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Transylvania is one of those places that nearly everyone has heard of, but very few have visited. Many people probably wonder if it’s even real, or if it’s just a fictitious location dreamed up by Bram Stoker in his 1897 novel, Dracula. Of course, you’re planning a visit to Transylvania, so you know it’s a real place, and it’s a beautiful, budget-friendly destination for travelers.

The Transylvania region encompasses a rather large area in central Romania and has a population of nearly seven million residents. That said, finding the right city and choosing from dozens of Transylvania hotels to stay in can be a tough decision. We’ve done most of the research for you, so if you prefer to stay in a modern urban hotel or in one of the many castle hotels in Transylvania, there are several options to choose from.  

We will cover off all types of Transylvania accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Spain hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Spain, the best Spain hotels, best places in Spain to visit, the best places to stay in Spain, hotels near Spain attractions, Spain neighborhood guide and many more.

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Brașov

Brașov Romania is often considered the best area for tourists visiting Transylvania for the first time. Thanks to good connections via public transportation, Brașov is an excellent base from which to take day trips into the surrounding countryside. Famous landmarks including Bran Castle, the Rasnov Fortress, and Peles Castle are each less than one hour from Brașov. Surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, the Brașov area has something for everyone.

From the medieval walls surrounding the Old Town with its famous Black Church to beautiful mountain resorts like Poiana Brașov, with ski trails, tubing, luging, luxury hotels and restaurants. Tampa Mountain is another popular area to explore in Brașov, with spectacular views over the city. As one of the largest cities in Transylvania, you’ll have no trouble securing a Brașov hotel during your visit. If you prefer to stay in the countryside, you can also find hotels near Bran Castle Romania. 

Where to Stay in Brașov

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Brașov
Natalia Guesthouse
Kismet Dao Hostel
Rolling Stone Hostel

Budget Hotels in Brașov
Old City Pension
Shard Guest House
Vila Diana

Mid range Hotels in Brașov
Aro Palace
Hotel Belvedere
Hotel Casa Wagner Brașov
Pensiunea Pantheon

Family Friendly Hotels in Brașov
Casa Republicii Brasov
Edelweiss
The Rizzo Boutique Hotel
Hotel Escalade Poiana Brasov

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Brașov
Aurelius Imparatul Romanilor
Teleferic Grand Hotel

Brasov, Romania - Night image of the old town and City Hall square of Brasov.Panoramic view of the Brasov old city in Transylvania,Romania.

Cluj-Napoca

Another excellent base for Transylvania day trips is Cluj-Napoca, the “capital” city in Transylvania. This vibrant city of 700,000 people is 30% university students, so there’s a much younger vibe here, as well as a thriving arts and culture scene. This also means there’s a thriving budget-friendly nightlife scene, which is mostly found along Piezisa Street.

While Cluj has a much more modern and edgy feel than other cities of Transylvania, there are still interesting historic sites as well. Banffy Castle is just 30 minutes outside of Cluj and was occupied from the 14th century until the 1940s by the Banffy family. 

Where to Stay in Cluj-Napoca

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Cluj-Napoca
Retro Youth Hostel
Zen Hostel by Pura Vida
Pensiunea Brici
Iron Hostel & Accommodation

Budget Hotels in Cluj-Napoca
Fullton Hotel
Hotel Transilvania
Pensiunea Vidalis
Lol et Lola Hotel

Mid range Hotels in Cluj-Napoca
Guest House 1568
ApartHotel Gutinului
Le Petit Paris
Hotel Beyfin

Family Friendly Hotels in Cluj-Napoca
Hotel Belvedere
Grand Hotel Napoca
Hotel Meridian
Ramada by Wyndham Cluj

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Cluj-Napoca
Platinia Hotel
Grand Hotel Italia
SunGarden Resort
DoubleTree by Hilton Cluj – City Plaza

The old city of Cluj-Napoca at sunset viewed from Cetatuia Park in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Sibiu

Located roughly two hours from both Club and Brașov, Sibiu is a much smaller city in Transylvania. This 12th-century town has retained its medieval center and is filled with colorful homes, historic architecture and lovely public squares. Split into the upper and lower town and connected by narrow staircases, Sibiu is the perfect size city for travelers to explore, whether you stay here or visit on a day trip.

Several churches and cathedrals in town are worth checking out, and you can get an excellent view out over the city from the Council Tower in the center of town. Of course, everyone wants to see castles in Transylvania. Fortunately, Corvin’s Castle is just 90 minutes by car from Sibiu. 

Where to Stay in Sibiu

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Sibiu
Hostel La Padre
B13 Hostel
Smart Hostel
PanGeea Hostel

Budget Hotels in Sibiu
Pensiune Casa Frieda
Pension Ileana
Pension Daniel

Mid range Hotels in Sibiu
Continental Forum Sibiu
Ramada by Wyndham Sibiu
Charma Residence
Republique Hotel

Family Friendly Hotels in Sibiu
1501 Wergass 18
Style Residence Sibiu Rooms and Studios
Pensiunea Cardinal
Teatro

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Sibiu
Casa Nicolae Luxury Suites
Pensiunea La Rezidenta
Hilton Sibiu

Beautiful medieval architecture of Biertan fortified Saxon church in Romania protected by Unesco World Heritage Site. Amazing sunset in Biertan.Transylvania, Sibiu, Biertan, Romania, Europe.

