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Just recently I booked my first flight to Sofia (capital of Bulgaria), after that I made some "investigation" what to expect in Bulgaria and crafted an article: Planing a Trip to Bulgaria - Hotels, Car Rental, Things to Do, Places to visit and Let's Buy a House There

In that article I talking about many topics, but one of the first I'm looking to have in Sofia is a nice hotel room (hopefully with a nice view). I don't find 5-star or luxury hotels in Sofia beeing out of my league, seems there are nice 4-star and 5-star hotels perfectly in price budget about USD 100 per night.

In fact, once in Sofia, you don't need even to spend $100 or more for a hotel, as you can get a decent one under $50. Amazing.

In this article I have listed TOP 10 Sofia hotels,based on actual user reviews on Booking.com

Best Western Plus Bristol Hotel

Best Western Plus Bristol Hotel

Just 199 m from Serdika Metro Station and a 10-minute walk from the central Vitosha Boulevard, Best Western Plus Bristol Hotel provides a stylish lobby bar, and a restaurant serving international cuisine. Free Wi-Fi access is available.

A Sony LCD HD TV with cable channels and individually adjustable air conditioning are standard facilities in all of the elegant rooms at the Best Western Plus Bristol Hotel. Free coffee and tea facilities are provided upon arrival. The large bathrooms include a shower cabin and free toiletries. Some units feature a comfortable sitting area with upholstered sofa.

Excursions and tickets can be reserved for you at the concierge desk, and car rentals and laundry services are offered at the 24-hour front desk.

The major city attractions like Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Parliament and Sofia University are within 20-minute walking distance from the property.

Shuttle service to Sofia Airport, 11.3 km away, can be organized upon request. Sofia Bus and Train Station is 1.6 km away. 

Centrum is a great choice for travelers interested in budget-friendly travel, churches and city trips.

Price: ~USD 51 Book this hotel on Booking.com

Grand Hotel Sofia

Grand Hotel Sofia

Set a 5-minute walk from the Serdika underground railway station, the 5-star Grand Hotel Sofia is located right in the heart of Sofia, overlooking the City Garden. It offers large rooms, free Wi-Fi and free indoor parking.

The National Theatre, the Bulgarian National bank and all government institutions are just a few steps away from the Grand Hotel Sofia. The closest metro station is a 5-minute walk away.

The hotel interior benefits from a unique collection of over 400 original oil paintings. All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with satellite flat-screen TV. Private bathrooms come with a shower and a bath, as well as a hairdryer, free toiletries, bathrobes and slippers.

The Shades of Red gourmet restaurant overlooks the City Garden and offers a wide selection of delights from the international and local cuisine. The Triaditza restaurant features a summer terrace and guests can also enjoy breakfast there. The hotel also provides a private lounge area.

The Grand Café with open-air terrace is the ideal venue to enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee, a drink to quench a thirst, or the delights of an extensive pastry menu. With its lush green plants and elegant décor, the terrace provides a magnificent setting for relaxing or enjoying afternoon coffee while watching the world go by.

At Grand Hotel Sofia guests can also benefit from using a fitness centre, a health centre and a hairstyle studio. A 24-hour lobby bar, room service, laundry and dry cleaning are also available. A complimentary yoga set can be delivered to the guests room upon request, including a DVD with hatha and flow yoga or ashtanga yoga in English or Kundalini yoga in Bulgarian and a yoga mattress.

Sofia Airport is located 11 km away and the hotel offers a 24-hour airport shuttle service upon request and at a surcharge. Sopharma Business Towers are 4 km away and there is a direct connection to them from the nearest underground railway station. From there guests can also take a line to Business Park Sofia, located 10 km away. 

Price: ~ USD 150 Book this hotel on Booking.com

Central Park Hotel

Central Park Hotel

 Set right next to the National Palace of Culture Subway Station, Central Park Hotel enjoys a prime location in the very heart of Sofia on the famous Vitosha Boulevard, steps away from the Palace of Culture, the biggest convention centre on the Balkans.

Overlooking the Vitosha Mountain, with easy access to all sites of interest in Sofia, it is the ultimate venue for business and leisure travellers alike. Guests, who book a breakfast, receive a complimentary light dinner.

