Sofia is not so big that you can't go everywhere walking, so the hostel is reasonably near to city centre (5-10 minute walk to most touristic places), but in a more quiet part of the town. In fact, the hostel itself enforces a "please, silence" rule after 10 pm, so you will not suffer the typical common room ruckus that sometimes you can find in other hostels. That doesn't mean there's no party; you just have to take it somewhere else, and there's plenty of pubs, clubs, streets and parks nearby to enjoy.
The rooms are standard hostel fare, with their bunk beds, private lockers and shared bathrooms (everything kept in optimal condition and cleanliness), although there are also private rooms available. What is amazing is that this is possibly the only hostel I've ever seen where you get not only free breakfast, but also free dinner!!! I mean, it's not a fancy dinner or anything, but it's free, including main dish, salad, and glass of beer if you want it, so all in all, a nice deal. Breakfast is amazing, though: fruits, cold cuts, cheese (including the local "syrene"), waffles, toast, scrambled eggs, jams, coffee, tea... and it's available from 7 to 10, more than time enough to even recover from a rakia-induced hangover and get some food, hehe.
Prices are average according to my experience in the Balkan area, but of course that means they feel cheap to me as a Spaniard, and probably feels even cheaper to people from richer countries, what can I say. The hostel organizes quasi-daily trips to Rila monastery, which is a must-see in Bulgaria, and although they don't organize city tours themselves, they'll kindly take everyone interested in doing it to the meeting point for the FreeSofiaTour, which is another thing you absolutely must do in Sofia. They also have a pubcrawl going on every night (except wednesdays and thursdays, for some reason) to join for free (drinks are on you, of course). All in all, a very nice hostel in a very nice place.
I must add, they went above and beyond for us, though: we were a group of 10 people for a bachelor party meeting up in Sofia from several parts of Europe. Well, the hostel people made it so that we could all be together in our requested private rooms for the days we actually were all there in Sofia at the same time, and then for those who arrived earlier or left later, to get beds in the shared rooms, but still keeping us together. I mean, this is a logistic nightmare, and I have already gone through this kind of event a couple times, and never did it work out so smoothly as here, for sure. My compliments and thanks on that.
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