Târgu Mureș

Located roughly between Cluj and Brașov lies Târgu Mureș, on the banks of the Mureș River. This picturesque city receives fewer visitors than other parts of Transylvania, but that’s all the more reason to stay here! Some of the original town walls are still standing, and the Palace of Culture is a major attraction in Târgu Mureș.

Many smaller, niche museums are also located in Târgu Mureș, including Ethnographic Museum and a butchers’ museum. Several castles also dot the countryside surrounding Târgu Mureș. The small size and number of attractions make this a good place for those seeking a family-friendly destination in Transylvania. 

Where to Stay in Târgu Mureș

Budget Hotels in Târgu Mureș
Curtea Bavareza
Villa Helvetia
Pensiunea Ana-Maria
Pension Full

Mid range Hotels in Târgu Mureș
Pension Noroc si Fericire
Continental Tirgu Mures
Pension Tempo
Pensiunea Cleopatra

Family Friendly Hotels in Târgu Mureș
Plaza V & Plaza V Executive Hotel
Hotel Arena
Hotel Imperial Inn
Luxe Stay

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Târgu Mureș
Villa Csonka by Hotel PRIVO
Hotel PRIVO
Apollo Wellness Club

Aerial shot of Targu Mures old city with town hall and church on background at daylight. Traffic jam. Romania

Alba Iulia 

Located in the western part of Transylvania, just 100 kilometers south of Cluj, Alba Iulia is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Transylvania. Also known as the largest citadel in Romania, Alba Iulia is one of the oldest settlements in the country.

The city is full of historic sites, including churches, museums, and libraries. A tour of the Alba Carolina fortress is often listed as the top thing to do in Alba Iulia. 

Where to Stay in Alba Iulia

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Alba Iulia
Citadel Hostel

Budget Hotels in Alba Iulia
Pensiunea Axa
ApartHotel Steyna
SpeedHouse
Matia Resort

Mid range Hotels in Alba Iulia
Parc Hotel
Hotel Transilvania
La Maison de Caroline
Ave Alba

Family Friendly Hotels in Alba Iulia
Vila Steaua Nordului
Casa Traiana
Marylou Pension
Pensiunea Element

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Alba Iulia
Hotel Medieval
Theodora Golf Club

The Coronation Orthodox Cathedral and Roman Catholic cathedral in Fortress of Alba Iulia. Dramatic evening summer scene of Transylvania, Alba Iulia city, Romania, Europe

Bistrița

Bistrița was founded in the 12th century by German immigrants and is one of the northernmost cities in Transylvania. Situated on the Bistrița River, the village boasts the tallest medieval tower in Romania, built on the site of a 13th-century church. The town also has a 13th-century monastery and a lively town square.

Dracula fans may recognize the name of this town, as it was featured in the novel. For those wondering can you stay the night in Dracula’s Castle, a fun alternative is a stay at the Dracula Castle Hotel outside of Bistrița. 

Where to Stay in Bistrița

Budget Hotels in Bistrița
Diana Hotel
Motel Sheriff
Pensiunea Conacul lui Horia

Mid range Hotels in Bistrița
Hotel Bistrita
Hotel Coroana De Aur
Hotel Krone

Family Friendly Hotels in Bistrița
Pensiunea Rares
Motel Sherifff

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Bistrița
Hotel Metropolis

winter at Colibita lake, Romania

Sighisoara

Nearly halfway between Cluj and Brașov is the Transylvania town of Sighisoara. With roots dating back to the 12th century, there is a ton of history to explore here. The colorful buildings, cobblestone streets and public squares look straight out of a fairytale. Then there are the looming spires of churches and the clock tower, as well as some pretty interesting museums. If you want a small, central location to stay in Transylvania, Sighisoara is the perfect choice for you. 

Where to Stay in Sighisoara

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Sighisoara
Burg Hostel
Pensiunea Cristina si Pavel

Budget Hotels in Sighisoara
Casa Legenda
Casa Lia
Pension Citadela
Pensiunea Casa Sighisoreana

Mid range Hotels in Sighisoara
DoubleTree by Hilton Sighisoara – Cavaler
Georgius Krauss House
Hotel Casa Wagner
Casa cu Cerb

Family Friendly Hotels in Sighisoara
Vila Franka
Pensiunea Casa Richter
Aparthotel Sighisoara
Hotel Restaurant Imperial

Panoramic summer view over the medieval cityscape architecture in Sighisoara town, historical region of Transylvania, Romania, Europe

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Where to Stay in Transylvania

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Hi, my name is Samantha, Finance Managing Guru by day, Travel Blogging Enthusiast by... well... day too! Haha! Travelling King is the destination hotspot for the wannabe traveller! Showcasing affordable, luxurious getaways for the budget conscious! With the combination of my financial knowledge and travelling experiences I aim to show you, with a little planning, the right budget and a realistic goal you can fulfil your travel fantasies and explore the world whatever your budget or desires may be!