Balea Lake is on top Transfagarasan road, which crosses the Fagaras mountains at a height of 2000 meters. Chalet Lacul Balea is next to the water. It's a modern wood and concrete construction that's well-equipped for cold months as well as in the summer. In the winter, they close this road, and the only way up is by cable car. The house, however, is open throughout the year. The villa is at a height of 2034 meters, and they rebuilt it in 2000 because the old one burned down. There are three floors, with rooms of 2, 4, 6 and 10 people, there are also apartments for families. The place has its own restaurant, and if you go there in the winter, you can rent snowmobiles and skis from them.
We stopped at the Cetate Pension, in the village of Arefu, before starting the climb up the road towards the Transfagarasan Mountains and Balea Lake. This stylish guest house is equipped with all the comfort you need, and the rooms are simple. Most rooms have a TV and a private bathroom, though some do have a shared bathroom. There is no internet access. The restaurant is downstairs, and it is open to local Romanians. It is a clean, and well located hotel for exploring the Fagaras Mountains region. Here you can see how the traffic is as the mountain road begins, and if it is closed up, which occurs several months a year, and on special occasions in summer. The rooms are about 120 euros per night, or 30 euros for a double room with breakfast.
The Paltinu Cabana is located on the edge of Lake Balea, at a height of 2044 meters. You can get there via the Transfagarasan road, which as its name suggests, crosses the Fagaras mountains, less so in winter. When the snow starts to fall, they close the road for safety, and then you have to go up via the cable car Paltinu Cabana. It's very nice and it is a popular destination for skiers during the winter. La Cabana offers a total of 26 rooms, there are rooms for two people, familes of four and an apartment. You can rent your skis there and other sports equipment. They will rescue you if something happens. Balea Lake is a great ski place but because it is so high up and due to the weather, it is snowy most of the year, even in summer people do mountain sports in the region. La Cabana is modern and offers well equipped rooms for the cold.
Capra mountain is in Transfagarasa. It's surrounded by the beautiful Fagaras mountains, and if you like this kind of landscape, it's a perfect location. The only negative is that there's no town nearby meaning you can't meet people, or exchange stories with anyone other than the owners of the hotel. The villa is 1585 meters up in the mountain and has 52 rooms, 26 of which are doubles. There are also triple rooms and family rooms available. They have a restaurant. Be careful in winter as they close the road that goes up to the hotel. However you can go up via cable cart.