Venis Boutique Residence features modern interiors and a relaxed vibe | Courtesy of Venis Boutique Residence
Visiting Bucharest, one of Europe’s largest capitals, can feel like quite an adventure. Before heading to the city to explore its many boulevards, galleries and museums, and especially after a full day of visiting, a good night’s rest is mandatory. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the seven best boutique hotels in Bucharest to make sure you get just that.
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, can feel like a trip back in time to 19th-century Bucharest. History lovers will appreciate the details pertaining to the age of ballroom and cabaret that have been preserved in both the rooms’ design as well as that of the façade. All of the rooms have a story to tell in this hotel, as the building is the former residence of a famed family of bankers who socialised with the country’s royal figures.
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 elements of Byzantine style. 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, Epoque Hotel also features a sauna and an indoor pool.
Located 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.
One of the newest additions to the list of boutique hotels in Bucharest, Venis Boutique Residence is also a tourist favourite. Housed in an environmentally friendly building, the hotel 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 restaurant is also gathering a following among the city’s hip crowd.
The Z Executive Boutique Hotel is a hotel with a panoramic view over the city’s skyline. From its restaurant, perched on the 11th floor, you can enjoy Italian and world cuisine dishes set to 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 after partying the night away. Offering affordable luxury, as well as an excellent location close to the city’s attractions, the hotel has been a hit with tourists. Those planning to travel with their four-legged companion will be happy to hear that this hotel will make them feel very welcome too.