Howard Johnson Grand Plaza Hotel Bucharest
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... the Bulgarian guards, all so very pleasant. I work on the blog, charge batteries and Mom sleeps to pass the time. The scenery is about the same along the route. Lots of abandoned buildings everywhere. They don't remodel or tear down buildings here, they just move out. Well, it's getting close to midnight and I hear we have to pass into Turkey about 2 in the morning with an arrival time of 7:30am in Istanbul so I'll sign off for ...
... men we came across have been nicknamed 'stare bears' as they really have no shame when looking at the ladies.
The first of our days in Romania absolutely tipped it down so we quickly found ourselves a restaurant to dry off in. We stayed there until it stopped....about 4 hours!!
The second day was spent in exactly the same way!
In conclusion, all we saw of Romania ...
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We all had breakfast and packed ready to leave at 0800hrs, we're getting good! Today was another truck driving day, but we managed to stop at Sighisora, where Vlad the Implaler lived, who is thought to be the base of the fictional Dracula. He was by all accounts not a nice person. The Clock Tower was a good stop point and picturesque.
I saw a market with about 20 different stalls, every single ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Howard Johnson Grand Plaza Hotel Bucharest
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.
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.
Stayed here Monday to Friday for 3 consecutive weeks and moved out to another hotel at the end.
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!
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.
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.
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