Howard Johnson Grand Plaza Hotel Bucharest
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I promise this blog is not all about sleep-- but when travelling with a one-year old for the first time it is a major component to maintaining the joy... Again, Beckett was excellent on the flight last night. We arrived around midnight local time, got our passports stamped and picked up our bags. We headed out through the arrivals gate and found our driver, Marius, quickly. He escorted us to a tiny car "but it has a large boot!" And we proceeded ...
... We just changed our driving style to suit and went hard. We had a lot of trouble trying to find the hostel as it had no sign out front. We guess it was to avoid having to pay the local mafia protection money. When we got in no one was there. We parked up and started doing our washing and showers etc etc. We then met the girl who was supposed to be there on the "24 hr reception". She was really nice ...
... taken to make drunk Aussie jokes about idiots falling from bunks and a full investigation was carried out into how it would even be possible. Memory again deserts me as i have no recollection of how I managed such a feat and would've been much happier without the knowledge. Adam on the other hand is revelling in my stupidity... First the ****, now the fall... Life could not be ...
... after a 12 and a half hour flight. Information leads us to a ground-level lobby, and we find our connection to Bucharest on the board, and the gate number, but the gates run out before we get to ours. Then realize we have to get a shuttle bus to 2F. It is too hard to pass through immigration to make sure our bags have been transferred, so punt high and get on the bus. We then have a third-world experience going around all sorts of service areas etc, ...
... to the Romanian Royal family and it became the favourite place of Queen Maria. Extensively renovated, it became a residence, and later a museum. In the communist times, it became associated with the myth of Dracula, and the number of visitors grew dramatically.
After about half an hour drive, we reach the city of Brasov and enjoy a stroll in the Old Town. Brasov is ...
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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