If you are planning to spend a few days in Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia, getting a good hotel near the Sofia International Airport (SOF) is the way to go if you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city. And to help you with that, in today’s article we’re going to share with you the best hotels near the Sofia Airport.
The nice thing about this international airport is that, even though away from the city center, it’s still in a good area with a fair number of restaurants, shops, banks and car rental companies nearby. Taxi rides are cheap to the city center from and around the Sofia Airport, while the public transportation options offer a decent alternative as well, the best choice being the metro.
So if you’re wondering which are the best Sofia airport hotels, look no further as we have them all listed below. We’re trying to list them from the cheapest to the most expensive, but do have in mind that prices change throughout the year, so it’s best to look at all the hotels you consider interesting since there might be discounts or special deals for your dates (or higher prices than usually, in which case you can pick a different one).
With these things in mind, let’s check out the best hotels close to the Sofia International Airport below!
This 3-star hotel is just 3 kilometers away from the airport and offers airport shuttle as well (but for an extra price). It’s a small hotel with character and one of the cheapest yet good hotels you can find in Sofia that are also close to the airport. No Bond villains, nor any Bond girls are included in the package.
Although there’s nothing fancy about it, nor anything to write home about, it offers what any hotel should: clean rooms with good beds, decent internet in all rooms and air conditioning. Laundry services are also available in the hotel, which is situated in a silent area, so you’ll get a good night’s sleep. There are also smaller shops and eateries nearby, as well as a major mall and a Kaufland hypermarket just several minutes away. All in all, a decent hotel in a silent area that doesn’t cost much!
If you’re interested in booking this hotel or just finding out more about it, click the button below and you’ll be taken to Booking.com:
Airport Hotel Amsterdam
I absolutely love the building of Hotel Amsterdam in Sofia! The rooms, on the other hand, could definitely do with a different carpet and fewer details, in my opinion. But it has that Eastern European or Balkan flavor, so I’ll take it!
The hotel itself is the farthest from the airport on our list (around 5 kilometers), but it offers paid airport shuttle service as well. This also means that it’s closer to the city center, while also having a nice supermarket just a couple of minutes away, plus restaurants and other shops in the area. The area itself is very quiet, so you’ll get to rest without a problem.
The rooms, despite the carpet and all those details, are really good, especially the beds with good mattresses and decent amenities. Breakfast is included in the price for some extra value and they also have a very nice terrace if the weather is fine. The food is basic here, but eatable to say the least. There’s WiFi internet available on the premise, the staff is friendly and overall, there’s good value for money here.
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Ibis Sofia Airport Hotel
I’ve spent a lot of time in Ibis hotels in many countries and I never had any reasons to complain. They always have well trained staff, premium location and great food at more than decent prices. Probably the best value for money can be obtained here at the Ibis Sofia Airport hotel.
This hotel is the closest to the airport and you can basically walk to the airport if you feel like. If you don’t, you shouldn’t worry as it offers free airport shuttle service (just make sure you request it when you book your stay using the button below).
However, the fact that it’s so close to the airport means that the surrounding area is not that great. You don’t have shops or restaurants nearby, so this one is better if you are just passing through Sofia or you don’t mind taking a taxi to the city center or more popular areas.
Or just spend all your time at the hotel! They have a great, modern restaurant where you can eat delicious food, the rooms are soundproof so you’ll really get to enjoy your time there and the staff are, as it is always the case of Ibis hotels, extremely friendly. The rooms themselves are modern and clean, the beds are great and there are even options for interconnecting rooms if needed. All in all, the perfect choice for shorter stays where proximity to the airport is the most important thing for you!
Metropolitan Hotel Sofia
If you’re looking for some luxury during your stay, we’re starting to bring the big guns now. And we’re starting with the Metropolitan Hotel in Sofia, which is a beautiful 4-star hotel that offers free airport shuttle.
Although situated on the outskirts (so there are minimal restaurants and shops nearby), you can spend your whole time inside the hotel and never feel the need for anything else. It has an on-site restaurant with delicious food, a fitness center if you need some exercise and beautiful premises.
The rooms are large and beautiful, elegant and fully equipped for you to enjoy your stay. You can know that it’s a really good hotel as it holds an amazing average rating on Booking.com: 9 out of 10, based on over 1,300 reviews! This is extremely good, meaning that the quality of this hotel is incredible. And since it’s usually the cheaper of the hotels in the “luxury” category, you’re also getting a sweet deal when booking it!
And if you do book it, make sure to get a deal with the breakfast included as it is absolutely delicious. You can pay for breakfast when you get there, but it’s cheaper to book it in advance (get a room with breakfast included).
Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel
Another brand new hotel situated extremely close to the airport (just 2 kilometers away), offering free shuttle service and extremely high quality accommodation and overall services. Another hotel with an average rating of 9 out of 10, based on over 2,000 reviews – so you know you go there without any concerns.
Just like the Ibis hotel, its proximity to the airport makes it a bit far away from the city center or any nearby attractions or places to it, but its amazing restaurant and everything it offers make up for this. We have great WiFi here, great friendly staff and huge rooms to enjoy your stay – equipped with tea and coffee makers, minibars and even an ergonomic office if you need some work done while staying there. Even more, since they’re oriented to serving airport guests, there’s an early breakfast option starting from 4AM, in case your plane leaves early.
The hotel itself has been operating since 2016, so everything is still brand new and modern. At the moment of writing this, it is one of the favorite hotels for couples in Sofia and it’s also rated for the best value in the city, on Booking.com. And I couldn’t agree more.
Last but not least, we have Novotel to recommend for a short stay in Bulgaria’s capital city. It’s situated in a premium location in the city, just across the street from an important shopping mall and close to restaurants and shops. It also offers shuttle service if you request it when you book – which you should to make things easier for you!
The hotels boasts a fitness center, a steam bath, and a restaurant with summer terrace serving international cuisine, as well as very fast internet, as well as a playground for kids. The hotel was opened recently as well and also holds an average rating of 9 out of 10 on Booking.com (in case our approval was not enough!).
The rooms are spacious and beautiful, decorated with taste and offering a panoramic view of the city or the nearby mountains. The rooms have free coffee and mineral water and they’re absolutely perfect.
All in all, this hotel is not cheap, but it’s worth every dollar you spend on it, if you can afford it. Definitely consider it for your next stay. You can find out more about it by clicking the button below:
As you can see, you have a fair share of really high quality options when it comes to hotels close to the Sofia Airport. Hotel prices in Bulgaria are really low compared to the rest of Europe, but the standards are high and you will have a great experience no matter which of our recommended hotels you decide to go for.
Enjoy your stay in Sofia, Bulgaria and let us know if the hotel you have chosen was as good as anticipated!