A bit far from the main street and gondola, but shuttles did it. We enjoyed walking in the evening. The breakfast is good enough for 4 stars, and the spa was perfect. Rooms are fine indeed, may visit again.
We stayed for 1 week in January as part of a skiing holiday with Balkan ski.
First impressions not great, the receptionsist wasn't the most welcoming I put this down to her not speaking any/much English. Room was very nice and large with balcony. House keeping excellent very clean. Food was good enough always maybe 4 dishes to choose from. That said the menu would not be good for a vegetarian.
Location is not great for access to the town and ski slopes. However there was a vey good and reliable bus service to and from the slopes. It was possible to walk to the town centre in about 20-30mins. When walking around Bansko I felt we got hassled to death by the restaurant owners trying to encourange us to go to their restaurant.
The leisure complex is decent with us making use of the nice warm pool and table tennis tables.
Balkan ski were excellent the reps took really good care of us and had apres ski activities every night we could part-take in. We only really went to the pubcrawl which I would strongly recommend. BUT do not make the same mistake as us as pre-drinking before the night as we did not make it until the end.
We got ski school lessons as a part of the package with balkan ski. They made us go down a small slope to decide which level group we should be a part of. After having not skied for 8 years I was put in the less advanced of the 2 groups as I was out of practice. After about half an hour skiing in this group I had remastered it and was able to do the parallel turns again. However I found myself stuck in this group for the rest of the week with the group starting from basic skiing and slopes... snow plough etc. The other group were highly advanced and confident on red and black slopes so I found myself stuck. Myself and my partner left ski school mid-week and did our own thing. We had a much better time this way. I would not bother with the ski school if I went again. The slopes themseleves were good for intermediate skiers like myself but often became icey and dangerous by the afternoon to the extent where they should possibly be closed.
A handy tip is not to eat at the restaurants on the piste as they are VERY expensive. I frequently paid approx £2 for a bottle of water which by Bulgarian standards is an absolute con. There is however a very reasonable restaurant on the way down the large blue slope that takes you all the way from the top of the gondella to the bottom godella station. It is about 10ish minutes from the bottom of the slope just set back off the slope itself down a very icey path. The food and beer here is fantastic and very cheap.
We had a fantastic stay at the Pirin and really loved Bansko and will be back sometime soon.