First of all, the scenery is spectacular. The villa is set on the shore of Lake Paltinu and all rooms are facing the lake. The views from the balcony are breathtaking. The villa itself is equally beautiful. It is a fine piece of modern architecture that is wonderfully integrated in the landscape.
And now here are a few things we didn't like during our stay.
The biggest problem are insects. The location is packed with them. All sorts, but especially flies. They are everywhere, but especially in the dining area. The rooms do not have insect nets at the windows so the rooms are not spared. We have tried to close the windows at night but eventually suffocated. The centralized air conditioning apparently did nothing but noise. I suspect that they avoid turning it on to keep running costs low. So it is either insects or heat, I suppose.
Another big minus is that it leaves to be desired when it comes to cleanliness. The bottom of the wc had a scarry brownish color. The cleaning personnel hasn't been too preocupied with the room cleanliness during our stay. On the second day, the cleaning lady came knocking around 2PM. As we were sleeping at the time, she said she would return later. She didn't. On the third day she didn't bother to come at all, even if the "please clean the room" sign was hanging on the door knob for the entire day.
The bathroom has a pretty shower dispenser, unfortunatelly empty. No shampoo or any other cosmetics were available either.
There are no flyers in the room to inform you about the facilities and policies. Also, the receptionist didn't bother to inform us of any of that matter upon our arrival. We had to go onto their website to look up the breakfast hours (8-10.30). Still, we went to breakfast at 8.30 but found nobody there. At 9.00 somebody finally arrived and we had to wait for another half an our to finally eat.
The breakfast is not at all as presented on the website. First of all, it isn't a buffet. Second, the beverages were mostly missing. On the first day, we have been served a cup of coffee. Only after we had finished breakfast we received a glass of juice. On the second day, no juice at all. Only coffee. We have asked for a cup of tea but we had to pay for it. On the third day, we have explicitely asked for it but received water instead and an appology for them running out of "morning juice". Likewise, I have asked for a limonade at noon, but have been told that they had run out of lemons.
No napkins on the table no matter if breakfast, dinner or lunch.
The chairs and the tables outside are mostly never cleaned so you need to take care of this yourself if you decide to eat outside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Atra Doftana is an exclusive resort, located on the shores of Lake Paltinu Doftana, Prahova, in both natural and sophisticated ambiance: cozy rooms are hidden in bank slope, as a low profile allows for unobstructed lake view. Avant-garde design and architecture harmonize with the environment ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atra Doftana Romania/Tesila