Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj, Iasi, Timisoara. For all of them and for any taste, you'll find proper recommendations in terms of lodging, only in this article! I know how time-consuming can it be to browse through all options available, to check reviews and photos, to compare prices... Been there, done that! It can be an interesting task for a numbers passionate like myself, but some other times I just wish I had someone do this work for me... So here I am, filtering the largest online platform worldwide and putting forward some venues I would personally choose if I were to book a room today in one of Romania's biggest cities!
For my research, I have chosen Booking.com. It is my first pick for online reservations. I like it 'cos it's more stable than Airbnb for example. The same top hotels are available throughout all year long. Reviews are very reliable. I am used to it, plus it contains more alternatives here in Romania than Expedia or Amoma for instance.
Then, I have logged out from my Booking Genius account, where I benefit from several discounts. If you are a Genius traveller too, then you might wanna lower the rates even more - you'll see what I mean when you click on the following links, with you logged in your Booking account.
I have chosen a particular day in November, when every location is supposed to have free rooms. November 22 to be more specific - out of any winter or summer season; a weekday in 2017. Thus, I can get an idea about the regular price for one night, one double room.
Then, I have compared the resulting price with the one charged one night before the next public holiday in Romania - August 14, high-season. This is when they are supposed to have the highest rates, so that you can get a good idea for the available range.
Prices listed below are for one night, one double room.
You have three main options for each city - luxury, regular and budget.
Luxury is for those who prefer comfort whatever the price.
Regular is exactly what I would personally book today - the best price/quality ratio I could find for the selected dates.
Budget is the cheapest best alternative, as close as possible from the city center.
You get to choose which is more suitable for you. If you click on the link and you don't find a free room available, you can select between other secondary options listed below.
Then, I have double checked the selected facilities with Trip Advisor and made a few updates.
Last but not least: unless mentioned differently, I have looked for locations with 8+ ratings.
That's basically the whole process. If you find any flaws, please tell me and I'll update my options.
Now, let's go on and see what to book in the biggest cities of Romania!
Where to stay: anywhere along Victoriei Avenue, preferably as close as possible from the old town.
Luxury: Grand Hotel Continental. It is the 2nd best rated 5-star hotel but it is better located than #1 - right on the Victoriei Avenue. It is minutes away from the main landmarks - Romanian Athenaeum, Old Town, main museums and many more. And it is by far the cheapest luxury hotel in Bucharest! Rates for a night per double room: 109 Euro (November 22 & August 14).
Secondary options: Epoque Hotel, Athenee Palace Hilton, Radisson Blu Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel
Regular: Casa Mendeleev. It is located close to Romana Square, between Magheru Boulevard and Victoriei Avenue, in an area full of options such as terraces, restaurants and supermarkets. From there, it is easy to walk along Victoriei Avenue in both directions - towards Victoriei Square and Palace of Parliament respectively. Price: 43 Euro standard
Secondary options: Residence Pirri (50 Euro), Capitol Hotel (62-67 Euro)
Budget: Pura Vida Sky Bar & Hostel. There are many good options around 20-25 Euro per night. Some of them I have surely missed, but this is the best from what I've seen. It is located in the heart of the city, in Bucharest old town. Rates: 18 - 22 Euro
Secondary options: Old City by CityLife Suites, Andreea Accomodation
Where to stay: around Council Square.
Luxury: Kronwell Brasov Hotel. It is outside the city center but enjoys the best ratings for a 4-star hotel. Plus, it has the largest number of facilities - indor pool, massage, sauna, plus several interesting delights such as heated floors, iPad or HDTV. Price: 109 Euro
Secondary options (more central): Hotel Aro Palace, Vila Katharina, Villa Prato, Casa Cranta
Regular: Casa Krone - Piata Sfatului. A wonderful venue right in the Council Square, very sought after thanks to its great location and reviews. For the luxury of lodging in the heart of the city, you will spend 39 Euro per night. Look for it as early as possible since it is in very high demand!
