Skiing in Sinaia is an elevated experience – after all, it’s Romania’s highest point, with Furnica Peak stretching high into the clouds. During the winter season, visitors flock to the ski resort, with the Gondola Sinaia providing hassle-free access to the slopes. Meanwhile, the warmer summer months are perfect for hiking. Visit the royal family’s former residence, Peleș Castle, completed in 1883, and the Sinaia Monastery with icons painted by Romanian artist Pârvu Mutu. Here’s our guide to the top places to stay.
Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Peleș Castle at this 21-room Bavarian-style hotel, built in 1884 by one of the castle’s architects. Just south of the Sinaia Monastery and west of Dimitrie Ghica Park, the villa is within walking distance of the area’s highlights, yet sits behind a delightful garden entrance offering a slice of serenity in the Carpathian Mountains.
Stepping inside this Rina Hotels outpost on the city’s main street is like entering a Nordic haven. Opt for a room with a balcony to savour that brisk mountain air, or a family suite with a double bed and three singles. There’s also the new Silena Mountain Spa, with an indoor heated pool, dry sauna and hammam, where you can unwind after a long day on the mountain.
Après-ski is so much cosier when you’re in your own apartment, cuddled up by the fireplace. Each unit inside the Hotel Elexus also comes with a fully equipped kitchen, which is great for families and large groups. The four-person deluxe apartment is especially spacious. Even though you get plenty of privacy, the property is still right in the centre of town, just a five-minute walk to the train station.
Around the bend from Peleș Castle and set away from the city centre is this four-star boutique property with 16 suites. Breakfast is served each morning in the restaurant – choose from the buffet selection or a hot meal from the à la carte menu. Downstairs, you’ll also find an indoor pool, jacuzzi and hamman; massages are available in your room on request.
This boutique hotel has six bespoke rooms, four of which have their own balcony or terrace. In addition to the comforts in each room, you will also have access to a shared kitchen, garden and barbecue. It’s like being in a home away from home, with a few new friends.
With 70 spacious rooms, this easily accessible hotel is right on Bulevardul Carol I, and offers both standard double rooms and apartment-style ones with extra-long beds. The hotel, which was renovated in 2014, is also known for its spa treatments, especially its halotherapy room where you can breathe in salty air, believed to help with respiratory ailments.
While it may not be anywhere near its Black Sea namesake, this hotel offers the same kind of relaxation in Sinaia’s Furnica District, just south of Peleș Castle. Originally built in 2007, and renovated in 2019, the 34 rooms each have a balcony where you can soak in the calm of the natural surroundings. Downstairs, digest the day’s adventures while sipping a cocktail or cold beer at the bar.