We booked a ski holiday with Neilson and as our first choice hotel wasn't available we accepted the Poiana even though there were no previous reviews on Trip Advisor, which concerned me more than a little. However our worries were unfounded. This is a great little hotel, we had booked a triple room and were allocated room 505 which was a junior suite, not luxurious by suite standards but for the price we paid it was more than fine. Breakfast is served in the Poiana which consisted of cereals, toast & croissants or a choice of about 5 or 6 hot things, always fresh and the buffet is constantly refilled as things get taken. There is juice or a choice of teas or coffee to drink, again always plentiful. The evening meal is taken in the hotel Sport which is about 50 m walk, I wondered if this would become annoying but it didn't even though it snowed a few evenings we were there. With Neilson the holiday is all inclusive and the AI bar is in the Hotel Bradul, which is again a 50 m walk down the road (same location as the Sport) but it wasn't a problem and it was great meeting the people in the bar that you'd been chatting to in the lift queues earlier that day. Drinks in the AI are good and never seem to run out (unlike some summer AI destinations) and the afternoon tea & cake is ok if a little repetitive, but maybe Romanians don't go a bundle on cake.
We took the local bus into Brasov one day, which is not really very impressive apart from some of the buildings. It cost a few pence, ran to schedule and took about 30 minutes. The shops in Brasov are pretty naff to say the least and don't go looking for bargains in ski equipment or clothing as there are none to be had, but before you go as it'll most probably be cheaper. We found the Irish bar though and this was great. Food there is cheap (as everywhere) and was exceptionally good - try the tacos if you want a change from the local food, they are lovely. And the owner, a singing irish doctor no less, is very charming and happy to sit and chat. Just ask him about his days on The Love Boat and you'll pass the time away!
Poiana Brasov itself isn't really a town as such, just a few hotels, a small local market selling a few souveniers and animal skins, a couple of restaurants and a couple of bars. Try Wednesday evening at the Rossignol pub as it is karaoke night, most of the instructors are happy to go with you and it's a great evening.
The ski school in Poiana Brasov is excellent, the instructors speak almost perfect English and I would consider them better than most I have seen in the main European resorts.
In closing, don't go to Poiana Brasov if you are looking for excellent food, hundreds of km's of piste, high class shops and lots of evening entertainment, but if you are looking for simple fun in great company then it might just be for you. We loved it and will probably be booking very soon for Jan 2010.
If you want to know anything about the hotel or the resort please feel free to contact me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by fir forests next to Poiana Brasov's ski slopes, Ana Hotels Poiana is a beautiful holiday destination. Romania's largest ski slopes and the after-ski fun welcome the winter sports enthusiasts. Over the summer, Ana Hotels Poiana offers days of relaxation and an entertaining atmosphere for children themed summer camps. Poiana Hotel provides a combination of the peaceful scenery, fresh air from the surrounding forest and the warm atmosphere inside. The large rooms, offer complete comfort: from internet to TV's and comfortable beds allowing for a good night's sleep after a full day on the slopes. The studios and suites comprise a parlor and extensible sofas. Located near the Bradul ski slope, Poiana Hotel is the ski-in/ski-out destination where winter fun can be enjoyed to the full. From the rush of winter sports with the instructors at the Ana Ski School, to the delicious hot chocolate by the fire at After Ski Poiana. In the summer, the scenery turns into a green paradise, ideal for hiking enthusiasts. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ana Hotels Poiana Poiana Brasov, Brasov County, Romania