The M-Tel Masters Arena
Since 2005, Grand Hotel Sofia welcomes in it’s luxorious Sofia Hall the M-Tel Masters tournament. Just 10 km from the airport and 5 km from the train station, it is in the beautiful center of Sofia. Right next to the hotel you can find historical buildings, Ivan Vazov national theter, Sofia Art Gallery, Alexander Nevski Cathedral, St. Sofia Church, St. Nikolay Russian church, as well as the Parliament, The Presidential building, and main administrative and financial institutions of the capital.
Grand Hotel Sofia is a modern marble-glass building. It has 109 spacious rooms, 13 luxurious apartments, fitness hall (with sauna, solarium, Jacuzzi, special training programs, massage, etc.), luxurious restaurant, 24-hour room service. The room facilities include modern airconditioner with individual adjustment of the temperature and humidity, direct telephone line, Internet connection, satellite TV, mini bar, private safe, and well equiped bathroom. Grand Hotel Sofia welcomes its guests in the luxurious Restaurant “Shades of Red”. There is also a Viennese Grand Cafe garden, a pleasant place for chill out or meet friends.
The games of M-Tel Masters tournament take place on the second floor of the hotel in the spacious Sofia Hall. It is 300 square meters and is always full with chess fans during the tournament. There is also a media press room with fast internet connection and modern facilities. Grand Hotel Sofia was not a random choice for holding such an important Grand Slam event. Besides the great facilities, it carries the spirit of chess. For many years the garden in front of the neighbouring theater “Ivan Vazov” has been full of amateur chess players. Any time of the year you will see there chess boards and a multitude of people around them. Each game is followed by interesting discussions, game analysis, and funny anecdotes.
Ivan Vazov theater and the fountains
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