A Blast from the Past

Looking back through our most popular previous listings, especially those that our readers had reported back with outstanding reviews, we decided to mention a few of them for those that may not have had the opportunity to explore them.

We have to firstly mention  Veliko Tarnovo – the Balkan capital of cultural tourism!

Tarnava Hotel is a beautiful Renaissance building dating back to the early 20th Century when it was the home of a wealthy merchant. Now, it has been fully restored to create a modern yet charming and characterful hotel.It is an ideal place for the visitor to Veliko Tarnovo to stay and explore the town and the region. Located in the heart of the old part of Veliko Turnovo, the hotel is only a short walk from the important medieval hill fortress Tsarevets, the Archeological Museum and many other places of interest. The rooms are furnished in the style of Bulgarian Renaissance, have ensuite bathroom (with bath and /or shower), cable TV, computer, internet and AC.
The hotel comprises : 2 luxury apartments, 1 luxury studio, 3 luxury king size rooms, 1 luxury double room, 2 king size rooms, 3 double rooms and 2 single rooms.
English, Greek, Italian, French and Russian are spoken. Tourist assistance for your stay in Veliko Turnovo and Bulgaria is available including a transport service.
The capacity of the hotel is for 22 – 25 guests. A meeting room is also available for business conferences.

Moving on to the Amparo Hotel, located in the centre of Cherepovets city. There are 19 guest rooms that combine a home comfort and all conveniences. All the rooms are air-conditioned; include well-lit desk with chair, cable television, minibars, wireless Internet access, direct-dial phones; daily room cleaning. Complimentary breakfasts “a la carte” are included at the room’s cost and are served at the Restaurant Amparo.
RESTAURANT AMPARO offers fusion cousine and a choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with a variety of teas, coffees and an extensive wine list. Hotel offers modern and fully equipped CONFERENCE ROOM. Its features are daylight, air conditioner, all necessary equipment, quick and comfortable environment. The Conference room provides space for up to 20 persons.
Parking, Taxi order, Information about railway and flight tickets, Flight tickets reservation (Air company “Sevestal”), Information about local places of interest and public transportation lines, Telephone directory & reference, Wi-Fi Internet Access in all rooms and public areas.
– Copy works
– Facsimile facilities
– Printing facilities
– Railway tickets delivery
– Flight tickets delivery
– Individual excursion service
– Car rent is available at your request
– Airport / Train Station transfer at your request
– Conference room
– Restaurant
– Banquet facilities
– Room service
– Laundry facilities

A Real Gem hidden in the Cape

Our website aims to provide Europeans with top quality and unique accommodation experiences not only in Europe but all around the globe. A sober house in Cape Town that is offering a unique accommodation experience has recently been submitted to our directory and we are very excited to present it to our subscribers. What makes Scotswood Sober Living House in Cape Town so unique is mostly explained by it’s name. This beautifully refurbished old Cape farmhouse is nestled in the Constantia Valley in Cape Town on a picturesque and peaceful property. Scotswood is unique in that it provides a much needed sober environment for those travelers that prefer a more healthy and alcohol free environment in which to stay, and these places are few and far between. Scotswood is primarily intended as an accommodation option for those people in early recovery from alcohol or substance abuse and has a fairly stringent admission policy. However, it has become a trending and popular choice for travellers and holiday makers that are trying to maintain their sobriety and would prefer to be in a alcohol free and controlled environment. The sober house in Cape Town is splendidly furnished and offers a wide variety of amenities to it’s guests and residents. The establishment has been up and running for a couple of months now and has already accumulated several great reviews from previous guests and residents.  Scotswood is a family run business and is staffed by qualified staff with first hand experience in dealing with those having difficulty with alcoholism and addiction. Louisa Baronetti manages the day to running of Scotswood sober house, making sure that the guests and residents’ needs are being adequately catered for. For those that are making use of Scotswood for holiday accommodation purposes, the place is ideal. Dinners are provided for 6 nights per week but otherwise meals are self catered in the magnificently equipped communal kitchen. Constantia is centrally located on the Cape Peninsula within easy access to most of Cape Towns attractions. The Cape Winelands, Hout Bay harbor, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Muizenberg beachfront, Table Mountain and the pristine Cape Point Nature Reserve are all within easy traveling distance from Scotswood. It does also cater for guests that are coming straight out of rehabilitation centers and looking for a safe place to stay, however these guests are required to qualify by meeting a strict admission policy.

