Our first hotel in Bucharest kind of reminded me of a (metaphorical) Mills & Boon romance novel. The luxurious 5-star Bucharest Grand Continental Hotel was all sweet curlicues, wistful drapery, very French inspired faded chic and just the right level of old-fashioned grandeur.
Located just a 5-minute walk from the Old Town, our 5-star corner of the city was a perfect place to relax between exploriing wanders.
Bucharest was known as the Paris of Eastern Europe, and here it’s easy to see why. Tucked between cold, brutal grey modernist concrete buildings sheathed in concrete, there are structures straight off the Avenue des Champs–Élysées.
Peeling late off our flight (we arrived just before midnight) and sinking gratefully into our junior suite, we were too tired to appreciate our room until we pulled the curtains back the next morning.
And our view onto the internal courtyard was rather lovely.
The room was more than generously proportioned, caught the afternoon sunshine perfect for forty winks (whilst Mr Kiwi delightedly caught a Liverpool game in a nearby pub) and had everything you could need.
Great storage, all of the usually expected kit for laundering and a generous scattering of lamps throughout for a soft lighting that the Mills & Boons covers would ache to possess.
The hotel has a spa and restaurant which we didn’t explore properly (enjoying the Van Gogh Cafe nearby), a plush bar with overstuffed leather sofas which we did enjoy, and an old-fashioned style of service which was just perfect.
The only fly in the ointment (or to labour a metaphor, the bit in the novel where something bad happens between the hero and heroine of the novel) was the bathroom. It just didn’t work very well. What is going on with hotel bathrooms these days?
Beautifully located for exploring the historical centre of Bucharest we spent a couple of nights happily ensconced in the Bucharest Grand Continental Hotel.
So if you’re looking for old-fashioned, gallant luxury – the Grand Hotel Continental is where to stay in Bucharest, Romania.
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