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Ana Hotels Poiana
Ranked #17 of 18 Hotels in Poiana Brasov
Sheffield
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109 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“A great little find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2009

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.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bucharest
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2008

The worst experience we ever had.
Although supposedly a 3 star hotel, the room was very cold and draughty, bathroom &towels looked shabby.
We asked to be provided with an extra blanket, we had to ask again and after an indulgent look and half an hour,s waiting we finally received the blanket.
The mattress on the bed was worn and couldn,t get a decent sleep in that bed(the bed was too small for two persons to share).
The only thing nice was the breakfast, plenty of choices.
Too expensive hotel compared with what you can get for the same(or less) money in the same resort/area.
Poor service.
Definitely a no.

  • Liked — breakfast
  • Disliked — the cold we had to put up with
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hvidovre, Denmark
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2008

Stayed for a week in this resort and had a fab time as first time skiing!!
Hotel Bradul was good basic standard. Rooms clean and well serviced.
Food was limited but reasonable, however as mentioned restaurant staff were rather slow to replenish trays, and bring things requested to your table. Also tried to implement a seating plan that just didn't work. All other staff were great.
Ski school for beginners was excellent. Any problems with equipment you could just go back and change it. Instructors were very helpful and spoke good english.
Airtours trips were good but overpriced.
Nice little market nearby selling your holiday tat close to hotel. Cheap pizza place, and 24hr restaurant in the village. You must also try the local bread (10lei - £2) in various flavours.
Bus (No.20) only 3.5lei - 80p into main town of Brasov 30mins away.
There are other things to do in the resort: bars, ice rink, skidu, quadbikes.
** Got cheap deal for the whole package which included: Semi all-inclusive (breakfast, dinner, and selection of drinks 16-23.30), ski/boot hire, lift pass, 4hrs lessons each day **
Hotel is not 5*, but good basic place to sleep, we will definately return.

  • Liked — Location to slopes
  • Disliked — Lazy restaurant staff
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank somsoceel
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Manchester, England
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24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2007

New Skiers 2 Adults and 2 Kids (11&8) booked via Airtours on AI basis, but don't expect AI total freedom in the hotel it is quite restricted!

We stayed over the Christmas period 23rd to 30th Dec 2006 and were very worried that there would be no snow for us all to make a fool of ourselves trying to learn to ski on. The rep (Alex) was trying to put a brave face on it during our 3 1/2 hour coach journey to resort. When we started to climb into the mountains we were totally (pleasantly) suprised at the amount of snow draped all over the trees and on the ground <<phew>>. We got to the hotel exausted but gobsmacked at the "Winter Wonderland" scenery we were experiencing.

I would advise you to go as early as possible to get fitted out for your ski equipment (Ski wardrobe to left of Sport Hotel main entrance) as we did because the que got rather large the later it got and you have to be kitted and ready for 10am for your first lesson on the field. I was totally knackered after putting on my own boots and helping the rest of the clan with theres :-) !!

By the third day we were being whisked up the slope on the drag lift and preying everytime that we wouldn't come a-cropper, gradually getting higher and higher up the slope. The kids took to it like ducks to water and were flying down the slope in no time putting me and their mum to shame.

The hotel (Bradul) is very nice, our room was on top floor and quite spacious. The heating was on full blast 24/7 and it got extremely hot in there. Plenty of radiator room to dry out the ski clothes though, and the radiators can always be turned off.

Staff were always curtious and friendly without being overbearing, but the buffet food was a disappointment quite frankly. At best it was luke warm and at worst it was down right cold!! We stuck it out for breakfasts but ate out once we knew the score. The alacarte restaraunt in the Sport Hotel (attached) is gorgeous, don't go for the over priced buffet - eat from the menu. Venison and Sport Burger were excellent! Pizzeria attached to the club in the village (100yrds away) serves wonderful pizzas and the bbq stalls are good for a snack during the day.

Even if you are not going to ski down the mountain you must go to the top of it and have a drink in the bar and a walk around outside, go up to the very top and look over the edge <<YIKES>>!! Your ski lift pass allows cable car rides too.

All in all for our first ski venture it was fabulous, I thought that I would hate it and end up in the bar but to my suprise I loved it and want to do it again. Next time the Alpin Resort Hotel in the same village that has all the Pool and sauna facilities though !

I have put a few of our video clips on youtube if you want to have a look http://youtube.com/profile?user=smagni turn on the speakers!

And more photos on flikr http://www.flickr.com/photos/33482350@N00/

Take plenty of thermals and socks but don't over do anything else your too knackered to bother what you are wearing LOL

  • Liked — LOCATION
  • Disliked — LACK OF POOL AND SPA AND ALLINCLUSIVE FOOD ---YUK
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Liverpool
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2007

