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Hotels of Bansko
A hotel in Bansko is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Bansko hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Bansko are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Bansko hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Bansko hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Bansko have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels in Bansko
An upscale full service hotel facility in Bansko that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Bansko hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels in Bansko
Full service Bansko hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels in Bansko
Boutique hotels of Bansko are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Bansko boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Bansko may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels in Bansko
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Bansko travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Bansko focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels in Bansko
Small to medium-sized Bansko hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Bansko traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Bansko hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs in Bansko
A bed and breakfast in Bansko is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Bansko bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Bansko B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels in Bansko
Bansko hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Bansko hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Bansko
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Bansko hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Bansko lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Bansko
Bansko timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Bansko often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Bansko on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels in Bansko
A Bansko motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Bansko for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Bansko motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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For the village in Macedonia, see Bansko (Republic of Macedonia).
View of central Bansko
Coat of arms
Location of Bansko
Coordinates: / 41.833; 23.500 / 41.833; 23.500
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Bansko (Bulgarian: Банско) is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains at an elevation of 927 m above sea level. It is a popular ski resort.
There are several legends about who founded Bansko. According to one, Bansko was founded by people who lived in Dobarsko, a village in Rila, itself, according to a legend, founded by the blinded army of Tsar Samuil. Another legend claims that Bansko was founded by an Italian painter by the name of Ciociolino, hence the existence of the name Chucholin in Bansko.
Still according to another version it was a Slavic tribe called the Peruns, who lived in Pirin and worshiped Perun, that founded the village later to become a town. There are a number of ethnographic texts, legends, prayers and oratories, which lend credence to this legend.
The archeological traces of the inhabitants of Bansko and the Razlog Valley in general date to the early periods of the Roman Empire. There are several housing structures at the outskirts of the town, which date to 100 BC. However, there is no consensus nor credible theory on who these people were.
Bansko, then part of the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire was added to Bulgaria during the reign of Khan Krum, most probably around 811 AD, and passed back-and forth between Byzantines and Bulgarians for the next few centuries, before control fell to the Ottomans in the 14th century.
The Bulgarian Evangelical Church Community, the first Protestant church in Bulgaria, was founded in Bansko on 6 August 1868.
Skiers near Bansko
Scenery dominating the west side of the resort
Abandoned hotels / apartments in Bansko
Bansko, once mainly a stockbreeding and travelling merchant community, has become an international centre for winter and summer tourism. The mountain peaks near the town, the numerous lakes and the old pine woods make it a popular site for recreation. Bulgaria's share in European winter tourism is steadily rising, and Bansko increasingly competes with resorts in France and Switzerland due to the comparative lower costs but not in quality. Improvements to the infrastructure and organisation of the ski area on Todorka have been made annually to accommodate the rising number of tourists. A gondola lift was built from town in 2003, replacing the minibus ride to the primary base area of Banderishka Poliana. As of 2010, the ski area has 75 km (47 mi) of ski runs, 14 lifts and drags, serving up to 24,500 persons per hour. The lift-served summit rises to an elevation of 2,600 m (8,500 ft) above sea level. The vertical drop is nearly 1,000 m (3,300 ft) to the base area at Banderishka Poliana, and over 1,600 m (5,200 ft) with the ski runs to town
The nearby village of Banya, located only 5 km (3 mi) from the town, is known for its 27 thermal mineral springs.
The town is served by the scenic narrow gauge line from Septemvri to Dobrinishte. Regular bus connections are available to Sofia, Plovdiv, Blagoevgrad, Gotse Delchev, Razlog, among others.
Many of the infrastructure problems have been given attention to since 2009. The large portion of unfinished apartments are now being given attention as well. Due to the global recovery from the financial crisis and the more realistic pricing, apartments are attracting more buyers from across Europe. In 2010 the resort recovered from the crisis and has seen record profits.
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Bansko: Historical Climate Data
Climate data for Bansko (1931-1970), records 1926-1970
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Bansko has recently hosted FIS World Cup alpine ski races: the women raced in 2009 in two downhills and a super G. The men's circuit made its first stop at Bansko in 2011 with a super combined and a slalom. It hosted the men's giant slalom in February 2012 and the FIS World Cup ladies' downhill and super G, and men's giant slalom and slalom.
Alpine and biathlon competitions take place regularly. It is expected that the summer biathlon world cup will also take place in the resort of Bansko.
In recent years, the town has gained international popularity as a pop and jazz scene after the start of the annual Bansko Jazz Festival and consequently the annual Bansko pop-star concert featuring top pop stars. In March the town hosts the British underground dance fete Horizon Festival.
Bansko Peak on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after the town of Bansko.
Bansko: International relations
Bansko: Twin towns - sister cities
Bansko is twinned with:
Bansko: See also
List of cities and towns in Bulgaria
www.protestantstvo.com/show.php?id=35 Archived October 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
Bulgaria's share of the skiing market is rising, The Sofia Echo, 2 December 2011
Bansko Lift Status. Check Online Ski Runs And Lift Status In Bansko Resort
banskoski.com Archived February 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. - ski map - accessed 2011-02-26
Irish Times.com - 2200 Irish own an apartment in Bansko - 2009-05-21
FIS-ski.com - Bansko - World Cup events - 2009 - women
FIS-ski.com - Bansko - World Cup events - 2011 - men
Bansko World Cup.com - accessed 2010-02-26
"Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-11-25. Retrieved 2011-11-09. - FIS Ski World Cup Calendar 2012 - ladies
"Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2011-11-09. - FIS Ski World Cup Calendar 2012 - men
Bansko: External links
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bansko.
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Bansko.
Information about Bansko, ski slopes, lift passes, webcams
Ski world cup Bansko 2012
Culinary tourism in Bansko-Razlog area
International jazz festival
Mountaineer film festival
Bansko 360° virtual tour
Bansko Jazz Festival
Cities and towns of Bulgaria (2011 census)
Byala, Ruse Province
Sopot, Plovdiv Province
city status after the census of 01.02.2011: Ignatievo, Kran
Municipalities of Blagoevgrad Province
Bulgarian ski resorts
Tourism in Bulgaria
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