Sense Hotel Sofia, a member of Design Hotels, is a Starwood affiliated boutique hotel in Bulgaria’s capital city. The 9th floor Rooftop Bar offers terrific panoramic views. The hotel is located one block from Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Bulgaria’s largest Eastern Orthodox cathedral.
Sense Hotel Sofia (SPG hotel website) is SPG category 3 at 7,000 Starpoints per reward night. The hotel does not show any Cash & Points availability at this time. SPG benefits are limited at the property.
TripAdvisor ranks Sense Hotel Sofia at #7 of 134 hotels at time of this post.
Sense Hotel has 71 rooms and suites on 8 floors and a 9th floor rooftop bar. Ground floor 0 has a restaurant and lobby bar. Basement –1 floor is the pool and fitness center.
I considered staying at Sense Hotel, but Sofia Hotel Balkan at 2,000 points + $35 with SPG Cash & Points nights seemed like a better value for me than spending 7,000 points.
Sense Hotel is 400 meters from Sofia University St. Metro Station on the direct line for Sofia airport, so location is relatively convenient for public transportation. Oddly enough, the SPG website for Sense Hotel Sofia does not even mention the Metro as an option for 1.60 BGN, yet mentions taking the train from the airport to Sofia Central Station 3 km away from the hotel and then a taxi.
Stopped by for a peek and stayed for a drink
I passed in front of the Sense Hotel when walking back to Sofia Hotel Balkan from the Monument of the Soviet Army.
I took the opportunity to check the place out. The style of Sense is modern and completely different from the old style of Sofia Hotel Balkan.
Rooftop Bar at Sense Sofia
One side of the 9th floor is the Rooftop Bar and the other side is Gastro Bar for dining.
Rooftop bar has great window views looking out to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
All those cathedral view seats were occupied. I sat by a window looking out to the Radisson Blu Sofia Hotel.
Music had a W Hotel vibe.
The place was popular and filling up on a Sunday night around 7pm. Stella Artois on the menu cost 8 BGN, about $5 USD, for a standard size 330ml bottle, more than double the average beer price for a pint in the city. I had a 0.5 l bottle of Stella at a beer garden in the Soviet Monument park for 3.20 BGN.
The toilets are on the 8th floor via a stairway, although I assume you could take the elevator if needed.
Two hotel choices in Sofia, Bulgaria for Starwood Preferred Guest members each offer a completely different vibe. Sofia Hotel Balkan is classic traditional and Sense contemporary cool.
Rooftop Bar at Sense is definitely the hotel place I felt the better vibe for drinking.