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Hotel Renaissance - Plovdiv

Excellent B&B, excellent host.

semi-overcast 58 °F

Plovdiv, Bulgaria
April 10-12, 2011

We have been traveling since the first of the year; this was a welcome stay. If all our lodgings and hosts were like the "Hotel Renaissance" and Dimitar, we might travel indefinitely. Dimitar was an excellent host, from the moment we arrived until the time we sadly said farewell.

Dimitar provided helpful instructions concerning taking a taxi from the Plovdiv bus station to his B&B, via email. No problem in arriving. The clean room was great, large enough for our three-night stay and to stretch out in the room. The bath and shower were clean and spacious, always plenty of hot water. The bed was comfortable, with extra blankets and pillows. We never had a problem with noise, the wifi was adequate, not super fast. Our room also had a small, enclosed, covered outside ledge area that was perfect for hanging two clotheslines and getting a lot of wash cleaned and air-dried.

The breakfast was satisfactory: hard-boiled egg, toast, sliced cucumber, carrots, and cheese, coffee and juice. On our last morning we were presented with a special breakfast of chocolate- and jam-filled crepes; more like dessert than breakfast for us, but it was a nice gesture.

We have found that a successful B&B stay includes an excellent host. Dimitar is certainly that. He was super helpful all the time. He provided excellent suggestions for places to eat, he called us a cab when it was time to leave, and he arranged for an English-speaking translator to take us to the parcel post office (which we would have never found on our own) and to help us navigate the complicated process of sending some souvenirs back to the US from Bulgaria.

Yes, we liked the man and his B&B.

One of the hallmarks of historical homes in Plovdiv are hand-painted designs on walls and ceilings. Dimitar hired a master of this dying art to paint the B&B. It took nine months. Here is a picture of the ceiling in our room.

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Posted by bradanddeb 08:41 Archived in Bulgaria Tagged bulgaria plovdiv

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