The old Romanian city of Brasov is overflowing with history: a Transylvanian fort, the imposing Black Church and (a short way outside the city) Bran Castle, seat of Count Dracula. The best hotels here reflect Brasov’s colourful heritage, and range from medieval townhouses to modern design boutiques and 19th-century mansions. Enjoy this romantic city with our list of the best places to lay your head.
A sense of artistry pervades the Kronwell; mid-century modern chairs and gently curving bathtubs, the stylish indoor swimming pool and Belaqva Spa. It’s a hi-tech place, too, with iPads and smart TVs among the in-room luxuries. If you’re into more traditional diversions, however, there’s a selection of cigars and spirits on hand at the Cabinet C-Bar for your delectation.
Old World elegance is the order of the day at this palatial hotel with its traditional guest rooms opening onto wrought-iron balconies. Sitting on the postcard-perfect main square of Brasov, the hotel blends in perfectly with its historic surroundings; sights within walking distance include the County History Museum, the Turnul Alb restored watchtower and the gothic Black Church – while the landscaped Nicolae Titulescu park is just moments from the front door.
Housed in a large terracotta-hued corner building, Casa Chitic sits on the main square and shares its architectural stateliness and relaxed café-culture atmosphere. Apartments have period features such as wooden ceiling-beams, brick arches and vintage furniture; deluxe rooms have superb views over the square, and are second only to the suite, housed in the light and spacious attic.
Hotel Bella Muzica is a 17th-century Transylvanian fortress, with 19th-century décor. The result is a collection of unique guest rooms with one-off features like red brick exposed walls, lovely wooden beams and (in the restaurant) dimly lit, vaulted arches. Continue the traditional theme by ordering bulz, a classic Romanian dish of roasted polenta, cheese and egg.
A classy 1847 building in the heart of the old town, Residence Hirscher’s rooms have a correspondingly traditional style (tip: ask for an attic room for the best views). Suites feature living areas and kitchenettes – though you’re not far from the fantastic restaurants and bars of central Brasov if you want to dine out. Several famous landmarks are conveniently local including the Black Church, Catherine’s Gate and the Black Tower.
The contemporary style of the guest rooms in the Belfort acts as a foil for the historic location of this hotel, on a forested hill overlooking the old town. Fifteen minutes’ walk takes you to the forts, squares and museums of the centre, while back at the hotel the cosy library area is the place to curl up with a book and a stiff drink on a chilly evening.
There’s a classic feel to the rooms at the Victoria Bulevard Hotel which extends to the mahogany-panelled bar and the relaxed restaurant. Things take a Scandi turn in the spa, where a pine sauna and tiled hot tub are on offer to help you relax, while the well-equipped gym means you can stay on top of your workout routine.
Unbeatable views over the red roofs and church spires of the old town can be enjoyed from this hillside hotel, but the view on the inside isn’t bad either with its clean-cut, pine-furnished rooms and apartment and suite with terrace. As a bonus, the Kolping is eco-friendly, and uses LED lighting and solar panels in its quest to be carbon-neutral.
With oil portraits adorning the walls, slipper bathtubs and polished parquet floors, Vila Katharina carries an air of classical sophistication which complements the historic vibe of Brasov. The only thing more lavish than the décor is the breakfast: yoghurt with fresh fruit and compote, smoked salmon and caviar, baskets of pastries – an unforgettable way to start the day.