Hotel Avalon is positioned well for the main town and the old town. In a residential area, where people keep dogs outside, so you do get the odd barking session. It is owned and run by James, who knows most people, places and is a font of information to help you get the best from your trip. There are about 15 rooms set over 3 floors, with no lift, but large spiral case. Our room, (33) had a balcony and nice view. The rooms are well equipped with kettle, hair dryer, tv and wifi access. The bathroom is a wet room style. This is completed with plenty of storage and a sofa to relax on.
James, seems to look at ideas to keep things fresh and currently hosts a curry night, fine dining night and cocktail night, all of which are comparative to going out, but excellent and recommended by us and need pre booking ideally, so they go ahead. Breakfast is cold continental style, with afternoon homemade cake and soup served from about 4pm. James can arrange, taxis, on site massages and spa visits. Along with offering a shuttle bus to the ski hire shop/gondola. James and his staff were great hosts and we would not hesitate a return visit.
After sampling one of James legendary curry nights last year we decided to stay here this year with my partner and two friends for a week. It was the best decision I made.
Booked online through email and paid a 30% deposit.
James can help with everything you need from ski hire, lessons, transfers and ski passes. If James doesn’t know he will know someone that will.
Arrived in a slight panic as I realised my pre loaded ski passes were on my kitchen table. After congratulating me on being the first guest to do this he reassured me that it would be okay and offered to speak to the ski pass office if I had any problems. Luckily I managed to explain to the lady at the counter that I had lost my cards and she issued me with new ones - panic over.
The rooms were lovely, warm and cosy with an en-suite wet room. We had a small lounge area with a sofa and a balcony with nice views. Nice touches such as a kettle, fridge max hairdryer.
Breakfast was continental style, self-service which is ideal for ski holidays due to the flexibility which allows you to get out early and on the slopes whilst it is still quiet.
Taxi took us to the ski hire shop each morning which was very welcome.
We had the curry on Thursday night which was lovely and participated in the supper club on Monday. Loved trying the local wines which James has specially selected. Two for one cocktails on Tuesdays with free bar snacks. All these are open to non-hotel guests as well.
The old town is just a short walk away and has a multitude of places to eat at very reasonable prices.
There is a lovely seating area in front of a roaring fire where you can seat and chill. Read a book or play one of the board games. It felt very homely and cosy. Ideal for groups or lone travellers.
Homemade cake and soup provided in the afternoon. It was always very tasty and welcome after a day on slopes.
We also had a massage which was lovely and very reasonable. There is a massage room in the basement of the hotel which is ideal as it is quiet and private. The lady (sorry I forgot your name) is very professional and I felt at ease with her. At 25 Lev for 30 minutes you would be mad not to have one. She offers a whole range of massages to choose from.
We also went to the hot springs at Banya one evening. We went to the Regnum on James recommendation. It was lovely to relax in the warm water in the mineral outside pools. Only 10 lev after 16.00 and they provide towels and lockers. Very modern and finished to a high standard. There is also a larger cooler pool where you can swim.
On our way home and already planning next years trip when I hope to introduce some more friends to the delights of Bansko and return to the Hotel Avalon.
Just returned from our 12th (or is it 13th) visit to Bansko and a week in our favourite hotel. It has become our little home from home and we look forward from one year to the next to Supper Club, Cocktails (with snacks, of course. The loaded naans this year were mega!!) and of course the now legendary curry night. I see others are attempting to copy this, well good luck with that, there are many Indian restaurants who would be delighted to serve food of James’s quality.
Each year James ups his game and we look forward to seeing the improvements next year.
If you want a relaxed, well priced, friendly hotel look no further, but make sure you leave a room free for us next March.
Oh, and now with the added attraction of Avo the dog!
The Avalon Hotel is the best ‘Secret ‘ hotel in Bansko! Personally I’d like to keep it that way (purely selfish as I want to make sure I can book a room) but James and his crew are the perfect hosts and deserves recognition. The hotel location is perfect 10 -15 min stroll to the lifts and town center, some may say its a little basic / dated but it’s very clean and if you do have any issues James and his staff are always there to oblige. Breakfast is ample and the afternoon soup and cake are just what you need after a few hours on the slopes!! Great hotel!!!
AMAZING value for money. Our host, James, and his team anticipated all our needs from before we arrived from putting us in touch with excellent airport transfer, ski hire and school, organising ski pass to the best homemade tomato soup we,have ever tasted, bread and lemon drizzle, upon our arrival!
Nothing was too much trouble from organising baguette deliveries at 7am to taxis, helping with ski pass bookings, and putting on amazing gourmet night, curry night and great cocktail and bites night. James and his team are particularly good at making every guest feel as though they are the most impprtant guest in the hotel! Rooms are spacious, clean and warm and we had a lovely view of the town and mountain from our bedroom. Simple, cosy and welcoming.
Bansko is a really good place to learn to ski and our kids went from beginner to intermediate in 5 days. Had a wonderful time and already saving for next trip!