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Welcome to Transylvania – a place that thanks to Bram Stoker and Hollywood is famed as the homeland of Dracula. A mountainous place where storms lash medieval hamlets, while wolves – or werewolves – howl from the surrounding woods. The fictitious image is accurate up to a point: the scenery is breathtakingly dramatic, especially in the Prahova Valley, the Turda and Bicaz gorges and around the high passes; there are spooky Gothic citadels around Braşov and at Sibiu, Sighişoara and Bran. And then, there was a Vlad, born in Sighişoara, who earned the grim nickname “The Impaler” and later became known as Dracula.

To smoothly introduce you to a selection of the best Hotels in Transylvania we’ve put together this little shortcut to the best Hotels in Transylvania:

The Best Hotel in Transylvania near Dracula’s Castle: Conacul Törzburg

The Best Hotels in Transylvania near Turda Salt Mine: Pensiunea Bella Vista

The Best Hotels in Transylvania with an on-site spa: Hotel PRIVO

The Best Hotels in Transylvania for Couples: The Top House

The Best Hotels in Transylvania for Families: Conacul Törzburg

The Best Luxury Hotel in Transylvania: Hotel Platinia

The Best Boutique Hotel in Transylvania: Casa Natalia Boutique Villa

The Best Hotel in Brașov: The Pines Boutique Villa

The Best Hotels in Cluj-Napoca: Hotel Platinia

The Best Hotel in Sibiu: Artisans Boutique Villa

The Best Hotel in Târgu Mureș: Hotel Privo

The Best Hotel in Alba Iulia: Pensiunea Element

The Best Hotel in Bistrița: Hotel Coroana de Aur

The Best Hotel in Sighișoara: Casa Savri

(For more details on each hotel, please keep scrolling)

How to book hotels in Transylvania: You will find in this guide direct links to the biggest hotel booking portal in the world, Booking.com. Booking.com is one of the safest and easiest ways to book your stay. All hotels reviewed below are taking safety measures. 

Few things to consider before booking a hotel in Transylvania 

  • Location: Transylvania is a picturesque region that is made of church towns, mountain valleys, and mysterious gorges.  To help you better understand Transylvania’s map and choose one spot that suits you best, we’ve made a short guide through the best towns to stay in Transylvania at the end of the article.
  • Price: On average, 3-star hotels in Transylvania cost US$56 per night, and 4-star hotels in Transylvania are US$97 per night. If you’re looking for something really special, a 5-star hotel in Transylvania can on average be found for US$121 per night (based on Booking.com prices).
  • Amenities: Since this is an article about high-quality hotels in Transylvania you can expect the best amenities and services offered in a city.
  • Lifestyle: Each one of us has its character and preferences. There are certain hotels that are specific to their themes. You can find modern, vintage, castles, and those with dramatic decor. There is something for everyone.

1. Hotel Platinia ***** Cluj-Napoca

5 STAR 

The best Hotels in Transylvania: Hotel Platinia

Luxury stay and a world-class service

The Platinia Hotel is part of the first mixed-function real estate project in Cluj-Napoca, namely Platinia Shopping Center & Luxury Suites. The hotel is located in an area well-known to the city’s inhabitants that is the former Ursus Brewery.

The Platinia Hotel offers its guests accommodation in 121 spacious suites, with a surface that ranges between 55 sq. m and up to 320 sq. m for the penthouse located on the 11th floor. The modern rooms combine wood tones to provide a home-like comfort to guests. 

Guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast in the morning, and taste the dishes of the a la carte restaurant. A corner with complimentary coffee is offered as well. The on-site shopping mall offers a variety of shops and restaurants visitors choose from.

Hotel rating: 9.6  (Exceptional)   Rooms: 122

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FROM $201/NIGHT

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Exceptional Breakfast

On-Site Bar

modern design

2. The Pines Boutique Villa **** Braşov

4 STAR

The Best Hotels in Transylvania The Pines Boutique Villa

You are closer to the forest by 5, 4, 3, 2… steps.

And you are closer to home than you expect.

A small boutique hotel in Brașov, on Str. Cloșca no. 44. A house at the brink of the pine forest, very close to the city centre and near the road that leads to Poiana Brașov.

The property offers 6 generous spaces. Two apartments and four rooms. A living room and a covered terrace is a place where guests are served breakfast, listen to music, watch movies while eating home-made cookies.

Hotel’s excellent design strongly relates to nature with a use of honest materials:  metal, old wood beams, flax and wool. The interiors are functional, clean with simple lines and neutral colours. Out of the big windows you can admire the pine forest or Brasov skyline, and a lot of natural light.

