Arefu hotels, hostels
Villages in the area are teeming with pensiuneas (pensions) and homes displaying cazare (rooms to rent) signs. Several villagers in Arefu are participating in the agro-tourism scheme and open their homes to travelers. Ask at the biblioteca (library) for agrotourism members, or knock on the following doors:
The Tomescu family
Tel. +40 (0) 248 730 102
or +40 (0) 743 678 365
Make your way up to house No 229. They have three clean rooms and, without a word of spoken English, manage to host Romanian feasts and tuica-fueled sing-alongs around the campfire. If they can’t take you, rooms are also available at house Nos 53a, 330, 348 and 384. The Tomescu’s are a 10 minute hike up the hill from the library – take the first right, then start accosting people with “familia Tomescu?” until you home in on the place.
Tel. +40 (0) 740 757 400
This pensiunea is 1km south of Poienari in Capatânenii village. Breakfast not included. There’s little reason to stay here, unless you’re stuck in the area and not in the mood for the shenanigans of a night in Arefu.
Valea Cu Pesti
Tel. +40 (0) 742 020 129
This is a chalet-style hotel, on the eastern side of Lake Vidraru.
Tel. +40 (0) 745 910 023
Situated on the western side of Lake Vidraru. Bookings can also be made through Hotel Posada in Curtea de Arges.