The trendy pedestrian zone, which is lined with luxury shops and fashion boutiques, banks, cinemas and cosy cafés, is nearby. Sofia International Airport is 10 km away providing a smooth connection.

The Central Park attains the very highest standards of comfort and all amenities essential to modern living. It offers contemporary design and an intimate, homely atmosphere, combining elegant living standards with warm Bulgarian hospitality. The outstanding personal services guarantee to please the most discerning guests. 

Price: ~ USD 100 Book this hotel on Booking.com

Ibis Sofia Airport Hotel - Park & Fly

Ibis Sofia Airport Hotel - Park & Fly

Opened in August 2014, Ibis Sofia Airport Hotel is just 500 m from the airport and offers a free airport shuttle, free WiFi, and free private parking. There is a restaurant with a summer garden and a bar serving snacks and drinks around the clock.

The rooms are all air-conditioned and soundproof, and come with a flat-screen cable TV, a telephone and a bathroom with a shower and free toiletries.

Breakfast is served from 04:00 to 10:00. The Sofia Airport Ibis features a business corner, and offices can be rented for a day.

Garage parking is available at an additional cost. A bus stop is a 1-minute walk away.

Airport Sofia Metro Station is set 1 km away from Ibis Sofia Airport Hotel. Park & Fly service is provided by the property at an additional charge. Megapark, European Trade Center and Arena Armeets are within a 2-minute drive, and the Interexpo Centre is a 5-minute drive away. 

Price: ~ USD 66 Book this hotel on Booking.com

 

Best Western Art Plaza Hotel

Best Western Art Plaza Hotel

Art Plaza Hotel is located in the city centre of Sofia. Vitosha boulevard pedestrian street with cafes and shops is a 1-minute walk away. Free WiFi access is available at the property.

Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and cable channels. There is also an electric kettle. Featuring a hairdryer, private bathroom also comes with bathrobes and free toiletries. Extras include bed linen.

At Art Plaza Hotel you will find a 24-hour front desk. Other facilities offered at the property include luggage storage. Complimentary coffee and tea facilities, as well as a business center with copy machine are at guests disposal.

The hotel is 600 m from NDK, 700 m from Ivan Vazov Theater and 800 m from Archaeological Museum. Sofia Airport is 7 km away. 

Centrum is a great choice for travelers interested in budget-friendly travel, churches and city trips.

This is our guests' favorite part of Sofia, according to independent reviews.

This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Sofia! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

Price: ~ USD 69 Book this hotel on Booking.com

Light Hotel

Light Hotel

Delightfully set in the very heart of Sofia down a quiet side street, this hotel combines the finest traditions of Bulgarian hospitality and a cordial homey atmosphere.

The level of services and facilities endeavor to satisfy the most discerning guests. The hotel houses a selection of tastefully furnished, comfortable and contemporary accommodations, with luxurious suites that include a cozy living room and large terrace.

The hotel has 2 state-of-the-art meeting rooms providing full-scale equipment and all the necessary accompanying amenities. The restaurant offers a wide choice of delicacies and beverages, a contemporary design and attentive service. The lobby bar is the perfect place to unwind in. 

Centrum is a great choice for travelers interested in budget-friendly travel, churches and city trips.

This is our guests' favorite part of Sofia, according to independent reviews.

This property is also rated for the best value in Sofia! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

Price: ~ USD 41 Book this hotel on Booking.com

Sofia Hotel Balkan, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Sofia Hotel Balkan, A Luxury Collection Hotel

In a great location in the heart of Sofia, next to Serdika Underground (subway) Station, the exclusive Sofia Hotel Balkan, A Luxury Collection Hotel provides free access to the on-site casino. It includes the Pliska Bar and the Stardust Restaurant.

The Sofia Balkan Hotel includes various dining options, a health club, a 24-hour business center, and various shops. Guests receive free Wi-Fi access in the lobby and in the rooms.

Sofia Airport and the Mladost Business Park are 9.7 km from this Luxury Collection Hotel. The Mall and the Armeec Arena are both just 5.6 km away. 

Centrum is a great choice for travelers interested in budget-friendly travel, churches and city trips.

Price: ~ USD 133 Book this hotel on Booking.com

Ramada Sofia

Ramada Sofia

The Ramada Sofia is situated within walking distance to tourist sights and commercial areas of the city, offering comfortable rooms in a modern building. Free WiFi is available in all areas.

