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31 Jul, 2006TopKeeper (86.135.134.62)Night Life Mmmm, Depends what your after really, the nightlife in resort is aimed more at familes and tends to shut down around 11-12, there is a bar just outside the complex called Pacos which is open till 3am and is very cheap, it also does snacks until 2am-ish, if your after something a bit more lively then its a Taxi ride to Sunny Beach (or bus if you want), its 20lev into Sunny Beach and after 10PM its 25lev back, but agree your price before you set off, as for drinks, 2 pints 2 halfs came to 7lev in most pubs in Sunny Beach for us, I drew 400 lev out from the bank whilst i was there and when I got back checked my bank it was £141 in English money so a round of drinks was costing us about £2.50 for 4 people, not bad that! 
30 Jul, 2006Ian (217.44.107.48)Night Life Hello all,

Thanks to everyone for keeping this site updated, really helpful.

A friend and I will be staying at the Royal Park for a week from 12/08/06, just wondering whats the night life like within the hotel and outside the resort?

Also is it quite cheap over there (like Turkey)?

Regards

Ian 
30 Jul, 2006Ian (217.44.107.48)Night Life Hello all,

Thanks to everyone for keeping this site updated, really helpful.

A friend and I will be staying at the Royal Park for a week from 12/08/06, just wondering whats the night life like within the hotel and outside the resort?

Also is it quite cheap over there (like Turkey)?

Regards

Ian 
30 Jul, 2006mode57 (213.107.224.17)xoxo we are at the royal park from 4th aug for 2 weeks and there are 9 of us at first with some following on later in the week. the youngest are 8 and 12 and the eldest have got bus passes!! well mums come in handy for babysitting dont they! see you there.  
30 Jul, 2006x0-x0 (195.137.14.208) hello is anyone goin to royal park hotel on 4th august? we are and was wondering if there are any others goin with families and children? thanx 
29 Jul, 2006Liz (81.153.64.34)royal bay going back again on Aug 7th had a week thre in may and found it to be a fantastic place had read all the reviews on various web site  
29 Jul, 2006Liz (81.153.64.34)internet yes there is internet access in the holiday village quite cheap pay for an hour 
29 Jul, 2006Liz (81.153.64.34)internet yes there is internet access in the holiday village quite cheap pay for an hour 
29 Jul, 2006Liz (81.153.64.34)internet yes there is internet access in the holiday village quite cheap pay for an hour 
29 Jul, 2006sarah (82.45.21.188)royal park hotel please can anyone tell me if there is internet access at the hotel. Thanks 
28 Jul, 2006Kelly (192.28.65.210)Royal Bay Hotel My mum and I are flying out from manchester on the 4th of September for 2 weeks at the royal bay. After reading these comments... I'm SCARED!!! 
28 Jul, 2006TopKeeper (172.206.236.75)RedBull Yes they do, in the shops though it was my daily breakfast drink, its around 4.50lev though so not cheap, but they do a local cheaper version 
27 Jul, 2006mode57 (213.107.224.17)royal park hotel i will be going to the royal park hotel on friday 4th aug, for two weeks with my wife 2 girls (8 and 12), and we are really looking forward to it. i have been glued to this site for the last 3 or 4 weeks and although it has been a bit worrying at some of the things i've read, on the whole most of the comments have been good.there will be 10 of us in our party with more to come on the 7th and a couple more on the 12th. some will be with us at the royal park, and some will be at sunny beach, so i know that what ever happens we will all meet up and have a good time together. by the way can anyone tell me if they have red bull there or the equivilent, either in the hotel or the shops nearby? cos one or two of us enjoy it with a generous splash of vodka!! if not we were going to take some with us. anyway if you are there when we are, we'll see you by the pool!! keep the feedback coming in and thanks to all who have posted comments (good and bad!) 7 more days to go.............!!!!!!!!!!!  
27 Jul, 2006sue (80.3.128.4)sheila so looking forward to it now wether it be good or bad we will make the most of it. I will be with my husband Alan and 2 kids daniel n jack aged 14 so should be a relaxing holiday for us cuz they old enough to have time alone and for us to have a few beers (well alot lol)
have fun  
27 Jul, 2006sue (80.3.128.4)sheila so looking forward to it now wether it be good or bad we will make the most of it. I will be with my husband Alan and 2 kids daniel n jack aged 14 so should be a relaxing holiday for us cuz they old enough to have time alone and for us to have a few beers (well alot lol)
have fun  
26 Jul, 2006sheila (195.93.21.35)sue hi sue me amd my boyfriend go on the 28th also flying from stanstead, see you there 
25 Jul, 2006sue (80.3.128.4)topkeeper Thanks for keeping us posted throughout your holiday been most interesting and can honeslty say looking froward to it now.So thanks to you and others for keeping us posted.
We go in the 28th and looking forward to it, good or bad we will make the most it i dont intend to work hard all year to pay for it and come back to maoan about it.
so Bulgaria here we come
See all those of you there at the same time  
25 Jul, 2006Andrei (62.56.77.118)exchange rate Thank you for the information about current exchange rate (2.50). I checked few days ago in Marks&Spencer exchange bureau, they give 2.74 leva per £, no comission. I think I'll stick with them. 
25 Jul, 2006dawn (82.34.121.122)holiday the water park is in the grounds you just walk to the gate and they let you in its free the only time you need a taxi or bus is to go to the main town bus price app.80p the taxi was APP.£7 make sure you ask how much before you get in the taxi. you get a better rate if you change your money over there we took english and changed at reception was got 2.50 lev. to our £. no commission charge. 
25 Jul, 2006Chelmergirl@aol.com (195.93.21.35)hotel royal park elenite i am coming to the royal park on friday 28th july ,all i can say to the gentlemen who mentioned dodgy englanders, i am english i take everyone as i see them and if they are polite to me i am the same to them, every one has the right to enjoy their holiday and manners dont cost anything. 
24 Jul, 2006Andrei (62.56.77.118)Dodgy Russian/English/German/... It's strange guys you've mentioned "dodgy Russian" in chorus. I checked many German sites about Elenite; they all mention the only big trouble: Englanders.  
24 Jul, 2006TopKeeper (193.128.219.97)Royal Park/Bay Hi All,
Just wanted to drop a note as we are now back from our 2 week holiday, now sat at my desk at work feeling very depressed and wishing i was back sat around the pool taking up the rays.

