Bucharest hotels, hostels, pensions

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Below are some of the properties that I’ve visited.

Five Star Hotels

Athenee Palace Hilton Hotel

Web info: For a taste of old-world Romanian glitz, this prestigious Hilton property offers more than just the regular five-star services.

Leif’s take: Bucharest’s glitzy splurge, with an aroma for the days of the city’s ‘Paris of the East’ days. Rooms are bit less flash than the marbly lobby. The old wing has a mix of layouts that are Old Europe-leaning. The popular terrace attracts the affulent and those wanting to appear affluent.

Hotel Amzei

Leif’s take: I haven’t had the chance to visit this one yet, but my colleague did and loved the place, saying it was “restrained contemporary style, but everything about the place screams quality”. Let me know what you think.

Four star hotels

InterContinental Hotel

Web info: This elegant accommodation boasts the title as one of the only luxury accommodations in the center of Bucharest.

Hotel Berthelot

Leif’s take: This is another new one (opened in 2009) that I haven’t personally visited. Rooms have air-conditioning and LCD TVs. It’s in a very central location, just off Calea Victoriei.

Golden Tulip

Leif’s take: Rooms here are wood, with a splash of red furniture and strong IKEA influences. Full-wall glass windows provide great views of the street bustle, though vehicle noise is audible. Enjoy top-end hotel amenities like slippers, toiletry baskets and in-room coffee/tea.

Villa Arte

Leif’s take: Another newly renovated place. A boutique hotel with original art and decor awash in color.

Three star hotels

Hotel Opera

Leif’s take: Set on a back-street corner, this 33-room, faintly Art Deco, music-themed hotel enjoys membership with Top Hotels Group, offering among other things, Mercedes airport transfer. The rooms are small, but nicely arranged.

Rembrandt Hotel

Leif’s take: Stylish beyond its three-star rating, this 15-room, Dutch-owned hotel faces the landmark National Bank in the historic centre. Rooms feature polished wood floors, wall-size timber headboards and DVD players. Book way in advance as the few tourist class rooms go quickly.

Central Hotel

Web info: So many hotels that tout being central are far from it, but this property in the middle of town can make good on its title.

Leif’s take: This place was recently renovated. Ask for a room away from blaring B-dul Regina Elisabeta.

Duke Hotel

Leif’s take: At Piata Romana, the 38-room Duke is a pleasant, attentive business-style hotel, priced for people with expense accounts. Rooms are smallish, but modern and very clean. There’s a business centre, wi-fi throughout the hotel, a casual bar where suits chat and several nearby restaurants.

Other hotels

Hotel Carpati

Tel. +40 (0) 21 315 0140
Str. Matei Millo 16
Leif’s Take: A comprehensive renovation brought with it jacked up prices, erasing much of the bang from this once budget gem. Despite renovations, some of the rooms feel distinctly tiny and ill-lit. The upshot is that breakfast is served in a Paris-style lobby lounge by a guy who missed his call as a game show host. All rooms have TV and sinks.

Hostels

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The Funky Chicken Hostel

Leif’s take: This hostel occupies a historic home on a shady street, with three dorm rooms that fit 18. Yes, 18. Sweet dreams. There’s a kitchen for guest use and, bizarrely, free cigarettes to smoke out in the courtyard (Welcome to Romania!!). No breakfast.

The Midland Youth Hostel 2

Leif’s take: Slightly less central than the original (now closed), but run by the same good people. They have dorms with 14, 10 and six beds, a large kitchen, computers, wi-fi and lockers for all. The large common area has TV/DVD and a cool skylight.

Doors Hostel

Web info: All of your preferred targets are within easy reach as our hostel lies centrally and close to the most important sites and clubs in Bucharest. We’re in an oasis of quiet in the old part of town, where you can glance at the stylish architecture of the 19th century and some of the most beatuful churches in Europe.

Leif’s take: I haven’t visited this new property yet, but word on the ground is that they’re great.

Butterfly Villa Hostel

Leif’s take: Widely regarded as Bucharest’s best hostel. There’s a few lounge-y spaces, a kitchen and a small courtyard to kick back in. There’s several dorms with 4-8 beds and one double room. Laundry costs 10 lei (about 3.30 euros) per load. It’s about a 15 minute walk from the train station.

Holiday Hostel

Leif’s take: Located in a restored and converted villa, this is a relatively new hostel that I have not yet visited. It’s run by a young staff and despite only recently bursting on the scene, they really seem to have their act together. They have dorm rooms ranging from six to 11 beds and two private rooms. There’s also a self-cater kitchen, wi-fi, games, security lockers, air-con and free linens.

Central Hostel

Leif’s take: A converted villa in a quiet neighbourhood east of the centre has clean rooms with new beds, a kitchen, laundry, lockers and patio seating under a vine shade. Prices drop after summer.

Vila Gabriela

Leif’s take: This place is run by English- and French-speaking retirees. It’s 2km from the international airport, making it the best place to stage jetlag recovery upon arrival – or before a very early departure. The downside is that getting into the city on public transport from here is a bit slow. The rooms are homey and there’s a garden outside. Staff can arrange transport to/from the airport. Internet, restaurants and banks are all nearby. Take Bus number 783 from the airport to “Primaria Otopeni” station. It’s about a five minute walk from here. The neighborhood is a bit confusing. It’s best to consult the map on the website.