Novotel Bucarest City Centre

37B Calea Victoriei, Bucharest, 010061, Romania | 4 star hotel
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Two days in Bucharest

A travel blog entry by brian.budik on May 30, 2014

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... Palace of the Parliament) was constructed between 1984 and 1997. Former Romanian communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu decided to build the Palace of the People (now the Palace of the Parliament) in order to house the government offices and government meetings. Over 1/6 of Bucharest's buildings were demolished in order to build this building and the surrounding open areas. The Palace of the Parliament is currently ...

Train trip from Bucharest to Istanbul, the Bosphor

A travel blog entry by robyn4215 on Aug 01, 2013

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... visited Gallipoli himself only last week, and he told us it is a very worthwhile trip and wished us well. After everyone lined up, we finally left here at 3.17am. We were woken again at 6.15 to leave the train and board a bus for the final two hours into Istanbul as this part of the line has been undergoing a major upgrade and will not be finished until 2015. Arrived at Istanbul at 10 am, and looking forward to a shower! IstanbuL, Gallipoli and Greek Islands ...

Trip to Romania (Bucharest)

A travel blog entry by alicia.chenier on Mar 17, 2013

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... 30 or 40 years old. Paco said its because of the poor construction of the buildings. We then went to an animal museum. We saw stuffed animals from around the world. I saw many animals I'd never seen before. The funny thing was if you wanted to take any pictures you had to pay. I think it was about 3 euros. There was actually someone watching to make sure you had the sticker saying you paid to take pictures. I saw this lady come talk to this man taking ...

Work Work Work

A travel blog entry by rohlfeam on Jul 14, 2012

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... life, undergraduate research and the value of study abroad. So yours truly will get to star in a few films (I don't know if I should be happy or terrified). Overall, so far I am really happy about coming here and am looking forward to the coming weeks.

Go here to read about the FEAC on your own
http://www.fulbright.ro/educational-adv ising-center.html or hear to learn more about EducationUSA http://www.educationusa.info/


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Wandering off the map

A travel blog entry by arizonafox on Apr 28, 2011

1 comment, 51 photos

... than anything else. The whole day was like this; wandering on and off the map. I discovered the "embassy district" if that counts as something exciting... I also had a sandwich at a swanky/skanky cafe, and later a coffee at a really nice and swanky cafe.

Anyway, I wandered around until about 6:00p, then went back to the hostel, climbed into my bunk, and I haven't moved since! It's felt really nice just relaxing and not doing anything. More tomorrow!
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Bucarest City Centre Bucharest

    Angenehmer Aufenthalt...

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    Ich habe mehrmals im Novotel Bucharest übernachtet und war immer zufrieden, obwohl ich finde, dass es überteuert ist (ich glaube, ich zahle etwa 175-200€/Nacht). Das Hotel ist recht neu, sodass die öffentlichen Bereiche und Zimmer schön sind. Wie immer, das Gute, das Schlechte und das Hässliche!

    Das Gute

    - ein schönes, sauberes Zimmer. Das Zimmer hatte eine gute Größe und verfügte über eine Couch und einen Schreibtisch.

    - das Fitnesscenter. Nicht wirklich groß, aber genügend Geräte um gut zu trainieren. Es gab auch einen kleinen Pool mit einem Strahl, gegen den man anschwimmen kann und sich toll körperlich ertüchtigen kann (oder gegen die hintere Wand gedrückt wird!)

    - die Hilfe von der Rezeption. Ich fragte nach Restaurants und beide Male wurden mir ein gutes italienisches und rumänisches Restaurant empfohlen, die zwanglos waren und ein gutes Preisniveau hatten.

    Das Schlechte

    - ich lebe in Europa und musste bedauerlicherweise Raucherzonen akzeptieren. Dennoch konnte ich keinen Drink in der Lobby-Bar genießen, da hier, glaube ich, alle rauchten. Vielleicht war es eine Verschwörung, den Rauch in meine Richtung zu blasen! Das war nicht die Schuld des Hotels, aber ich fände es toll, wenn es einen Nichtraucherbereich gäbe. Hier und überall!

    - die Lage des Fitnesscenters. Ich habe meine Sportbekleidung an, steige aus dem Auszug aus und glaube, dass der Weg zum Fitnesscenter ruhig sein würde. Also, ich lief praktisch mitten in eine große Menge von Leuten hinein, die an einer Konferenz im selben Stockwerk teilnahmen und Pause machten. Ich war OK, aber Sie sollten gewarnt sein, falls Ihr Sportdress Löcher hat!

    Das Hässliche

    - nichts. Insgesamt ein schönes Hotel. Ich würde jedoch gerne sehen, dass die Preise sinken.

