I wish tripadvisor had a 4.5 rating as this is what I would give this hotel instead of 4. First of all to get the negative points which out of the way (nothing major) - some of the breakfast staff were very un friendly - you would be lucky to get a hello out of them if you were lucky enough for them to even acknowledge the fact you were there at all. The Citta Italian restaurant wasn't great. Staff were very friendly but food not great except for the pizza which was delicious.
Now all the positives. I call my Review Radical Radisson because its quite different from alot of the other 5 star classical style hotels in the city i.e. The Hilton accross the road. The minute you walk in the door you are met with a bright, funky Lobby area with the chic Ice Bar in the middle. This bar has friendly staff, comfortable seating, good selection of tasty cocktails and drinks. 2 other bars also on this level but we never got a chance to use but they looked great. Concierge and Reception staff friendly. Very easy check in.
Rooms were lovely and very spacious. Very new and fresh feel to them. Lovely bathrooms with bath but Rain Shower type shower head in the bath. Always had lovely warm water. Great view from front of hotel down a Main Boulevard Calei Victoria. Beds vey cosy and comfortable and the usual Minibar, safe, Plasma tv, wrting desk. Very quiet in rooms - never heard anything from other rooms next door.
Wow breakfast was the typical Radisson Super Buffet Breakfast which was incredible. Over 120 items on offer and good quality. Could easily dit there for an hour eating this. Very very good breakfast if you can get over the unfriendly staff!!
Location was excellent. We enjoy walking so we walked everywhere from the hotel - even to the Main train station which was about a 25 minute walk. Taxis however are dirt cheap but if you want to see the streets and city more clearly then walking is great.
I recommend you eat one night in the Restaurant Balthazaar - one of the best meals I have had abroad yet (Fusion food Not Romanian). We actually ate a second night and was just as delicious as first night. Hotel will make a reservation for you and if you want to walk its exactly 15 minute walk from hotel. Also has its own website and you can book online. We did not eat in the Radissons other Main Restaurant " Prime" but it did look classy.
Had indoor and outdoor swimming pool - outdoor pool only seasonal and has largest Jacuzzi in Europe at hotel! Never used the Spa.
Housekeeping staff very friendly and 24 hour security at hotel. Bucharest did feel very safe even though every restaurant seemed to have a security guard outside!
Recommend a day trip to Brasov where Dracula's Castle is situated (about 20 min drive from Brasov in village of Bran) - we took a tour from Train Station in Brasov which cost €34 but we could have got for cheaper with a taxi. Castle was closed as it was National Holiday but Bran was nice as well as old part of Brasov. Very pretty. Train journey from Bucharest to Brasov was incredible. Amazing scenery of old villages, massive mountains and lots of snow. Definatel recommend this trip. Easy to but tickets at Main Station where train leaves from Gara du Nord - or from CFR offices. Return train ticket cost us €15 second class. trains not the prettiest but who cares with such views. Train journey just over 3 hours. Give yourself about 3 hoirs in Brasov and Bran or you could opt to stay overnight? Hotel used a company that offered a day trip here by car for €300 but I am so glad we did the train journey instead at a much cheaper option!
Visited some other hotels in Bucharest including the Hilton but definately prefered the modern funky look if the Radisson which only opened June 2008. Would definately stay here again if I come to Bucharest and would recommend to anyone visiting Bucharest.
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