Being 12 km from Sofia International Airport, near to Central Railway and International Bus Station, the hotel enjoys a convenient location and won the Bulgaria's 2009 Best Convention Hotel prize. An airport shuttle service is available on request and for a surcharge.

The lobby bar has a pleasant ambience, and the Meridien Restaurant serves international cuisine.

You can use the indoor pool and fitness centre for free. You can also indulge yourself with some of the exceptional spa treatments in the Real Asian Victoria SPA centre. 

Price: ~ USD 72 Book this hotel on Booking.com

Hotel Fashion

Hotel Fashion

he uniquely designed Hotel Fashion is located in the exclusive Lozenez area, near South Park, Paradise Centre and Vitosha underground railway station. Modern rooms have a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, minibar and bathroom amenities.

Guests have access to free underground and outdoor private parking. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout Hotel Fashion. Clothes can be dry cleaned the same day.

You can use the spa and wellness facilities at the spa complex located opposite the hotel, for an additional cost. A snack bar is available on site, where breakfast is served.

The hotel offers airport transfers and is 13 km from the Sofia Airport. The nearest ski slopes are a 10-minute drive away and the Ring Road can be reached in 2 km. A shopping centre and a public bus station are both 200 m from the property. 

Price: ~ USD 48 Book this hotel on Booking.com

Best Western Hotel Europe

Best Western Hotel Europe

Best Western Hotel Europe in Sofia is centrally situated near the Tsarigradsko Shose Boulevard, offering luxuriously equipped and stylish rooms and an outdoor swimming pool. Free WiFi is available in all areas. Private parking is also provided on site and is free of charge.

The majority of rooms have balconies with a panoramic view of Sofia and the Vitosha Mountain.

Restaurant Europe has a capacity of up to 120 seats, serving European and international dishes accompanied by fine wines. It can be used for a formal lunch or dinner, cocktails, family celebrations or weddings. There is also a Sky Piano Bar Europe on the rooftop. In addition, Best Western Hotel Europe offers a fitness centre.

The property is located 800 m away from Sky City Mall, a 7-minute drive away from Arena Armeets and an 8-minute drive away from Boris Garden Park. 

Price: ~ USD 47 Book this hotel on Booking.com

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I like algorithm trading and I believe if done correctly then it can help to save money (and in the best scenario to make more).

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Pebbled beach at Green cape

There are several cafes located in and within a close proximity to Green cape. The main entrance to the Batumi Botanical garden also is located here.



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Strange, but awesome. Thumbs up!

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As I had running Ubuntu 16.04 server with Nginx and PHP 7.0 FPM on in I felt a bit afraid performing a live update and decided to make a new backup for all settings. 

Here I found some good advice: How To Install PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu 20.04/18.04/16.04

and also for Drupal specific things took my own advice from here: How to Install Drupal with Nginx, PHP-FPM 7.4, MySQL, phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 20.04 - Linode Guide

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Covered Calls with Reinis Fischer Newsletter

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If you have been following my blog for a while, you most probably have noticed I love writing a lot about stock and options trading.

As this is going to be a longer, technical post, and you are here for what the title says, here is the link, go and start exploring: Covered Calls with Reinis Fischer

At some point, 80% of the new content in the blog was about some of my latest stock buys or detailed options trades.

It helped to fill up the content, but also to lose track of the other interesting things I do - travels, reviews, programming, photography, and so on. The blog started to look cluttered (and still does). I have heard many times that I have a very eclectic range of topics. Well, what to do.

Latest Stock Buy 8 shares of Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) $61.03 per share

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On March 5, 2021, I bought additional 8 shares of Intel Corporation (INTC) for our daughter's stock portfolio, paying $61.03 per share. Funds for this purchase were taken from my dad's inheritance fund.

With its quarterly dividend payout of $0.33 per share, this latest buy has a dividend yield of 2.16% and will pay us $2.64 (before tax) every quarter. Not the biggest addition to the portfolio, but every bit counts.

We are now holding 54 shares with INTC

Our average buy price: $55.95

I plan to increase the total share count to 100 in a reasonable time frame (say by the middle of 2021) and once we have 100 shares start selling covered calls on it to generate extra income.

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