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 where to stay – bookable on Culture Trip.
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. We’ve rounded up a selection of the best boutique spots.
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 façade. 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. Scala Boutique Hotel is one of the few establishments in the Romanian capital to offer translation services, and also 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 décor 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 hotel will make them feel very welcome too.
Jonny Blair contributed additional reporting to this article.