Howard Johnson Grand Plaza Hotel Bucharest
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... in the ceiling, rust stains on the floor and paint peeling off the walls. They get around 355 000 visitors per year through here but the entrance fee barely covers any costs. So it gets used as a Weddings, Parties, Anything venue. Yes, you too can hire any of the rooms out for your conference, movie shoot, bucks party or product launch.
The building is another shining example of Soviet style excesses while the proletarian worker struggled to survive in the ...
... immediately struck by the grandeur of the old town. It wasn't like Sofia, as I'd assumed – especially because in the centre of the town you got a Western European vibe, a sort of strange, Eastern European version of Paris – with more sleaze and stray dogs wandering about the place. It used to be known as 'Little Paris' for exactly this reason. Unfortunately allied bombing, combined with decades of communist rule under the insane megalomaniac Nicolae Ceausescu meant that much of ...
... I ended up staying for five nights was very helpful and accommodating. I often spent the evenings sitting outside with him, his girlfriend and friends just relaxing or chatting. In all my first few days were really not that interesting outside of meeting one of my coworkers because I spent most of my time in bed, trying to get over the jet lag, relaxing at the hostel, avoiding the heat and trying to get over my cold, and writing a ...
... was my first time they let me try on a diamond engagement ring. THREE carats and €100,000 or in US $130,000. Sadly it was too big for my lil hands so I guess if my future husband is reading this years later just remember YOU GOT LUCKY! When we first arrived in Romania I was super tired and thinking what did I get myself into? But toward the end of the day I met other tourists and it seemed better. We all went on a tour and after that it just seemed like we had known each ...
... 2km inside. In total the building is 270m x 240m and 12 storeys tall!! Even our guide said she hadn't made it to all the rooms yet. It is adorned with 1,000,000m3 of marble, 480 chandeliers (two of which each weigh over two tonnes), and 900,000m2 of wood. It also contains the largest rug on earth (as it would). In accordance with Ceausescu's decree, it was made entirely out of Romanian materials. I'd imagine that there is a giant hole ...
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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