We recently visited Romania (Bran) for a family holiday with our 16 month old daughter and my In-Laws. We chose The Guesthouse due to the reviews we had read on Trip Advisor and I happy to say the reviews were spot on following our week's stay. Where to start with my review as I dont normally write reviews. This Guesthouse is defintiely worthy of a review as I couldnt fault any aspect of our stay.
Hospitality - We were greeted by John and Ioana at The Guesthouse Reception and were made to feel at home from the minute we arrived to the minute we left. There was such a relaxing and comforting atmosphere on arrival and John explained the local areas of interest. It was a nice surprise to hear a fellow Northen accent since travelling with my Family from Surrey. He spoke very passionately about Romania and has left me intrigued with the Country. I still dont feel as though Ive explored all Romania has to offer and we saw a lot of Transylvania and I cannot wait to visit again. The Transfagaras was defintely a highlight as recommended by John; the views are spectacular. John even checked the local camera to ensure it was worth visiting on the day as if foggy, its not worth visiting apparently. Whilst staying at The Guesthouse, I celebrated my brithday. John and Ioana in co-ordination with my wife arranged a brilliant evening at the Wolf Restaurant nearby in the VIP area. The views of the mountains were superb (I cant wait to see how my wife will top off my birthday next year lol!!!). It just seemed as though nothing was too much trouble for them and were happy to help with any of our requests.
Garden - Our daughter loved the huge garden area and we had to prise her away each morning. She loved chasing the rabbits and other animals around the garden.
Food - excellent. John and Ioana arranged an evening meal on one evening and the food was really good and all locally sourced. The breakfast was also very good with a great variety each morning. It was great to hear their passion for local produce and John explained that they grow all their own produce where posssible. These included vegetables, fruits, nuts, jams made from their own fruit, to even making their own cheeses and providing fresh eggs from their chickens.
Rooms - The rooms were very spacious even with the cot bed for our daughter which was provided free of charge. They were cleaned to a high standard as I checked out of habit (being a Hospitalty Manager) and we had a brilliant view of the Castle from our top floor room. The first floor balcony also offers really good views of the Castle. The location is a very amenable being 1 minutes walk from Bran centre and John advised of the best places to eat and drink.
All in all, I cannot find a bad word to say about this complex and its owners. I cannot wait to visit again and I will defintely be staying with John and Ioana again.
I just want to finish by saying a really big "thank you" to you both for making our family holiday a memorable one!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "The GuestHouse" is run by us - John and Ioana. We offer six attractive luxury bedrooms for guests, with the best views of Bran / Dracula castle. We serve traditional Romanian and Transylvanian cuisine, using our own, or locally sourced, fresh produce as much as possible. We can cater for all diets and special requests, and can accommodate people of any age! We run tailor-made tours for our guests, using our own 4x4 - we specialize in nature, wildlife, rural culture, traditional crafts and Saxon Transylvania. We are situated in the heart of Romania - at the south eastern corner of Transylvania, nearest to the most convenient points of access from abroad. Just 3 hours from Bucuresti Otopeni airport, and a mere 45 minutes from Brasov international rail station. ... more less
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