Jan. 28, 2011
-- CNN included Bulgaria in its top 10 recommended travel destinations for 2011. The high ranking is due to Bulgaria’s multiple natural and historic attractions but also to the low cost of travel. Indeed, Bulgaria has established itself as an affordable destination for beach, ski, spa, and cultural tourism. New research confirms that the country offers cheap accommodation options and helps tourists plan their budgets. Specifically, the analysis highlights an often overlooked accommodation option - Bulgaria’s numerous guest houses (B&B’s).
The analysis is based on a review of 225 guest houses throughout the country. It shows that the average accommodation price is 13 dollars per person per night. However, the prices can be as low as 9 dollars per person per night in more basic establishments and as high as 18 dollars in more luxurious settings. Note that these prices are not promotions or special offers but are the prices offered on a regular basis. In addition, one can expect discounts for larger groups and longer stays. Many of the guest houses are located in Bulgaria’s major resorts and have similar prices as B&Bs in the rural areas. For example, the prices in the ski resort Bansko range from 11 to 22 dollars, with an average of 14 dollars. Similar prices prevail in the beach resorts Nessebar and Sozopol. The complete analysis can be found at the website beach.holidays359.com.
What can one expect in a guest house? These are essentially small, family-owned and operated hotels that offer many services that are typical of larger hotels including clean rooms with separate bathroom facilities, cable TV, and even Wi-Fi. However, unlike hotels, one can also expect a home-cooked breakfast and dinner, plenty of personal attention and regional information from the owners. Moreover, these are not newcomers to the hospitality business. Many guest houses have operated for over a decade. Full descriptions are available at house.holidays359.com.
And why are prices so low? Unfortunately, most guest houses remain invisible to international tourists because they are relatively small. According to Niya Valcheva, the analysis from Holidays359.com that published the analysis, “International booking websites and tour operators work with hotels that have at least 10-15 rooms and most guest houses have only 6-7 rooms. Their limited budgets also prevent them from advertizing internationally. They are the preferred accommodation option for Bulgarian tourists who can find them on local websites and for foreigners who have visited Bulgaria in the past and have direct contacts. However, finding them internationally is no easy task.” With restricted international exposure, the guest houses struggle to raise prices to international levels. Informed international tourists can take advantage of that and, in the process, create more business for the guest houses.
For Information Please visit http://www.holidays359.com
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Holidays359.com is the English language version of a group of Bulgarian websites that has operated since 2005. It features all variety of hotels but with particular focus on smaller hotels, guest houses, and villas. Tourists can contact the property owners directly or contact the website staff for assistance in finding accommodation.