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Bucharest is the capital of Romainia and one of the largest cities in South eastern Europe. It became capital in 1862 and subsequently the centre of Romanian media, culture and art. As a result there is a rich architectural mix and the city has been referred to as ‘little Paris’ due to the elegant buildings and the sophistication of its former elite. The best places to stay in Bucharest for exploring this fascinating and historic city, tend to be those closest to the centre.
There is a universe of places for the sightseer to discover. Why not start at the iconic Palace of the Parliament, which was constructed during the 1980’s when Nicolae Ceausescu held sway? This massive edifice boasts 1,100 rooms and is the largest parliament building in the world. There are museums galore; the Taranului (peasant customs and crafts), the Satului (village of preserved farmsteads etc.), Istorie (of history going back to the pre historic) to name but a few. Don't forget the neo classical Romanian Athenaeum which is the centre for performing arts, or the fifteenth century Curtea Veche Palace, once home to Prince ’Vlad the Impaler’. Plus there are lovely orthodox churches notably the Stavropoleos with its decorative sculptures and amazing frescoes.
The city is now enjoying an economic and cultural renaissance. And for this reason it is a busy destination year round. If you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Bucharest, get organised and book well ahead.
The best places to stay in Bucharest
For great value
- Hotel Christina is a sleek, contemporary hotel with colour themed rooms, close to the centre, near the National Museum of Art. It has all mod cons, including cafe and restaurant and doubles start from just €69 including breakfast.
- In total contrast, Hotel Scala boasts beautiful classic rooms with parquet flooring and sumptuous fabrics. It's a historic building right in the centre of the city and doubles start from €75 per night B&B.
For city centre luxury
- Grand Hotel Continental is a five star hotel situated in the historic centre of Bucharest. Its rooms and suites are presented in traditionally elegant style with renaissance furnishings. There is a first class restaurant, function rooms etc and as you'd expect for a luxury establishment there's a very high level of service.
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Best Hotels in Bucharest
Hotel Christina 24 rooms from $62Bucharest
A contemporary Four Star hotel with simple rooms. Colour themed rooms have all the mod cons. Lunch cafe and restaurant, concierge, and massage service. A good value option for a stop off in Bucharest.Value chicSights nearby - Cismigiu Garden, National Museum of Art of Romania.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Hotel Scala 11 rooms from $93Bucharest
Traditional architecture, period furniture and antiques in every corner blend well with modern day comfort. It also hosts exhibitions, live music concerts and formal dinners. The Repertorium offers gourmet cuisine. Rustic-charm, great location and a lively atmosphere.Local exploring - A stylish hotel in the heart of the city, next door to Magheru Boulevard and the Royal Palace.Local markets - The markets in the old part of town cannot be missed, head out on foot and bargain hunt.Sights nearby - The Romanian Atheneum and the National Theatre are both moments away.Full of character
Grand Hotel Continental 53 rooms from $102Bucharest
A grand Five Star hotel in Bucharest's historic centre. Traditional elegant rooms and suites have all the mod cons and Renaissance furnishings. Excellent restaurant, meeting facilities, and close to all the local attractions.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.City StyleSights nearby - Cretulescu Church, Romanian Athenaeum and Cismigiu Garden.Local markets - Good for local colour.