Recently revamped, Hotel Rila is now an all-singing and dancing family-friendly hotel conveniently placed in the middle of the Bulgarian resort of Borovets, opposite the ski lifts. The resort is modern and while the ambiance of a traditional Alpine village may not be apparent, families will benefit from a full range of facilities and activities, all at good value and, of course the slopes, which are particularly good for beginners. 

One of the hotels’ main draws has to be the enormous pool, housed in a glass building to make the most of the views. There’s also a spa, gym and whirlpool. The hotel is on a half-board basis with two buffet restaurants for hot and cold breakfasts and dinners and an à la carte restaurant (extra). There are shops and a hairdresser, which you can pop into before hitting the hotel nightclub (book a room far away if you want a quiet night). The hotel has its own kids’ club (ages 1-6; recommended by Crystal) and there’s also ski tuition for kids aged 4-6 years. 

Rooms are spacious, modern and bright and follow the clean lines of the rest of the hotel, sleeping up 3 in twin beds with room for a cot. 


Hotel Rila is a 1-hour 20-minute transfer from Sofia Airport. 

Hotel Rila

What to expect

Ski Slopes < 1km
Kids club
Indoor pool
Half-board option
Family rooms


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Nursery (ages 1-3; 8.30-4.30pm; nanny service).

Ski Kindergarten (ages 4-6; 2 hours' ski tuition; ski and boot hire; lunch, tea and entertainment).


255 double rooms, 234 standard suites, 2 superior suites, 2 maisonettes, 5 deluxe maisonettes and 1 VIP maisonette.

All bedrooms and suites have a balcony with mountain views.

Deluxe maisonette sleeps 2 adults and 2 children double bedroom on first floor and sofa bed in the living room

VIP maisonette as above and with and additional bedroom and access via private elevator.

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Childcare (see above).

Indoor pool.


3 restaurants (2 buffet-style offering hot and cold food and one offering à la carte dining; extra). 

2 bars. 




WiFi (free).