Just returned from a fantastic first-time skiing trip.
We booked with Airtours, four adults, all forty something, with 2 children aged 9 & 12. We arrived the day before New Years Eve, we stayed at the Bradul Hotel. The hotel brilliant value for money, the rooms were clean and comfortable, a good 3 star rating. The food was buffet-style, offering a good and varied choice; there was something different to choose from each evening, the breakfast was excellent.
We had included with our package a New Years Eve gala dinner – wow what can I say, the meal consisted of 9 courses spread over the evening (last course – cheese and crackers – 12.45am). The entertainment provided included two different groups of local Romanian dancers, a singing group (English well catered for) and a disco.
Regarding money, I would suggest taking sterling and change it at the reception or use the ATM in the adjoining hotel.
The Adult Ski school was superb, the standard of instruction was excellent with our friendly instructor Ion speaking perfect English.
The children’s school was well organised with small groups of children of the same age, the children progressed impressively. The children’s instructors were Silviou and Elizabetha and they were very good with the children.
Included in our 6 day skiing package was ski hire, lift passes and full day instruction The ski boots and ski’s hired were Rossignol and appeared almost new.
The Gondolas and ski lifts run like clockwork and once on top of the mountains the views were spectacular. We enjoyed a meal in the café at the top of the mountain and soaked up the traditional atmosphere, before coming back down in the cable car, although we did see lots of people preparing to ski down.
All in all we would say this was an outstanding value for money holiday.

  • Liked — The service
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Chris-Lakes
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Liverpool
Level Contributor
59 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2006

We attended the Bradul Hotel in Jan 2006 on an all inclusive ski holiday from Airtours, at about £500 each. We were lucky and arrived after a large dump (Of snow please!) The flight and transfer was fine though a lengthy 3+ hours to resort from Bucharest.
The hotel room proved warm comfortable if slightly small, with little cupboard facility. It is attached to the Sport and the Poiana. The All inclusive meals of brekky and evening tea were acceptable though nothing spectacular. The Bradul bar of an evening provided basic alcohol from 4 to 1130 pm, and we inbibed in there to our hearts content. We attended 3 trips. The End of ski school part is a must for a good time with your instructor, the early Bucharest trip on the last day was interesting, and the Dracula Castle trip was nothing special and not worth the £35 to see a large house basically (I was more pissed coz I love Dracul etc).

I Turn to the Ski and conditions and slopes. We had 6 days ski package all inclusive of ski hire, lift passes and full day instruction. The equipment was of good quality rossignol, and my own was very comfortable. The conditions can vary considerably and most of the instructors will say thet they are unpredictable. Last year They had poor snow in Jan, good in Feb, ok in Mar and good in Apr. As we were leaving it was quite compact or icy. There are several runs from blue to limited black, but the long blues and reds from the top are best, as advanced skiers can just do them at a faster pace. They are limited but the fun is there. When we were there the snow had dumped, the sky was blue, the tempratures ranged from blistering -25 to +2 in a week, and the snow was at times excellent, to hard/icy. The views are spectacular of the Transyllvanian Carpathian Mountains (Ha - Ha - Ha as Dracul would say)

The best thing is your instruction, ski or snowboard they are excellent. Going as an advanced skier, I still learned a lot in my 6 full day lessons (mostly repairing bad habits). All of your Romanian instructors are fully trained seasoned skiers and teachers and you will see them perform to their own level with envy. They are faultless in ability. Us Uk 1 - 2 week a year skiers will NEVER attain their ability, however they will improve you whatever your level. I was falling a lot less by the end of the week on the sometimes perfect though sometimes icy reds and limited blacks. One idea I would have would be to teach in the morning (3 to 4 hours), and let loose in the afternoon. Sometimes you have to practice wehat is preached and this cannot happen on a full day tuition, where you are watched and assesed. My wife was in the inter class so I only really seen her in the am and pm. Beware couples / skiers joined at the hip.

They have a new 1/4 up gondola which is functional and great for the advanced to get back up to altitude. The classes for inters and begginers takes place on a wide long staged blue with a button. The bigginer and intermediate instruction is also fantastic, and for the price this place is a must for begginers / inters at least.

This is a long winded review, but I enjoyed my week, the snow was good, the instruction first class, hotel acceptable, equipment comfortable, runs adequate, no problems and the close friendships you draw from an all inclusive environment. We have all fell and laughed, drank and eaten, taught and learned from each other. What more can you want for the price.

Brian H

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blackburn, lancashire
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2005

for the money it costs to stop at the bradul (or the connecting sport hotel) it is excellent value for money. The included (package holiday) buffet meals were excellent - but the a la carte restaurant was both good value and the food was excellent (lunchtime 2No 2 trimmed steak sandwiches with french fries and salad £2.75) - and its silver service. The rooms are of a decent size and the beds are very comfortable. Bathrooms are in good condition with good shower and nice towels. There bars in the restaurant are good but only 1nO is open late and this is fun but is not up to the rest of the hotel. There are a couple of decent bars in poiana braov and a suprising amount of of very nice bars in brasov. The rossignol bar in brasov (not the one in poiana brasov) is very plush and the bar staff areexcellent. Only down side was strange masseur in fitness suite. This was a brilliant hotel and definitely recommended. I have stopped in Hilton , raddisosn, accor and bewleys hotels and we didnt feel that we were in a downmarket hotel at all.

  • Stayed February 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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16 Thank simcla
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Property: Ana Hotels Poiana
Address: | Valea Draga, Poiana Brasov 500001, Romania (Formerly ANA Hotel Bradul)
Location: Romania > Transylvania > Central Romania > Brasov County > Poiana Brasov
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Poiana Brasov
Hotel Class:3 star — Ana Hotels Poiana 3*
Number of rooms: 53
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 
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