Hotel rating: 9.5 (exceptional) Rooms: 6

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FROM $107/NIGHT

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On-Site Bar

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Great Design

3. Pensiunea Element **** Alba Iulia

4 STAR

the Best Hotels in Transylvania: Pensiunea Element

Transparency and fluidity that create the ambiance of a holiday retreat.

The hotel’s bedrooms aim to provide a general feeling of well-being. The intimate ambience comes from the attention to detail and the integration of all the functionalities needed to provide comfort and high quality services. The furniture and the lighted and darkened areas were carefully staged to match the functionality sought by the guests in that space. Cold, mineral materials, such as concrete, sandstone and glass, meet warm wood finishes and beige or gray textile inserts, with an occasional pop of colour.

 

After a restful sleep, a healthy breakfast accompanied by quality coffee or tea is served in a welcoming and multifunctional restaurant. Served as a buffet, the menu is designed to satisfy both gourmet lovers, vegetarians and even the guests on a diet. During the day, this space serves as a place to socialize or as a relaxation oasis for those who want to enjoy a cup of coffee while catching up with the news of the day. The restaurant can also host presentations and mini-conferences.

Hotel rating: 9.8 (Exceptional)   Rooms: 10

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FROM $46/NIGHT

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4. Plaza V Executive Hotel ***** Târgu-Mureş

5 STAR

The Best Hotels in Transylvania Plaza V Executive Hotel

Wonderland of LED Colours Where the Focus is always on Yourself

Ground Zero of Targu Mures hosts this brand-new 5-star hotel, which is located in the immediate vicinity of all important landmarks of the town.   

This recently renovated 25-room city hotel sets out to provide a unique experience to every visitor, regardless of the frequency of visits. The diversity of rooms combined with a funky design opens a new hotel concept that is unique in Romania. 

Guests at the hotel will be able to interactively choose the room that they want to spend time in and they will be impressed by the new approach to gastronomy and leisure.  Furthermore, the majority of the hotel’s 5-star rated rooms are on the top floor of the hotel offering a nice view over the town center. Multiple combinations of shapes, colors, and materials create diverse rooms which guarantee a unique experience during each visit to the hotel. 

Guests have free access to the spa and fitness center. Guests requiring airport transfers can arrange for the hotel to come to pick them up with a Mercedes car, for a surcharge.

The on-site Plaza Fusion restaurant serves traditional, international, fusion, and Asian cuisine. Also, the Plaza V Executive Hotel offers daily complimentary afternoon tea and snacks at the Plaza Society Cafe.

Hotel rating: 9.1 (Superb)   Rooms: 25

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FROM $107/NIGHT

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Spa and Wellness Center

Family Rooms

On-Site Restaurant

5. Hotel Privo **** Târgu-Mureş

4 STAR

The Best Hotels in Transylvania Hotel Privo

Relax in style

Located in a secluded and quiet area, close to the center of Târgu Mureș, Privo is a hotel concept in which history and modernism complement each other to create a distinct style. The hotel offers its guests exclusive rooms and suites that redefine the criteria of design and comfort. The exclusive rooms and apartments of the Privo Hotel offer you over a hundred accommodation units with a special design. The chromatics of the furniture contribute to the design of a quiet atmosphere, with an emphasis on modern comfort.

Privo is a minimalist refuge for business and relaxation, where the design proposes a warm and welcoming dialogue with the historical ensemble formed by Villa Csonka and the park with an area of ​​3500sqm.

Guests can enjoy their meals in the on-site restaurant, sample drinks at the bar, or relax on the terrace. The hotel also features an on-site wine bar, sauna, wellness center, and a hot tub

Hotel rating: 9.3 (Superb)   Rooms: 112

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FROM $92/NIGHT

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Spa and Wellness Center

Family Rooms

On-Site bar

6. Conacul Törzburg **** Bran 

4 STAR

The Best Hotels in Transylvania: Conacul Törzburg

Stay with the view at Dracula’s Castle

Situated in Bran, 550 yards from Bran Castle, Conacul Törzburg features accommodation with a restaurant, a bar, and a garden. The accommodation offers luggage storage space and free WiFi throughout the property.

The property offers 9 cozy guestrooms, all featuring the castle view. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer, and a desk. At the hotel rooms come with a wardrobe and a private bathroom.

A buffet breakfast is available each morning at Conacul Törzburg.

