Built in Brancovenesc style by Architect Suter, passing through the better (the rich and famous before WW2) and the worse (NKVD and the commies), the small palace hosting this hotel is best described as 'plush'. A 2 ton Murano glass chandelier, Italian furniture, green silk, the marble chimney, yes, it is overdone, quite a lot actually, but it wins at points with its being so. It is not in the very city centre, making it for those that want to live and be treated differently, or just for those which do not want to be visible. The view from the apartment with a belfry (they do have such a thing, and that is my picky recommendation) is great and different from other top hotels in the city simply because it comes from a natural level and not from the tzshpeth floor. The club living downstairs would only compete with La Residenza's living room (in Timisoara), while the restaurant does not have too many competitors in this country; maybe only Silviu's could get it with the service (provided the charismatic waiter there is on duty), while, yes, Capsa's pate de foie d'oie is top. Add to this the fact that the hotel has its own Bucarest d'antan narrow street ending with it, as well as the nice stairs leading down to the wide Carol Park, and you are there. Thank Brahma that the Romanian Orthodox Church's plan of building that absurd huge mambo jambo cathedral in this nice park has not been approved, for it would have spoiled the view from the hotel and I would have got furious. Let them build it next to the Palace of the Parliament, where it belongs, two concrete monsters holding each other, oh dear, how romantic...
Unique Quality: This hotel is not unique, and nor is its recipe. But take the building and the degree to which they restored it and decorated it; Master Calin Irimescu, my sincere respectful and humble bows (for you ghiaurs, look at the 'before' and 'after' pictures on the website)... A bit on the down side is the fact that they keep on changing staff (but that happens because staff do not have any idea of customer approach and professional behaviour in this country). And then take the location, secluded, but relaxing (one has to live in Bucharest for a while to fully appreciate this word), and fancy, but not fitzish dining, and you are there, even though this is more or less the most expensive hotel in town. Those that do not agree with me, go to the glass and concrete buffs elsewhere in the city. And to those windows that cannot be opened, bleah.
Directions: It lies on Filaret Hill, close to Carol Park (Zodiac Fountain) and Filaret Bus Station. Just in case you'd like to get there by bus, it is only two day and a half from central Spain :)
Carol Parc Hotel
Aleea Suter 23-25
Sector 4, Bucharest
1-3 Episcopiei, Sector 1, Bucharest
4 Boulevard Nicolae Balcescu, Bucharest
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Address: Aleea Suter Str 23-25, Sector 4, Bucharest, 040746, Romania