Welcome back to Beautiful Spaces—a series of posts in which I talk about the apartments, hotels, hostels, & B&Bs we stay in all over the world. It all started in 2013 when I realized that my contentment on the road is directly connected to how much I love where I’m living…and so made a commitment to find beautiful spaces to call home along the way.
After three months in France and Czechia, it was time to head out of the schengen zone for at least 90 days. Romania was at the top of our list of non-schengen countries we wanted to visit, so we booked two months in Brasov – a city known for being one of the country’s prettiest and nestled right up against the mountains.
We debated with ourselves about accommodations. Did we want to stay in the center of old town or would it be too busy and loud? Were we willing to spend a little more for a house on a ridge overlooking the city? Which place felt like the best fit?
Ultimately, we chose our place for its sweeping views.
And I’m so glad we did.
Perched on a ridge overlooking a castle, our apartment was a riot of floor-to-ceiling windows in every room overlooking the endlessly twinkling city lights at night and the distant shadows of hills in the day.
Every morning, we woke to sunrises like those pictured above. Every day I settled myself into a big leather chair in front of the windows to work.
For people who love expansive views (like us), it was a gem of a find. I can’t imagine a better location or setup.
The apartment was only a short walk (less than 10 minutes) to the heart of old town and less than five minutes from a pretty park with a trail leading into the forest.
The hosts were kind enough to get us an office chair so that we’d have a proper workspace. They also helped us arrange affordable weekly cleaning and left us several very thoughtful gifts.
The bed is large and comfortable with one of those mattresses that molds to your shape.
There are two balconies.
As noted, the apartment is located on a ridge. This means stunning views and also a steep walk up the hill. We loved it, but keep in mind that it may be a challenge for anyone with mobility issues. The good news is that ubers are extremely cheap here (maybe $2 – $5 to get most places you’d want to go), so if you don’t feel like tackling the hill or if you can’t tackle the hill, you still have an affordable option for getting around.
Also, the apartment is on the ground floor of the building, but there are a couple stairs to get into the building itself.
Overall, if we ever come back to Brasov, we would stay here again in a heartbeat. If you’re headed this way, I highly recommend it. If you’ve never booked with Airbnb before, use this link to sign up and we both get a nice little credit toward our next trips. When you’re ready to book, here’s the listing. Tell Adrian I sent you.