While traveling in Romania in 2002 I stayed in a very nice clean brand new pension in Iasi, Romania. A friend recently revisited the pension in 2003 and had a glowing report.
Pensiunea Cristian Str. Cetatuia Nr. 1A (Nicolina area, south of city center) Iasi, Romania --------------------
The pensione is 10-15 min from the city center and near the Cetatuia Monastery and Strada Nicolina. Little bit off the beaten track, but very comfortable and homey. Cristian and his mother Victorita are wonderful and eager to please. Cristian speaks English and will pick you up at the train station and arrange for taxis. Beautiful Romanian Bucovina woodwork through out the newly built complex. $25-$35 per nite. 1 single, 3 doubles and 2 apartment/suites. Conference room. Rooms have new furniture and cable TV. Nice new bathrooms. Excellent breakfast. Hot water nonstop. A terrace, parking lot, central heating. Quiet. Really nice. Very convenient if traveling by car.
My friends and I were their first guests. Our stay went well, so Romanian folklore says that means good luck for the innkeepers future.
It is somewhat of an odd location, near the railroad tracks and manufacturing areas and some sort of market, but the pension is so nice and warm and the innkeepers great. The family owned the land and Cristian studied hotel management. So they built this pension. You will need to take cabs or have Cristian drive you. I am sure there is a bus or tram nearby too. My travel agent found the place.