Review: 103 Degrees Hotel & Spa, Sapareva Banya

We recently decided to give ourselves a spa experience and headed to the first 4-star spa hotel in Sapareva Banya – “103 Degrees Hotel & Spa”. As we have heard a lot about it and there is a lot of hype, we had very high expectations.

103 Degrees Hotel and Spa, Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria

Accommodation in a 103 Degrees Hotel & Spa

We booked at the last minute so we could choose between a classic and a deluxe double room. We chose the classic one. They also have junior suites and apartments. The hotel boasts a Scandinavian minimalist design that is really impressive. Unfortunately, our room was on the first floor and the view was to the neighboring building and to the street. The higher floors are said to have more beautiful panoramic views.

While our room had everything we needed for a wonderful spa stay, one thing made a very bad impression – the smell of cigarettes, which had permeated the curtains, the covers, and the carpet. Our room was a non-smoking room. When we gave this feedback at the front desk, they first assumed that it must smell from the outside because people were smoking in the yard. But never mind the quality of the reception staff, we came for the spa experience after all.

But before we got to the spa center, we visited the restaurant. And there we fell in love! The service, the meals, and the atmosphere – everything was great! There was a large selection of vegetarian dishes, the tables were far from each other enough for you to enjoy in peace, and breakfast was positively overwhelming with its great variety. The covid-19 measures were followed.

The SPA center

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In the spa center of 103 Degrees Hotel & Spa, the outdoor jacuzzi in the yard and the salt room quickly became our favorites. The water, which springs at a temperature of 103 degrees, is diluted to make it usable for people, so it doesn’t burn you – but it can still be quite hot. In addition to the two jacuzzis and the two swimming pools (one is for children, but both were occupied by kids most of the time), there is also a Finnish sauna, а steam bath, an ice fountain, a relaxing room, and a gym (which was closed as a pandemic measure). Nace had a massage and was very happy with it.

In general, we liked the spa center, it was very clean and nice to pamper ourselves. We managed to have about an hour without other people. When the other guests started coming, it became a little difficult to get to use any of the spa facilities. Therefore, we recommend that you visit 103 Degrees on a weekday.

Things to do in the area

Spa experiences in Sapareva Banya can be combined with walks in the area – in the city itself (check out the Geyser), hiking up in the mountains, and even some skiing in Borovets. Nearby is Dupnitsa, as well as Rila Park, where there is something to enjoy every season of the year.

Prices and reservations at 103 Degrees Hotel & Spa

Since we decided to stay at the hotel at the last minute, we called reception to reserve a room. The price was exactly the same as it was on booking.com, so we strongly recommend that you book 103 Degrees Hotel & Spa through booking.com, where you will be able to leave a review after your stay.

In conclusion, we recommend a spa experience and staying at the hotel, if you avoid weekends and holidays. The spa center is great, but you can only enjoy it if there are not many people there. Which doesn’t happen when the hotel is booked up. The restaurant was the highlight of our stay and we highly recommend it! We would return in the summer to check out the rooftop sky bar with two jacuzzis and mountain views.

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