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More boutique than hostel, this labour of love is a wood-accented, courtyard oasis with one eight-berth and two six-berth dorms...
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...
This former 15th-century German bank is now a boutique hotel with 24 well-appointed rooms...
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...
Housed in former 18th-century barracks within the citadel this new five-star belle retains much of its grandeur with antique furniture, costumed staff, grandfather clocks, marble floors and ornamental gardens...
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...
Pensiunea Sub Cetate
In the leafy end of town, this pensiune has a garden vivid with flowers. Its 10 en suite rooms are capacious and clean. There's also a sun-dappled breakfast room. Best are the two front carpeted rooms with balconies.
It might not scream 'Transylvanian' but this slick high-riser complete with restaurant, cafe-bar and modern rooms (not to mention the incredible views) may prove to be an oasis if your first choices are full during festivals or at weekends...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Huddled around a leafy courtyard this mercifully cool hostel has spacious dorms, private lockers and a lounge with comfy sofas that you may find hard to prize yourself off. There's also a games room and communal PC and flat-screen with plenty of DVDs...
Spotless Gabriel has peaceful accommodation in uncrowded dorms. There's also an outside area for barbeques and a welcoming kitchen/self-catering area, plus individual lockers...
Bella Muzica Hotel
Within its wine-coloured corridors are 34 dark-wood and exposed-brick rooms...
Right next to the Autogara, rooms here are fresh and large with mustard brown walls, cable TV, and clean en suites. Perfect if you have an early bus departure. It's 1.5km outside the centre.
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.
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.
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.
With 60 rooms spread around a courtyard over three floors, Agape is well placed in the heart of the city...
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 Casa Wagner
This appealing 16th-century hotel has 32 rooms spread across three buildings. Think peach walls, candlebra, dark-wood furniture and tasteful rugs...