Secondary options: Casa Crown (50 Euro), Pensiunea Casa Tepes (37 Euro), Hotel Rainer (44-46 Euro), Apartment Residenza Centrale (49 Euro, no breakfast)
Budget: Hotel Decebal. A 2-star hotel which ususally surprises its guests with even better conditions than expected. Price: 23 Euro per night
Secondary options: Vila Borgo (26 Euro), Union House (25 Euro), Taj Mahal (23 Euro, very central but rating under 8)
Where to stay: around Unirii Square.
Luxury: City Plaza. It is the only 5-star hotel downtown, very close to the main landmarks - 400 meters from Union Square. Book it only if you wish to enjoy any facility you can think of! Price is a little out of the usual range in Cluj: 132 Euro (November 22), 240 Euro (August 15).
Secondary options: Hotel Beyfin (73 Euro), Grand Hotel Italia (83 - 114 Euro)
Regular: Mozart Apartments. For the best 100% experience in Cluj, I would book an apartment in the city center. There are excellent options at a similar price. For my search on November 22, I would have picked Mozart only because it is the most convenient - 29 Euro per night. The majority charge 40 Euro tops.
Secondary options (breakfast included only): Hotel Transilvania (52 Euro), Hotel Alexis (44 - 67 Euro)
Budget: Brutarilor Guest House. 2 kilometers from the city center, but still extremely appreciated. Great value for money - 20 Euro per night!
Where to stay: close to Palas Mall/Palace of Culture, or Unirii Square.
Luxury: Hotel International Iasi. It is a wonderful 4-star hotel, offering the widest variety of facilities, both suitable for business or leisure tourism. I would pick it because it's located in the gem of the city - the Palas Complex. Price range: 99 Euro (November 22), 85 Euro (August 14).
Secondary options: Pleiada Boutique Hotel & Spa (the only 5-star hotel, 3 km from the city center), Unirea Hotel & Spa (Unirii Square)
Regular: Casa de Oaspeti Sfantul Nicolae. Sounds old? Click the link and you'll be amazed! It is very close to the Stefan cel Mare si Sfant Boulevard - the pedestrian street connecting the Palace with Unirii Square. Price: 33 Euro
Secondary options: Apartament Palas Residence, Lavric Bistro Pension
Budget: Pensiunea La Bunica 2. 6 km from the city center, located in a greeny, quiet area of the city, with a nice natural environment. Great value for money - excellent ratings and the cheapest alternative - 18 Euro per night.
Secondary options (more central): Sf Maria Apartment (24 Euro), Bicycle Hostel (26 Euro, shared bathroom)
Where to stay: close to the Opera Square, Liberty Square or Unirii Square
Luxury: Hotel Boutique Casa del Sole. Out of the many top hotels in Timisoara, this one looks the best to me, in terms of facilities, location, elegance and even price - 69 Euro.
Seconday options: NH Timisoara, Hotel La Residenza, ApartIosefin Residence, Savoy Hotel, Hotel Continental
Regular: City Center Apartment. It is the best option downtown, in terms of location, rating, conditions and price. Price: 40 Euro per night
Secondary options: Rox Central Apartments (50 Euro), Hotel Timisoara (check the reviews though to make sure you don't mind some of the negative feedback - I personally don't!)
Budget: Pensiunea Red Rose Apartments. It is the cheapest property I have found in Timisoara for the selected criteria. It is 3 km from the city center. but it's a great opportunity for budget travellers to lodge in a 4-star location. Price: 28 Euro per night
Secondary option: Freeborn Hostel
... one more important thing: I have no direct contact with any of these locations. I only happen to know the owner of Pura Vida in Bucharest, but he currently has no idea I will publish him in a list of recommended facilities. They have all popped up in my eyes as the best alternatives for the selected criterias.
Thus, you can be sure this is an objective list, which can only be wrong if Booking hasn't shown me some other sold-out properties.
So, please use this list confidently for any future reservation, in Romania or anywhere! It is also your very first chance to support The Golden Romania if you like our project Booking.com says they give us a fee, everytime someone clicks any of the links above, and goes through with a reservation...
If they do, we accept it happily. If not, we will at least be more than satisfied to know you find this listing helpful!
Thanks, looking forward to your thoughts! Do you feel anything is missing?
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