After having stayed during a week in which temperatures crawled up to 40C, good news first: in-room AC is modern, quiet and efficient. That, overall, sums up the hotel in toto.
Pleasantly situated in a leafy district to the north-west of the city center, you can safely and conveniently walk to Arc de Triomphe and Herastrau Park. When going to the center itself (Old Town etc) you'll need a cab though (have reception call it for you, or, when walking out of the hotel, just walk down the street to the right, where you will always find some waiting at a small market). Make sure they have their fares displayed on both doors (1.39/1.40 at the time of writing and not more than 10.00 for a trip to Piata Unirii downtown)!
Back to the hotel: our room was sizeable and very clean (incl the bathroom), beds comfortable. Rooms can be a bit dark, which suited us in July, but come November... There is no coffee maker or safe and the mini-bar prices are steep.
If your rate includes breakfast (if not, opt for the very good, if pricey, French Bakery down the street) go early: re-filling the buffet is not their strong point and reminding them is not always met with much enthusiasm. Choice is ok though and we couldn't fault it for lack of quality.
Service overall can be a bit of a hit-and-miss affair: they got most big things right (cancelling on short notice when some of our party could not make it), but still need to polish up on small gestures (if a power outage takes down the coffee machine for breakfast (coffee is included), it is a bit cheeky to start charging for coffee the minute the official breakfast time is over).
One last advice: spend as much time as possible on the roof terrace in summer. You can also eat well there (their restaurant is much lauded, but if you like Filet Mignon - skip it), although the prices are, well, European. Better to just keep a stream of ice-cold Lemonades coming.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a residential area 300 metres from the Triumphal Arch, Domenii Plaza Hotel is a 4-star plus superior hotel and restaurant, 15 minutes from the historical city centre. Free Wi-Fi is available in the entire hotel.The rooms are decorated with massive cherry and oak wooden furniture, Egyptian cotton and English linen, have air-conditioning, cable TV and a minibar. Concierge services are also available.The property is a 20-minute drive away from Otopeni International Airport and 5 minutes from the RomExpo International Exposition Centre.After a day in the city, guests of the Domenii Plaza Hotel can enjoy the spa area. It consists of a hot tub, a steam bath or sauna, and a full range of expert massages from the registered therapist. Luca's Beauty Studio provides hair and make-up styling, manicure, pedicure and cosmetic treatments on site.The elegant Cerisiers Restaurant welcomes its guests with excellent Romanian and international fusion cuisine, using mostly organic ingredients. ... more less
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