TRACKS OF AN ANCIENT PAST
Admire the surroundings: an architectural gem full of history and a fabled past. The construction of Sofia Hotel Balkan began in 1954 as part of the central architectural complex in the city known today as "the Largo".
The complex consists of three symmetrical buildings enhanced with Classical style, including the offices of the Parliament, the President's Palace and the Central Universal Store with the Council of Ministers.
Dating back to the 50’s, Sofia Hotel Balkan evokes past architectural advantages. The impressive thick walls work as a natural sound barrier, and the lavish corridors give a sense of unrivaled extraordinary grandeur.
Magnificent Italian marbles, elegant cherry-tree doors and unique stone mosaics are part of this refined historical jewel. Sofia Hotel Balkan's foundations lay on a historical Roman fortress, remains of which can be seen all around the hotel.
The two conjoined buildings – the President's Palace and Sofia Hotel Balkan - surround the fascinating Rotunda St. George, built at the beginning of 4th century and considered the oldest and best preserved building in Sofia. The Rotunda is a fabulous architectonic example of the ancient Sofia, known as "Serdika".
Recent archeological research reveals that under the foundations of the hotel, lays a huge Roman Palace. Some archaeologists claim that it could be the residence of the roman emperor Constantine I The Great, who said “Sofia is my Rome”. The history of an entire city is assembled in one emblematic extraordinary building.
Sofia Hotel Balkan opened its doors in 1956, and in 1986 became “Sheraton”- the first hotel in Eastern Europe to be managed by a Western company. The hotel has welcomed members of royal families, heads of state, show business icons, famous business professionals and high-ranked delegations.
Sofia Hotel Balkan is a true historic jewel situated in the heart of Sofia, a vibrant city where cosmopolitan modern elements coexist with ottoman ancient monuments. Sofia Hotel Balkan awaits you for an extraordinary luxurious experience in Bulgaria.