All in all the holiday was great, we all really enjoyed ourselves (there were 30 in our party spread between the Royal Park and Royal Bay hotels), the beer was cold and the food wasnt too bad (not has bad as some people mentioned which worried us before we went, especially having our 14month old daughter with us), there was always something to do with the First Choice reps doing a great job.

To anyone about to go, youll enjoy it, its a really friendly place (even if there does seem to be a lot of dodgy looking Russians around)

Rgds,
Top! 
23 Jul, 2006Andrei (62.56.77.118)water park to x-o-x: I've never been to Bulgaria yet but your question seems easy (thanks to Internet in general and this forum in particular): the park in the Elenite village is already (mainly) open and functional; certanly there is also a water park in Slnchev Bryag (Sunny Beach) where you can get by bus/taxi/coach shattle/privately hired car/etc 
23 Jul, 2006x-o-x (195.137.14.208)HoLiDaY i am goin to royal park hotel on 4th august, i was wondering wether the water park is in the elenite willage or you have to get a bus or taxi...does anyone know? thanx 
21 Jul, 2006Courteny (88.105.207.180)Well Worth It Hotel Royal Park
hotel well worth payin 2 go 2
I just came back frm a fantastic holz with my boyfriend and my little brother and his little brother who are 10 and 13 they had a great time. i couldnt complain about anything ther the entertainment in the day and night was fantastic and i woul recomend this hotel 2 any1 old young doesnt matter i would go back 2morrow if i had a choice. The show worker Kristian was realy lovely he would talk 2 us all and make the children feel welcome so did many others thank you very much 4 makeing my holiday more than i expected. I would also lk to thnk all the staff and the entertainers expecialy scott because he made brayden whos 10 and adam whos 13 realy happy as he was askin them with out a dout everyday and night 2 join in the games and fun. Trust me il be ther next year but my other 2 brothers and sister will be ther 2. Once again thnks a lot 4 a holiday of a life time.xxx 
21 Jul, 2006Jeffrey Ferguson (212.20.245.202)Elenite Villas Just returned from a fantastic week with my wife and two small boys spent in the Elenite Villas.Had one of the villas high up on the hillside (128 steps up from beach,according to my eldest boy!)with one of the best views over the beach,the resort and the entire Sunny beach bay.The apartment was small but perfectly functional with a nice balcony and bunk beds for the kids. My bed was broken and when I reported it to the reception a maintenance guy was there to fix it within 20 minutes which I thought was highly efficient. So now onto the food. We all found the food to be of a very good standard. It's not designed exclusively for a British palate so I can understand why some people may have a problem with it.The hot food was all cooked thouroughly and there were even food temperature serving charts at the service area. The salads and fruit were well presented and as soon as something looked like it was running low it was re-stocked.The deserts were all new to us but we all loved the little sponge cakes and the baclava, especially when smothered in vanilla ice cream. Yes, you do have to queue for your food-but hey, it's a buffet folks!Getting a free table can be a bit of a chore, my advice is just take a table that the waiter is about to clear and they'll quickly set it up for you. If you wait for a table that's already prepared you'll simply starve!The waiters are very efficient, perhaps even too efficient. They'll be away with your empty or near empty glass before you know it. The plates are a bit smaller than we're used to, so if you're going back for seconds, hide your cutlery from the waiter or they'll be away with it and you'll probably not get any more.The beer in the Nessebar restauarant is much better than the stuff at any of the snack bars, maybe beacause it's served in glasses. Saying that I challenge anyone to get drunk on the free beer at Elenite. One day I saw a group of my fellow countrymen from Scotland trying their best to do what we're good at(getting drunk) by the beach snack bar and after 6 hours of drinking, nothing!I can't comment on the spirits because I never touch them but I used to buy a few bottles of cold Bulgarian and imported beer from the shop and drink them while watching the moon rising over the Black Sea. Bliss.My only real gripe about our holiday has nothing to do with the place, food,service or apartment. It was some of the extremely rude Russian guests that seemed to be everywhere.My first encounter with our Ruskie friends was feeling an elbow in my ribs as I was queueing to get some bread. After I regained my breathe I noticed that the elbow belonged to a young Russian women that was getting to the front of the queue by doing the same to everyone