This Inn is located on top of a ridge between two groups of peaks in the Carpathian Mountains. The view is amazing. Our group of 11 persons filled the entire place. WE used the Inn as a base of touring for several days. It was a special treat to hear the cow bells and watch the local dairy farmers milk their cows twice a day.
Modern wooden building set in peaceful stunning Transylvanian countryside. Wonderful views and peace. There is Wi-fi if you feel the need to hang on to the 21st century. Food is simple and delicious. If you’re staying there and want beer buy it from the supermarket in Bran. They do sell a limited selection of wines. To me it was the best location we stayed in and would rank in my top 10 of all time. Limited things to do other than enjoy the peace and countryside, but thats me sorted anyway. We travelled with Untravelled Paths and of course we had a local guide so language wasn't a problem I suspect if you were an independent traveller you would need to rely on Google translate, unless you spoke Romanian
We were on a tour of Transylvania with Untravelled Paths. I’m listing the places we stayed here for anyone else on a similar tour with UTP – enjoy it you’ll have a fantastic time. They were responsible for all our accommodation and booked some excellent hotels for us. We started in Bucharest and then went on to Brasov, Balaban, Crit, Sibu and, returning to Bucharest for a further four nights. The big selling point for this establishment is its location. The views from the property are amazing. Our group arrived mid-afternoon and left late morning giving plenty of time to relax. Some went for walks in the countryside however we chose just to spend the time relaxing. Dinner was served to the group at the hotel. THERE IS NOWHERE ELSE TO EAT ANYWHERE NEAT THE HOTEL SO YOU MUST EAT HERE! Dinner was not the most exciting food of the holiday (soup, chicken with mashed potato and an apricot tart) but it was quite acceptable. The problem came with our accommodation. We were in an upstairs room. There were only three small windows (semi circles measuring about 18" by 9") and three small electric lights. Even in daylight with all the lights on the room was dark. There was no light at one side of the bed. The bed itself was king sized but the bed linen was too small for it meaning that one or other of us kept taking the others duvet! There is only one, thin, pillow. The mattress is very firm. The following morning we both woke up with bad backs. That said I did sleep well here despite finding it not that comfortable. The heating in the room did not come on until turned 19-30 - the time we all assembled for dinner - and the room was cold. However by the time we returned to the room after dinner and the following morning the room was very warm. The bathroom again has a sloping ceiling meaning there was restricted head room. Here there was only one small semi circular window and the electric light was in the centre of the room meaning that there was no light on your face when it came to shaving etc at the basin mirror. The water pressure was very good and the shower very powerful. Breakfast the following morning was again taken as a group and consisted of flakes or muesli, yoghurt, bread, various meats and cheeses, breads and tea, coffee and local apple juice. In one way it was limited but it was also an enjoyable breakfast. Would I stay here again? Probably not (although on a tour we didn't have any choice) because there isn't anything to do in the area other than talk (We were lucky to have a very good group) BUT I would recommend anyone to stay here for a night. The peace and quiet and the views are incredible. This is a Romanian experience that you shouldn't miss.…
I did a week travelling through transylvania with untravelled paths, Inn on balaban was the highlight, the rooms were spacious and really lovely, and the scenery was amazing, really secluded and great for stargazing .
For me Inn on Balaban was one of the highlights of the trip! Spectacular scenery, and the Inn is at the top of a hill, with 360 degree stunning views. So quiet and peaceful. The accomodation was wonderful, the husband and wife team who run the place for the owner couldn't have been more hospitable, altho' it was good that we had our local English speaking guide with us, as they don't speak English. Fantastic cooking, and loads of lovely local wine, which was delicious.Even the weather was perfect! I really didn't want to leave.