Nestled between the icy peaks of Romania's Făgăraș Mountains, this remote hotel, accessible only by cable car, stands 2,000 m above sea level. Every winter, when Bâlea Lake freezes over, blocks of ice are cut to build the cozy igloos, a beautiful restaurant and a magical church. Hand-carved by local craftsmen, the frozen waters from Bâlea Lake are transformed into the beautifully intricate Hotel of Ice. Every year brings a new theme, which runs through the hotel into all of the ice carved igloo bedrooms, each with ornately carved statues and sculptures.
Where to begin your adventure
Start your adventure to the Hotel of Ice - beginning with a ride in the cable car, the only way to get to the hotel. You will sail through the breathtaking snowy scenery on your way to the Hotel of Ice and surrounding chalet. The Ice hotel is rebuilt every year and the views and silent nights make this a must-see for a day trip or to spend one night in your own individually decorated ice room.
Come indulge your senses and take part in a unique culinary experience at the Hotel of Ice. Our intimate Ice Restaurant boasts a menu serving traditional cuisine that represents ancient Transylvanian recipes, using local ingredients and methods.
Activities are provided, with all of the usual snow sports on offer, including snow mobile, ice rafting and tubing. There is also the unique opportunity to trek into a warren of ice caves emerging out onto the mountainside to see the frost-polished slopes and valleys below.