Shiroka Laka is that beautiful village between mountains that directly influences its constructions. Thus, the typical style of Rhodope (the largest mountain in Bulgaria) brings us wooden ceilings with stone and tile walls and so will be our accommodation.
Guest House James in Shiroka Laka, a charming town
The hotel / hostelGuest House James is located in the heart of Shiroka Laka, in the Smolyan region, a small but picturesque town of small bridges over the river, white wooden houses on the mountain, where life is dominated by the seasons with a small square where the main restaurants congregate. In fact, we had dinner at one of them.
Guest House James, more than a hotel to use, is a beautiful family home and, as far as we know, a building of historical importance where you just enter and feel that you are at home. With a cozy and warm decoration, it is the best reflection of the town where it is located and of course a more than right choice sinceShiroka laka is in the region Smolyan, 10 km from Pamporovo and therefore the Hotel Guest House James It is located between the mountains of the valley, makes this site, if possible, a more special place.
We arrive at our destination with enough time to leave things in our accommodation, take a walk through this beautiful town (it is very small, it takes little time to see) and dine at one of the several restaurants that has its main street . The reception on our arrival could not be more affectionate (that if, after traveling the street where it is located with the hand bag - it is paved, keep it in mind -), The girl who was waiting for us there and who ran the Guest House James He was most friendly, explained what we need to know and showed us the hotel.
Places near the Hotel Guest House James, although before listing anything, to say that being surrounded by mountains is an ideal place to enjoy various activities, like skiing, horse riding and fishing, or of the Thermal baths and nightly entertainment.
-Pamporovo, the famous sky station in winter and a popular tourist place in summer, 10 km.
- Chepelare, City of tradition in winter sports, it has 20 kilometers of ski track, 10 km.
- Tsigov Chark, to also enjoy winter activities, such as snowboarding and skiing, 47 km away.
The Guest House James Hotel is narrow but with two floors. The first, where in addition to the hall where they receive you and which serves as an impromptu office, has the kitchen with a beautiful dining room with a fireplace that makes it a hundred percent cozy and a bathroom. Next to the entrance is the stone staircase that will take you to the upper floors where the rooms are located.
The rooms They are all suites and have large and comfortable beds, are equipped with private bathroom with shower, Wi-Fi is available throughout the house.
In total there are 4 rooms that are divided into:
- Double rooms.
- Double room with 2 beds.
All the rooms They are bright and comfortable, decorated to the last detail to make you feel at home. It also helps that the floors are made of wood, which gives that feeling of warmth that will make you forget that you are in a hotel, with comfortable furniture and that fulfill all the functions of a complete room and, most importantly, everything is very clean and tidy (at least until we arrive, haha)
For customer convenience and whenever you want you have a fully equipped shared kitchen barbecue and fireplace. What does not include breakfast, a shame since the place is very cool to enjoy a typical Bulgarian breakfast so rich in these parts.
The hotel can also help you organize activities such as fishing, hiking, ski schools, even at the Guest House James you have the option of renting the equipment, or hot spring baths so well known in this area.
As a curiosity, the hotel has up to one chapel. We did not get to see it but of course more complete this hotel may not be hehehe
And what about the surroundings? You can enjoy from the hotel about exceptional mountain views, given the place where we are.
The reception It is open 24 hours and, what you should keep in mind, credit cards are not allowed, only cash payments. Parking as such they do not have since it is also located in a pedestrian area but yes a little below where the hotel is located you can find a place without problem in case you have a rental car.
The staff,as we told you at the beginning, it is very kind and attentive and willing to make your stay as pleasant as possible and fulfilling, as far as possible, the needs that may arise. They speak 3 languages: Russian, English and Bulgarian.
Verdict of the Guest House James in Shiroka Laka, our opinion
AND prices? The prices are cheap, like all the accommodations we have found so far in Bulgaria. The average rate for a standard room in this case is from 26 eurosalthough you can check it for your dates in ...
Guest House James
As PROshighlights its cozy, clean and warm atmosphere, also its beautiful architecture,since it is a very cool house that you will feel like yours as soon as you enter. his situation which makes it close to the best options for eating out as well as within reach of fantastic day trips through the caves and gorges
As AGAINST, to name one, the room is a bit little for everything in it and that makes it so complete and that the Street which gives access to the entrance is paved which makes that, if you carry a suitcase of wheels, it is uncomfortable to arrive.
Would we recommend it? Definitely YES. For all the services provided, the quality / price ratio, and especially for its location, the Guest House James in Shiroka Laka It is 100% recommended. A more than right choice and that has left us wanting to have spent more days here but the route continues ...
Isaac and Paula, from the Guest House James in Shiroka Laka (Bulgaria)