The tiny resort town of Sveti Vlas on Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast is one of the Bulgarian Riviera’s hidden gems. Popular with British and Russian tourists, the town is, in a word, bougie, with fancy cars and restaurants lining the marina. But just because the town is fancy doesn’t mean you have to spring a lot for a hotel room – there are still great Sveti Vlas hotels for every budget!
So if you’re wondering where to stay in Sveti Vlas, here are our picks for each price range, plus tons of resources to help you plan your trip!
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Where to Stay in Sveti Vlas on a Budget ($50 USD or Less a Night)
Here are our favorite Sveti Vlas hotels for budget travelers.
Joro Guest House
This is probably one of the lowest prices you can get in the area with a decent choice of rooms to choose from. You can get it for as low as $29 USD per night for two people. Their rooms can accommodate up to 3 people, but don’t expect really spacious rooms – just enough for a safe and private space to sleep if you’re all day traveling and just sleeping at your hotel. You’ll be spending most of your time at the beach, after all!
Each room has its own mini-fridge, electric kettle, clothes iron, clothes rack and a private entrance. The private bathrooms are a little narrow but you get free toiletries and towels so you can pack lightly. All of the rooms have their own balcony and some even have plastic chairs and tables if you feel like having some snacks or coffee outside.
Kids can bring their beloved dogs and cats by request for an extra fee. (This is important to us because we always travel to the beach with our dog, Lucy).
The place is perfect for families. Parents can request for baby safety gates and their electric sockets have safety covers too – making for a stress-free holiday with your kids.
Casa Bella is another contender for rooms that are fit for travelers who really don’t want to spend much on their accommodation and still get better features. It is also located in a quiet area in the city center. You can choose from rooms that can accommodate up to three or more guests; for a family or group of 4, you can check out their Family Junior Suite.
Each room has its own balcony, and there’s also a private bathroom. The only issue you may find with the bathrooms is the size, the toilet is so close to the shower area and there’s no shower curtain to prevent the toilet from getting wet. This is typical in Bulgaria, but may be unfamiliar to foreign travelers.
Not only does it have a beauty salon for ladies, but there’s also a barbershop for men. You can buy gifts or souvenirs at their mini shop. You can also park free near the street, but just in case there’s no vacant space then you can look for one nearby and it is usually just around 5 BGN which is around $3 USD.
Villa Florence Aparthotel
It is expected that hotels near the beach can be a little pricey, but if you’re an early bird, you can get a budget hotel that can still give you mid-scale features at budget-friendly prices like Villa Florence. It depends on the number of guests you wish to bring with you; you may want to consider a studio apartment (for 2 guests), a 1-bedroom apartment, or a 2-bedroom apartment.
Their studio apartments for couples are as low as $45 USD per night and just like all of their rooms. (Though you may want a bit more room if you’ll be in town for a week).
They have an outdoor pool and it is filled up with seawater (which is not common and it requires more maintenance). Be sure to make time to check out their sauna, hammam, as well as massages and treatments.
Mid-Range Places to Stay in Sveti Vlas ($50-100 USD a Night)
If you want something a little more upscale, check out our recommendations for the best mid-range accommodations in Sveti Vlas.
Guest House Radenkovi
This guest house looks like an apartment building from afar, and it offers both rooms and apartments at a lower mid-range price. Most of their rooms are in the budget range but if you are looking for a more private, apartment-style room with good features to offer, then you’re lucky to have it at a lower mid-range price of as low as $59 USD per night. They have their own mini kitchen, a balcony, and climate control with its A/C and heating.
A pro tip for solo travelers who don’t like shared bathrooms would be to get their twin rooms – you won’t regret it because you can get it for as low as $15 USD per night. Instead of paying for shared rooms with communal areas, you can simply get this one. All rooms also have a balcony so you can enjoy the cool sea breeze in the morning.
They offer an apartment with a view of the Black Sea and it has one bedroom and a living area with a comfortable sofa that can be used as a bed. It can accommodate a maximum of 4 people, so this one is best for families. It’s the closest thing to experience the comfort of being home, even if you’re literally on vacation.
Inside the apartment, you’ll find great amenities like the mini kitchen, the washing machine, the full-sized fridge, and the separate dining area.
You can enjoy their pool in the mornings for a quick workout or in the evening when the bar is open.
Best Luxury Hotels in Sveti Vlas ($100+ USD a Night)
If you want to enjoy the best that the town has to offer, here there’s only one choice of the best Sveti Vlas luxury hotel.
Grand Hotel Sveti Vlas
What’s so convenient about this luxury Hotel are the options. You can easily customize your preference with their room choices and you can also choose whether you want to include your breakfast, lunch, and dinner or just breakfast and dinner (half-board).
It has a resort-type ambiance, so expect really good services and amenities. It has rooms and apartments available and all you need to do is see which one best suits your needs.
They have state of the art amenities and you can use their pool or try some of the rejuvenating services at their spa. Of course, you can also try their Hammam or hot tubs. They also have a fully equipped gym and you can even lift some weights here, not like other hotels that mostly have cardio equipment.
