Hostel Old Plovdiv has earned its reputation as Bulgaria's best hostel.
But once I arrived, I struggled with what I should write. It's so unique, it almost falls into the category of "you have to see it to believe it". But then I realized that what I loved best were the little touches, the things that any other hostel could do but rarely does. Phenomenal hostels are all one of a kind properties but they also all have a few things in common - things like this:
Directions you can actually follow
And a YouTube video showing the last final steps of the journey? Genius. So many hostels are in ‘interesting’ locations that include a hidden path or a maze of cobblestones – it’s nice to know you’re heading in the right direction.
A welcome you can feel - and see
Seeing a welcome sign with my name on it after an all-day journey is a sight for sore eyes. But there’s more to it than just putting pen to paper. The staff know who to expect and their when they heard my name; there was an instant smile of recognition.
And I bet that the signs act as a kind of organizational tool, a final confirmation that beds and people are organized. It’s a breath of fresh air when I consider how many times I’ve stood sweating in a hostel lobby while disorganized staff search the register for my name for the third time.
Private rooms that are actually PRETTY!
Private rooms can be a hard sell for hostels when you consider the competition from third party booking sites offering cut rate hotel rooms. But with a few simple touches, you can give your guests a memorable experience that a regular hotel just can't hold a candle too. It’s crazy that more hostels aren’t doing this.
A REAL breakfast
At Hostel Old Plovdiv, breakfast included bread, cereal, fruit, 2 kinds of cheese, 4 kinds of meats, vegetables, olives, juice, and espresso. (And the exposed Roman wall in the dining room only made the meal even more special!)
Sweet hostel, sweet dreams
Plovidv is one location that lived up to all the hype and Hostel Old Plovidv did not disappoint. It stands out as one of the best hostels I've ever enjoyed and I think everyone, from backpackers to professionals, to travelling couples, to seniors, would love staying here too!
I'd love to hear from you! What's the best property you've ever slept in?
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