Vila Casa Alba
22 Emil Racovita St, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Perfect stay in Vila Casa Alba.
I had wonderful stays at Vila Casa Alba, firstly one night before I went to Sighisoara and secondly two nights when coming back. The owners as well as the staff are terrific, very kind and easy to get in touch with. They all speak good English.
The rooms are very nice, light and spacious. This is the only hotel I have ever come across where they have an anti-slip mat under the bathroom mat so you don't slip when climbing out of the bath tube after the shower. That means they care for you!
The breakfast room is nicely furnished. You will order the breakfast from a menu or the staff tell you what there is to choose from.
It might be good to know that there is no lift in the house. There are 6 rooms on the first floor and 3 on the upper, second floor.
I will definitely stay here again if I come to Cluj another time!
Directions: It is well situated, 5-10 min walk from Piata M. Viteazul (hub for the buses) and ~15 min from the railway station (just follow the street upwards and take to the semiright at the crossing).
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Are there any thermal baths in Cluj?
RE: Thermal baths
As far as I know, there is in Baita, in Cluj county, but the one I've been personally is Ocna Sibiului, which is in Sibiu(150 km from Cluj)
This might help http://www.harta-turistica.ro/index.php?mod=index&lang=eng
or email me to email@example.com
Travel Tips for Cluj-Napoca
Cluj has quite a large number of (ethnic) Hungarian inhabitants. You'll see Hungarian signs in some shops and restarants, but most of all you will hear plenty of Hungarian spoken on the street and almost all bookshops that I went into had Hungarian books as well as Romanian ones. Some bars are frequented mainly by Hungarian students, but there are always some Romanians as well.
As we had changed our plans the day before, and our friend had to work, we rented a car and travel on our own to the lakes. We took road E-60 to the west. At Gilau, we turned left and followed the road along the lakes Gilau and Tarnita, then we went up to Marisel. We entered the Natural Park Muntii Apuseni. Then we passed Fantanele and Belis, on the shore of the lake Belis.
On the way to Marisel the mountainsides are very steep, covered with fir trees. The temperature dropped as we went up, from 6ºC to -2ºC. Fortunately the snowfall would still wait some days and we could enjoy the day.
One afternoon we popped into Restaurant Marty at Horea street for a late lunch. It is a modern furnished, two-storey restaurant and bar. We took a seat on the upper floor to admire the view down to the bar and lower floor.
The menu with dishes of local and international cuisine is only available in Romanian, but most of it can be understood even without knowledge of the local language.
I chose the extra crispy pork cutlet with fried potatoes for 21,50 RON and to drink I had a local Ciuc beer for 4,40 RON. The meal was excellent and we especially liked doing some people watching in the well-frequented restaurant.
The Palace Of Justice
This is another historical building located at Avram Iancu Square, near the National Theatre.
The construction of the eclectic palace was stated in the late 19th century and finished in 1902.
for many years it was the seat of the economics faculty of the university of Cluj. Today it's used as the county court.
The Bob Church (Biserica Bob) was consecrated in 1803. It is the first Greek-Catholic church as well as the oldest Romanian church in Cluj Napoca.
The construction of the Baroque church was financed by the Romanian nobleman Ioan Bob, hence the name.
The Bob Church can be found at the street Episcop Ioan Bob, just southwest of the Piata Unirii (Union Square).
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