there. The Russians also tended to fill small bags with fruit and take it home with them.They were also very loud and seemed to shout a lot.The women looked like a 1983 fashion disaster that had just finished servicing the sailors at Liverpool docks. The men looked like their pimps and the older women looked like Pat Butcher having a bad day. I almost got into a fight with one guy who continued to butt in while I was talking to the receptionist. The Bulgarians also have a strong dislike for them.If theres no hairdryer in your room, it's because it's probable currently being used by some Babooshka in Stalingrad. Yes folks thats where all the hairdriers that are meant to be in our rooms have gone!Apart from that, we had a brilliant time. The Bulgarians were very friendly and the place was clean and everything worked.Can't comment on the Royal Park or the Royal Bay but we had a very positive experience at Elenite. One question, does anyone know what that ship was that appeared to be anchored just off the beach for about 4 days at the start of July? I suspect it was the KGB listening in to me moaning about my comrades. I take it all back what I said about the Russians!Happy holidays. 
20 Jul, 2006Chelmergirl@aol.com (195.93.21.35)Hotel royal park thank you donna you have put my mind at rest, im glad you had a good time 
20 Jul, 2006jess (81.86.166.149)royal park JUST BACK AFTER TWO WEEKS IN THE ROYAL PARK

SAVE YOUR SELF [DON'T GO}

WE WENT WITH MY MUMS FRIEND THERE WAS 9 OF US 5 KIDS 4 ADULTS AND WE HAD 3 PEOPLE WITH FOOD POISON.I LIVED OF SOUP FOR AS LONG AS I COULD BUT THEN IT WAS HORRIBLE ENDED UP HAVING A ROLL WITH BUTTER.ONE OF THE KIDS GOT A PIECE OF RAW CHICKEN BUT THE CHEIF SAYS IT WAS COOKED EVEN THOUGH IT WAS PURPLE.[DO YOU BELIVE HIM].MY 9 YEAR OLD SISTER HAD A DIRTY SHEET WITH BLOOD ON IT AND AFTER COMPLANING TWICE TO THE REPS THE MAID CLEANED IT BUT PUT A DIRTYER ONE.AND THE MAIDS STOP KIDS ASKING THEM TO GET FOOD FOR THEM .I CANT EAT MEAT ANYMORE AFTER BEING THERE AND LOOKING AT UNCOOKED FOOD 
20 Jul, 2006donna llewellyn (80.4.185.241) we returned from the royal park on tuesday, ok the food is a bit boring (same thing all the time just in different sauces) but you can survive.
the snacks are lovely but you do have to queue.
in the day you can only get beer and soft drinks by the main pool bar but if you walk to the smaller pool which is a stone throw away you can get your spirits, the beer isnt to strong but we sat in the smaller pool by the bar and had a day on the cocktails and beleive me we cant remember going to bed.
there is bingo eveey night by the pool but it is only 1 game, it cost 3 levs a ticket and the money is really good worth playing.
there is plenty to do on the beach and we went on the jet ski and the banana, there are little scooters for hire on the site
we went for a week and did'nt see everything.
i queued for an hour and half to book into the sunshine resturant but was well worth it.
if i can help you with any thing i will be more than happy too  
19 Jul, 2006Chelmergirl@aol.com (195.93.21.35)Hotel Royal Park my boyfriend and i are coming to the Royal Park on 28th july is there still a problem with the food and stomach bugs, a bit concerned at the moment hearing a lot of negatives at the moment,if someone has just returned home can you please let me know ,,, thanx 
16 Jul, 2006carol (80.4.224.4)royal park I have just returned home from 2 weeks in the Royal Park Hotel, the hotel is very clean and the staff are very busy, the food is the same every day, either chicken or pork in a different sauce, roasted veg, pasta & chips, the salads are the same every day and all the nice fruit gets eaten very quickly by the germans so if you like fruit especially water melon get in there quick! The pool, beach and young children entertainment is very good, on our first day we went to get a sunbed by the pool but were shocked to find them all reserved already so by the end of the holiday we were doing the same, going down about 7am & reserving ours. I did have a good time but the last few days were awful because me & my son came down with either food poisoning or a virus, our rep said there has been a virus going around for about 2 weeks, i know there were quite a few people on drips for a couple of days but luckily we didnt get that bad. The sea is very warm & there are lots of activities to do, the nite life is ok its just a shame the 'all in' beer isnt stronger because you need about 10 gallons to feel merry, theres not much fizz to the coke & lemonade either. The water park at Royal Park opened just before we came home, the kids enjoyed it but be careful of the floor because its very slippery and its an accident waiting to happen. All in all the holiday was good but the food was very dissappointing, im not moaning im telling you how my holiday was.  
16 Jul, 2006ME (88.144.59.212)Hotel Park Royal TopKeeper