    Una estancia agradable...

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    Me he alojado numerosas veces en el Novotel Bucarest y siempre me he quedado contenta, incluso aunque pienso que es caro (creo que pago como 175-200€/la noche). El hotel está bastante nuevo, así que las zonas comunes y las habitaciones están muy bien. Como siempre, ¡el bueno, el malo y el feo!

    El bueno

    - La habitación estaba bien y limpia. Tenía un buen tamaño, sofá y escritorio.

    - El gimnasio. No era realmente grande, pero tenía bastante equipo para una buena sesión de entrenamiento. También tenían una piscinita que contaba con un surtidor de agua, podías nadar en dirección contraria y hacer un buen ejercicio (¡o te empujaba a la pared de enfrente!)

    - La asistencia que te brindaban en recepción. Pedí ayuda para elegir restaurante y las dos veces me vinieron con buenos restaurantes, uno italiano y otro rumano, que eran informales y tenían buenos precios.

    El malo

    - Vivo en Europa y lamentablemente he tenido que acostumbrarme a aceptar que se fume en algunos sitios. Sin embargo no pude disfrutar de una copa en el bar del vestíbulo por culpa de la clientela que creo que estaban todos fumando. ¡Quizás se trataba de una conspiración para echarme el humo todos a mí! No es culpa del hotel, pero me gustaría ver alguna zona para no fumadores. ¡Allí y en todos lados!

    - La ubicación del gimnasio. Allí estoy con mi ropa de gimnasia, saliendo del ascensor hacia lo que espero que sea una zona tranquila que travesar andando para llegar al gimnasio. Y bueno, pues básicamente atravesé un numeroso grupo de personas que estaban en el descanso de una conferencia que tenía lugar en la misma planta. No me importó, ¡pero te lo aviso por si tu ropa de gimnasia tiene agujeros!

    El feo - Nada. En conjunto es un buen sitio donde alojarse. ¡Eso sí, me gustaría que los precios bajasen!

    Un soggiorno piacevole...

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    Sono stato diverse volte al Novotel di Bucarest e ne sono sempre rimasto soddisfatto, anche se direi che sia troppo caro (mi pare che abbia pagato circa €175-200 a notte). L'albergo è abbastanza nuovo e sia le aree comuni che le camere sono belle. Come al solito abbiamo "il buono il brutto e il cattivo!".

    Il buono

    - Camera bella e pulita e di buone dimensioni con un divano e una scrivania.

    - La palestra: non particolarmente grande, ma con abbastanza attrezzi per fare ginnastica. C'è anche una piccola piscina con un getto che vi permette di nuotarci contro (altrimenti vi spingerà contro la parete) così da farvi fare veramente un allenamento serio.

    - Assistenza fornita dalla reception: ho chiesto loro dove potevo andare a mangiare e mi hanno consigliato un ristorante italiano e uno rumeno, entrambi informali e dal prezzo ragionevole.

    Il brutto:

    - Vivo in Europa e purtroppo so che si fuma nei locali pubblici. Comunque non sono riuscito a gustarmi neanche un drink nel bar dell'atrio perché credo che tutti i clienti stessero fumando. Forse si erano messi d'accordo per buttarmi tutto il fumo addosso! Non è colpa dell'albergo, ma mi piacerebbe vedere una sala non fumatori. Sia lì che altrove!

    - Ubicazione della palestra. Eccomi qui, vestito pronto per fare ginnastica, che esco dall'ascensore pensando di trovarmi un posto tranquillo vicino alla palestra. Beh, invece mi sono trovato nel mezzo di un gruppo di persone: sullo stesso piano c'era un convegno e io sono arrivato durante l'intervallo. Non ho avuto problemi, ma state attenti nel caso in cui abbiate addosso roba bucata!

    Il cattivo

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    Pleasant Stay.....

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    I have stayed multiple times at the Novotel Bucharest and have always been pleased, even though I think it is overpriced (I think I pay about 175-200 Euros / night). The hotel is fairly new so the common areas and rooms are nice. Like usual, the good, bad and ugly!

    The Good

    - Nice clean room. The room was good size, with couch and work desk.

    - The fitness center. Not real big but had enough equipment to get a nice workout. Also had a small pool that had a jet that you could swim against for a great workout (or get pushed to the back wall!)

    - Front desk help. I asked for restaurant help and they came through both times with a good Italian and Romania restaurant that were casual and within a good price range.

    The Bad

    - I live in Europe and regrettably have been forced to accept smoking places. However, I could not enjoy a drink in the lobby bar due to the clientele that I believe to all be smoking. Maybe it was a conspiracy to blow the smoke at me! Not the hotels fault, but would love to see a non-smoking area. There and everywhere!

