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Thursday July 10th 2014
*We set off early to avoid the rain that is forecast later in the day. We wish to make the most of the scenery of the Transfagarasan road..
*Cartisoara is the ideal stopping place if you wish to drive the Transfagarasan in a North/ South direction and at the beginning of the day …
After a rather noisy night sleep, we started off the day with a good breakfast and a visit to Tineretului park, its lovely theme park, and the Bellu Catholic cemetery.We then returned to the hotel, freshened ourselves up and went on a private tour to the Romanian Athenaeum, which is a wonderful concert hall.We then continued to Herăstrău …
- We landed into a curtain of clouds to discover A summer rainstorm hit Bucharest last night.
- It was 20 degrees all day long but with nearly 100% humidity... .
- Check in at the hotel was a breeze and our suite is sweet. :-)
- We spent half the day touring mostly the old town, its parks and churches and the rest of …
Our plan was to split the day into three different parts today.
We started it off with a nice breakfast at the hotel.
After that, we took the Metro to the Jewish quarter and visited 3 synagogues (at one of which we got a private tour by the synagogue's Gabai, which was absolutely lovely).
We then went to do some groceries shopping at …
Today, we went to walk in Carol park at -22 degrees wind-chill.
It was surreal - all white, a bit slippery, VERY cold, yet absolutely stunning.
We walked along the park until we reached the huge monument, where we got warm by the eternal fire.
We then took a taxi to another part of the city, where we walked next to several beautiful …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsInterContinental Bucharest
Nice hotel in a good area.
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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental Bucharest
Je suis revenu à Bucarest, pour affaires, 17 ans après, avec une réservation faite par notre agent de voyage. Je connaissais cet hôtel depuis mon enfance et je m'attendais à ce qu'il ne soit qu'un souvenir grisâtre de l'époque communiste.
J'avais une chambre au 17ème étage avec une vue de nuit magnifique du balcon. La chambre et la salle de bain étaient propres et remises à neuf convenablement. Il n'y avait pas de chaîne roumaine à la télé ou bien je ne l'ai pas trouvée. La connexion sans fil ne fonctionnait pas régulièrement et le gars de l'équipe de nuit m'a simplement indiqué : « désolé, ce sont des choses qui arrivent », mais ne m'a été d'aucun secours. Le réceptionniste du matin m'a proposé une solution (un modem ou quelque chose du genre) mais comme je revenais tard d'une super soirée en ville, j'ai préféré aller me coucher.
Leur restaurant (le Madrigal) mériterait un peu plus de style. Les serveurs essaient de faire leur travail du mieux possible mais il reste encore beaucoup de progrès à faire.
Tout compte fait, l'hôtel était bien mais ce n'est certainement pas un cinq étoiles.
Have been using this hotel for about 18 months now and have seen big changes. We often visit Romania as my Fiancee is Romanian and we always manage to bolt on a one or two night stay here before flying back to the UK.
We always book the deluxe (executive) rooms and these are very pleasant (plush) with nicely appointed bathrooms.
1) Air con does not work perfectly.
2) Over 18 months and of course the accession of Romania into the EU we have seen a disturbing trend for the overall experience to deteriorate.
The Menu choice has been cut to a third and prices have doubled!!!!
Positives: Location - City center and adjacent to Metro. Very pleasant De Luxe rooms.
Negatives: Prices have soared, Quality has gone down. How can they charge €20 per day for internet access to a customer that has booked a business "Club" room??!! it's nonsensical.
The Marriot appears head and shoulders better but unfortunately so is the price! If you can book in advance and get a deluxe room for €120 or less then go for it and book the IC. After that start to look elsewhere.
The executive management people want their backsides kicked if they think that people will accept this trend and not walk. There are a lot of hotels in Bucharest and I will be choosing another one next time. €20 per day for internet - I don't think so!!!
The Ibis Hotel down by the Palace of Parliment offers a double room WITH internet and ALL taxes included for €85! No bath, only shower, but hey, €85!!
Good hotel but beware inaccurate descriptions on IC website
I stayed for 2 nights in February 2007 in the IC.
I was impressed with the location of the hotel it is very much in the heart of the city. Co located beside the Universtate metro station it made it very easy to travel round the city and avoid the horrendous traffic jams that existed throughout the city.
The building itself I actually liked. Yes it is 70`s styling but I think it looked iconic and and given it`s height I found it a useful landmark to get back to the hotel when out walking in the city centre
The rooms were nicely decorated although a bit too conservative for my taste. I preferred the more contemporary feel of the IC in Warsaw. Bathroom was nicely finished and was well stocked with shampoos, conditioner etc. I liked the balcony which provided excellent views across the bucharest skyline and the room was high enough, club rooms were on the 11th floor, to minimise the sound of the traffic below.
I had booked a club room having had a fantastic experience with Radisson`s club floor. However this was a mixed experience with IC. Firstly the good points. The club lounge was nicely appointed although a bit on the large side. On the right hand side was a bar arrangement and to the left sofas and a large tv. In the middle was a smallish display cabinet where the food was kept.
I found the staff extremely well trained and extremely attentive. Nothing was too much trouble and they all spoke very good English.
However the down side was that I felt badly misled by what was supposed to be included in the club room price. The IC website had claimed that breakfast, lunch and dinner was included. However on speaking to the club room staff on arrival they pointed out that breakfast was included but that lunch was simply small cakes and dinner consisted of very small selection of canapes. I challenged the reception staff but they were insistent that was all that was available.