Thank you so much for your much appreciated comments!!! You are making me feel so much better. I totally agree with you, unfortunately this sort of website is not always a good thing because usually people only feel the need to comment if they have had either a really really bad time or an exceptionally good time, so all the people in the middle who had a good holiday say nothing.

I was starting to feel a little bit worried because there is a large group of us coming in August, but you have made me feel so much better.

I have to say the hotel we stayed in last year in Turkey got absolutely slated on this sort of review website and I felt a little anxious then also but when we got there the hotel was fine and we had a fantastic holiday.

I hope you continue to enjoy your holiday!!!!
People hated the food in Turkey also but we found it find, you shouldn’t expect English food abroad and Chicken Nuggets and chips for your kids (mine would rather of tried the Turkish food anyway)!

thank again

PS. last year I got really bad food poisoning but I it was just before we went on holiday, I was sick for two weeks and had to have antibotics and that was from a London Restaruant. 
16 Jul, 2006tony (80.4.224.4)top keeper oh by the way im not moaning i am making a comment of how my holiday was.
my family were ill but not on a drip like the other familys .....nothing to do with the food eh! .....if your holiday is that good why you sat on a pc. 
16 Jul, 2006TopKeeper (213.169.41.122)On & Off The Plane So when you got on the plane at 14st and got off at 13st the complimentory WEIGHING SCALES that the AIRLINE so KINDLY provided to you did the trick then? - And ALL YOU are saying is the TRUTH, must remeber to pack my scales next time I come so I can so a before and after the plane journey home weigh in!

JOKE!

People, its NOT that bad at all, remeber ANYWHERE you go abroad someone can always get a dicky tummy, it happens, Spain, Portugal, America, or Bulgaria - we are NOT used to the food and sometimes it gets us, this place is really nice, really clean and yes I agree the food could be better, but all in all its a top place. 
16 Jul, 2006TopKeeper (213.169.41.122)Oh & By The Way Group of 30 here (still, we have another week to go) and no food posioning, so stop blaming the food and instead look at how much of that free beer your drinking (ive seen people get right back in the queue once there served) the amount of food your eating (again people ordering as much as 8 chicken kebabs cause there scared of missing out then throwing them away)

