Hotel Kalina in Shiroka laka is owned by the Slavchevs’ family – two brothers Anastas and Vasil Slavchevi and the children of Anastas – Dafina and Peter. All of them were born in Shiroka laka and live in the Rhodope mountains. It was 2000 when the Slavchevi brothers bought the building, which was a Bulgarian fashion house before. They restored it and made it a cozy hotel with a traditional restaurant to meet guests and friends.
15 years since then, a lot of Bulgarian and foreign tourists visited the hotel and felt relaxed and satisfied by warm atmosphere and irresistible food. The pub of the hotel is part of a national chain of the “100 traditional pubs of Bulgaria”.
In 2017 Anastas Slavchev hands control of hotel Kalina to his son in low – Bogdan Kabasanov, married to Dafina. Bogdan was born in Momchilovtsi – another village in the Rhodope mountains. His profession is a tour manager. He’s also a qualified ski & snowboard instructor, rafting and mountain guide. Former trainer of the national team in free style snowboarding.
In 2015 Bogdan establishes a ski & snowboard school “ProLine” in Pamporovo resort. There a team of professional ski & snowboarding instructors work together with passion to teach visitors to ski and develop winter sports in Bulgaria. Bogdan has few hobbies like motocross, rocky climbing and kite surfing. He has a daughter and a son who grow on the slopes and mountains of the Rhodopes.
The team of hotel Kalina consists of local people, dedicated to bring pleasure at the visitor’s table by serving delicious food and promoting the old traditions of Shiroka laka. Nikola Bochukov is the restaurant manager and a good example of a helpful and honestly person who is able to unite the team and to satisfy guests’ wishes.