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“Beautiful but not worth the cost” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel

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JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel
Ranked #5 of 171 Hotels in Bucharest
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Hammond, Indiana
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful but not worth the cost”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2011

For being a in relatively poor country with terrible infrastructure, the prices here were fiendishly high in almost every respect. At the minibar a bottle of water was $10 and one day of Wifi internet access will add another $25 to the bill. Laundry service can easily cost you $100 if you don't pay attention to the load you're putting together. There was also a pimp walking around the lobby at night looking for customers. He seemed obvious in his endeavors but I saw no attempt to remove him. I suppose for some people that's a "plus" but not for me.

That being said it is a beautiful hotel and the staff was very helpful. The fitness center is acceptable and the location is decent (which is saying something in Bucharest since everything feels difficult for a non-Romanian speaker to reach on their own); it could have been better though since the Palace grounds are so extensive and tough to get around. AT any rate, overall I just did not find it worth the cost.

Room Tip: Obviously a room facing the Palace will give the best view, but it isn't a major concern since i...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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1 Thank Jesse K
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Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2011

Lovely,Great rooms, Fantastic Breakfadt, Easy access to old town by cab ($4 USA ), Great customer service, Fantastic views to the palace.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Orlando, FL
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405 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2011

My wife and I stayed at this property prior to taking a tour and found it to be extremely comfortable. This may have partially been due to my Platinum status which got us onto the executive floors with complimentary breakfast and drinks. The hotel is huge and has large public areas with fancy shops on the ground floor. Typical comprehensive business hotel options available which is comforting to know if you are staying in what to you may be an "exotic" locale or need a variety of hotel infrastructure services. Front desk is OK and the concierge is helpful and remembers your name after a visit or so and good with reservations. Rooms are quiet and in great shape with comfy beds and fancy bathrooms. Location of the hotel is perhaps the only drawback as it is on the far backside of the Palace of Parliament square which involves a lengthy walk or a taxi to get to the action (e.g., Old Town/Hop On-Hop Off Bus stop). Do a satellite map view to get an idea of scale (and remember the Parliament is the 2nd largest bldg.in the world). But then Old Town is pretty big and some of the other big hotels face their own distance challenges depending on where you are heading. In any case, a hotel shuttle option would be nice. Ate once at the JW Steakhouse and was pleased with the selection and service. I opted for the USDA primo cut vs my wife's Uruguayan pasture-fed larger piece. Both cooked right, just that the American beef was much more tender/less chewy. Portions are "American sized" (according to the waiter) so either be starving or order less. Wine/drinks list pretty good. Prices are at typical hotel restaurant levels. Helpful Hint: The cash machines issue large denomination bills and the front desk can't/won't break them, so go around the corner on the shops' floor to the Bank of Cyprus location and they will change them for smaller bills. Very helpful Re taxi fares and smaller purchases. Would stay there again.

Room Tip: Higher floor rooms may be less noisy.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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wisconsin
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83 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2011

Not a good location for tourism. Leave the hotel and walk to the left around the massive parliament building to get to the central area. Going to the right is a 35 minute walk. Rooms & public areas are clean and lovely; a wonderful breakfast buffet.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2011

This is a palatial hotel located very near Palatul Parlamentului. The rooms are spacious, spotless and in excellent condition. The staff is very helpful and the security is excellent.
There is not much to do near the hotel itself, but cabs are very reasonably priced. However, if you are willing to walk a bit, the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the Palace of the Parliament are nearby. I would walk around to the Palave of the Parliament pretty much every evening, in spite of the cold! Please do exercise caution while walking around the hotel, as the boulevards in the vicinity are very spacious and there are usually not that many people around.

Room Tip: 1. If you can, choose a high floor. Hotel is very popular and gets busy / crowded on the lower floo...
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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jmolsom
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2011

We stayed at the JW Marriott Bucharest for three nights in July 2011. We got a very good deal and I can honestly say it was a great choice. The hotel is very clean, the standard room is very large, the bed was very comfortable and the bathroom has absolutely everything you might need. The breakfast is one of the best I ever had and it on the same rank as Gleneagleas in Perthshire, UK. The hotel staff are very nice, always helpful and with a smile.
Will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Miami, Florida
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87 reviews
53 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2011

After 4 days around Transilvania (Sibiu and Timissoara cities) my wife and I arrived the city of Bucharest to spend two days before we proceed to the Black Sea. We chose the Marriott Hotel in Bucharest as our hotel. Right choice! From the reception to the gym everything was very clean and organized and very good!
The hotel's location is not perfect but taxis are cheap and with 3 or 4 dollars you can get to Old Town in 10 minutes or less.
The room we stayed in was located down the hall on the eighth floor, home to the Executive Lounge (very good).The room was very quiet , spacious with a TV 32 "LCD and several international channels of USA & Europe and also a Chinese channel.
The paid WiFi service is expensive ( 20.00 per day). However if used in the reception is free for 2 hours per day. Unfortunately those two hours must be continuous, you cannot log out and then use again.
The breakfast room is a feast for the eyes and the palate. More than seven different kinds of breads, fruits in profusion, waffles made ​​on time, espresso with no extra charge and much more. Provide at least 40 minutes to enjoy the breakfast room.

Room Tip: Aks for a room on the 8th floor.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel

Property: JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel
Address: Calea 13 Septembrie 90, Bucharest 050726, Romania
Region: Romania > Bucharest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Bucharest
#4 Luxury Hotel in Bucharest
#5 Business Hotel in Bucharest
#10 Family Hotel in Bucharest
#12 Romantic Hotel in Bucharest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 402
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grand in every way, the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel surrounds you with luxury and elegance, befitting the chosen hotel of European royalty, international dignitaries and music stars. Prestigiously located next to the stunning Parliament Palace, the hotel "city within a city" complete with shopping gallery and casino, state-of-the-art fitness and spa center. The 402 guest rooms and suites, the largest in Bucharest, offer everything the traveling executive requires and feature exquisite bedding. ... more   less 
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