Sofia, an untapped destination for UK travellers, blends history and modernity with its scattering of domed churches and ottoman mosques intertwined with the sheen of new buildings and striking historic architecture.
Steeped in historical charm, it offers travellers a cultural escape as well as the dynamism and energy of a city on the up.
Marking the brand’s debut in Bulgaria but seventh opening in Eastern Europe, the hotel features 194 rooms, including 27 club rooms and 37 suites.
Drawing inspiration from the surrounding city and its vibrant history, every touchpoint of the hotel’s interior is designed to deliver exceptional comfort while embodying the unique spirit of Sofia.
From the statue of a girl blowing a dandelion that signifies hope and unity in the lobby, through to the rooms that mimic architectural influences of the 1960s, the design of the hotel truly signifies the unique spirit of Sofia throughout.
Nestled in the centre of the city, guests have stunning views of some of the city’s local attractions including Bulgaria’s Parliament building, dating back to the 1880s.
The Tsar Liberator Monument, a famous statue in honour of Russian Emperor Alexander II, and the gold-covered domes of the St Alexander Nevski Catherdral, one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world, are just moments from the hotel.
Sofia is encased by vast parkland and sits at the foot of Vitosha mountain, the silhouette of which is visible throughout the city and is an inseparable part of Sofia’s landscape.
Guests looking to enjoy some fresh mountain air, it is open year-round for skiing in winter and hiking in summer.
All rooms and suites are fully equipped with a flat screen TV, couch to relax on and a large desk for those who are travelling on business.
Home to nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, Bulgaria is fast becoming high on the agenda for travellers after a luxury escape.
Rich in traditions and culture, travel to Eastern Europe is on the rise as guests look for unique experiences and unspoilt locations.
The in-house concierge team at the hotel will be able to help guide guests about the fascinating sites of the city and unravel its colourful history and vibrant present.
From top attractions and private guided tours, to the top dining experiences in Sofia, their local knowledge supersedes any guide book.
Tom Rowntree, vice president, brand marketing, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, IHG, Europe, commented: “InterContinental has pioneered luxury travel for more than 70 years, through constant innovation and openings in emerging luxury destinations.
“The world of luxury travel is evolving and we know our discerning guests want to explore new cities and cultures, including emerging travel hot-spots such as Bulgaria.
“We are delighted to mark the InterContinental brand’s debut in Bulgaria with such a stunning hotel, and we’re sure our guests will be delighted with such a beautiful addition to our portfolio.”