Howard Johnson Grand Plaza Hotel Bucharest
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A Safe, Clean Hotel but not really 5-star standard
I would agree with quite a few reviewers on here. The hotel is fine - it is very clean and efficient (although the rather more relaxed smoking rules in Romania do lend the usual aroma to the hotel), the lifts are quick, the gym is OK, the staff are generally pretty friendly although those on reception perhaps had a rather high opinion of themselves which they struggled to conceal.
But I would not say that it is a five star hotel. The restaurant service at breakfast and lunch was on the slow side and you could not make a drink in your room (which left you with the expensive mini-bar only). There was very little information about the city to be found in reception (Bucharest is not great generally about marketing itself or pointing you towards its best attractions).
The location is OK but do allow an hour to get to and from the airport as the traffic in the city is grid-locked from dawn til dusk.
Im editing my review of this hotel. I wrote the "overrated" review of this hotel. However, when I recied my bill, they charged me over $900 for 3 nights despite the rate I had reserved. I should've paid around $400. This hotel was a total rip off. Everything, including the restaraunt is WAY overpriced. I will never stay at this hotel again, nor will I ever willingly stay at another Howard Johnson.
Not 5 star but ok for a business trip
Stayed here Monday to Friday for 3 consecutive weeks and moved out to another hotel at the end.
The HoJo is a modern hotel in the middle of the city.
The interior decor (rooms, conference rooms, restaurants) is extremely bland and has absolutely nothing whatsoever of any character - colourless in the extreme, though not offensive.
Rooms are comfortable enough -though a little small and not very exciting. The restaurant is fine, though does get overcrowded at breakfast. Slightly odd interior layoutmeans that you have to walk through a crowded corridor containing all of the big hotel conference rooms (panelled in a nice veneer of the type you see in IKEA) to get to breakfast/dinner, which means dodging loads of conference attendees who have split out of their conf rooms for tea and coffee.
Gym is too small (only 1 running machine).
Service is nothing special; getting a waiter to serve tea and coffee at breakfast is hit and miss, had some big queues at check out a couple of times and the concierge service was average.
There is nowhere really to sit out and relax; the main lobby is not really set up for that and the bar is invariably both busy and very smoky (no non smoking areas which I found annoying).
Its central situation means it is ok for a short business trip but can't be recommended for a longer stay - I moved to the Marriott.
Santa claus in the reception
I was one of the few guests this hotel had on Christmas, 2005. I was away from my beloved ones, but I enjoyed my winter holiday there. I took Romanian language and carols lessons with the girls in the reception, I had fun with the restaurant staff, everything was great even if the hotel is not one of my favourites. The service made my stay wonderful. I recommend it for people who dont look for luxury, but for a warm atmosphere.
Loved the staff
I`ve just come back from Bucharest. Not very pleasant city, but I enjoyed my stay at Howard Johnson. I had some problems with the heat in the room (it`s an overall problem there), but the front desk staff helped me very quickly: they changed my room and they sent me fruits and complimentary water in the room. I consider that a very nice and professional way to solve such an unpleasant issue for a five stars hotel. Is not the best hotel I`ve been to, but the staff is great!
I was one of the guests of Howard Johnson Hotel in Bucharest.I liked the property, clean and tidy though the rooms are quite small.
The service was in line with the standards of European 5* Hotels in Europe but the people from Reception need to be informed about what a good and pleasant character is about. Somebody called Sorrana made my stay there very unpleasant.
At the time of check-out she was very rude and all the team supported her attitude.
It's pity such a nice hotel has employees so unpolite.
Anyway , except this incident, I would still recommed the property.
GOOD SERVICE AND THE BEST CHEF IN TOWN!
Yet they delivered .....
Financially speaking this is - like many other Bucharest De luxe hotels - a Casino with an add-on hotel operation. They offered attractive rates of € 88 /day (BF included) around 31st Dec 05 and they delivered. But you do not feel like a ***** De luxe guest in an empty hotel with just 6 other people in the breakfast room enjoying Eggs Benedictine and other international specialities.
It is disappointing finding out that your room was not heated for at least one week and needs some 24 hrs to get to normal temperatures and that the promised sauna is not working during this holiday season. Even their gastronomic pride, the Benihana, was closed for 3 days.
But we had a fine New Years Eve party and taxi service turned out to work perfectly and in time. Would I like to come back ? Maybe during a more lively season.
Great business hotel
Very good business hotel with an excellent location in the centre of Bucharest. Highly professional and helpful staff. Great selection of first-class restaurants. All this at very reasonable prices! I paid 147,00 Euros per night inclusive of breakfast and tax.
This hotel has been extensively renovated and is modern and stylish with decently sized comfortable rooms. The staff varied from excellent in the restaurant during the evening to rude at breakfast via mediocre at the front desk. The outstanding feature of this hotel must be the restaurants which offered excellent food in a beautifully presented setting. Attention to detail from the menus and table settings to the food was superb and the prices unbelievably reasonable. As stated by the previous reviewer a meal here costs a fraction of the price of a comparable meal in other countries.
From my limited experience I would say that any faults in service are probably more a cultural thing that a particular fault of the staff at this hotel and I would be very happy to stay here again on a future visit to the city.
Excellent teppanyaki restaurant
We had dinner here on Sunday 20 March 2005. The Japanese teppanyaki (food cooked by chefs on large hot plates in front of you) restaurant is on the first floor of this very central hotel. It has been open just a year, we were told. The restaurant is part of the Benihana brand we have enjoyed in other parts of the world, but the price is about half what it is in London. Lovers of this style of cooking should use a visit to Bucharest to enjoy a meal at a fraction of the price elsewhere
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