I wanted to do this trip independently as I like to be free to change itinerary should I discover hidden gems while in the country. In general we found Romania very easy to get around and people more than helpful. I would say if you are a nervous or infrequent traveller go with a company however we hired a car and found the freedom of planning our own route invaluable. We didn't find driving a problem. I recommend hiring a GPS we wouldn't have found the hotel without it.
The Ice Hotel takes planning to get to but we had no problem after reading the reviews on here.You do need to queue for the cable car and check-in at the bar in the restaurant. I do feel a lot of the feedback is very bias toward going with certain companies and perhaps it affects your stay once up the mountain. We didn't find the staff bad but not as helpful as the other places we stayed such as Brasov and Bucharest. The companies advertised seem to dominate the hotel. One of the girls in the restaurant made up for the rest of the staff as she was more than attentive. We didn't dine in the Ice Hotel partly due to lack of information.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Faragas Mountains provide a perfect backdrop for the Balea Lac Ice Hotel. Its remote location, at over 2000m is reached only by cable car making it an exclusive 10 room hotel. Set amidst breathtaking scenery, the Ice Hotel is rebuilt every year and the views and silent nights make a visit to the Ice Hotel a must. The stunning Ice Church is a short walk away. Activities: Sledging, snow mobile, skiing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ice Hotel Romania Fagaras