Kids can enjoy their kids’ club and you can leave them safely with the trained staff or have them taken care of by a sitter if you can’t bring them for a night out. There are even kid-friendly options at the buffet.
The Best Sveti Vlas Villas
For families looking for larger, more private (or more special) Sveti Vlas accommodations.
Royal Bay Residence and Spa
With the word “Spa” attached to its name, you are surely off to a nice treat with their massage and wellness services. A hotel known for wonderful customer service, you’ll feel completely taken care of here. This is also a beachfront hotel, which is great in a town as hilly as Sveti Vlas! The property looks like a manor with a courtyard and the interiors have luxurious details in French chic style.
They offer maisonettes with features that will make your stay as comfortable and as convenient as possible. Bigger families and groups up to 6 can enjoy their two bedrooms plus a living room with a sofa bed. It has two levels, and you will see the terrace on the second floor, where you will find a private hot tub or just sit and relax on the outdoor chairs while you are simply mesmerized by the view of the sparkling blue sea.
Like most hotels in the area, their outdoor pool is only available during the summer season to help their guests cool off from the summer heat – but who needs a pool when the beach is just a walk away! You can also enjoy the hammam, hot tub and sauna if you need more help to relax!
If you want your kids to have a little vacation of their own, you can take the to the kids’ club for an extra fee. You may also leave them under the supervision of a sitter if you need to run for an errand. But if you don’t want to get a sitter just for this, then there’s a bar and restaurant on-site to take them for some snacks.
What to Pack for a Bulgarian Beach Vacation
If you’re planning a trip to Bulgaria, you’ll want to pack all the normal essentials, but here are a few things we strongly recommend bringing that may not have crossed your mind. For more, check out our complete Bulgaria packing list.
– A physical guidebook, in paper or on Kindle. We love Lonely Planet Bulgaria & Romania for this region and strongly recommend it to supplement blogs. Blogs are great, but a combination of a blog and a guidebook is key to having the best access to information easily at your fingertips.
– A water bottle with a filter. While generally, the tap water in big cities in Bulgaria is drinkable, such as in Sofia and Burgas, we generally recommend using a water bottle with a purifying filter to reduce your plastic consumption and ensure you won’t drink any funny-tasting water on your stomach that could make your trip unpleasant! We recommend the GRAYL water bottle – it filters water perfectly in an instant so that you can even drink from lakes, bad taps, etc.
– Motion sickness pills. Bulgarian train and bus rides can be hot and cause motion sickness! If you have a weak stomach as we do, save yourself and bring some non-drowsy motion sickness pills.
– Wet wipes, hand sanitizer, TP & other Balkan transit needs. Bathrooms in the Balkans on trains and buses tend to be… how can we say it?… not so well-stocked. Save yourself the disappointment and bring a mini-rescue pack of wet wipes & hand sanitizer.
– Travel safety items. We think Bulgaria is very safe to travel, but at the same time, it never hurts to be prepared! Some people like to carry money belts, but neither Allison or I use these.
Instead, we both carry the same PacSafe anti-theft backpack. It has locking zippers, slash-proof construction with metal mesh hidden in the fabric, and tons of other smart security features — all while being cute and stylish enough to be our everyday bag. We recommend it highly for both male and female travelers, as it’s neutral enough to be unisex. We also strongly recommend travel insurance! Our recommendation is at the bottom of the post.
More Bulgaria Travel Resources
If this will be your first time in Bulgaria, we have some resources to help make your first trip here a breeze. Check out our guide on how to plan your trip to Bulgaria, which goes over everything from visas to ground transportation to budgeting your trip.
Don’t forget to check out our Bulgaria packing list which has details of everything you’ll want for your trip.
If you’re still considering staying in Sunny Beach or Nessebar, we have hotel suggestions for both! Check out where to stay in Nessebar and where to stay in Sunny Beach for our hotel picks in these two nearby towns.
If you’ll be flying into Sofia, here’s how to get from Sofia to Burgas and from Burgas to Sunny Beach (Sveti Vlas is a few more kilometers past Sunny Beach, but it’s essentially the same information).
We have a guide to the best Instagram spots in Sunny Beach and Nessebar so you can take incredible photos of your trip! You’ll also want to set aside time to visit the stunning Pink Lake just outside Burgas.
Next, check out our guide to avoiding taxi scams in Sofia. We don’t have taxi guides yet for Varna and Burgas, but the information about common scams and how to avoid them is the same.
You will also want to check out our overview of Balkan currency, which describes Bulgarian leva and what to tip in Bulgaria.
Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!
Finally, make sure you always travel to Bulgaria with a valid travel insurance policy. The country is a very safe place to travel, but accidents or theft can easily ruin your trip if you don’t have the travel insurance coverage to recover the losses. Recently my aunt fell on a train in France and needed surgery, but luckily her travel insurance covered the costs in full. Thank goodness!
For travel insurance, I use World Nomads. I’ve been a happy customer of theirs for almost three years, and I’ve never had an issue when making a claim. I’m happy to refer them to anyone I meet.
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Stephanie has been living in and traveling around the Balkans for the past three years. She’s written for National Geographic Online, appeared on CNN Arabic and in the New York Times, and ridden more Balkan buses than is good for a person.