This is a world-class boutique hotel disguised as a B&B. The disguise part comes from the non-descript access (a dirt road coming off the main highway thereabouts) and the fact that it's only half a block from the sometimes heavy traffic on it. Also, it is missing some amenities you might expect from a hotel, such as pool, business center and gym (they do have a basic spa). The world-class part comes from the quality of the staff and the infrastructure. The rooms are spacious, spotless and very well appointed (free wi-fi; our room had slightly less than ideal water pressure, but all else was perfect). The check-in/cashier/concierge was knowledgeable, efficient, and friendly. The hotel has an acre or so of orchards and a small farm you can wander about (and above: there's observation platform), and it's well placed for pleasant walks in the surrounding hills (several blazed trails), or cycling in the idyllic (think the Shire in the Tolkien movies) countryside of Bucovina, or to the amazing XVI-century painted monasteries. They can arrange bike or car rentals. In our opinion, what makes Hilde's extraordinary is their restaurant, which is open all day to 10 pm. Their Romanian fare is superlative (if heavy: expect to add a few pounds over a week's visit). If in season, do not miss the wild local mushrooms (similar to porcini) in sour cream. With the potato pancakes. And take up the challenge of their bulz (an outrageously rich version of the humble peasant dish). They have a decent wine list (we tried several memorable wines made from Romanian varietals that are hard to find out of the country). The breakfast buffet is very good. But above all, the restaurant and kitchen staff were efficient, expert and eager to please. This all comes at a price. It's about twice as expensive as your average road-side inn in Romania, but this is far superior to the average and competitive with any operation of this type we've ever been to. We will consider flying from the US into Suceava in the future just to stay (and eat) here. Make reservations early: rooms are often booked solid. If you can't get a room, getting a table would be worthwhile.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Born out of a fortunate series of childhood's desires, mixed with mature and assumed plans, Hilde's Residence appears now as a small, but very stylish and cosy residence in the heart of Bucovina. The concept of BOUTIQUE HOTEL allows us to offer our guests ambiance, comfort, delight, relaxation. We, Hilde's TEAM welcome you into our large "family". We dedicate our soul and skills to create the familiar and cosy atmosphere of "home". We are very pleased when our guests notice the difference! ... more less
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