I stopped in suite 104 after we had spent a few days travelling around Transylvania and found the hotel to be first class as well as a piece of Romanian history. Not only is it convenient for walking into the old city and museums, I found that the room I stayed in had also been the room that the Turkish general leading the defeated Ottoman troops in 1877 was kept in, watching the victorious Romanian King march down the street outside with his army in a victory parade leading to the name of the street being renamed Calea Victoriei, Victory Street in English. I hope he enjoyed his stay as much as we did!
Staff were very helpful, at reception, restaurant, room service ,indeed everywhere. Enquired about sightseeing in the city and was offered the services of a chauffer driven Mercedes tour(www.tripavip.ro) including the Palace of the People, where we got ushered straight into the English tour. The sheer opulence of Ceaucescu's monument is a "must see" in Bucharest.We also got driven to the Village Museum, hosting reconstructed dwellings from centuries past and a windmill all in a beautiful lakeside setting. We drove around numerous sights we would have not found ourselves and the driver/guide knew everything there was to know about the city and country's history. It was the best city tour I have encountered.
The suite was enormous compared to others I have booked. It was the height of luxury throughout both the room and hotel. Expensive quality linen wallpaper adorned the walls and everything was designed and decorated to high standards.The food was good too, with large breakfast choices. I have to say this was not a top quality hotel, it was more, it was simply the best top quality hotel I have stopped in anywhere in Romania, this having been my third trip to the country, and probably as good as any stopped at in Europe taking into account staff service,food, location,appearance and rooms. If I had to find one fault, as nowhere is perfect, it would be the bar. Although when seated a barman will come from a room and take your order, it would be nice to have a traditional bar to go up to and choose a drink. The drinks service was a bit of a let down as over the two nights they had run out of lime, run out of cream for liquer coffees,run out of other items and no longer had a number of standard items on the drinks list as these were no longer available. But this did not distract from the stay and I would certainly stop here on any future visit to Bucharest and recommend that anyone looking for a quality hotel in the city forgets the rest and choose the best, the Grand
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Grand elegance is back in Bucharest." At Grand Hotel Continental you will rediscover the old dimension of luxury in the hospitality. Architectural refinement details and exceptional services are dedicated to the elite clientele. We have restored the atmosphere of XIXth century, we have added the XXI-century technology and we have customized all services to create a unique and memorable experience for each guest. The Grand Hotel Continental is located on Calea Victoriei, a place full of history, the center of Bucharest high life since the 1800s. The building was built in 1886 by the plans of two known architects Mr. Enil Ritten Forster and I.I. Rasnovanu in German Renaissance style. It was first called "Otelul" and it was built where the old "Broft Hotel" (property of the businessman Menahem Elias) was before. Half a century later it took the Grand Hotel Continental name. The building has passed through a recent restoration, preserving the same classic structure and details. ... more less
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