A Luxury Collection Destination, Bulgaria
Sage green domes atop Sofia’s cathedral hint at the city’s Ottoman past. Sober Soviet blocks set the scene for a festive, open-air antiques market. Alternately opulent and severe, the Bulgarian capital tells its dramatic history in its architecture, museums, restaurants, and theater.
Formerly known as Preslav, Stardust restaurant has a storied past, serving as a meeting point for heads of state from Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir to UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon.
A handful of west-facing suites look out on the domed medieval Sveta Nedelya Church, one of the city’s most elegant, which lies on the ancient crossroads of the city of Serdica.
While Soviet architecture is often thought of as Brutalist, the Sofia Hotel Balkan is an impressive example of 1950s Soviet style, an ornate Italianate monument of soaring columns, marble floors, elegant arches.