Hows it go, 18 pints last night but that kebab did me in at the end of the night, spent all day throwing up, NOT THE BEER CONSUMED WAS IT??????? 
16 Jul, 2006TopKeeper (213.169.41.122)????? Dont know which pool you are going to, but i always get a bed and Im NOT up at 7AM, oh and I always get fruit too, some people just like to moan and moan, a holiday is what you make it, remeber your in Bulgaria, NOT ENGLAND!, things are different, sure theres only 1 beer, but its not too bad, and sure the food is not 5star but for me it was a cheap holiday and you do get what you pay for, stop moaning this place is OK! 
16 Jul, 2006tony (80.4.224.4)royal park this was the first time to royal park hotel and prob the last.... the hotel was A1 / 5* clean as you like, They had a million and one cleaners running around doing a very good job...bar staff very un happy.
DRINKS... 1 beer and hardly a choice of spirits.
FOOD... It all tasted the same and was very bad , you have to get in there as soon as it opens for 2 reasons ....
1. so you get hot fresh food
2. the russians and germans nick all the melon and other fruit in their plastic bags.. so if you hate the food and end up just eating fruit you better be up for a fight with the russians and krauts.
Yes there are birds flying inside dinner hall and in the animation hall.
music shite ..... nite club shite and empty.
Beach very clean
pools very clean and refreshing
if you want a sunbed you have to do the german thing and put your towels on them to reserve them about 7.00 am
Visit sunny beach for decent food
visit nessebar for shopping and food.
on the last day my son was very ill with food poisoning but could only hang on to a room till 6.00pm when we were being picked up at 01.30 for the airport and then i had to pay 10 lev an hr. i got on the plane 14 stone and got off 13 stone on the way home due to food poisoning and my wife spent 1 day in the hotel being ill as well.
other wise it is very hot and when it rains it rains............................................SHIT HOLIDAY! enjoy!
EVERYTHING I HAVE WROTE IS THE TRUTH! 
15 Jul, 2006dawn (80.193.8.138)darren we have just returned from the royal park we was there for a week the food was ok we ate every night on the resort and did not have any problem also spoke with lots of people and they did not have any problems i did take tablets with me just in case but did not need them, just to remind you do not drink the water buy bottled. some people do have upset tummeys when they are abroad i just suggest to take the tablets in case. have a nice time we did. 
15 Jul, 2006dawn (80.193.8.138)darren we have just returned from the royal park we was there for a week the food was ok we ate every night on the resort and did not any problem also spoke with lots of people and they did not have any problems i did take tablets with me just in case but did not need them, just to remind you do not drink the water buy bottled. some people do have upset tummeys when they are abroad i just suggest to take the tablets in case. have a nice time we did. 
15 Jul, 2006darren (81.159.241.153)royal park hotel we are going on 21 august 4 2 weeks av been reading very bad reports on this hotel please somebody tell me that these are not true as i am really worried there r 4 adults and 2 kids.thankyou. 
14 Jul, 2006dawn (80.193.8.138)sharon - birds there are small birds but not in the food areas, the resturant is in the lower floor of the hotel and we never saw one in there. the hall they use for the welcome meeting there was some in there but only about 4. they are very small birds like swallows. 
14 Jul, 2006dawn (80.193.8.138)mary yes there was a storm it was a tropical storm nothing to worry about when we got there on the 3 july it had happened the day before there was some puddles and talk that it was bad but the hotel was ok it just affected some of the lower area but within a couple of days you would not even know it had happened. they had to closed the water park as there was some mud in it due to the storm but by 6 july it was back open. 
14 Jul, 2006mary (213.94.219.89)park royal hotel I am going to park royal hotel in september. i am hearing hooro stories about floods and food poisoning and bad staff. is this true? 
14 Jul, 2006sharon (80.3.128.4)birds Oh noooooooo just gone to page 25 of comments book and read that birds are flying around in the restauraunt please someone reassure me they arn't i have a small fear of our feathered friends, although the comments were wrote in 2005 so i'm hoping that this has changed
Also my husband is more bothered about the beer only being 1.5 is this right cuz if it is i can see us cancelling lol.
Any other info would be great things to do ect
Anybody going on the 28th july we will be the family of 4 mad stokies enjoying the free beer  
14 Jul, 2006sharon (80.3.128.4)birds Oh noooooooo just gone to page 25 of comments book and read that birds are flying around in the restauraunt please someone reassure me they arn't i have a small fear of our feathered friends, although the comments were wrote in 2005 so i'm hoping that this has changed
Also my husband is more bothered about the beer only being 1.5 is this right cuz if it is i can see us cancelling lol.
Any other info would be great things to do ect
Anybody going on the 28th july we will be the family of 4 mad stokies enjoying the free beer  
14 Jul, 2006TopKeeper (213.169.41.122)Powdered Milk Is what I meant to say, LOL
J. 
14 Jul, 2006TopKeeper (213.169.41.122)Babies Hi There,
Yes nappies are on sale as are wipes, baby food and powered milk, my daughter has had all of the above with no issues.
J. 
13 Jul, 2006dawn (82.45.102.88)disco yes there was one every night on to 1am also outside but only on till 10pm it was a show and disco. 
13 Jul, 2006mc (80.195.250.243)internet look a few posts down there is an internet cafe  
13 Jul, 2006sarah (82.45.21.188) could you tell me if there are any internet facilities in the hotel, thanks. 
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