Hotel rating: 9.9 (Exceptional)   Rooms: 9

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FROM $145/NIGHT

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On-Site Restaurant

Great Views

Great Location

7. Casa Natalia Boutique Villa ***** Sinaia

5 STAR

The Best Hotels in Transylvania; Casa Natalia Boutique Villa

Skiing resort among peace and tranquility

Casa Natalia Boutique Villa is in a ski resort located in Sinaia and with Busteni, Poiana Brasov, Predeal, and Azuga within reach for a day’s skiing. 

The property consists of 6 guest bedrooms with a private bathroom and TV, dining area, living room with wood-burning fireplace (extra charge), sun terrace, and garden. Four of the property’s rooms offer a balcony with mountain views.  

Rooms include a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Certain units have a seating area to relax in after a busy day. The view from the terrace reaches the dense coniferous forest. Tranquility is definitely a strong point of the location, especially on weekends and evenings. The area is commercially accessible, with supermarkets, pharmacies, confectionery, butcher, all about 200 meters away.

Hotel rating: 8.8 (Fabulous)  Rooms: 6

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FROM $115/NIGHT

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Very Good Breakfast

Family Rooms

On-Site Bar

8. Artisans Boutique Villa ***** Sibiu 

5 STAR

The Best Hotels in Transylvania: Artisans Boutique Villa T

Luxurious Journey Back in Time

Artisans Boutique Villa is located in the historical center of Sibiu, in the Aurari Square, a historical location of goldsmith’s workshops. The property is the perfect choice for a relaxing stay, offering comfort, hospitality, and an unforgettable charm.

The property’s design will make you travel back in time, taking you straight to 15th-century architecture with its red brick arches.

The main hall is designed with sumptuous arches as a mysterious and surprising path, at the end of which a new world with medieval influences unveils to the curious visitor. The main wall of the front desk area tells a story on its own: layers over layers of paint, wallpaper, plaster, rust, and bricks, dampened by water, remind of all the generations that have passed here, each leaving a trace on the wall. This area is designed as a small terrace overlooking the big square of Sibiu, where you can quietly enjoy breakfast, but also a cup of coffee and a warm and tempting croissant.

The wall paintings made by contemporary artists from Sibiu capture images from Sibiu Castle and a fragment after August Spooner’s picture from 1883.

Hotel rating: 9.7 (Exceptional)  Rooms: n/a

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FROM $109/NIGHT

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Great Location

Family Rooms

Unique design

10. Rabbit Hole ****  Sibiu

4 STAR

Rabbit Hole : The BEst Hotels in Transylvania

Alice-In-Wonderland-like experience in the heart of Sibiu 

The Rabbit Hole is a set of home-like apartments that lie in the Sibiu Old Town. The venue provides 9 guestrooms appointed with a mini-bar, television, and a sitting area for a pleasant stay in Sibiu. The apartments are characterized by their unique, modern design with high attention to detail. 

Small Square is 800 feet away from this accommodation which is also not far from The Thick Tower. You will be accommodated 5 minutes’ drive from the Pharmaceutical History Museum. Sibiu Central train station is about a 15-minute walk away. The nearest airport is Sibiu International, a 10-minute drive from Rabbit Hole.

The property provides an on-site restaurant open daily for breakfast. Guests can also enjoy European, Eastern European, Central European, and Romanian meals at Crama Sibiul Vechi within 5 minutes’ walk of the hotel

Hotel rating: 9.3 (Superb)  Rooms: n/a

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FROM $147/NIGHT

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11. Casa Savri ****  Sighişoara

4 STAR

Casa Savri The Best Hotels in Transylvania

A reminiscence of Medieval Legendary times

The Rabbit Hole is a set of home-like apartments that lie in the Sibiu Old Town. The venue provides 9 guestrooms appointed with a mini-bar, television, and a sitting area for a pleasant stay in Sibiu.  Located in a historic building, Casa Savri welcomes its guests with a blend of modern amenities and traditional Transylvanian Saxon architecture and décors. You will find yourself right next to the inhabited Medieval citadel of Sighişoara.

The rooms and suites of Casa Savri feature vaulted ceilings, while some of them also have slanted ceilings. Adding to the feeling of stepping back in time, you will also find here brick walls, hardwood floors, and restored furniture. Each room has a unique style, both in terms of furniture and decor items as well as private bathrooms with walk-in showers or bathtubs.

During the warm summer days, guests can relax in the cobbled and furnished courtyard, bordered by lush vegetation. You can take an energy boost at the on-site coffee house, play a game of billiards, or even prepare a barbecue.

The staff of Casa Savri is available 24 hours per day at the reception desk. You can hire a bike and explore the beautiful Transylvanian landscape.

