Arbanashki Han Hotel Arbanassi

Arbanashki Han Hotel Arbanassi

The Arbanashki Han Hotel in Arbanassi village is one of those Balkan historic hotels that make the difference, providing its guests completely authentic atmosphere and amazing experiences of the “good old times”. The Arbanashki Han Hotel is 3 stars facility in peaceful surroundings of Veliko Tarnovo /Arbanassi village/ on the surface of 6500 sq m, which consists of two parts – fully beautifully refurbished rustic style structure /Ottoman style old House – boutique hotel/ and the newly added part, that have in total 12 spacious rooms with 58 beds. The Arbanashki Han Hotel is made of only natural materials – wooden gates, doors and windows, stone walls, hand-knitted rugs for floor coverings, paving stoned yard, water wheel and furnishings, yet adorned with modern facilities to fit the most demanding tastes and demands. Arbanashki Han Hotel /earlier called the Hadjihristov House/ is among the most outstanding examples of the old Arbanassi houses, the well-preserved legacy of past centuries. The typical Arbanassi house stands out for its rich decoration including wood-carved ceilings, doors and shutters and decorative grating. Courtyards hidden behind high stonewalls are buried in greenery, cut through by paved pathways. It is located in proximity of the Church of the Nativity of Christ in Arbanassi village and it belongs to the architectural monument of national importance. The building represents the typical Arbanassi style standing amid a spacious courtyard surrounded with high stonewalls and gates. Its interiors show the superb aesthetic taste of the Bulgarian family, and its civilized habits and material capabilities. Splendid woodcarving adorns both the ceilings and furniture of the Arbanashki Han Hotel. Miraculously preserved original beam with the year 1646 cut into it talks about the past times of the house.

Over its 350-year existence the Hadjihristov House has witnessed dozens of significant events of the Bulgaria’s history. The legend has it that one of its visitors was the Apostle of Freedom Vassil Levski. The spiritual leader Stoyko Vladislavov, later Bishop of the Vratsa Eparchy with the name Sophronius of Vratsa, has also visited the house. The beautifully laid out and functional Hadjihristov House belonged to Hristo Chamourov’s son, Stefan, as one of a few houses owned by the large family of Hristo and Ana Chamourov. Dr. Dimitar Papazov mentions this noble family in his book “Arbanassi” – personal memories and data collection, a collection of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, released in 1935. More precisely, the book recounts of Stefan Chamourov, Hristo Chamourov’s son, who together with his wife Zafiritsa and children lived in the large gorgeous home. The general description of the Arbanassi house Dr. Dimitar Papazov provides applies fully to the Hadjihristov House : „The Arbanassi houses were huge with roomy courtyards encircled with high stone walls, each represented a stronghold by itself. In terms of the pattern of houses and their comfort, the village resembled a town proper. Surviving today are houses fully built of stone, with vaulted doors and windows”. What all Arbanassi houses have in common is their rectangular structure, with straight walls, with no clear distinction of floors and without any protruding parts such as bay-windows and balconies. During the second half of the 20th century – the time of socialism, the house was handed over to the Fatherland Union Organization. The then-chairman of the Fatherland Union Pencho Kubadinski suggested the house be called Arbanashki Han /Arbanassi Inn/. A brief walk along the cobbled lane by the Arbanashki Han Hotel complex takes visitors to the place with most picturesque panoramic view to Veliko Tarnovo, Tsarevets and Trapezitsa hills.
Today Arbanashki Han Hotel in Arbanassi village keeps the old traditional atmosphere in full harmony with requirements of modern time. The yard is particularly fascinating with its walnut tree – the same age as the house. This superb symbiosis of history and present-day makes the Arbanashki Han Hotel complex quite appealing at any time of the year. This gem of the Bulgarian spirit, of the national creativity and architectural skills is a pattern how the memory of a multitudinous family should be kept, but also of how the present-day new hosts recreate the tradition and heritage in a unique way. Anybody who spends hours or days in the Hadjihristov House is privileged to experience the thrill at the encounter with a remarkable masterpiece of architecture and masonry, with an emotional manifestation of the Bulgarian tradition and culture.

