Our modern, well equipped, riverside ski or summer apartment is ideally situated for skiing, snowboarding, sightseeing and relaxing in the ancient town of Bansko. It is only a 150m walk from the main gondola station and 5 minutes walk to the town centre.
The self-catering one bedroom apartment sleeps up to 5 in comfort. Fantastic views from the balcony to the Pirin mountains and across the valley to the Rila mountains.
Great summer base for hiking, mountain biking, riding and sightseeing.
The apartment overlooks the river Glazne, on the third floor of the Residence section of the Vihren Hotel & Residence Ski and Spa complex.
I've had the apartment since 2009, which is when the complex opened.
It has a large entrance hall leading to the living room, bedroom, box room & bathroom.
The living area is equipped with a very comfortable double sofa-bed, a single sofa-bed, coffee tables and a wooden linen storage chest.
There is a 22-inch LCD TV/DVD player + iPod dock with a great selection of free DVD's for you and your family or friends to enjoy. You can also use other music players using the aux input socket, and a standard HDMI port means you can view your photos & video on the TV. There are also guide books, quiz books and board games.
There is access to the balcony with great views of the mountains all around you, and of the boulder-strewn river.
The open plan kitchenette is well equipped, with a fridge/freezer, dishwasher, electric oven and a 2 ring hob, microwave/grill, toaster, kettle, cafetiere, cutlery, glasses and pots & pans for you to use if you feel like staying in and cooking.
The carpeted bedroom has separate access onto the balcony. There are 2 robust, wooden single beds with high quality mattresses, designed to fit together with no gap, to make a comfortable double. They were made high enough to allow suitcases to be stored underneath.
The bedroom has a solid wood triple wardrobe with plenty of storage space. There is a further wardrobe in the box room so that guests using the sofa-beds can store their belongings, without cluttering the living area.
There is a custom wooden storage box for the sofa bedding in the living area. The box-room also has a large coat rack with more storage space, a shoe/boot rack and a ski-rack to store your boards and skis - not something you will find in many other apartments.
The bathroom is tiled & heated, with WC, powerful mixer shower in a corner glass enclosure, sink with large mirror and towel drying racks (also very good for drying ski clothes!). A hairdryer is provided.
The box room has a small clothes airer, and we also keep an electric sweeper in there, to help you keep the floors clean.
For travellers from the UK, we provide a 3-pin plug board for all those chargers that we need to carry around with us. It means you won't have to bring lots of euro adapters with you! There is also a small travel iron in case you feel the need to get the creases out of your tux!
You are renting the whole apartment.
Please note this is a non-smoking /no pets apartment.
Other things to note
Wi-Fi: The apartment does not have wi-fi of its own, but there is wifi available throughout the complex - the password is available from hotel reception.
Almost every bar and restaurant in Bansko has decent wi-fi too.
If you are expecting to do more than email and light browsing (like Netflix, online gaming, etc.) then you might need your own portable wi-fi device (either rent or buy one) and a data SIM, for the period you are in Bansko.
You can get these in the mall, just across the river, opposite the apartment.
The mobile 4G signal is also very good, even on the mountain, so that can be used as an alternative, if you have the right data plan.
If you have any problems during your stay, you should contact our local property management office in the first instance. They are on hand to deal with any issues to do with the apartment, such as the boiler, or lost keys (for which there is a £50 charge).
If you want linen and towel changes during your stay, there is an additional charge, and is arranged through, and paid to, the property management company.