The Rembrandt hotel occupies a rather narrow renovated townhouse in the heart of Bucharest's vibrant 'old city,' so despite its seven floors, it is hardly a 'high rise.' Surrounded by dozens of congenial bars and fine restaurants just yards away, two minutes' walk from a taxi stand and five minutes from an underground station, it boasts the perfect location for either business travel or tourism. The Van Gogh bar & restaurant, which I believe is owned by the same folks who own Rembrandt, is right next door.
The Rembrandt would be well worth the stay even if it weren't so conveniently situated. The rooms are beautifully appointed and spotlessly well-kept. Cafe Klein, on the mezzanine, offers a free breakfast and later, cocktails, 'snacks & more.' [Try a shot of tuica, pronounced 'tsweeka,' Romanian plum brandy, but go easy at first: It has a nice flavor but also an exhiliarating burn; I reckon it's at least 90 proof.]
Most important of all, the young folks who man the front desk and Cafe Klein are energetic, cheerful, helpful and efficient. Their tireless guidance to this first-time visitor ensured that my January 2013 stay at Rembrandt will not be my last!
The pool and fitness center rate a separate discussion, because the hotel itself -- situated, as I mentioned, in an old townhouse -- has room for neither, on site. But the front desk will give you a pass to the World Class gym in the Radisson Blu complex, less than a fifteen minute walk away. This is perhaps the cleanest, best-equipped gym I have ever worked out in [and that would be quite a few]. They have tons of new or nearly new Nautilus equipment, including, at a guess, a dozen [each] treadmills and elliptical trainers; dozens of weight machines; and a large free weight room.
There is an indoor Olympic sized pool and a large outdoor hot tub in the courtyard just beyond. There is also what I would call an 'agility room,' with mats, exercise balls and space for doing plyometrics.
Caveat: DON'T GO at lunchtime or other peak use hours. It can get very crowded. It's pricy: if you're from Rembrant, 20 euros a day. [You get what you pay for.]
My only real criticism is that pool lanes aren't reserved for serious lap-swimmers. Unless the pool is deserted, any attempt at a serious swim workout may be frustrated by adults and kids 'just splashing around'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rembrandt Hotel is an intimate and stylish hotel with 16 spacious rooms, located in the heart of Bucharest. Well known for its’ personal service and genuine hospitality, Rembrandt provides contemporary guest rooms with comfortable beds, hardwood floors, leather armchairs, free wi-fi internet access and spacious bathrooms. Café Klein, on the mezzanine floor of the hotel, is a cozy and comfortable lounge where we serve breakfast, drinks and snacks. You will find Rembrandt Hotel in the middle of the old city centre of Bucharest. From here you can access the city in all its’ aspects: the wide Paris-style boulevards, the worn down 1920ies modernist architecture, the narrow streets of charming Lipscani and the modern day cosmopolitan life. Being on walking distance from the central Unirii and Universitate squares, the hotel is ideally positioned for both business and leisure guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rembrandt Hotel Bucharest