This was just a business trip, but the hotel was so excellent that I just had to review it.
The selection was made by my Oradea friend - I didn't check the TripAdvisor score first, if I did, I probably would know to expect excellence ;).
The hotel is located some 15-20' from the historical city center, just one bus stop from a tramline (a pity bus is every 60-120 mins then). The location is between a moderately-used road and a river; there's a park with some sport areas on the other side of the road, and a large olympic pool is adjacent (also themal water spa is nearby but it is currently closed for reconstruction). All in all, location is quite nice.
The staff are lovely and extremely helpful. They all do know English very well, much better than a few standard words I think (or at least that was my impression). The reception helps with whatever is possible, the waiters organise with the kitchen for Your extra wishes (like fried eggs, lemon for smoked salmon etc.).
The rooms are very good - clean, comfortable, spacious. The bathroom is quite cosy, I love the built-in shower with warm, sandy ceramics. The only downside is that the rooms (at least those on the northern side of the building) can get quite cold and the AC unit seems to be unable to heat them (at least at this time of the year). The bed is comfortable, the linens nice to the touch form the very first night. WiFi in my room didn't work very well on all of my devices (the tablet actually had problems connecting from time to time despite supposedly very good signal quality).
Breakfast is really good - I always had a good selection of cheese and cold cuts (with either a herring or smoked salmon to boot), varied vegetables and fruit. There are several brands of bread and rolls, there's muesli and cereals. Hot stuff included local sausages, bacon, tomato bean for our English friends and scrambled eggs - surprisingly good! If that's not enough - ask for fried eggs, they'll come with green salad :) . Tea is good Althaus brand with several flavours - and there's water and juice.
The hotel has a pool area with sauna, jacuzzi and themed showers. The water is clean and warm (just warm enough to be nice but not to warm so that You become too lazy to swim!), the pool is large enough to stretch a little when swimming, there are also several sunbeds and a few warm beds. An excellent place to relax between a conference and, say, official dinner!
The restaurant is very nice, though quite expensive compared to the city prices - even cheese platter is more expensive there than in the bar in the same restaurant! Still the atmosphere is nice, the food is very good, so I guess it is still worth the money.
Also worth noting is that, when the hotel discovered I had birthday during stay, I got a "happy birthday" card and a small sweet snack waiting for me in the afternoon. A very friendly gesture :)
Value for money: for me it is more than excellent, as the hotel was near perfect! It should be noted, however, that Romania is indeed quite cheap compared to other EU countries, and it may have been the cheapest hotel of this category I ever visited.
If I ever visit Oradea privately - I will surely stay in this hotel too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- DoubleTree by Hilton Oradea is conveniently located in the green area of the city of Oradea, just walking distance away from all major business and leisure attractions as well as the city center. Situated on the river banks of Crisul Repede, Doubletree by Hilton Oradea offers a perfect venue for all business and social gatherings for guests and locals. Our hotel features spacious guest rooms and suites as well as a wide range of guest amenities, generous work surfaces, complimentary high-speed internet access as well as wireless HSIA available throughout the entire public area spaces. Our guests have full use of many services including: •first Eastern Europe's eforea spa by Hilton with 6 treatment rooms, Vichy room and a transition lounge; •an indoor pool and whirlpool, sauna and steam bath •a well-equipped Precor Fitness Room; •24 h Business Center. Unwind in our Cafe Cris lounge&bar floor to ceiling windows facing the river side. Dine at our Mediterranean style restaurant Laurus with its terrace overlooking the quiet river offering breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Doubletree by Hilton Oradea has multi functional event rooms including conference and board rooms. Check in at DoubleTree by Hilton Oradea and after go outside and visit the surroundings, full of history and architectural beauty. Outside the city, at a few kilometers away is Baile Felix, famous for its hot thermal springs. Be it for business or leisure, DoubleTree by Hilton Oradea is the perfect location in the northwestern part of Romania. Our friendly staff welcomes you with our signature DoubleTree Chocolate chip cookie. ... more less
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