Hotel rating: 9.6 (Exceptional)  Rooms: 7

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FROM $117/NIGHT

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On-Site Bar

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Traditional, homely decor

12. MER Guest House B&B **** Braşov

4 STAR

MER Guest House B&B The Best Hotels in Transylvania

Comfort and simplicity

Located in Braşov MER Guest House B&B is a homely accommodation with an on-site bar, private parking, a shared lounge, and a garden. The guest house features family rooms with a terrace, garden views, a barbecue, a 24-hour front desk. All rooms include a wardrobe, a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. The property features a breakfast room that offers facilities to organize team-building or work meetings.  Guests looking for a quiet afternoon are invited for a picnic in the shade of trees in the garden outside.

Popular points of interest near the guest house include The White Tower, Strada Sforii, and Council Square.

Hotel rating: 9.7 (Exceptional)  Rooms: 7

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FROM $61/NIGHT

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13. Clouds Studio **** Sibiu

4 STAR

Luxury Apartments in the heart of Sibiu

Situated 0.7 miles from The Council Tower of Sibiu and 0.8 miles from Albert Huet Square, Cloud Studio in Sibiu features air-conditioned accommodation with views of the city and free WiFi.

The Clouds Studio’s units are designed in a modern, classy fashion. Studios are arranged in a way that, no matter where you sit (at breakfast – having breakfast, on the couch, or in bed) you can look at the towers of the historic city buildings, and the mountains in the distance that appear clear, especially in the day’s serene. There are very few places to stay in Sibiu from where you can have them all. In the fitted kitchen, you have everything you need: an electric hob, pots, glasses, coffee cups, dishes. You can use them confidently if you are preparing a light breakfast or dinner.

Popular points of interest near the apartment include Piata Mare Sibiu, The Great Synagogue of Sibiu, and Bridge of Lies. The nearest airport is Sibiu International Airport, 3.1 miles from Cloud Studio.

Hotel rating: 9.9 (Exceptional)  Rooms: 3 Apartments 

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FROM $46/NIGHT

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14. Pensiunea Bella Vista *** Turda

3 STAR

Pensiunea Bella Vista The Best Hotels in Transylvania

Comfort and simplicity 

Located in between 12 Apostles, Peak Ousorul natural reserve and near mineral springs in Poiana Negrii, the hotel is recommended by quality services and good accommodation conditions.

 

The hotel‘s guest rooms offer homely design combined inspired by the Dorna Basin’s architecture. Guests can find a generous green space and a wide landscape.

 

The hotel has 12 double rooms and 2 suites, kitchen, restaurant, conference room, bar, sauna, salt room, gym, landscaped courtyard with supervised parking spaces.

Hotel rating: 9.7 (Exceptional)  Rooms: 14

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FROM $44/NIGHT

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Swimming pool & jacuzzi

Pets Friendly

On-site restaurant

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What are the best cities to stay in Transylvania?

Welcome to Transylvania -an adventure that will be as rewarding as it is challenging. The region’s fantastic mountain scenery and great diversity of wildlife, its cultures and people, and a way of life that at times seems little changed since the Middle Ages, leave few who visit unaffected. Rather than expecting an easy ride, try to accept whatever happens as an adventure – encounters with Gypsies, wild bears and tricky officials are likely to be far more interesting than anything purveyed by the tourist board.

To help you understand Transylvania’s map and it’s most popular towns, here’s a simple guide to walk you through.

BRASOV

Brașov Romania is a region highly recommended for first-time visitors. Thanks to it’s well connected public transport it will be a great base to explore surrounding and further areas. 

In this area of Transylvania, you will find:

  • Baroque Old Town
  • Strada Republicii
  • Piaţa Sfatului
  • Dracula’s Castle (Bran – 28km from Brasov)
  • Poiană Braşov (12 km from Brașov)

CLUJ-NAPOCA

Cluj was the great Hungarian capital of Transylvania and remains a natural gateway to the region, just six hours from Budapest by train. There is more buzz to its café life than in other towns, perhaps due to the seventy thousand students resident here. The area surrounding Cluj, particularly the Transylvanian Heath to the east, harbours some of the richest, most varied folk music in Europe. Weekends are the best time to investigate villages such as Sic, Cojocna, Rimetea and Izvoru Crişului, where almost every street has its own band, and there are rich musical pickings at spring and summer festivals.

