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Campings

Sulina Camping Review

Since I was just talking about the camping in Sfantu Gheorghe, I think it would be just appropriate to also say a few words about the camping in Sulina.

The short version is: they don’t have a camping there anymore!

Here’s how the place used to be

Me and my friends were in Sulina about a week ago.

[adsense]3 minutes away from the place where the ships drop you off when you come to Sulina, just across from the old lighthouse, is the camp, where they usually have lots of teenagers from Moldova or other nearby places. Behind their main building, there is a football field and just around it is where the camping site used to be till about a few years ago.

The place was actually quite nice. They had mini golf, plenty of space on the grass to set your tent and quite decent showers.  However, they’ve started renovating the camp building and now the whole backyard was transformed into a storage area. It looks completely abandoned.

They’ve also permanently closed the bathrooms!

So this year, when we went there, they didn’t even want to let us stay anymore.

Thing is… that place is not a camping anymore. We managed to squeeze in there this year because we knew one of the guys working there and he was happy to let us set up our tents somewhere in the back for a beer or two.

Sulina Camping

(I actually don’t have a better picture… On the right you’ll see the fence from the football field… and the grass… it really is like that! )

So, if you’re thinking to go tent-ing in Sulina, you might want to consider some other ideas. You could set up your tent on the beach, but you’ll have to deal with all the sand. And from what I noticed, they’ve also closed the beach showers!

What The Hell? 🙁

A chance for the future?

I don’t think they’re going to renovate the old camping any time soon.

However, I saw them working on a new and interesting project close to the beach. They’ve built a few small wooden houses and connected them with wooden bridges. If they finish it by next year, maybe they’ll let us plant our tents in between the houses, just like at the Sfantu Gheorghe camping.

Or maybe they’ll flood the whole area and turn the place into something of a green village, with houses surrounded by water.

The project looks interesting. Can’t wait to see what it’ll eventually look like.

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Campings

Dolphin (Delfinul) Camping Sfantu Gheorghe Review

There are plenty of places where you can set up your tent in the Danube Delta, but the best one is undoubtedly the Dolphin camping in Sfantu Gheorghe. There’s everything you could ever ask of a normal camping, and then some more!

[adsense]The camping was built a couple of years ago together with the Sfantu Gheorghe Eco Village. It actually is quite popular because this is where the Anonimul Film Festival takes place every year. I just came from there yesterday (I left two days short of the end) and just like the previous years, it was great!

They also organize the Delta Music Fest here every year during the second half of July for every electronic music enthusiasts out there.

What do they put on the table?

You could choose to rent of the 55 cozy wooden bungalows. They are all covered with reed and have those space age technologies available, such as lighting and electricity. Every one of them has two beds and a really nice porch where you can relax and drink a warm coffee in the morning:D

Bungalows in the Dolphing Camping of Sfantu GheorgheMe and my friends are actually thinking of renting a couple of them next year. ‘Cause we’re getting older and wiser and tenting is becoming a little too tiring 🙂 I doubt we’ll do it, but we talked about it.

There are approximately 600 places to set up your tent. You can choose to do that in shady places, on the side of the river, or between the bungalows.

Dolphing Camping Sfantu Gheorghe

There are plenty of showers and toilets available. I haven’t actually counted them, but they’re more than enough. Even at full capacity, like these few days, you don’t have to wait more than a minute to get a spot.

[adsense]Because there’s a good chance you’ll bring a few electric devices with you (phone, camera etc), you don’t need to worry about carrying extra batteries. There are quite a few electric outlets set up in the camping area. Each pole has six of them. An the poles are everywhere.

They also mention that they have wireless internet throughout the camping, but that’s not really the case. It only works around the bar and the cinema. I used my phone to check, so that may not be the best way to do it.

The camping has an open air cinema set up in the middle.  I can’t talk for the rest of the year, but each night during the Anonimul Film Festival, there are movies projected there for free till late in the night. There’s a stage where various musicians can perform, before the movies or during the Delta Music Fest.

For food, you have a fantastic kitchen that serves a huge selection of local dish and not only. There’s a open air bar and a small shop where you can get chips or whatever you need. Mosquito repellent solutions are bestsellers here ;))

For those of you who want t try dancing, there’s also a disco insode the camping. It’s open throughout the year, except during the Anonimul festival.

How much does it cost?

Here are the official prices. I simply copied this from their official website.

11.06 – 15.07
13.08 – 26.08

16.07 – 12.08

Tent place (2 pers.)

15 RON

15 RON

Tent place (3 – 4 pers.)

25 RON

25 RON

Cabin (2 pers)

55 RON

75 RON

Discount for tents:

  • 20% for min. 5 nights

 

You can also read this article in Romanian: Campingul Delfinul din Sfântu Gheorghe

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Hotels

Hotel Delta Tulcea

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Tulcea for your Danube Delta vacation, your first choice should definitely be the Delta Hotel.

[adsense]It is the first hotel built in the city, it is the biggest, the most luxurious and it has a fantastic location that offers a breathtaking view of the city’s promenade.

Can I get away with another flattering comment? 🙂

It also has its own fleet of ships that you can hire for a ride deeper into the Delta.

That was, in a nutshell, what I believe makes this the greatest place to stay at.

Hotel Delta Tulcea

Let’s go into more details to see what’s so cool about it:

The Location

If you could draw an imaginary bull’s-eye right in the city center, Hotel Delta would be right there. It can’t get any better than this.

And not only is it in the city center, but it is also located on the city promenade, in the middle of the action.

The awesome view

There’s nothing like the sight that you get from any of the rooms. You have an unbelievable panorama, with a full view of the Danube, the harbor, the promenade and the center.

View fro Hotel DeltaSometimes, a picture says a thousand words and my God, I love that view!

The accommodation facilities

Hotel Delta actually consists of two distinct hotels… the first one is the ‘Delta 3 Hotel’, with three stars. That’s the older building, which was built like 40 years ago I guess. You can book a room here.

A few years ago they’ve built a new building which offers four star conditions and they call it the ‘Delta 4 Hotel’. It has a very pointy shape, inspired by boats I guess. It has a nice glass façade which, in the evening, makes a mind-blowing reflection. Reserve your four star room here.

The boats!

The hotel organizes plenty of trips in the Danube Delta, with its own ships. They are Sturzu, Camena and another one which I keep forgetting its name.

Of course, they have excellent conditions. The onboard crew is trained to make every visitor feel fantastic.

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Hotels

Delta Nature Resort Closed for 2010

Word just got out that the five star Delta Nature Resort complex won’t open for the 2010 summer season.

[adsense]One reason is the small number of booked guests that signed up in advance. It all has to do with the crisis that’s left everybody with a little less money in the pocket, and also with the new rumors about some birds being infected with bird flu, pig flu, penguin flu or who knows what.

I’ve heard it all before. Like five years ago. Same story… three birds were found dead… after summary analysis, the killer was found: bird flu! Then a massive operation was mounted to dispose of a huge number of innocent little birds, only to discover a month later that it was all … how can I say it, bullshit. Those three birds died of natural causes. Sometimes I think that there’s somebody out there who’s interested in messing with the Delta, but I can’t just put my finger on it.

Delta Nature Resort
Delta Nature Resort

But back to Delta Nature Resort, the other reason it’ll stay closed this year is because they’re also building a major spa and heath center which they cannot do when there’s tourists around.

This will allow the resort attract a large new range of customers and continue to function off season.

The works were started last year in October and will continue throughout most of the 2010 summer and will open again for the public in 2011.