Castle & Historic Hotels in Romania

by Joanne Thomas

Many visitors to Romania are intrigued by the nation's best-known region -- Transylvania -- and its tales of vampires, peasants and counts. Those who wish to fully embrace the history of Romania have the chance to spend the night in a castle hotel, a medieval townhouse, a rural cottage or a historic hunting lodge.

Hunter Prince and Dracula Castle

Located in Turda, a town in the heart of Transylvania, Hunter Prince and Dracula Castle is a fantastical medieval-style building adorned with turreted brass roofs and stone-clad walls. The hotel fully embraces its theme, with opulent period details like Gothic candelabras, heavy velvet curtains and ornate wrought iron scroll work in its 18 guest rooms and suites. Guests' enjoy contemporary amenities such as air conditioning, cable television and complimentary wireless Internet access. Facilities include a Finnish sauna and several themed restaurants, including the Outlaw's Hut, a stylized hunter's log cabin adorned with skins and trophies; and the Bucolic House, which is entirely handcrafted from oak and serves hearty dishes typical of the Romanian countryside along with local wines. The main restaurant is the round stone hall of "Dracula's Castle," which encapsulates the vampire theme with costumed knights, blood trails and long communal tables lined with gilt goblets.

Count Kalnoky's Estate

Count Kalnoky's Estate offers guest accommodations in several rural and remote Transylvanian villages, ancient farming communities whose ways of working the land have changed little for centuries. The accommodations consist of ancient houses, cottages and medieval manors that have been restored for comfort while retaining their historic charm with authentic antique furnishings and locally crafted textiles. All the properties are set within gardens. Rooms in the guesthouses are available for bed-and-breakfast rates or as part of a customizable all-inclusive package that covers full board accommodations with wine and restaurant meals, tours and activities. A wide range of culture, history and nature tours, and horseback riding and hiking excursions are available through the estate.

Kalnoky Castle Bed and Breakfast

Kalnoky Castle Bed and Breakfast, which is privately owned by Count Tibor Kalnoky, is a restored 16th-century hunting lodge in Miclosoara, a small village in the Carpathian Mountain foothills of Transylvania. It sits on storied hunting grounds that were owned by the Count's ancestors for more than 750 years before being abandoned under communist oppression of Romanian aristocrats. Five guest rooms are available, all furnished with Transylvanian antiques and luxurious feather bedding. Notable features of the historic property include the stone walls and open fireplace in the dining room, and wooden eaves in a loft guest room. Packages are available that include hunting trips or historical and cultural tours.

Fronius Residence

Fronius Residence is an immaculately preserved house built around 1609 in the Citadel of Sighisoara. One of its early features is a Latin inscription near an ancient indoor water well expressing thanks for the house being spared by a great fire in 1676 -- some of the rooms feature fire-singed Gothic ceilings. The hotel offers seven guest rooms with hardwood floors, light wood furnishings and contemporary bathrooms with natural colored marble and tile. Three of the rooms, named Agatha, Septimia and Felicia, are split over two stories with a carved wooden staircase leading to a loft bedroom. The old cellar is now occupied by a cozy bar, and antiques from all over Transylvania are displayed throughout the property. Modern comforts including air conditioning, wireless Internet access, cable televisions and minibars complement the hotel's historic charm.

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