Romania isn’t one of the most visited countries in Europe, which means it’s a wonderful place to get away from tourist crowds and experience life like a local. Well-known for its castles and dramatic mountain landscapes, this is an ideal destination for budget travelers and anyone looking to get off the beaten path. To help you feel comfortable and relaxed during your journey, here are our top picks for hotels to stay at when you visit Romania.

Hotel PRIVO, Targu Mures
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Hotel PRIVO, Targu Mures (Prices & Photos)

This modern and upscale hotel is set in an art nouveau villa and is a trendy place to stay in Targu Mures. You’ll be a short walk away from the Targu Mures train station when you stay here, as well as the Palace of Culture’s museums. Exclusive rooms and apartments are available for booking, and the whole hotel has a minimalist vibe that’s nice for both business travel and pleasure. Rooms here are modern and have LED LCD flat screen TVs, premium orthopedic mattresses with memory foam for extra comfort, and hypoallergenic bed linens and pillows. There’s a wellness and spa center onsite and a private spa terrace with views of the city and nearby park. Privo Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and there is also a wine cellar with tasting room for guests to indulge in.

JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, Bucharest
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JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, Bucharest (Prices & Photos)

There’s a wonderful Marriott hotel for your stay in Bucharest that is highly recommended by travelers to the region. The JW Marriott Bucharest Grant Hotel is close to the city’s Old Town, Parliament Palace, and lots of other popular attractions in town. The executive rooms and suites have been recently renovated and feature high-speed internet, large flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms, and deluxe bedding. There’s an indoor pool you can swim in and a spa to get a massage, not to mention a casino and shopping gallery at the hotel. Overall, this is an elegant place to stay that puts you in the center of all the city’s best things to do. Pets are welcome too for a fee of RON 85, plus a non-refundable cleaning fee of RON 105.

Kronwell Hotel, Brasov
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Kronwell Hotel, Brasov (Prices & Photos)

When you visit Brasov in Romania, consider staying at the Kronwell Hotel, which is a four-star business and lifestyle luxury hotel. Here you’ll find 81 contemporarily designed rooms and suites that are comfortable to come home to after exploring the area. In addition to tourists on vacation, this is a popular spot for business meetings and private events. It’s also a great place to stay if you’re traveling with kids because there is an interactive playground called Happy Shark here. With staff supervision, your kids can enjoy Sony PlayStation 4, inflatables, karaoke, puppet shows, ping pong, costumes, and more. The Couchette Bistro offers healthy food and uses the very best fresh and homemade products. You’ll enjoy a fusion of European and Asian cuisine here from 7am to midnight, and you can also stop by the Cabinet C-Bar for cocktails. Meanwhile, BELAQVA Spa and Wellness is open from 6am to 11pm and has a thermarium with a Finnish sauna, Thalasso salt cabin, frigidarium, and other features.

Hotel Central Park, Sighisoara
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Hotel Central Park, Sighisoara (Prices & Photos)

The building that this hotel is located in was originally built in 1897 and first served as a home and business. After later hosting several government offices and political parties, it is now a boutique hotel with a fascinating history and 33 rooms. There is also a restaurant onsite that serves traditional Romanian dishes and international cuisine. It’s fun to wander around the streets of Sighișoara to get a sense of the local sights and flavors. Sighisoara’s clock tower and Josef T. Restaurant & Wine Bar are recommended spots to stop by. Breite is a beautiful natural area nearby that you can visit, and architecture and history buffs will enjoy checking out Biertan, Malancrav, and Viscri. Basically, there’s a lot you can see and do within about a 40-minute drive of Hotel Central Park.

Epoque Hotel, Bucharest
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Epoque Hotel, Bucharest (Prices & Photos)

Another great hotel option in Bucharest is the Epoque Hotel, which is a boutique hotel favored among business travelers. It’s located in Bucharest city center and near Cismigiu Park. This five-star hotel was opened in 2010 and features contemporary architecture and a suite-only concept. The Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest Opera House, Royal Palace, and the Piata Constitutei are all nearby, making this an ideal place to stay for travelers who love the arts and cultural experiences. Booking options are the junior suite, executive suite, grand executive suite, Cismigiu suite, and the Epoque suite, all of which have separate bedrooms and living rooms. A breakfast buffet, free high-speed Wi-Fi, and access to the spa and fitness center are also included with your stay.

Hotel International, Iasi

Hotel International, Iasi (Prices & Photos)

Hotel International is a modern hotel located within the Palas Complex in Iasi. After Bucharest, Iasi is one of the most important cities to visit in Romania because of its unique culture and historical significance. It’s near the Palace of Culture, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Three Hierarchs Monastery, and the Golia Monastery. Other top things to see here include the building of the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Ion Creanga’s hut, Pogor House, and Copou Park. There are three dining and drinking options to choose from here and also wellness features like a Jacuzzi, pool, sauna, fitness center, and lounges.

Ana Hotels Sport Poiana Brasov, Poiana Brasov
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Ana Hotels Sport Poiana Brasov, Poiana Brasov (Prices & Photos)

This hotel combines the very best of contemporary minimalism and a traditional Bavarian style with its design. When you stay here in Brasov, you’ll enjoy plenty of modern amenities, like bathrooms, high-speed Wi-Fi, and ergonomic mattresses. The Altitude Restaurant onsite is famous for its Brasov-style pancakes for desert, and there is also a bar in the lobby. While in Poiana Brasov, check out the ski slope, go on an ATV ride, and take advantage of the hotel’s Junior Scout kids club.

Hotel Central Park, Ploiesti

Hotel Central Park, Ploiesti (Prices & Photos)

Hotel Central is in the middle of Ploiesti City and about 45 kilometers from Henry Coanda International Airport. You’ll enjoy free parking and free Wi-Fi here when you stay in one of these 166 rooms. This is a great place to stay for foodies because there are four restaurant salons onsite, as well as a bar and a café. A variety of massage options are available at the hotel’s wellness center, which also has a small swimming pool, two saunas, and fitness equipment.