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Grand Hotel London
Varna’s grandest and oldest hotel is this five-star establishment, which originally opened in 1912. Rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished, if a little chintzy, and the restaurant is especially good.
This appealing boutique hotel on a quiet side street about five minutes' walk west of the city centre is a winner, with large rooms featuring colourful wall prints and especially soft mattresses. Guests get a 20% reduction in the excellent restaurant.
Hotel Palace Marina Dinevi
Part of the new marina complex, this five-star hotel is the top place to stay, with large, luxurious rooms and all the top-end facilities you’d expect for this price.
M Odus Hotel
Just across the road from Primorski Park, Modus is a chic boutique hotel that has suitably stylish rooms with all the facilities you'd expect. Various discounts and package deals are offered, and there is also a gym, sauna and bistro.
One of the best waterfront hotels, the four-star Mistral is an upmarket place with large rooms, all with sea-facing balconies. Prices drop by up to half outside the summer season.
With a superb setting just off the town beach, big rooms with balconies and an outdoor pool with a view over the sea, Villa List is understandably very popular, and frequently fully booked in summer. There's even a 'nude terrace' for that all-over tan.
The centrally located Oceanic has cool, modern rooms with all the usual facilities, as well as some rather jazzy apartments. The big on-site casino and bookmakers' office may not be to everyone's taste, though.
The only hostel in town didn't bother with a fancy name. It sports five- and eight-bed dorms, plus a small lounge and kitchen.
Enjoying a great location opposite the entrance to Primorski Park, this is an older establishment with smallish and pretty average rooms, but it’s convenient for the beach. Only the pricier ‘sea view’ rooms have balconies.
Old-town Diamanti has a variety of rooms, some with sea views, including apartments with kitchenettes; larger apartments are available in a second building nearby. There's also a terrace restaurant, with live music in summer.
Prince Cyril Hotel
Located on a quiet, cobbled, souvenir-stall-free lane, this is a friendly place with a variety of rooms, all with TV and fridge, but not all with air-con; check a few out first and try to avoid the cramped, top-floor, fan-only rooms.
The rooms are pretty standard, with TVs and fridges, and there are tennis courts and pools to keep you occupied.
This vaguely Egyptian-inspired place has comfortable, three-star rooms and an Italian restaurant.
In a converted townhouse on a busy road, the 14-room Bulair is very handy for the bus and train stations.
Hotel Sveti Nikola
On the seafront just north of Harmanite Bay, this is a bright, modern hotel with standard but comfortable rooms, all with sea-facing balconies. It’s in a quiet, private spot perched on the rocks.
Hotel Estreya Palace
Saints Constantine and Helena
Nestled in secluded parkland around 200m from the beach, this is a smart hotel with large airy rooms, all with balconies. It also has a spa centre offering therapeutic treatments. Prices drop by about a third outside the summer months.
Another fair-priced city-centre hotel, with decent-sized rooms that are bland and functional, but perfectly comfortable nonetheless. There’s a pizzeria downstairs and a basic breakfast is included in the price.
Yo Ho Hostel
Shiver your timbers at this pirate-themed place, with four- and 11-bed dorm rooms, two doubles and one single room. Free pick ups are offered, and staff also organise camping and rafting trips.
Right behind the Archaeological Museum, the Rony is an old-style wooden villa with a dozen rooms – some of which have terraces and sea views – and a good restaurant. It books up quickly in summer.
Right in the centre of Albena, though not near the beach, this vast concrete hive has unexciting but decent rooms. It has great amenities, though, including several shops, an internet café, nightclub, medical centre and a 17th-floor restaurant...
All 26 apartments here have terraces and tiny kitchenettes, and there are also three smaller double rooms. There is a tennis court, pool, playground and restaurant, and bikes are available for rent.
Halfway down the unnamed lane between the bus stop and the beach, the Laguna is a decent option, though some of the apartments are a bit kitschy, with four-poster beds and gaudy artwork.