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“Cozy, charming pension in beautiful Sibiu, Romania” 5 of 5 stars
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Pensiunea Ela
Noua Street, No. 43, Sibiu 550257, Romania   |  
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Ranked #10 of 29 hotels in Sibiu
New Orleans, Louisiana
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22 hotel reviews
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“Cozy, charming pension in beautiful Sibiu, Romania”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2010

This friendly pension is for travelers who prefer authentic home comfort rather than sterile, generic chain hotel rooms. Very clean, cozy rooms. Pleasant colors and rose bushes in summer. Garden area for reading, writing, relaxing. Good Romanian breakfast. The pension is in a historic neighborhood that is a nice 7 minute walk from the main squares.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2009

I went to Pensiunea Ela last summer with my husband and our young son (1 and a half year old at the time) and we had a great time. The place is very well located at a 10 minute walk to Downtown Sibiu (Piata Mare si Piata Mica) and the neighborhood is very quiet. We walked at night and felt very safe. Our son very happy to run around the backyard and play with the owner's friendly dog.
I will clearly recommend this place to other tourists. The price is very affordable and the services are outstanding considering that is a family owned business. They have free parking, card access entrance, beautiful backyard and very clean grounds and rooms.

In one word: beautiful

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Athens
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2009

Ela is in a quiet neighbourhood, about ten minutes on foot from the center, where all the coffee shops and restaurants are.

The place is like a little oasis in the surrounding gray of the road it's on. To be honest, when I first turned the corner to it, I was in an 'oh-no' mood--it seemed too colourless--but when the door opened I realized I really wanted to stay there. The red roses in the front yard would make anyone feel that way, I think.

Our room was small, but the layout made it fully functional and cozy. The whole place is best described by the word cozy, actually, including the small balcony that was covered by the roof and was the perfect spot to have a smoke or enjoy breakfast while smelling the rain.

I'm not saying Ela is the Ritz, but it's a delightful, clean, cute place, extremely well thought-out as to the function and design, and the lady who owns it is polite, helpful, and speaks fluent English and German. All in all, I'd say it's great value for money, and I'd love to visit it again.

  • Liked — The layout of the place and the owner (and the owner's awesome dog :D)
  • Disliked — The road it's on was a bid dark and gray
  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

It's a good place to stay if you want to spend a couple of days in Sibiu. The best part by far is the location - just 5 minutes from old city center. Worst part was the quality of service and the attitude of the owner lady.

Good:
- brilliant location
- clean
- decent sized rooms
- quiet

Bad:
- unpolite owner (expect to be asked to take off shoes whenever you enter your room; that's the room you're paying for!)
- not secure (if locked just once, the doors will open with a simple push; make sure to lock twice, and don't leave valuables inside anyway)
- not too warm at winter time (owner seems to turn heating off in the middle of the night and turn it back on early in the morning)
- not sound proof (thin walls make it hard to have privacy hehe)
- interior furnishing are basic (no bath tub, so bring flip-flops because you'll shower standing on bathroom tiles)
- no attention to details (bring your own soap and stuff because they only give you towels)

It's a good deal if you only need a place to sleep while you spend a few days in and aroung Sibiu.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2008

I picked Pensiunea Ela after Casa Luxemburg could only accommodate me for one of my two nights in Sibiu. . . . Given the low price (100 Lei), I wasn't expecting much -- but found a delightful little guesthouse. Some positives and negatives:

Positives
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* Staff -- The woman who runs the place and her family are terrific. They welcomed me with open arms, provided me with directions to downtown Sibiu, and patiently answered all of my tourist questions. The owner speaks excellent English.

* Location -- It's not in the main squares, but only a two minute walk (and one turn) from the Piata Mica. Looked like a much longer schlepp on the Lonely Planet map. I was pleasantly surprised.

* Family Environment -- Just a cute little place with friendly people. I had a couple of special requests for the owners, and they handled both with personal care and attention.

Negatives
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* Room size -- The main room was modest in size, and the private bathroom was tiny. But, for $40/night, I couldn't expect much more.

* Furnishings -- Clean, but definitely a bit dated.

Bottom Line: It's not the Ritz Carlton, but Ela is a value place. If you stay there, expect nice atmosphere at a low price in a decent location. (And Sibiu is beautiful city. Highly recommend a visit.)

  • Liked — Staff/owners, location, family atmosphere
  • Disliked — Small room, slightly dated furnishings
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pensiunea Ela

Address: Noua Street, No. 43, Sibiu 550257, Romania
Location: Romania > Transylvania > Central Romania > Sibiu County > Sibiu
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Sibiu
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