    - Fitness center location. Here I am in my workout clothes getting off the elevator to what I expect to be a quiet area to walk to the fitness center. Well, I basically walked into the middle of a large group of people taking a break from a conference being held on the same floor. I was ok, but be warned in case your workout clothes have holes in them!

    The ugly

    - Nothing. Overall nice place to stay. Would like to see the rates come down though!

    Elegante, comodo, ma caro

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    Dopo aver passato una notte in bianco in quello che in teoria doveva essere un hotel a tre stelle, mi sono messo a cercare un albergo qualunque che avesse posto. Dato che non potevo fidarmi di un posto a tre stelle, ho deciso di salire di categoria e sono andato al Novotel; anche se era decisamente caro, non me ne sono pentito. Forse avrei potuto trovare un prezzo migliore se avessi prenotato in anticipo su internet.

    L'albergo è piuttosto nuovo, le rifiniture sono eleganti e moderne, la camera era spaziosa e accogliente, il bagno aveva una vasca e una doccia separati; tutto era immacolato. Inoltre era tranquillo. Ho apprezzato il WiFi gratuito. L'ubicazione è fantastica: mi trovavo vicinissimo a molti posti dove mi dovevo recare e a due passi dalla metro (che vale la pena di usare, non solo per il costo, ma anche per evitare i terribili ingorghi stradali). La colazione a buffet era buonissima e la cena soddisfacente. L'unico motivo che ho per lamentarmi è davvero insignificante: a quel prezzo mi aspetterei dei bicchieri veri e non quelli di plastica.

    Elegant, convenient -- but pricy

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    After a sleepless night in a supposedly three-star hotel I was looking for anyplace that had a free room. Since I clearly couldn't trust the 3-stars to meet my needs, I upgraded to the Novotel and did not regret it, although it was definitely pricey. Perhaps I could have found a better price in advance on line.

    The hotel is quite new, decor is elegant and modern, room was large and comfortable, bathroom had separate tub and shower, all spotless. And it was quiet. Free wifi was appreciated. The location is great -- very near many of my appointments and a short walk to the metro (which is definitely worth it, not just for cost but to avoid the terrible traffic jams). Breakfast buffet was very nice, and dinners were adequate. My only gripe is a very small one -- for that price, I expect real glasses, not plastic.

    Elégant, pratique... mais onéreux

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    Après avoir passé une nuit sans dormir dans un soi-disant hôtel trois étoiles, je cherchais un autre endroit ayant une chambre de disponible. Puisqu'il était clair que je ne pouvais pas faire confiance aux trois étoiles être à la hauteur de ce que j'attends d'un hôtel, je me suis surclassé en allant au Novotel et je ne l'ai pas regretté bien qu'il soit franchement onéreux. J'aurais peut-être pu trouver un meilleur tarif en réservant à l'avance en ligne.

    Cet hôtel est assez récent, le décor est élégant et moderne, la chambre était grande et confortable, la salle de bain avait une baignoire et une douche séparées, le tout d'une propreté impeccable et au calme. La connexion WiFi était appréciable. L'emplacement est formidable : tout près de la plupart de mes rendez-vous et à quelques pas du métro (ce qui vaut vraiment le coup, pas seulement pour le prix mais pour éviter les embouteillages monstrueux). Le buffet du petit déjeuner était très agréable et les dîners étaient suffisants. Le seul sujet de grognement est minime : pour le prix, j'aurais espéré des verres véritables, pas du plastique.

    Room for improvement

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    I was here for 6 nights, the bedroom was very clean with tasteful furniture, lots of space and a very comfortable big bed. The bathroom was very nice with a separate shower and tub. The gym was well equipped with a good choice of machines and the steam room was a little piece. of luxury. Food was good in the restaurant at night. An ATM in the lobby which accepts most major bank cards is also a nice touch

    However I would not go back to the Novotel on my next trip to Bucharest. There are other hotels in the area that offer all of that but without the problems I experienced:

    - I found that the staff were surly and a little reluctant to help My colleague and I waited over ten minutes for someone to help us with a quick question whilst the 3 members of staff on duty helped one gentleman. One one occasion they were even too helpful- I don't really expect to have to tell the same person three times that no, I don't want help with my luggage

    - Having spent quite a long time there over a weekend I would have liked to have had more choice of english speaking TV channels. A weekend of CNN and BBC World does not make much fun.

