Why Hotel Privo is the Best Hotel in Romania for Food and Wine

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If you are looking to learn more about food and wine while in Romania, look no further than Hotel Privo in the town of Targu Mures. The modern, luxury hotel has won multiple awards for its restaurant and design. And, it comes at a very affordable price.

Hotel Privo is located near the city center of Targu Mures in the heart of the Transylvania region of Romania. Opening in 2013, the boutique, luxury hotel is the most awarded hotel in Romania having won over 30 awards including:

  • Best Hotel Restaurant in Europe (2017 – the Haute Grandeur Global Hotel & SPA Awards Gala)
  • Best Culinary Experience in Romania (2017- the Haute Grandeur Global Hotel & SPA Awards Gala)
  • The USA Wine Spectator with the prestigious Award of Excellence (2015,2016, 2017) – outstanding wine selection.
  • Best Luxury Design Hotel, at the World Luxury Hotel Awards (Hong Kong, 2015)
  • Romania’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2017 (World Travel Awards)

The Rooms at Hotel Privo

The room decor is modern minimalist. Some rooms feature large soaking tubs in the room. All feature glass walls and many have balconies.

Sharing the same piece of land as the hotel is a municipal park and an art nouveau villa which is part of the hotel. Villa Csonka was refurbished and now houses 3 rooms and 3 deluxe apartments open for guests.

Bathrooms feature rain showers. Each room has a small sitting area.

Room rates start at 85 euros. You can check prices and availability for Hotel Privo on Booking.com here.

Villa Csonka at Hotel Privo
photo courtesy of Hotel Privo

Facilities at Hotel Privo

The hotel has a small gym and spa with a hot tub and sauna. Massages and other treatments are available.

Bathrobes and slippers are provided in your room.

Specializing in wines, there is an extensive wine cellar and a tasting room for events. A bar is also located within the hotel.

Meeting facilities are also available and the hotel is popular with business travelers as well as tourists.

Restaurant at Hotel Privo Targu MuresDining at Hotel Privo

The hotel restaurant is one of the highlights of a stay at Hotel Privo. Breakfast is included in the rate and is served in the café. There is an outdoor terrace, weather permitting.

The first night of our stay we had a buffet dinner for the group we were traveling in, which gave us the opportunity to sample many things from the menu. In this short video you can watch the chef make pasta at the pasta bar on the buffet. It was fantastic.

We returned the second night to eat in the restaurant. The extensive wine cellar and wine list offer the chance to try Romanian wine by the glass or bottle with your meal. A la carte and tasting menu are available.

The restaurant specializes in an international menu, made with local and international ingredients. Compared to what you would pay in other parts of the world for a dinner of this quality, the menu is very affordable as is the wine list.

Our dinner here and tour of the wine cellars was one of the highlights of our trip through Romania. The food, service and wine are all excellent.

Wine Cellar at Hotel Privo
photo courtesy of Hotel Privo

Location of Hotel Privo

Located in the center of Targu Mures, the hotel is easily reached by train or if driving. The train station is 1 kilometer from the hotel and free parking is available on site.

Targu Mures has a Medieval fortress or citadel including a brick factory, bronze workshop and very old wine cellar. The Palace of Culture is one of its most famous buildings. Targu Mures is near Mocăniţa, a historic steam train through the Vaser Valley, near Sovata, a wellness resort. As well, Sighisoara, a UNESCO world heritage town, where you can see and learn about fortified churches and life in a citadel during the time of the Saxons.

The Praid Salina Salt Mine and Wellness Center is also close to Targu Mures.

If you are traveling in the area, Sibiu, Cluj and Piatra Neamt are all within 2- 2.5 hours of Targu Mures.

Staying at Hotel Privo

We really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Privo in Targu Mures. If you are looking for a relaxing break, some great food and a chance to learn about the wines of Romania, this is an excellent choice.

You can check current prices and availability for Hotel Privo here.

Hotel Privo in Targu Mures
photo courtesy of Hotel Privo

Hotel Privo at a Glance

Name Hotel Privo
Where Targu Mures (Tirgu Mures) in Transylvania, Romania
Style Modern, Luxury Design Hotel
Atmosphere Minimalist, Elegance
Type Modern City Hotel
Service Excellent
Dining The hotel is known for its award-winning restaurant. The food and wine are excellent and very affordable.
Facilities Restaurant, small spa and gym.
Extras Special events and dinners held regularly. Wine and food pairings and wine tastings.
What we Liked Friendly staff, extensive wine cellar, very knowledgeable about local and international wines.
Good to Know 1 km from the Train Station, free parking on site.

Has special events and dinners in the restaurant which usually sell out quickly. Check your dates and make reservations in the restaurant to avoid disappointment.


You can find a host of other information on Compass & Fork about travel and food in Romania here.

We were guests of Hotel Privo as part of our travels through Romania with #ExperienceRomania. As always our opinions are our own.


2 Responses

  1. Ryan Biddulph
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    Looks like a delightful place. My grand dad was from Transylvania; I plan to visit one day to see some of my family routes. Nice amenities too. You can’t go wrong with a nice little gym. Big fan of working out on the road to keep the energy flowing while enjoying the journey. Thanks for the write up.


    • Editor

      Yes, Transylvania is more than Dracula. A thoroughly gorgeous place with a lot of history. Thanks for your comment.

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