This meant that on top of paying a premium expecting a full meal service, i then had to pay for a meal elsewhere.
In summary good location, nice rooms, well trained and attentive staff but the marketing side on the website need to get their act together.
Good value rooms, poor value food
Stayed for 2 nights on business Nov 2006.
Very central location, horrible looking building (1970's).
Very standard style lobby - a bit over the top on the marble front, but pleasant enough.
Check-in was quick and efficient, in fact a little brusque. The room rate was quite good (110EUR). The room itself was fine - fairly large with balcony, decor was quite 1980's but comfortable.
Bathroom was a good size, everything was clean and in fairly good condition. My room was on 20th floor so there was little street noise, but one night there was some loud music coming from the restaurant/club upstairs. As mentioned previously, the aircon just seemed to be on 'heat' mode, I had to turn it off and open the window to get any cooler.
Staff in general (waiters, concierge, check-in, check-out) were courteous and efficient, a little impersonal perhaps.
My only complaint was the price and quality of the food in the 'brasserie'. I paid about 50EUR for ONE course and 2 glasses of wine, and for that received some overcooked fish with what looked like boil-in-the-bag rice. The next night (I didn't dine out as I hate going to restaurants on my own), the rump steak was better, but again was overpriced, and the glass of wine I got was very small for the price.
I didn't try the bar - it looked soulless and was extremely small for a hotel of this size.
So in summary, perfectly acceptable accommodation, quite good value (I was quoted 3 times the price for the Hilton), and in the best location. On the downside, the food is overpriced and if you are looking for modern style, you will be disappointed.
OK hotel for Bucharest
The hotel itself is clean and the rooms are well appointed. It is "really" in the center of the city -beware of many that say they are.....the restaurants are limited within the hotel and although the breakfast if fairly decent there is usually an event going on over the weekend and therefore the limited choice gets even more limited.
We went over Halloween 2006 and even this time of the year it was warm -"big beware" even though they pretend to have Air Conditioning it really does not work -it just blows warm air around even if you want it cool -had several rooms between group and they were all the same in reference to AC
Overall fairly good for price -make sure all your trips are planned before arriving as the hotel only offers their own guide who knows nothing of his own country
Fantastic Hotel... best place to stay in Bucharest
From experience I can tell you this is the best hotel to stay in Bucharest for 130 euros a night .... the rooms are great, service very good, the pool has a fantastic view, the breakfast is quite good too.
Food, one is set of restaurants by the hotel side which server a lot of game ... from bear to wolf (if you like that kind of stuff); walk across the big square and in the street to the left are some really good restaurants. Explore a bit till you find one you like and try not to dress too flashily as there can be a few dark corners in these alleys.
Finally ... Be wary of guys trying to sell you sex on the roads outside the hotel...
PS: If you have a local business contact, check to see if you get a preferential rate with the hotel, though you wont get any hotel points if you take this up.
Average biz hotel with glitches...
stayed just one night for biz.
while everything seems top some details lack attention:
- room not cleaned thouroughly
- checkin clerk not attentive
- breakfast not five star (e.g. only one sort of bread)
in general, the area is between central main streets; so get a more quiet room on the 20th floor
Luxury centrally located hotel
We stayed 3 nights 18-21 March 2005, taking advantage of a voucher for a free weekend given to regular guests under the group's Priority Club fidelity programme. The hotel is a skyscraper in the University district in the City Centre - well situated for seeing the Ceaucescu Palace and for the shopping streets. It is the penultimate stop on the 783 bus (fare EUR 0.60!) from the Airport. The hotel has a spacious rather grand foyer. Friendly staff. The ground floor brasserie serves also breakfast. Buffet style is included in room price. The top floor restaurant was closed for refurbishing during our visit, though there were no signs to that effect. Our 19th floor bedroom was spacious, with two comfortable beds. Each room has a balcony. Bathroom fully tiled and well equipped with toiletries, toothpaste etc. There is an hexagonal pool on the 22nd floor open from 0600 daily. Again friendly staff. The business centre on the ground floor was closed Saturday and Sunday but open on demand to the Concierge. Internet access was a hefty EUR 10 per hour (local cyber cafes were charging 10% of that). We could not fault the hotel quality and it is definitely 5 star. We would stay again
A Great Place
The Intercontinental is what you expect from a 5-star hotel. I just spent 25 nights there and being there for such an extended time had given me enough time to find only minor faults. It IS the center of the city, so I found my rental car sitting in the parking for several days without moving. I also feel the hotel has not been overly "westernized" like some others that are geared more for the business traveler. All top of the line food and service in the restaurant. The breakfast buffet, which was included in my nightly rate, was very good with a great variety. Several types of eggs, meats, cold cuts, cheeses , breads, pastries, cereals,fruits, etc. The view from my 14th floor was full of activity and captured the heart of the city. Lights at night and traffic during the day! The area in front of the National Theater also was sometimes used for various promotions and activities. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.
As IC hotel should be
I've been there for one night, 25.05.2004.
The hotel is as you would expect from 5 star IC hotel. From the outside it looks quite old and not very modern or clean, but inside everything is pretty ok. The room was big and clean, staff very helpful, food deliciuos, swimming pool nice (but rather small).
The view from the hotel is pretty magnificent as the hotel stands in the middle of the city and there are no other buildings that would get in the way.
Overall - good choice.