    - For such a big room, there was only a tiny wardrobe with no space to leave foldable t-shirts and sweaters

    - At check out I was asked to check if the bill (in Lei) was correct, which I could not do because all prices in the hotel with regards to phone calls and other services are presented in euros. A big chain hotel really should have this possibility

    - My worst problem with this hotel came about after I'd checked out. By asking for the bill in euros I clearly confused the check out girl who proceeded to charge me the wrong amount by more than 900 euros. Money proceeded to be taken out and paid back on to my credit card with no communication from the hotel until I called them to find out what on earth was going on. The 'desk manager' was totally unable to get my name right and clearly had a lot to learn about customer service- when I asked why she had not been in touch with me she stated that she had no contact details for me although I pointed out I gave them at check in and also when I made the reservation online. Clearly she was only able to do this once I'd suggested it (which I do not expect) as mysteriously a few minutes later I received an email...

    Un servicio fantástico...¡un café horrible!

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    Estuvimos alojados en el Novotel del 28 de diciembre al 4 de enero. El hotel está muy nuevo y lo llevan fanceses. Todo el personal habla inglés, así que no tuvimos problemas de comunicación con nadie. El servicio fue extraordinario desde el momento en que pisamos el vestíbulo. Las habitaciones eran normalitas, con muebles tipo Ikea, ¡y NINGÚN ENCHUFE en la zona del tocador! Eso me volvió loca, ya que no había ninguna zona cerca de un espejo donde poder rizarme el pelo con un aparato que llevaba para ello. Había un secador del pelo en la pared, que sirvió de ayuda.

    El buffet de desayuno diario es extraordinario, a excepción del café, que sabe mucho a otra cosa que no pudimos identificar además de a café. ¡Hicieron más solo para nosotros y seguía estando malísimo! Como he dicho, el servicio era extraordinario y un encanto, y uno de los camareros nos hizo capuchinos como alternativa, pero eso no mejoró el sabor. Nos gusta el café fuerte y lo tomamos a menudo, ¡pero ese es que era simplemente malo! He tomado mejor café de máquinas. ¡Pero a su favor diré que el personal lo intentó de verdad!

    El Novotel se encuentra en una zona fantástica, cerca de las plazas principales incluyendo la plaza de la universidad, punto central de la ciudad. Tuvimos el placer de pasar fin de año allí cuando Rumanía pasó a formar parte de la Unión Europea. Bucarest estaba engalanada con unas luces preciosas y todo estaba decorado - precioso de ver.

    La zona del bar 37 está fenomenal, y el personal es también fabuloso. Húndete en la cómoda silla o en el sillón y disfruta de las bebidas que están buenísimas y de la decoración tan preciosa. El Novotel parece muy dirigido a aquellos que viajan por negocios, pero nosotros éramos un grupo de familiares y estuvo bien. Pagamos extra para acceder a Internet en nuestra habitación, y tengo que adimitir que fue frustrante porque el servicio dependía mucho de donde te colocabas.

    Puedo recomendar el Novotel como un buen hotel, pero al final volvería al Intercontinental (estaban completos para Fin de Año), ya que lo prefiero en general. ¡Lo mejor que tiene el Novotel es su personal!

    Great service... horrible coffee!

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    We stayed at the Novotel from December 28-January 4. The hotel is very new and French-run. All staff speaks English, so we had no problems communicating with anybody. Service was excellent from the moment we stepped into the lobby, The rooms are average, with Ikea-like furniture and NO OUTLETS in the vanity area! That drove me crazy, as I had no area near a mirror in which to curl my hair with a curling iron. A hair dryer was built-in to the wall, which was helpful.

    The daily breakfast buffet is excellent, with exception of the coffee, which has a strong flavor of something else which we could not pinpoint along with the coffee flavor. The servers brewed fresh cups just for us, but it was still terrible! As I said, the excellent service was lovely, and one waiter made us cappuchinos instead, but it did not improve the brew flavor. We like strong coffee, and drink it often, but this stuff was just bad! I have had bettert coffee from vending machines. But, to their credit, the staff really tried!

    The Novotel is in a great area, near key plazas, including University Plaza, a center point of the city. We had the pleasure of spending New Years there, as Romania joined the EU. Bucharest was festooned with lovely lights and decorations everywhere- a gorgeous sight.

    The bar, 37 is really a lovely area, and the staff is just as great. Sink into a cushy chair or chaise lounge and enjoy the yummy drinks and gorgeous decor. The Novotel seems very focused on business travelers, but we were a family group and it was fine. We paid extra for internet access in our room, and I must say it was frustrating because the service was very spotty.

    I can recommend the Novotel as a nice hotel, but will ultimately return to the Intercontinental (it was sold out for New Years) as I prefer it overall. The staff of the Novotel is its greatest asset!

    TripAdvisor Reviews Novotel Bucarest City Centre Bucharest

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent