My boyfriend and I stayed here in March. We puchased a groupon deal in conjunction with Untravelled Paths. I am sure this holiday could be undertaken independantly but having a designated driver who knew where he was going (Marion- great chap btw) made life much easier and relaxing.
We had some trouble getting to the ice hotel as the weather was poor, and riding the cable car when it was very windy was hair raising to say the least!
The Ice Hotel and restuarant were fantastic. All the rooms are different. As we arrived late due to he poor weather we were allocated rooms but normally i believe guests can choose their room. For a tip, rooms further into the hotel are warmer. A guest we were with was very cold but she had a room by the opening of the hotel whereas I had a room by the bar. It was cold but if you wear sutable clothing it is very easier to sleep. I wore fleece trousers, thermal vest, micro fleece, fleece top and fleece socks, a hat and i was toasty warm. i didn't need to wear gloves or a scarf to sleep in.
Toilets are quite far from theice hotel and as we were in a blizzard I didnt want to venture outside. Go to the toilet before you go to bed.
Other than the ice walk we couldn't participate in the other activities as we were in a white out. The walk was fun but its pretty tiring walking through many feet of snow and i like hiking so was surprised i found it so tough.
The cabana hotel is extremely hot! I was tryng to pack light and didn't bring any t-shirts and had to wear my thermal vest as a t-shirt because I was roasting. Guests will also smoke a lot in the Cabana. The resort is quite cheap but I found breakfast pretty poor and expensive. If you don't like eggs the selection of food is very limited. Dinner was fine though and reasonable given the hotels could get away with charging a lot due to the remote location. In general, romania is very cheap.
All in I had a great time in the ice hotel and if we had been luckier with the weather I think there is more to do he than the scandinavian ice hotels. It is definately worth doing this and Romania in general was fascinating.
- 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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