Hotel Orlov Hotel 3 star
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Located in the heart of the lively Albena resort, the Club Olé Orlov complex is located right on the seafront and is particularly suitable for elderly guests and families due to its atmosphere, activities and the fact that the hotel is a good base from which to explore the region.

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    Location 7.0 /10

    The hotel is in Albena, around 45 minutes from Varna International Airport. A small onsite train (you cannot miss it - it is red) serves the main parts of the resort. A regular bus service operates between the neighbouring towns, notably the village of Baltchik, 8 mi away.

    Accommodation 6.95 /10

    Most of the 163 bedrooms, which have recently been renovated, have a sea view (those on the 1st and 2nd floors overlook the garden and swimming pool). They consist of two single beds side by side (possibility of additional bed for children under 12 years of age). Connecting rooms are also available, together with triple and quadruple rooms (3rd and 4th beds are bunk beds for children up to 12 years of age). The rooms are welcoming: the colours are bright, the carpet is in good condition and the furniture wooden. On the other hand, the bathroom is rather narrow and not overly functional (hair-dryer can be hired from reception).

    Overview 7.20 /10

    Opened in 1970, two years after the resort opened, the Club Olé Orlov is only open in the summer season (from May to September). It has 163 recently renovated and quite well equipped bedrooms. As far as the communal areas are concerned, the lobby is vast and rather dark. Large leather sofas, a pool table and an Internet point occupy the space. Close by, a staircase takes you to the large main restaurant where the cuisine, served in the form of a buffet, is varied and of quite good quality. Meals can also be taken on the terrace, which offers a pleasant view over the gardens, the swimming pools and the sea. For those needing more than this (although the setting is pleasant in the middle of the gardens), you should be aware that the hotel is a partner of the Dobroudja balneotherapy centre (a 5-minute walk from the hotel), which is well known for its based on fresh and sea water-based hydrotherapy treatments. For an alternative means of escape, many excursions are offered by the hotel: a trip around the area in a jeep, a visit to the towns of Nessebar and Cape Kalakria (a Unesco-listed site) and not forgetting those offered by the entertainment team: hiking, mountain biking (hire of bikes and meals to be paid for by guests), cookery classes or an introduction to the Cyrillic language. There is also a daily traditional activity programme (petanque, beach-volleyball, tennis, etc.).

    Food and drink 6.95 /10

    The main restaurant area, located on the 1st floor, is not very private, although your attention is very quickly diverted to the dishes, which are as surprising as they are varied (for a stay in Bulgaria): shark in Hollandaise sauce, breaded peppers, couscous, chicken with mushrooms, etc. As tradition would have it, dessert consists of beautiful Bulgarian patisseries to complement the buffet which are so appetising you won't be able to resist (it is a shame that it is not as spectacular once it is in your mouth). The outdoor terrace is more pleasant but can only accommodate a limited number of guests (80 in all), so the first to come are the first served. The setting is pleasant and this is where the grilled meat and fish are cooked (another reason for getting to the terrace at the beginning of the sitting). As far as times are concerned, breakfast is served between 7am and 10am, lunch between 12pm and 2pm and dinner between 7pm and 9pm. Also, every Wednesday evening is dedicated to Bulgarian cuisine, an event that should not be missed as there is a folk evening after the meal.

    Beach 7.20 /10

    Although the beach is public (there are no private beaches in Bulgaria), the area set aside for the hotel's guests is large, well maintained and pleasant (the Albena beach has a "blue flag"). A beach volleyball pitch is located near to the deckchairs and parasols (which are payable, as are the towels and cushions), although the best surprise is the massage booths offering good prices located along the promenade (by appointment). You can also find a whole range of sports in the resort: parascending, jet skiing, quad biking, windsurfing, etc. (for an additional charge).

    To know

    The Club Olé Orlov is in the Albena seaside resort, which has been partly built on marshland as part of its land is taken up by the Baltata natural reserve (the first underwater forest on the northern coast of the Black Sea). This gives you the opportunity to walk along the marshes looking for turtles or stroll through the centre of the resort, which is characterised by lush vegetation at the foot of the mountains.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, thalassotherapy

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, aqua gym, beach volley, mountain bike, water-polo, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • Located in an ecological resort
    • Pleasant entertainment team
    • This is rather a large and well arranged complex

    disadvantages

    • The resort is not very lively in the evening
    • Book some excursions to get out of the resort, which is rather isolated

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Julien B. Julien B.  
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      • Package deals in août 2014 Posted on 2015-06-13 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Nous avons passé un séjour extraordinaire au sein de ce magnifique complexe pour notre lune de miel. Un vrai moment de détente et de farniente.

      • Advantages

        chambres propres et spacieuses, restauration bonne et variée

      • Disavantages

        aucun pour nous, tout a été parfait

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      9 Opinions
      • Package deals in juillet 2009 Posted on 2011-05-01 Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Complexe hotelier face à la mer et situé proche du centre ville, de commerces et de restaurants. Atmosphère vivante assurée

      • Advantages

        Son coté dynamique Sa longue plage de sable blanc choix de restaurants au bord de la mer Ideal pour les familles avec enfants

      • Disavantages

        Quartier vivant donc bruyant

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      • Overall Score 6.86/10