In this area of Transylvania, you will find:

  • Piaţa Unirii
  • Ethnographic Museum
  • Sălaj county, a rural backwater scattered with quaint wooden churches
  • Romanian National Theatre and Opera House

SIBIU 

“I rubbed my eyes in amazement,” wrote Walter Starkie of SIBIU in 1929. “The town where I found myself did not seem to be in Transylvania, for it had no Romanian or Hungarian characteristics: the narrow streets and old gabled houses made me think of Nuremberg.” Nowadays, the illusion is harder to sustain, in a city surrounded by high-rise suburbs and virtually abandoned by the Saxons themselves, but the Old Town is still a startling sight, with many of its houses painted sky blue, red, apricot or pea green. Split into a historic centre and a lower new town, Sibiu has many fine old churches and some of Romania’s best museums, as well as the remains of the bastions and fortifications.

In this area of Transylvania, you will find:

  • Sibiu Old Town 
  • The New Town
  • Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization
  • Cisnădie and Cisnădioara – known as the Red Town (12km away from Sibiu)
  • Cindrel and Lotrului mountains (12 km away from Sibiu)

TARGU MURES

One of the great Magyar cities of Transylvania, although the Magyar influence has been diluted by recent Romanian and Gypsy immigration – that said, around half of the city’s 180,000- strong population is Hungarian. The city was briefly notorious for ethnic riots in 1990, but is better known as a centre of learning – its university is small, but both the medical and drama schools are renowned nationally.

In this area of Transylvania, you will find:

  • Piaţa Victoriei
  • Palace of Culture
  • Hall of Mirrors
  • History Museum

ALBA IULIA

The tension between the Hungarian and Romanian communities is symbolized in ALBA IULIA, 14km north of Sebeş, by the juxtaposition of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox cathedrals in the heart of its citadel. The town is dominated by its huge citadel, in effect the upper town, shaped like a wonky star; east of this, the lower town has been tidied up since it was partly cleared for “rationalization” in Ceauşescu’s last years, and is home to a scattering of low-key Art Deco buildings.

In this area of Transylvania you will find:

  • Trinity church
  • Orthodox Cathedral
  • The tomb of Hunyadi

SIGHIȘOARA

The most known as a fitting birthplace for Vlad Ţepeş, “The Impaler” – the man known to so many as Dracula. Visually archaic even by Romanian standards, Sighişoara is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list and makes the perfect introduction to Transylvania, especially as the Budapest–Bucharest express trains stop here. During the last weekend of July, sometimes later, a lively Medieval Arts Festival takes over the streets of the citadel, starring costumed musicians and street performers. There’s also an Inter-ethnic Cultural Festival in August.

In this area of Transylvania,  you will find:

  • Clock Tower
  • Vlad’s Birthplace
  • Citadel and Lower Town 

FAQ

We’ve answered some of the most common questions about Transylvania:

Which hotels in Transylvania are good for families?

Many families visiting Transylvania loved staying at Conacul Törzburg, Lumiere House Sibiu and Panorama Boutique Hotel. Similarly, Nani Nani Boutique, Vila Katharina and Perla Apusenilor are also popular among family travellers.

What are some popular places to stay in and around Transylvania?

Popular places to stay in Transylvania include hotels near Turda Salt Mine, Bran Castle and Sarmizegetusa Regia.

How much does it cost to stay in a hotel in Transylvania?

On average, 3-star hotels in Transylvania cost US$56 per night, and 4-star hotels in Transylvania are US$97 per night. If you’re looking for something really special, a 5-star hotel in Transylvania can on average be found for US$121 per night (based on Booking.com prices).

What is the best neighbourhood to stay in Transylvania?

Brasov Old Town, Sibiu Old Town and City Centre are popular with other travellers visiting Transylvania.

What are the best hotels in Transylvania near Turda Salt Mine?

Some of the best hotels in Transylvania near Turda Salt Mine include Pensiunea Bella Vista, Sunset Expanse and Casa Sorriso.

What hotels in Transylvania offer an especially good breakfast?

For hotels in Transylvania that serve up a highly-rated breakfast, try The Top House, Pensiunea Negoiu and Vila Arizto. Breakfast at these hotels in Transylvania are also highly rated: Hotel Platinia, Hotel Foisorul cu Flori and Conacul Törzburg.

How many hotels in Transylvania are listed on Booking.com?

There are 9,249 hotels in Transylvania you can book on Booking.com. We know it’s a lot, that’s why we saved you time on research and wrote an article that 

What hotels in Transylvania are good for couples?

Couples travelling in Transylvania loved staying at The Top House,  and Conacul Törzburg.

Do any luxury hotels in Transylvania have a spa on-site?

These luxury hotels in Transylvania have a spa:

Hotel PRIVO – Traveler rating: 5.0/5

Hotel Metropolis – Traveler rating: 4.5/5

Hilton Sibiu – Traveler rating: 4.5/5

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