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A hotel in Samokov 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 Samokov hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Samokov are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Samokov hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Samokov hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Samokov have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

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An upscale full service hotel facility in Samokov that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Samokov 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.

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Hostels in Samokov
Samokov 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 Samokov hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

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Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Samokov 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 Samokov lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Samokov
Samokov 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 Samokov 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 Samokov on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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A Samokov 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 Samokov for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Samokov motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Samokov Historical Museum with the statue of Zahari Zograf
Samokov Historical Museum with the statue of Zahari Zograf
Coat of arms of Samokov
Coat of arms
Samokov is located in Bulgaria
Location of Samokov
Coordinates:  / 42.333; 23.550  / 42.333; 23.550
Country Bulgaria
• Mayor Vladimir Georgiev
• City 128.982 km (49.800 sq mi)
Elevation 948 m (3,110 ft)
Population (2015)
• City 27,193
• Density 210/km (550/sq mi)
• Urban 37,770
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
• Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 2000
Area code(s) (+359) 0722

Samokov (Bulgarian: Самоков) is a town in Sofia Province in the southwest of Bulgaria. It is situated in a basin between the mountains Rila and Vitosha, 55 kilometres from the capital Sofia. Due to the suitable winter sports conditions, Samokov, together with the nearby resort Borovets, is a major tourist centre.

In the past, Samokov was a centre of handicrafts and art, with notable figures like Zahari Zograf, Hristo Dimitrov and Nikola Obrazopisov. The town's name is a compound word of "samo" and "kov", respectively meaning "self" and the root of the verb "forge, hammer", and comes from the samokov, a mechanical forge powered by water, since the town of Samokov was a major iron producing centre during the Middle Ages.

Samokov: History

It is thought that Samokov was founded in the 14th century as a mining settlement with the assistance of "Saxon" miners. It was first mentioned in 1455 and in Ottoman registers of 1477 as Vlaychov Samokov. Some of the best craftsmen, woodcarving masters and builders came from Samokov and were recognized for their skills in creating detailed and impressive woodcarvings, painting beautiful icons and building unique architecture. In fact Samokov was one of the then famous three woodcarving schools in the region, the other two being Debar and Bansko. Their work can be seen in many churches and cultural buildings throughout the Balkan Peninsula.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, it grew into the greatest iron extraction centre in the region, with western travellers describing it as 'a fairly large city'. In 1565-1566, Samokov had to produce and deliver to Belgrade 20,000 horseshoes and 30,000 nails. Samokov also produced anchors and other materials for the shipyards of the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, particularly Pomorie. As the logging industry was also well developed, in 1573 the people of Samokov had to deliver 300 beams as far as Mecca.

Samokov: Sports

A large modern sports arena for basketball, volleyball, boxing, wrestling, judo and more was opened on 8 March 2008. Its cost is estimated to 16 mln lev. There is also a skiing centre in Samokov for Cross Country skiing, a small alpine hill and a snowboard park. Bulgaria's only ski jumping hill Chernia kos is located in Samokov. It's a fairly small hill, K-40 metres where you can jump down to 45 metres. The hill is very old and needs to be renovated.

Samokov: Climate

Samokov has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) with an average annual temperature of approximately 9 °C (48 °F). The altitude of 950 metres, in the skirts of Rila mountain, and the mitigating proximity to the continental mediterranean climate zone, are both strong factors in forming the climate.

Summers vary from very warm, sunny and dry to warm and humid, while winters can be relatively mild and wet with lots of snowfall, but also colder and drier. Springs can be cool and wet, while in autumns there can be numerous sunny and warm days.

Climate data for Samokov, Bulgaria
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 15.7
Average high °C (°F) 2.1
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.5
Average low °C (°F) −6.1
Record low °C (°F) −28.3
Average precipitation mm (inches) 45
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Source #2: Meteo.BG
Селско хоро от Самоковска околия; painting by Nikola Obrazopisov

Samokov: Honour

Samokov Knoll on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Samokov.

Samokov: Notable persons

  • Petar Popangelov - Alpine skier
  • Vladimir Zografski - Ski Jumper, junior world champion
  • Victor Shem-Tov - Israeli politician
  • Mary Haskell - American missionary at Samokov

Samokov: References

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  2. Karloukovski, Vassil. "Е. Грозданова, Ст. Андреев - Българите през XVI век - 4". Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  3. "Climatic data for selected stations Bulgarian (1961-1990., "Monthly Bulletin of NIMH")". Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  4. "National Institute of Meteorology and Biology". Retrieved 2012-10-30.
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