Howard Johnson Grand Plaza Hotel Bucharest
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... told without too much sulking. I went back to revolution square having watched YouTube clips of the uprising and was able to orientate myself. If you look closely up at the surrounding buildings you can still see bullet holes. I called in at the station as I realised that I was missing a seat reservation, I have a whole stack of tickets and it's difficult to work out the point to point ticket as they are country border to border ...
... I thought appropriate. Of course I found myself lost once again, in an odd hybrid neighborhood of french classical homes, ruins, and communist legocommunes.
I found myself in a tiny alley populated by hookah bars, coffee shops and dress boutiques. This area is covered by a yellow glass ceiling. I ordered the first coffee I've had in days (is this the cause of the jet lag?) and sat in the steamy yellow light, enjoying the FREE WIFI that Bucharest offers in ...
... this was the place where there would be no non-Romanian speakers, so I would be paying double the going rate, but the going rate was so cheap, and the experience was more important. There were the stray dogs. Apparently, this was a result of some displacing of neighbourhoods under Ceausescu, that there were dogs everywhere. In Gara de Nord, you can tell that people are poor, and there are a lot of women wearing very bright skirts with shawls on their ...
... everything. Unpacked our bags and put our clothes away then down to the lounge for a meeting. Then dinner and it wont take too long to get used to this kind of food and it is only our first meal on board – it is amazing and just like a gourmet restaurant. After 4 weeks of this I think we will have to employ a chef and a maid when we get home – I will have forgotten how to cook or do housework by ...
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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