Atra Doftana Guesthouse (ep. 1)
During the 29-31 May 2013 period, I attended #ATRADoftana - Workshop dedicated to travel photography. The event was organized by eventurilor in partnership with the pension ATRA Doftana and Miraj Sun Travel.
On this occasion I visited and enjoyed the services of the best pension in Romania according Hotel Tourism & Leisure Investment Conference 2013 - Atra Doftana guesthouse. I can say that I wanted to get to this boarding house when I was watching XFactor. Here, my wish was fulfilled and I was pleasantly impressed by the pension and the wonderful places around it. It was beyond my expectations.
Atra is a guest house built in an exclusive location, right on the shore of Lake Paltinu in Valea Doftanei, Prahova. It is about 100 km from Henri Coanda International Airport - Otopeni and can be reached in about 1.5 hours. We made about 2 hours to Bucharest, but we used the Ploiesti - Bucharest highway.
Atra Doftana it is not a mere guesthouse, but a true architectural work unique in Romania. Atra, name meaning in Latin "black", The dominant color in the traditional popular port of Valea Doftana, is ideally located in an unpopular natural setting and offers a unique and relaxing ambience. It is intimately hidden in the slope of the bank, but completely open to Lake Paltin. I would like to point out that it does not have a roof as we all know it. On the Atra there is quite a parking space - 12 places.
The pension has been in use since the year 2011, after an investment estimated at 1 million. It is built in proportions of 90% of natural materials, eco: stone, wood, marble, plus others. Atra Doftana has 8 rooms and a maximum capacity of 20 seats.
The rooms are spacious, with areas between 25 sqm and 28 sqm, modernly furnished. They benefit from underfloor heating, TV, Wi-fi (walking distance), terrace and guaranteed view to the lake, a view I enjoyed every morning. Pleasure to sit on a deck chair and enjoy the coffee with your eyes on the lake.
The bathroom is modernly equipped and furnished, with a shower enclosed only by a glass wall and floor mats. Here I found bathrobes, slippers, natural herbal bath cosmetics and towels. I mention that it has only a shower, without a bathtub.
Atra Doftana has a living room of 70mp used for serving meals, but also for conferences, exhibitions, etc. Inside the living room is a beautiful masked and interesting fireplace built, which I used in one of the evenings. From the living room you can exit on the outside terrace covered by 52 of sqm.
Atra Doftana also has a dedicated fitness area, with panoramic views of the lake and a natural setting that will stimulate and inspire you. Here I found a dry sauna, shower, etc. Do not run on the treadmill at midnight because you risk disturbing the entire boarding house.
As mentioned above, in the living room is arranged the restaurant with a capacity of 50 places. The menu is international, with a focus on fresh, organic, local products. Upon request, Atra offers the option of choosing a vegan or fast food menu. Exceptional food is accompanied by a rich wine list.
Below are some of the preparations served by us during the 3 workshop days.
(photos taken with HTC One X)
Atra Doftana is not only a simple guesthouse, but also an excellent location for organizing events. It can organize exhibitions, team-building, it can be the ideal place for an intimate ceremony, a romantic party or a corporate event.
On this occasion I announce the second edition ArtATRA, event organized on Saturday 15 June 2013, 16 time: 00. After in the 2012 ArtATRA hosted the opening of the exhibition RAMON GROSOS together with the jazz band QUASAR, the second edition will bring, for the first time in a joint project, the artists RAMON GROSOS and FLORIN CHILIAN.
It is hard for me to tell you about the sights and surroundings, but I leave you to admire some pictures. I hope you enjoy.
But Atra Doftana also has some shortcomings. I suggested that in the future a mini-bar be introduced in each room, something similar to the hotel, and maybe they will build a covered swimming pool, a place where you can relax when the weather outside is not just friendly. Plus, Lake Paltinul is not recommended for bathing.
And the biggest problem is the access road. There are approximately 800 meters between the main road and the boarding house, a rough road, from the ground and without guardrails. Its asphalting has been requested, but it seems that things are moving very hard in Romania, especially when there is no political interest.
Atra Doftana deserves its 5 daisies and maybe something more. Equally deserving is the prize won during the event Hotel Tourism & Leisure Investment Conference 2013. There were 3 wonderful days, with lots of relaxation and good cheer, with campfire, board games, off-road and lots of photos, but all about that in the next episode.