Jetting off to Moldova to experience the Martisor festivities? Locals are known for their hospitality, and often take in guests. But even if they don’t, these Moldova hotels will make sure there will be some cash left for a few bottles of Rara Neagră, Zghiharda, or Fetească albă wines.
There are quite a few budget hotels in Moldova’s capital Chisinau. The capital’s name comes from “chisla noua” or “new spring,” signifying the fountain that welled where the city was built around. A place where trees and buildings are side-by-side, it is one of the most verdant municipalities in Europe.
Book at Best Eastern Hotel Cosmos, located smack in the middle of Chisinau. Patrons have called it “Soviet-style,” and with reason. Its furnishings are a reminder of its austere past, although its facilities are definitely up-to-date. This is a good choice for the no-frills traveller.
Another budget hotel in Moldova’s capital is Best Eastern Hotel National, where the food and wine are said to be “very good,” and representative of the local specialties. A salon and casino can be found in this 17-floor building. The rooms have mini bars, cable TV, direct-dial telephones, and more, while the en-suite bathrooms have bathtubs, showers, and complimentary toiletries. Get a suite with a balcony to enjoy the summer air. There are cafés near the hotel, with Delice d'ange coming highly recommended for its atmosphere – perfect for a snack with the kids.
Hotel Zarea offers a bar and billiards, and is great for backpackers who want to have a little fun indoors at a small price. Motel Nord Vest will provide those eager for Moldovan cuisine a delicious sustenance. Its bar and restaurant have been described as “excellent,” while its sauna and tennis court are just the venues for a leisurely afternoon.