My partner and I actually stayed here quite a while ago, in the summer of 2009, for one night during a pretty hectic tour of Romania, and what a fantastic place to stay! Even though all the places we stayed in Romania were fantastic, the food wonderful and hospitality second to none, this place was particularly special and memorable.
The hotel decor was very much in keeping with the Dracula / hunter theme throughout, and although some may describe as OTT it was not tacky like you would imagine if e.g. the UK tried such a thing, but beautifully done to a very high quality.
Our room was spacious and extremely comfortable and, like the rest of the hotel, and beautifully and thoughtfully decorated, including the bathroom, which was spotlessly clean.
The hotel staff were incredibly welcoming, friendly and accommodating, not to mention professional. They spoke fluent English (and a number of other languages too, it seems) yet were patient with (didn't laugh in our faces, anyway!) our pitiful attempts to speak Romanian!
The restaurant was on a covered 'patio' in a charming garden, and the hunter theme ran through here. The food on offer was awesome! We had (what I think was called) the hunter's platter - enough food for 4, not just the 2 of us! I had to go and lie down afterwards because I was so full, so I didn't sample a dessert, but the selection looked fantastic. Shame, but my fault for being such a pig (and theirs for offering such delicious fayre!) The platter included venison, wild boar (my partner often talks about this still!) and bear (yes bear!), as well as a number of other divine meats and accompaniments. The service here was again excellent. Breakfast the next morning was fabulous too, and the staff happy to prepare e.g. eggs to your liking. Bearing in mind we had eaten so well the night before I did not have much, but it was lovely. My partner, a 6'6" rugby player who eats constantly, did, though, and was not hungry again until lunch time - unheard of!
After our mammoth dinner went down, we had an incredibly restful night's sleep; the bed was divinely comfortable, the room quiet and cool... Perfect.
We were very sad to leave and were considering seeing if we could book in for a second night, be we had a tight schedule to keep so, sadly, went on our way, but we certainly plan to return!
While the hotel may be seen as expensive compared to Romania's average, for the experience, quality and hospitality it is well worth it, and comparable in price with vastly inferior accommodation in other EU countries; to find comparable accommodation / service in another country you would pay much, much more.
In summary: absolutely fantastic, thank you so much Hunter Prince Castle & Dracula House!
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