Volume XII |

The old hotels of Transylvania: heritage tourist resources

Abstract: Traveling within the Transylvanian hotels history, we discover the persistence of certain stories that even today fascinate thousands of guests from all over the world. The hotel, as tourist establishment with its main function the accommodation, keeps in the urban area, mainly due to the commerce development. An argument is the fact that in Transylvania, the first hotels have started to function in the fair towns: Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca and Brasov, in the central area of the city, nearby the fair.  In time, the hotels’ functionality has reached another extent. Nowadays, this type of tourist establishment can become a tourist sights itself. The 21st Century tourist is looking for: values of the past, old histories and experiences that the newly and modernly built hotels cannot offer because they have not had centuries to knit their story. The old hotels of Transylvania can be considered resources of cultural tourism due to their architecture, their uniqueness and persistence in time of their own stories. The present study aims to identify the hotels from the 18th and 19th centuries from the main towns of Transylvania, tourist establishments which can represent important tourist resources for the cultural tourism of the studied region.