Howard Johnson Grand Plaza Hotel Bucharest
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... today sort of represents a change in dynamic of my trip. up until now I have been travelling leisurely around, stopping a few nights in places that have either been recommend to me or are on the rough route I had 'planed' back at home. but now comes 5 days of solid travel, 1155k to get from Bucharest to Albania for Saturday, via Sofia, Skopje and Tirana. why? because that will be my 1st extended stop in one place. I have managed to get a volunteer job in a hostel ...
... was a win for me, as I just had to take the elevator downstairs.
This was the first time we ever held a session in Romania, so I was thrilled when the room reached capacity and we had 50 people attend! I was also thrilled to see that there were 23 women in the audience-almost half! I was joined by the only two Romanian alums we currently have, and they were wonderful. The crowd was quite engaged. So engaged, in fact that a group of them stayed for ...
... of towels because my seat (at the very back of the plane next to the lavatory) was very wet and there were no spare seats. Despite this, I slept for about 2 hours. I think I just gave up and went with it!
Overall, I thought Bucharest was a pretty cool place and the locals are all very nice, especially to tourists. Its Not a place I had really considered before and I don't know if I would go back but at least I can say I've been :)
... side of the arc, and walking in the temperature dropped ten degrees immediately, as the shade and benches offered a wonderful respite from my day. Over the next two and a half hours, I alternated resting on the benches, writing and reading, and exploring the park's considerable acreage. During my explorations I found: an English Garden filled with beautiful blooming flowers, an enormous lake with lazy paddle-boats floating across, an "exotic bird" sanctuary in one corner of the ...
... pulled up for a bush camp.
We parked next to a brown swollen river and cook group 2 began preparing dinner which was to be beef casserole with pasta and potatoes thrown in. The picture of cook group 2, Graham, Andrew and Kevin, was taken in bright sunlight. Greg (our driver) demonstrated to the rest of us, how to set up our first camp fire to be used for cooking dinner on and also sitting around. We hadn't been there 15 minutes when the heavens ...
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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