I stayed for two nights the first weekend in February. I had a room only deal with a "secret hotel" booking, so I did not try the breakfast. That was OK but, had I realised that it would cost me €15 for 24 hours' wi-fi, on only two devices, I would have stayed elsewhere. I am actually glad that I didn't as I came to love this hotel. It has a rather dated feel and, whilst the room was spacious, I was disappointed with the less than luxurious bathroom and the dreary bedroom furniture. That being said, the bed was vast and comfortable. The lighting was good and the room had all the amenities I expect with the bonus feature of a fabulous view looking out on to Revolution Square. The room became quite hot at night but, on the second evening, staff unlocked my snow covered balcony door so I could breathe fresh air (although I had to sign a disclaimer). (Opening the windows demonstrated how effective the sound proofed double glazing is as there is a main road just outside). I loved the rather small swimming pool, which was surprisingly deep, as had it to myself. The gym and the pool are open from early morning to late evening which is good for avoiding the crowds. The Café Athenee and the English Bar were both relaxing places to sit, eat and drink. The former overlooks numerous city landmarks and the latter was just like being in a cosy English pub. This is a vast, old fashioned hotel and, at times I felt I was in an Agatha Christie story. Its location is perfect for sightseeing and it provides an airport shuttle service. My journey from the airport with the charming and interesting Florin was a great way to start this trip. All the hotel staff were friendly and helpful and they spoke excellent English, for which I was most grateful. The concierge was particularly warm and personable. As a lone traveller in an unfamiliar place, this high level of customer service was appreciated. If the hotel manager should ever wish to rent out a middle aged English woman as an eccentric in residence, I would love to be considered for the part (although I'm not sure I can live without free wi-fi). Thanks for a lovely stay. I hope to return some day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Explore Bucharest from the historic Athenee Palace Hilton Buchrest hotel, built in 1914 and set in the heart of the city. At the Hilton Athenee Palace Bucharest hotel you can enjoy local attractions including the Romanian Athenaeum and the former Royal Palace. Theatres, shops and cafes are all located within walking distance. All Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest hotel rooms have wireless internet access. Upgrade to a Hilton Room Plus or choose an Executive Room for Executive Lounge access. Enjoy the heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi and well-equipped gym or indulge in a luxurious treatment in the hotel's beauty center. Spend the evening in our onsite casino or dine in one of 3 restaurants. The English Bar offers a large selection of whiskies. Feast on authentic Italian delights in Roberto's restaurant.Just minutes' drive from Henri Coanda Airport, the Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest hotel has 11 meeting rooms for up to 400 guests. The Le Diplomate Ballroom is an UNESCO heritage monument and the setting for international events. Take in magnificent views over the Revolution Square and the Athenaeum from the fifth floor balcony in the Executive Lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest Hotel Bucharest
- Hilton International Bucharest
- Hilton Bucharest
- Bucharest Hilton