The Old boutique house is part of the “Arbanashki han” Hotel complex in Arbanassi, once called “Hadzhihristovata kyshta” and provides accommodation in a 1 double room, 3 triple rooms and a 1 VIP suite. Built more than 350 years ago, it is a true model of architectural brilliance and a monument of culture of the national importance. The boutique house of the Arbanashki Han Hotel represents the typical Arbanassi house – legacy of previous generations and a real small museum with lots of authentic details and elements. Rooms of the Old house are from 20 to 60 sq m in size and appointed with parquet floors, white washed walls , comfortable wooden king size /large double bed/ or single bed/s, and some of them safety box, and extending armchair or extending sofa, free WiFi internet, flat screen cable TV, Wardrobe/Closet, comfortable bathroom with Shower and toilet and Free toiletries.

The new part of the Arbanashki Han Hotel makes the property opened in 2014 which feature 11 double deluxe rooms, 5 junior suites and 1 deluxe suite, from 20 to 100 sq m in size. All accommodation units of the new part of the Arbanashki Han Hotel are air-conditioned with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, 2 to 5 single beds/ or large double beds, some with extending sofa, minibar, safety deposit box, phone, parquet floors, desk, wardrobe, closet, bathrooms equipped with a shower cabin/ bathtub, free toiletries and a hairdryer. A deluxe suite is duplex and has 2 bathrooms, which is very suitable for family vacations or stay of joint clients.

The tavern of the Arbanashki han Hotel is one of the most charming places of the complex, situated on its ground floor, and carefully designed to match strictly the Bulgarian traditional style. Due to that the house is laid out quite functionally, the new interior solution has allowed to make this spacious premise a great place to host friendly get-together, parties, family feasts or … just some brief chat over a glass of wine. When in the second half of the 20th century the house was managed by the Fatherland Union Organization, Pencho Kubadinski restored the floor with the purpose of making the tavern a place for receptions, friendly meetings and meals. Being a keen hunter, similar to a few of his guests, he made sure that the place was decorated with hunting trophies. The fireplace provides a special charm to the tavern, especially in frosty winters, when the open fire is a source of an appealing, romantic atmosphere. The tavern has 50 seats and offers finest traditional Bulgarian food. An wine cellar was founded here in 2003 with a wine repository keeping a rich collection of wines from the region and from across the country. Wine connoisseurs are welcome here to taste homemade Arbanassi wines.

The Arbanashki Han Hotel in Arbanassi has a spacious meeting hall with dimensions designed and built to the highest standards to serve functional business needs and makes a perfect venue for successful organization of seminars and events for up to 90 delegates. The conference room is equipped with ventilation, air conditioning, powerful multimedia, 3M projector, wireless microphones, flip-chart and laser pointer for presentation.

The luxury SPA and wellness center is situated in the new part of the Arbanashki Han hotel and offers a variety of classic and exotic SPA treatments and wellness programs with high-quality cosmetics. Guests are invited to indulge and pleasures of the classic and exotic massages – with honey, chocolate, essential oils and herbs, hot stone, or to take advantage of the offered anti-cellulite and aromatherapy, rejuvenating, lifting and anti-stress programs for face and body. The SPA of the Arbanashki Han Hotel features a sauna, steam bath, adventure showers, Jacuzzi, relaxation area and massage cabinet.

The extensive summer garden of the Arbanashki Han Hotel, besides its natural charm and a number of fruit and vegetable plants, provides a wonderful setting for a vacation. Here in the green area scattered with trees that give a pleasant shadow, guests enjoy their breakfast and meals and selected drinks in greenery and coolness of the nature. During warmer months the garden offers a unique atmosphere for cocktails, weddings, anniversaries, family celebrations, parties and other festivities for up to 200 guests, thanks to the playground which is their favorite for fun and games.

Amenities of the Arbanashki Han Hotel in Arbanassi : 24 hours reception, lobby bar, luggage storage, safety deposit box, fire place, parking lot, tour guide, car rental, security, SPA center, sauna, massage studio, steam bath, Jacuzzi, children playground, barbecue, conference facilities, TV set, kitchen, cable television, air conditioning, heating, mini-bar, phone, internet, bathroom/toilet, microwave oven, laundry and ironing service, bath tub, hair-dryer, horse riding, summer garden, tavern, smoking in designated areas.