Stay in Luxury in Bansko, the budget Ski Resort

St Ivan Rilski Hotel & Spa


Hey there, fellow travellers! Today, I want to share with you my amazing experience staying at the 4-star, St. Ivan Rilski Hotel, Spa & Apartments in Bansko. This hotel is an absolute gem, and it’s no wonder that it won the award for “Best four-star mountain SPA hotel in Bulgaria 2022!”

About Bansko

Bansko is a charming town nestled in the Pirin Mountains of Bulgaria, and it’s a popular destination for ski enthusiasts. Here’s some more information about Bansko and its ski area:


  • Ski Area: Bansko boasts a ski area with over 70 kilometres of slopes and 16 lifts. The ski area is suitable for skiers of all levels, with a variety of runs ranging from beginner to advanced. There’s even a snow park for snowboarders and freestyle skiers.
  • Scenery: The Pirin Mountains surrounding Bansko are absolutely stunning, with towering peaks and pristine forests. The scenery alone is worth the trip to Bansko.
  • Après-Ski: After a long day on the slopes, there’s plenty to do in Bansko. The town center is home to a variety of bars and restaurants, as well as shops selling traditional Bulgarian crafts and souvenirs. There’s also a lively nightlife scene, with bars and nightclubs staying open late into the night.
  • History: Bansko is steeped in history and culture, with a charming old town filled with historic buildings and monuments. The town is also home to a number of museums and galleries showcasing Bulgarian art and history.

About the Hotel

From the moment I stepped foot in the lobby, I was blown away by the luxurious atmosphere. The staff was incredibly friendly and welcoming, and they were more than happy to assist me with anything I needed during my stay.

My room was simply breathtaking – it was spacious, clean, and beautifully decorated with all the amenities I could possibly need. I loved the cozy bed and fluffy pillows, which made for a restful night’s sleep after a long day of exploring the town and hitting the slopes.

Speaking of the slopes, the location of the St. Ivan Rilski Hotel is perfect for skiers and snowboarders. It’s just a short walk from the ski lift, which means you can hit the slopes bright and early without having to worry about transportation. Plus, the hotel offers ski storage and equipment rental, so you can easily rent everything you need for a day on the mountain.

But even if you’re not a skier, there’s plenty to do at the St. Ivan Rilski Hotel. The spa is absolutely divine – I treated myself to a relaxing massage and facial, which left me feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. And if you’re looking to stay active, there’s a fitness center and indoor pool available for guests to use.

One of my favourite things about the St. Ivan Rilski Hotel is the delicious food. The hotel’s restaurant serves up a variety of traditional Bulgarian dishes, as well as international cuisine. I highly recommend trying the banitsa – it’s a savoury pastry that’s a staple of Bulgarian cuisine, and it’s absolutely delicious.

Spa Facilities

The spa at the St. Ivan Rilski Hotel is truly a treat for the senses. From the moment you step into the tranquil environment, you’ll feel your stress melt away. Here are some of the spa facilities you can enjoy during your stay:

  • Indoor swimming pool: The hotel’s indoor swimming pool is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day of exploring the town or hitting the slopes.
  • Sauna: The sauna is an excellent way to sweat out toxins and improve your overall health and well-being.
  • Steam room: The steam room is great for clearing your sinuses and promoting relaxation.
  • Jacuzzi: The Jacuzzi is a great way to soothe sore muscles and improve circulation.
  • Massage and beauty treatments: The hotel offers a variety of massage and beauty treatments, including traditional Bulgarian massages, facials, and body treatments. These treatments will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

Restaurants & Bars

The St. Ivan Rilski Hotel offers a variety of dining options, including traditional Bulgarian cuisine and international dishes. Here are some of the restaurants you can enjoy during your stay:

  • Dionyssos Restaurant: This elegant restaurant serves up a variety of delicious Greek and Mediterranean dishes, as well as a wide selection of wines.
  • Main Restaurant: This buffet-style restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a variety of options to suit every taste.
  • Lobby Bar: The Lobby Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee or a cocktail while taking in the beautiful surroundings.
  • Night Club: The Night Club is the perfect place to dance the night away with friends or enjoy a drink in a lively atmosphere.

Overall, I cannot recommend the St. Ivan Rilski Hotel, Spa & Apartments enough. The staff, location, amenities, and food are all top-notch, and it’s easy to see why this hotel won the award for the Best Hotel in Bansko. If you’re planning a trip to Bansko, be sure to book your stay at the St. Ivan Rilski Hotel – I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Distances from the St. Ivan Rilski Hotel to various locations

  • Distance from the hotel to Bansko town centre: approximately 2 kilometres
  • Distance from the hotel to the ski gondola: approximately 600 meters
  • Distance from the hotel to Sofia Airport: approximately 160 kilometres
  • Distance from the hotel to bars and restaurants: within walking distance in the immediate vicinity and 2 kilometres in the town centre.

There’s no doubt about it, folks – St Ivan Rilski Hotel and Spa is the “best 4-star spa hotel in Bansko” you don’t want to miss out on the experience! this hotel has it all. So what are you waiting for? Book your dream vacation today and get ready to indulge in the ultimate relaxation. Head over to their website at to learn more and secure your reservation. Trust me, you won’t regret it! And don’t just take my word for it – with a high rating on Trustpilot and and countless satisfied customers, you can feel confident in choosing St Ivan Rilski Hotel and Spa for your next ski trip in Bulgaria.

Address: 2770 Bansko, 18 “Paisii Hilendarski” Str., Bulgaria

Phone: +359 749 50500



St Ivan Rilski Hotel & Spa


Written by Steve Witt