Romania’s capital city is one of contrast and visible ongoing change. Once described as the Paris of the East, the many Art Deco and Art Nouveau buildings are breathtaking. Yet these sit alongside a range of brutalist architecture, as well as visible signs of war and revolution, mixed in among intricate orthodox churches. More recently, the city’s narrow lanes have provided a home for some outstanding nightlife and upbeat cafe culture. Bucharest is a breath of fresh air for those seeking to avoid any touristy mini-break destinations. And here are the finest hotels from which to explore this inspiring place.
The Marmorosch Bucharest, Autograph Collection
This is one of the more recent additions to the Bucharest luxury accommodation scene, although the building itself goes back much farther, having served as a palatial bank in the city’s Old Town. The Marmorosch retains many fascinating details and features. Soaring ceilings and picture windows provide a feeling of grandeur, offset by a contemporary interior design that nods toward early-century style. Two bars offer top-notch mixology for late-night imbibement, while the Blank restaurant (named after the bank’s chief architect) is the venue for sophisticated dining. Immersive spa treatments at the Balance spa take guests on a sensorial journey. Plus there’s a pool, parking and it’s pet friendly!
Hotel Epoque Bucharest
A five-star boutique establishment in the city’s heart, this gourmet treat of a hotel is part of the exclusive Relais and Chateaux collection. Its French neo-classical facade provides an impressive welcome, with a chic nod to the retro features within. Guests can take advantage of complimentary bike hire, guided tours and a spa that’s complete with steam baths and stone therapies. The cuisine at L’Atelier is described as an ode to traditional Balkan cooking, crafted using seasonal ingredients and presented with artistic finesse. Children are welcome at Hotel Epoque – the largest suite is conducively equipped with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel Bucharest
Set directly across from the imposing Palace of Parliament, the Grand Hotel Bucharest was itself once an administrative building. But step inside and you’ll be met by gleaming marble surfaces, spiral staircases, feature lighting and enormous pillars flanking the lobby area. This hotel is large – there’s a Grand Avenue housing designer boutiques, six restaurants (including US and Italian eateries), 402 bedrooms, a heated indoor pool and one of the biggest spas in the area, all under one roof. In addition to being family-friendly, this JW Marriott property is suitable for pet loving patrons, as guests can bring four-legged friends along for the stay.
Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest
Founded in a location shrouded in relatively recent history, this Hilton hotel is perched on Revolution Square. The balconied building dates back to 1904, but was renovated in 1993, following significant damage during the revolution of 1989 – and 2021 saw the completion of a new wing. Its 272 rooms are soundproofed, each with its own microclimate, the option of hypoallergenic bedding and spa treatments brought to you. Or guests can retreat to the spa area for massages, swims and a soak in the hot tub. A French cafe and Italian restaurant provide an international feel to the grand Romanian establishment.