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Built in 1880, this austere yet welcoming multigabled hotel has bags of atmosphere: its stained-glass windows, chandeliers, sweeping stairways and wood panelling hint at the affluent elite who used to patronise it...
Retro Youth Hostel
Well organised, central and with helpful staff, Retro has clean dorms and decent double rooms (all with TVs and shared bathrooms). There's also a pleasant cafe downstairs...
By far the glitziest and most contemporary option in town; with its retro-nodding aesthetics and minimal boho edge, it's as if a slice of London's Soho has been transplanted here...
Hotel Casa Wagner
This appealing 16th-century hotel has 32 rooms spread across three buildings. Think peach walls, candlebra, dark-wood furniture and tasteful rugs...
Hotel Imparatul Romanilor
Within this 18th-century grand hotel's powder-green exterior is an old-world landscape dripping in glass chandeliers, monogrammed carpets, huge beds and gilt paint furniture. Could do with a refurb in places but a stay here will be an atmospheric one.
Ten-year-old Marami is clean, modern and well positioned for visiting nearby Peleş Castle. There's a gym, a jacuzzi and a sauna, plus an inviting restaurant for breakfast. Rooms are peach-coloured with pine-accented furniture and forest views...
Twelve fragrant rooms with white walls, dark furniture, laminate floors, flat-screens and bijou en suites. The management are friendly too. Check out the miniaturised Harley in the reception. Random?
Anda is immaculate, if a little bland, with balcony-wrapped rooms with cable TV and modern en suites, and an attractive restaurant dishing up risotto and pasta dishes. Discounts available in low season.
With its 16th-century facade, stained-glass windows and darkly cavernous lobby, you half expect to be greeted by a Count. Rooms are large and mustard-coloured with capacious beds, flat-screens, arched ceilings and immaculate bathrooms...
Best Western Silva Hotel
The Silva is chalet-style hotel overlooking green Sub Airini Park. Rooms are modern, but a recent renovation didn't cull the must. Half the rooms have balconies.
With 60 rooms spread around a courtyard over three floors, Agape is well placed in the heart of the city...
This hotel aspires toward modern chic in its lobby; however, rooms are faded and edging toward spartan. But they're clean, with bouncy beds, en suites and TVs. Some rooms have mini step-out balconies.
Hotel Aro Palace
Lounge music wafts across Aro's marbled lobby, dotted with Corbusier-style chairs, and over to its art-deco bar. As well as a swimming pool this comfy hotel has internationally accented rooms with great views, balconies and en suites...
Hotel Meteor Cluj
Close to the busy road this midranger has OK rooms with white walls, chocolate quilts, flats-creens and forgettable furniture. Ask for one out back, though.
A steep 15-minute walk out of town, this cool modern hotel has 40-rooms with wireless connection, en suites, cable TV, minibar and fresh peach walls. Insist on taking one out back, away from the road.
A 'wedding-cake' style 19th-century beauty, this chandelier-dripping hotel has fine rooms finished in dark wood and lilac walls. You might want to opt for one with a balcony and view of the park...
Basic Burg is ubiquitously wood-walled with a number of cosy rooms – the triples have the most space. Single rooms are adequate. There's a bar downstairs, plus a pleasant courtyard to read in.
The Old Town Hostel
In a 450-year-old building with three dorms and two private rooms (one with en suite), Old Town has sublime square views...
Rolling Stone Hostel
Run by helpful sisters with unlimited reserves of energy, super-friendly Stone attracts a cosmo stew of travellers. Dorms are a little crowded, but for the smaller one downstairs...
Kismet Dao Hostel
There's a pleasant vibe here: maybe it's those colourful murals and friendly staff. Dorms are fresh with crayon-coloured walls, parquet flooring and individual lockers. Some are cosier than others, particularly 'Snorer's Den'...
15 minutes downhill of the citadel, this hostel has two eight-berth and one four-berth dorms. All of them are clean and breezy. There's a vine-canopied terrace, a library and a TV basement with bags of DVDs. Check out the Dracula mural...
Hotel Gomar Lux
Offering free use of the fitness centre, swimming pool and tennis courts, this hotel is quietly located a 10-minute drive from Bistrita town centre. It features a traditional restaurant and free Wi-Fi...