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Romania: Intercontinental Bucharest

Nicolae Balcescu 4 Blvd, Phone: 40.21.3102020
www.ichotelsgroup.com

Reviewed by: WillTravel from Canada, review #2152

When: 2007

Lovely, pleasant, large hotel with good amenities in the heart of Bucharest.

This is rated as a 5* hotel. Perhaps some would say it is 4* by Western standards, but it's a very nice hotel with full amenities.

The lobby is large, bright, and airy with a cranberry-colored carpet. We were there for two short stays in August 2007, and the air conditioning worked wonderfully, a real blessing when the temperature went as high as 39C (102F).

When we went to our room the first time, we had a welcome gift of some nice pastries and mineral water. This was much appreciated.

I had asked for a room with two beds, and that is what we got. The comfortable beds were not quite so big as doubles, but larger than typical single beds. We had rooms on the 12th floor, which had a great view overlooking the city. In one room, the balcony door opened, and we could enjoy the balcony, but in the other, the balcony door was nailed shut for whatever reason.

The room includes a bathrobe, slippers, and lovely bathroom amenities. The TV has numerous channels, including many humorous English shows, American scientific shows, and whatever else you might want to see, in various languages.

The hotel is across the street from a metro station, and the dropoff point for the bus that comes from Otopeni. You do have to be careful not to take unlicensed taxis. On two occasions, we took 40-euro hotel cars to/from the airport. The vehicles were very nice, and so were the drivers, but we could have gotten a licensed taxi for less. But I opted for the convenient solution (one was for a 3:30 AM ride to the airport).

I went out sightseeing one day when my daughter opted to stay in the hotel. She enjoyed the pool and exercise room on the 22nd floor, which has a great view over the city. Apparently this is where many journalists went to take photos and videos of the fighting during the 1989 revolution.

Many tourist sights are within an easy walk from the hotel. There are three art museums that are co-located. It was amazing to view so much interesting art, with hardly any other tourists about. The air conditioning scarcely worked at these museums, but I did my best.

The hotel has two restaurants, and a casino. We had dinner in one of the restaurants, which is quite expensive by Romanian standards, although good and nicely presented. But this is a 5* hotel, so if you use the hotel's services, you'll end up paying 5* prices.

We got this hotel through a special Priority Clubs points deal. Otherwise, I very much doubt we would spend the money to pay the usual rate. But if you do, you'll be very comfortable and very centrally located.

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