Located in southern Romania, Bucharest offers an eclectic stay, visiting famous landmarks like the Palace of the Parliament, one of the world’s most impressive constructions. Compared to many cities throughout Europe, it’s incredibly inexpensive too, allowing your dollar to go much farther, and perhaps splurge on a stay at one of its top hotels. These options provide the best of the best for your time in Romania’s capital.
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Ideally located on historic Revolution Square, which hosts some of the city’s most recognizable landmarks like the Athenaeum concert hall, the modernist monument to the revolution, and the former royal palace transformed into the National Art Museum, Athenée’ Palace Hilton boasts Art Noveau grandeur and exceptional service. Facilities include an indoor pool, fitness center and beauty salon, while rooms are spacious and include modern amenities like free Wi-Fi. Dining can be enjoyed on site at Roberto’s, a modern Italian kitchen, and the French-inspired Café Athenee – there are many lively bars, trendy coffee houses and diverse restaurants a short walk away.
The Grand Boutique Hotel sits in a leafy neighborhood a short walk from University Square, taking guests back in time to 19th-century Bucharest, set within a former residence that dates from 1893. It boasts plenty of original features, like its beautiful carved wooden staircase and marble columns. All rooms have a story to tell, individual decorated with original furnishings along with amenities like flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi and safes. A complimentary continental breakfast is provided and there’s also an elegant restaurant and sophisticated bar. Special events like live music and wine tasting and frequently offered as well.
Housed in a magnificently decorated building, the former residence of 19th-century Romanian architect Alexandru Protopopescu (a friend of the royal family), the Mansion Boutique Hotel offers an intimate stay with exemplary service. It hosts 19 rooms, spread across two floors, with its Transylvania room the most popular, featuring handmade furniture painted with traditional motifs. All are impressive and come with free Wi-Fi. The property also includes a restaurant and bar as well as a hot tub for relaxing after a day out exploring.
Hotel Epoque is a deluxe boutique hotel offering a five-star retreat sometimes referred to as one of the city’s best-kept secrets. It’s located next to picturesque Cișmigiu Park and its well-manicured gardens while boasting a striking interior with décor inspired by neo-Romanian architecture. Many come to enjoy its indoor pool and sauna, as well as to indulge in gourmet fine dining, including an outstanding wine menu. The moment you walk through the door, you’ll feel like a VIP, with a welcome glass of champagne served and staff that go above and beyond. All rooms are suites here and include plasma TVs, a living and working area with a large desk, bedroom with a king-size bed and another TV, which is separated by a sliding door. Each one also includes an expansive French balcony.
Scala Boutique Hotel sits within an impressive building that’s seen quite a bit of history during its time, built by Ion Moscu, the first Paris-educated Romanian physician, who counted many Romanian royals among his patients. It features the neo-Romanian style of the period with elements of Byzantine style and is just a few minutes’ walk from CEC Palace. There are just 11 rooms, each of which includes cable television and a DVD player, a minibar and spa bathtub. The onsite restaurant is excellent and specialized in fish dishes.
From your window at the JW Marriott, you’ll be able to gaze out at the Palace of Parliament and enjoy being just steps from the National Museum of Contemporary Art, housed in the same complex. A stay here also means the ultimate in luxuries, from the spiral marble staircases on either side of the reception to the spa, one of the best in the city, complete with a heated indoor pool. Rooms are the most spacious of Bucharest’s five-star hotels, with nearly all the standard rooms coming with separate tubs and showers. All include large flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms and extra-comfy beds. There are six restaurants onsite offering everything from Black Angus steaks to Italian.
Located on Calea Victoriei, the city’s historically posh avenue, the Radisson Blu is just steps from Revolution Square. There are nearly 500 rooms and suites which include lots of special touches, like bathrobes and slippers, complimentary bottles of water, and large, inviting beds along with a One Touch Service button for 24/7 service. Dining options are many with five restaurants, including Dacia Felix’s breakfast buffet with a wide range of options, including an omelette station and a summertime brunch served with live Cuban music in the Prime Summer Garden. There’s also a spa, huge indoor pool, heated outdoor hot tub, saunas, a fitness center and variety of exercise classes.
Le Boutique Hotel Moxa on Calea Victoriei offers sophisticated comfort right next to the park near famous Bucharest landmarks like the Arch of Triumph. There’s a lobby bar and terrace, sauna and fitness center onsite, while a breakfast buffet is served for an additional fee. Rooms all come with flat-screen televisions, minibars and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded options also feature coffeemaking facilities and living areas.
Located in the heart of the city close to Old Town Lipscani and the Romanian Athenaeum, Venis Boutique Hotel offers stylish rooms, some of which include exposed brick walls. All feature personal computers, free Wi-Fi, minibars and flat-screen TVs. Look forward to a complimentary breakfast every morning and dining at the restaurant on site that serves impressive Italian meals.
The InterContinental Bucharest in University Square was the first five-star hotel to open in Bucharest and remains the highest hotel in the city, its emblem for nearly a half-century. Rooms include marble bathrooms and pillow menus, but the highlight is the panoramic city view – the higher the room, the better the view, and each one comes with its own balcony. There’s also an indoor pool and hot tub that overlook all of Bucharest.