Chaika Hotel - The Highs and Lows - Tony Howard. Date of travel: Jun 2007
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The Hotel Chaika is a stunning hotel on the beach front and is very clean throughout. Two adults and 2 kids staying in our party and the room was huge. I did hear rumours from other guests that some had to change so I presume I may have been lucky. My room was classed as an apartment. With me and the missus having our own bedroom. Not quite private enough as there was no door to the bedroom but hey, who can complain. The air conditioning worked and the bathroom was excellent. The balcony was small but you can't have it all I suppose. My advice is to use a piece of card such as a tag from new clothing to put into the slot which controls the electric in the room. This means that you can leave the air conditioning on for your return. Around the pool is a different story. True, there aren't enough sunbeds because they are being used by towels from people who aren't there! But, take the towels off!! There are signs that say that it is not acceptable to do this and the British are renowned for not wanting to confront. But I would strongly suggest that if you don't want the possibility of confrontation then ask the lifeguard and he will take great pleasure in doing that for you. I have read in previous reviews that the pool is too cold. There are 2 pools and the one next to the 'Castle' restaurant can be cold but if that is your only gripe about the hotel then you are doing well. The main pool is warm enough once you are in, simple as that. The downside to the hotel for me and my family was the food. I understand that no one is going to do an English breakfast as good as the English but the alternative was not great. They have fried/boiled and scrambled eggs which is great. The 'bacon' and the 'sausage' not so clever. There was always only one toaster in the restaurant working at any one time so there was always a queue. (Take one with you if you can fit it in!) And be warned: no decent tea or coffee. Take some with you. Evening meals were hit and miss. One evening you could get a fantastic 3 courses and the next you would picking bits and pieces to fill your tum. Remember though, Bulgaria is cheap and therefore a meal outside of the hotel in the MANY restaurants will not cost an arm and a leg. (Example: 1 pint of beer and chicken and chips is around 3 quid). In respect of outside prices the Hotel Chaika is expensive for alcohol. 1 pint is 4 lev (about £1.40) whereas if you shop around you can get a pint for 1 lev (about 35p). When I say shop around, get off the main street and go a block or 2 behind and you will see the cheaper prices although the downside to that is that the entertainment may not be as exciting! Last warning do not use the hotel phones it works out at around £2.00 per minute, a total rip off. Calls to the UK from the main street is about 20p per minute. The Safes in the rooms will cost you 100 LEV per week (about £33.00), Instead use a lock on your case!! That will cost you nothing, but it's not my fault if your case goes missing!! ;)
Lisa, Gareth & Georgia Hanlon. Date of travel: Aug 2005
We stayed on a half board basis at the hotel Chaika Beach which was right on the main beach front.
We couldn't fault this hotel at all. It was stunning. The design was Roman themed and the decoration was fabulous. The hotel is a four star one.
Our room was spacious enough for the three of us and was cleaned spotlessly daily. Towels were changed daily and linen twice weekly.
We had sattelite tv, air conditioning and full bathroom.
the only negative thing about this hotel was the lack of sunbeds by the pool, if you werent up and out by 8am you had no chance of getting one, people got up at least 6am and put towels down which is unfair.
the staff in the hotel were friendly and couldnt do enough for you at all.
the hotel entertainment consisted of an irish style bar, a disco-come nightclub type bar and a pirate ship themed ar on the beach belonging to the hotel. the hotel also ran a flinestones themed bar/restaurant called 'dino's ' which is a must for the kiddies with dinosaurs and the flintstone car etc. our four year old loved it here.
would definetly recommend the hotel chaika beach to everyone. Tour Operator: Balkan Tours