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Dryanovo is situated 24 km away from the Medieval Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo, 22 km away from the town of Gabrovo and its ethnographic complexes, 17 km away from Tryavna with its renaissance architectural ensembles and 34 km away from Sevlievo – the old Hotalich.
In Dryanovo region, and more specifically in the unique “Bacho Kiro” cave, were discovered one of the oldest traces of life on the Balkan Peninsula. The artifacts date back to the second part of the Old Stone Age (100 000 – 10 000 years B.C).Numerous remains of ancient villages, fortresses, pillars with inscriptions and ornaments from the time of the Thracians and the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (“The Town”,”Boruna”) were also discovered there.

Not far away, only 5 km westwards from the town of Dryanovo, is located The Dryanovo Monastery “St.Archangel Michael”. It was founded in the Middle Ages during the reign of king Kaloyan, after the relics of St.Michael Voin were carried from Potuka to Tarnovo (1197 – 1207).The procession stayed for one night near the river Dryanovska and according to the Christian canon a monastery had to be built on the holy place. Through the centuries Dryanovo Monastery turned into a center of Bulgarian culture and education.It played an important role in the preparation of the April Uprising.
The first evidence of a settlement place, called Dryanovo, is in a historical register from 1460.However,Byzantine chronicles mention the settlement first in 1186, at the end of the Byzantium rule, as a castle on the Strazhata plateau.

For the longest period the people from the town have been guardians of the Balkan Mountains passages and have supported the communications. As a gratitude, according to the tax registers of the Ottoman Empire from the second half of XV century, Dryanovo was defined as a “vakaf” (free of taxes hereditary land).Later on, in XVIII – XIX century, the town belongs ?o the provinces where the modern, European, political and cultural ide?s make their way the earliest.
Dryanovo became famous for its builders and wood-carvers. The author of the classical Bulgarian Renaissance architecture – the self-educated architect and master-builder Nikola Ivanov Fichev (Master Kolyu Ficheto,1800-1880) was born here.

Dryanovo… a town tucked away among the beautiful slopes of the Central Balkan Mountains, combines the romance of the past and the present. The town keeps its centuries-long traditions and cultural values, and is still developing as an administrative, economic, educational and cultural center.
In the very heart of the beautiful mountain town Dryanovo, the Park Hotel Dryanovo has opened doors to welcome its first guests. The hotel offers several different convivial settings for meeting, conferences and private functions, combined with excellent accommodations.

Each of 55 double rooms and 9 king-size bedrooms has air condition, cable TV, telephone, internet and mini bar in 8 suites.

Dryanovo is located approximately 25 km away from the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi, as well as from Gabrovo with its eco-friendly center Etara, Bojentsi and Tryavna. The Dryanovo monastery offers the casual visitors an insight into Bulgarian magnificent, sometimes tragic past.
But what really makes a visit to Park Hotel Dryanovo so special is the unique warmth and friendly attention.
When it comes to business, the Park Hotel Dryanovo offers a complete range of services, including audio visual equipment, as well as competitive delegate packages.
We offer 2 conference rooms. Varying in size to accommodate from 10 to 140 delegates, in the set – up of your choosing.
The sunny, 120 seat restaurant with a terrace, offers oven made specialties, Bulgarian national cuisine, pizza, a lot of culinary delights and perfect selection of unique Bulgarian wines.