Visiting Bucharest, one of Europe’s largest capitals, can feel like quite an adventure, with a long list of historical sites to explore – as well as an explosion of bars and restaurants. Here’s our pick of the best boutique hotels in Bucharest.
Bucharest is home to the second-largest administrative building in the world, the Palace of Parliament, and it’s almost impossible to photograph it in its entirety. At the other end of the scale, the city is also home to dozens of boutique hotels, offering a good dose of Romanian charm and top-rated service.
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You’ll feel like a king or queen at the lavishly styled Suter Garden Palace Hotel. The unique property sits on Filaret Hill, the highest peak of Bucharest. Its vantage point offers you an unforgettable view over the famous Parliament Palace, the heaviest building in the world, no less. Along with a spread of exquisite bedrooms, a wood-panelled fine dining restaurant and a tranquil garden space, a stay at the Palatul Suter is certainly one to remember.
A favourite with couples for its romantic atmosphere and stylish design, there are four room options, each offering bright interiors and oodles of space. Luxury Ritual toiletries can also be found in the bathrooms. If you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, the intimate top floor suite has a private terrace with stunning views. There is a great coffee bar on the ground floor which also serves evening drinks, and the garden space is another perk.
Grab your sunshades for a stay here, as the rooms are decked out in zany colours from floor to ceiling. This place is an Instagrammer’s dream, with quirky touches to keep you occupied all day long. The place deems itself the “supercalifragilisticexpialadocious of boutique hotels”, and it certainly lives up to this description. It’s set in the Macca-Vilacrosse Passage, a famous fork-shaped street in the centre of Bucharest which is also highly photogenic.
Located on one of the oldest streets in Bucharest, the Concorde Old Bucharest Hotel seamlessly blends classic and modern styles. Inside the 19th-century monument building, original features and contemporary touches make for a highly appetising mix. There are 38 stylish rooms with solid wood furniture and gold-hued upholstery. The classic lobby bar is the perfect spot to unwind in the evening with a glass of Romanian Riesling or a bottle of Bucharest beer. There’s also a sauna, a fitness room and a massage area.
Located 10 minutes away from Cișmigiu Gardens, The Mansion Boutique Hotel is housed in the beautifully decorated building and former residence of famed 19th-century Romanian architect Alexandru Protopopescu. A friend of the Romanian royal family, he once hosted King Carol I at a ball held in the building. Beautifully renovated, the hotel offers 19 richly decorated rooms spread over two floors. The most popular, according to owners, is the Transylvania Room, which is decorated with handmade furniture painted with traditional motifs.
A stay at Grand Boutique Hotel, a 10-minute walk from the ultra central University Square, transports you back in time to 19th-century Bucharest. History lovers will appreciate the details that have been preserved in both the rooms’ design and the facade. The place is packed with chandeliers, parquet flooring, grand pillars, antique furniture and lashings of gold leaf. All of the rooms have a story to tell in this hotel, as the building was previously owned by a famed family of bankers who rubbed shoulders with the aristocracy.
Scala Boutique Hotel is housed within a striking building that has seen history unfold both within and beyond its walls. It was built by Ion Moscu, the first Paris-educated Romanian physician, who had many Romanian royals among his patients. The building’s architect, Gheorghe Simotta, was renowned for his art and combined the prevalent neo-Romanian style of the time with Byzantine elements. It’s also one of the few boutique hotels in Bucharest to offer translation services, and boasts a restaurant serving delicious fish dishes.
For tourists and locals alike, this is one of Bucharest’s best-kept secrets. Aside from a very convenient location, near the charming Cișmigiu Gardens, it also counts among its many charms a striking interior with decor inspired by neo-Romanian architecture. Featuring beautiful arches and graceful columns, the layout showcases a modern interpretation of a style popular between 1900 and World War II. What’s more, the Epoque Hotel also features a sauna and an indoor pool.
Slap bang on Calea Victoriei, one of Bucharest’s oldest and most picturesque avenues, Le Boutique Hotel Moxa offers 53 rooms that seamlessly combine sophistication with comfort. Early birds will appreciate the adjacent park with cobblestone alleyways, perfect for morning strolls before the city wakes up, while culture lovers will be happy to know that famous Bucharest landmarks such as the Arch of Triumph are located nearby, with the George Enescu National Museum and the Museum of Art Collections just steps away.
Style and comfort reign at the Venis Boutique Residence. Housed in an environmentally friendly building, this tourist favourite features modern interiors decorated in muted tones of blue, navy and grey, contributing to the overall relaxed vibe. As part of the Venis Boutique Residence’s commitment to reduce its impact on the environment, the hotel uses locally made products as much as possible. Famed for its hearty breakfast, the hotel’s Italian-inspired restaurant has gathered a following among the city’s hip crowd.
The Z Executive boutique hotel has panoramic views of the city’s skyline. From its restaurant, perched on the 11th floor, you can enjoy Italian and world cuisines against the backdrop of one of the best views over Bucharest. Its proximity to Bucharest’s Old Town – one of the city’s nightlife hot spots – makes it perfect to start exploring the city the morning after partying the night away. Offering affordable luxury, as well as an excellent location close to the city’s attractions, the hotel ticks multiple boxes. Those planning to travel with their four-legged companion will be happy to hear that this place will make them feel very welcome too – not something you’ll find at all boutique hotels in Bucharest.
Looking for more accommodation options in the Romanian capital? Read our guide to the best hotels in Bucharest.
Jonny Blair contributed additional reporting to this article.
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