Sleeping

Sinaia has hotels in styles paying tribute to the region's palaces: think neo-Renaissance exteriors and regally decorated bedrooms. Sinaia caters well for the budget and midrange outdoorsy crowd too, as does ski-hike centre Predeal. Things get patchier in the Bucegi Mountains: while there is an increasing range of Alpine-themed lodges at low altitudes, hikers on longer treks must rely on barebones cabins (electricity and hot water not necessarily included).

Eating

Sinaia has by far the most reliable and upmarket range of restaurants, most attached to hotels, while Predeal and Bușteni also have a decent range (though some are seasonal). The higher you go, the more prepared you should be: pack supplies for long treks as the offerings at hiking cabins vary.