Budget hotels in Romania are perfect for those seeking out the true story behind Count Dracula in his hometown in Transylvania.
A popular choice in Bucharest is Carpati, near the Cismigiu Gardens, the oldest and largest park in the city. The rooms range from those with en-suite bathrooms to those with a shared shower and closet. These are relatively small but there’s no beating the price or the location. Facilities include safes, laundry rooms, and a gift shop.
Travellers can only wait for the reopening of Hanul lui Manuc, built in 1801, which has been shut down for renovation. Aside from its low prices, its appeal comes from its historical value. Not only was it once the site of the town hall, but it was also where talks to end the 1806–1812 Russo-Turkish war were held. It used to be a theatre too, and was home to the wealthy Armenian merchant Manuc Bei. This is a grand house with a restaurant, bars, and shops adjoining it.
Hotel Continental is another low-cost option. Located in Suceava, it’s the perfect place for those who want to go monastery-hopping. Get value for money as room amenities include ironing facilities, Internet access, cable TVs, and complimentary newspapers. Get a whiff of the tree-lined outdoors from the connecting balcony, or ask for cribs if travelling with infants, and leave them with babysitters when away sightseeing. The hotel has a few restaurants, gift shops, currency exchange services, computer rental areas, and a bar.
Other budget hotels to try are Hotel Capitol in Cluj-Napoca and Hotel Kleyn in Constanta.