I overnighted in Sofia one day earlier this week. The rooms are great - immaculate, well appointed, good WIFI, nice views, comfortable beds, etc. The front desk personnel who were there when I (and ... more
I overnighted in Sofia one day earlier this week. The rooms are great - immaculate, well appointed, good WIFI, nice views, comfortable beds, etc. The front desk personnel who were there when I (and several college students) checked in and out were GREAT - Nikolai Nikolaev and Aneliya. I mostly dealt with Nikolai during check-in, as well as the next morning when I was getting maps and information for walking around Sofia. He was SO helpful, kind, and respectful. Aneliya was the same way - especially the next day when I discovered I no longer had my adapter plug for European outlets. Nikolai lent me one of theirs so that I could charge my phone while waiting for the taxi, and Aneliya had the housekeeping staff check my room for the very small adapter - they found it!! The rooms are WONDERFUL and Nikolai and Aneliya made my stay near perfect.
The restaurant staff, however, on the night that I dined there with three colleagues (Monday, June 19), was NOT great. *Peter* and *Tsvetan* were rude, disrespectful, and unprofessional; they assumed stereotypes of Americans and overtly treated us as that stereotype (even though we'd been working in Bulgaria for almost four weeks, and I had picked up a fair amount of the language), and they behaved like rude, petulant children when we were settling the bill. I have never been treated so rudely and unprofessionally by restaurant staff. I understand that separating checks isn't a standard thing in Europe (although MANY places will do so without any annoyance or eye roll), but when a dinner bill is brought for four people, and we're all staying in different rooms, and all were planning on paying by different methods, they shouldn't have been surprised we asked for individual bills. I tried to explain that we were all in different rooms and that some of us had cash and others didn't, etc. We very kindly and respectfully asked if we could get separate checks and if a bottle of wine could be split among two of them - before the wine question was even out of my mouth, I was interrupted, and told "No, we do NOT split items!" It went on from there - with one of them pounding on the computer touch screen, muttering under their breath in Bulgarian, implying that they could tell we were Americans by the way we were acting, etc.
I filled out my hotel comments card accordingly - giving high marks for the hotel rooms, front desk staff, food, etc., but letting them know in no uncertain terms that the restaurant staff that evening was some of the worst I have ever experienced - in American and abroad. less