfast, nice livingroom, good location. free wifi and occasional free beers. overall good feeling, friendly staff who checked train schedules for me.

Disliked: hostel instructs not to take taxi from bus or train station, but their pick up service means they call one of those very taxis to drive u. the taxi was about 3,5 levas. hostel then charges 8 levas. but its stil not expensive of course. owner is an interesting character, a bit flirty towards women, but perhaps just to be nice. i still recommend the place.

The property's response is...

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

22 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good location, great common room, free internet

Disliked: Breakfast was advertised as full and yet is only cereal - and its not good. Kitchen could be cleaner

51.4%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 20%

Peter Krabot

As a family with children

Business / conference
City break
Family Holiday

20 August 2011 Peter would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel in the center is very friendly.

Disliked: The guesthouse is out of the center. The bathroom was not clean. It was on the 6. floor, elevator doesn't work...

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Rowan Bulpit

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

14 August 2011

Liked: Good location and cooking facilities.

Disliked: I felt the owner cared less about customer care and more about squeezing every penny from the guests. For example when the hostel was overbooked and two people had to share a bed, he offered the person with no bed a discount rather than the requested refund, even though they received no services, and only after threatening bad reviews did he concede to a refund. The price of stay kept increasing over the week I stayed, and the advertised "full breakfast" consisted of some cereal. The problems encountered were many.

94.3%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Redmund Bernard

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

11 August 2011 Redmund would recommend this property

Liked: Nice hostel, fairly chilled, very helpful owner!

Disliked: Nothing!

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Mitchell Darnell

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

10 August 2011 Mitchell would recommend this property

Liked: I have stayed at many hostels in my years traveling and the Nightengale was in the top three. It felt like home within minutes of walking in. A feeling that is hard to find traveling long term. The owner is from Sofia, friendly, funny, and a genuine person. You couldnt ask for better accommodations. Do yourself a favor and stay at the Nightengale if you are traveling in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Disliked: Not a single thing

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

05 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This place is dirt cheap! Don't expect it to be super clean, quiet or your stuff secure but it's an excellent location and the staff are really friendly and have the best intentions. They don't seem to keep up with their hostel bookers reservations, so just keep that in mind! If possible, call ahead just in case. I still recommend this place though, met some interesting people and has a friendly vibe.

Disliked: Nothing is awful here, you get what you pay for.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Claire Davis

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Visiting friends or family

24 July 2011 Claire would recommend this property

Liked: MIchael the hostel owner was really helpful and welcoming. On arrıval, after checkıng ın, we had a beer together and he dıscussed wıth me all the thıngs to do ın Sofıa. He personally made crepes one mornıng and waffles the next, a,nd also cooked me a tradıtıonal Bulgarıan meal for tea one nıght. Could really ask for much more!

Disliked: Nothıng

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Brett Morgan

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

17 July 2011 Brett would recommend this property

Liked: It was in a great location.Beds were great. Ok cooking area and easy to find. Chris the only staff member was good but he should have some extra help!!

Disliked: Common room smelt so bad. We couldnt even sit in there for a minute. They didnt have our reservation when we arrived but there was beds anyway BUT be aware that the next night the hostel was fully booked and some people had made reservation weeks ago and some a couple of days ago and they were turning up and getting sent away cause there were no beds so alot of people were unhappy. They do not update hostelbookers cause we went on line when people were getting turned away and it was saying that there was 50 beds left!!!!! Owner is not there he is staying at his other hostel on the black sea. BEAWARE!!


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