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Where to stay in Bucharest? Best cities + hotels

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Follow the guide, we have tested, listed and detailed for you the best places to sleep in Bucharest as well as the best hotels to be at the top.

Bucharest is considered a hidden gem, so visiting Bucharest is an excellent choice. You can stay in luxury hotels at excellent prices, you’ll find several brand new tourist attractions, you’ll discover fantastic cuisine and a lively nightlife.

Here’s the ultimate neighbourhood guide to where to stay in Bucharest for first-time visitors.

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Here are the best places to stay in Bucharest with hotels ranging from luxury to cheap. They all have excellent reviews and are in great locations!

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Where to sleep in Bucharest the first time: Bucharest’s Old Town

Old Town is one of the best places to stay in Bucharest for first-time visitors, as it’s close to many amenities, including great restaurants, bars and public transport. Much of the old town features elegant villas and narrow cobbled streets, giving it a beautiful and charming feel.

Your hotel will most likely be on a pedestrianised street, so you won’t hear the traffic noise at night. The Old Town is an ideal location if you want to be close to many attractions, including Unirii Square, the National Theatre, the National Museum and the National Art Museum.

Why stay in Bucharest’s Old Town?

You’ll also be within walking distance of some of the city’s best bars and restaurants. The bustling University Square is also just around the corner, ideal if you want to catch the metro to Herastrau Park or Henri Coanda International Airport.

The Old Town is considered the historic centre of Bucharest and is where most people come to spend an evening.

The disadvantages of staying in Bucharest city centre

The historic centre is also where the nightlife is. So chances are you won’t hear the noise of cars, but you will hear revellers and music until late at night. Everyone loves coming to the Old Town, not least because that’s where you’ll find some great clubs, pubs and bars. The historic centre is also fantastic, with its elegant villas and modern hotels.

Where to stay in Bucharest Old Town

Luxury

Hotel Concorde

Located in Bucharest’s Old Town, Hotel Concorde Old Bucharest welcomes you in a new neoclassical inspired building overlooking the river or the city.

The air-conditioned rooms at Concorde Old Bucharest feature elegant earth tones, plush carpets and plenty of natural light. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Best value for money

Hilton Garden Inn Hotel ❤️

Located in Bucharest’s Old Town, Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest is 350 metres from the Bucharest National Theatre and offers facilities such as free Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and a shared lounge.

At the hotel, each room is equipped with a Suite Dreams® by Serta bed. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Flat

Aparthotel Matisse

The Matisse Bucharest Old Town offers conveniently located accommodation in the centre of Bucharest, just a short walk from Stavropoleos Church and Revolution Square.

Featuring a patio, the air-conditioned accommodation comes with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with shower and slippers. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Where to stay in Bucharest to visit: Unirii Square

Unirii Square is a popular place to stay in Bucharest and many Romanian tourists choose this area as well as international tourists. It is the largest square in central Bucharest, built during the communist era. Here you will find a large number of dwellings with local Communist architecture.

The square is a major transport hub, with the Unirii metro station where many parts of the city meet. Here you’ll find the famous Unirea shopping centre, the Cocor department stores’ and many other small boutiques as well as international brands.

Unirii Square is famous for its stunning fountains, the National Library and the Boulevard of Independence and the main thoroughfares leading to Casa Poporului (People’s Palace), Bucharest’s best-known tourist attraction.

Why stay on Unirii Square

Unirii Square is a sought-after part of Bucharest, often associated with the upper classes. The area is considered safe and beautiful, with wide, leafy boulevards and fine buildings.

Considered a major transport hub, it’s a fantastic place to stay in Bucharest if you want to visit other areas, as you’ll have all public transport as well as the largest taxi rank right on your doorstep.

The shopping mall is literally opposite your accommodation and there are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area. Hanul lui Manuc is a well-known Romanian restaurant serving fantastic traditional cuisine.

Disadvantages of this district

Accommodation here is quite expensive as you are in the city centre. You can easily find a modern hotel that meets all your needs. However, apart from the shopping centre and Casa Poporului, you won’t find any major attractions here.

You’ll have to walk or take public transport to see interesting places or buildings. As this is a large centre of interconnected roads and avenues, traffic can be a little noisy even at night.

However, you’re only a 5-10 minute walk from the Old Town, so the location is pretty good.

Where to stay in Bucharest Place Unirii

Luxury

The Mansion Hotel
Right in the heart of Bucharest, The Mansion Boutique Hotel offers an artistic mix of individually decorated rooms. This elegant accommodation is set in a renovated historic building.

Each room can take you on a journey through different styles, from minimalist to eclectic, and from French-inspired to Moroccan-themed. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Best value for money

Union Plaza Hotel ❤️
Located in central Bucharest on the popular Unirii Boulevard, 0.8 km from the Old Town, Union Plaza Hotel offers accommodation with a restaurant, secure private parking and a Sky Bar.

Guests of the Union Plaza Hotel can enjoy a “Breakfast with a View” buffet served each morning at the 12 Sky Bar. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Flat

Panorama the Parliament Palace
Located in the heart of Bucharest, close to the Stavropoleos Church and the Patriarchal Cathedral, Panorama the Parliament Palace offers free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and household amenities such as a microwave and kettle.

Enjoy stunning views of Parliament Palace from your window. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Where to stay in Bucharest with your family: University Square

University Square is a historic landmark where you’ll find the university, the National Theatre and the Intercontinental Hotel, one of the tallest buildings in Bucharest. Other important landmarks include the magnificent Colțea Hospital and the Church of the Three Hierarchs.

University Square has always played an important role for Romanians. The square has been the site of many protests and demonstrations.

The square continues to be an important meeting point for many locals. To cross the main intersection, you have to go through the subway, which is dotted with shops and small boutiques. Temporary art galleries are also sometimes found here.

Why stay in Place de l’Université?

University Square is a wonderful place to stay in Bucharest, because you’re close to the Old Town, but you’re also very well connected to other districts and areas. You are only a few minutes away from the Stavropoleos Monastery Church, the famous Cărturești Carusel, the Main Library and the National Museum of Romanian Art.

A 15-minute walk will take you to Bucharest’s Royal Palace and Cismigiu Park. Stay in one of the quiet streets behind the main thoroughfares and not only will you be in the heart of the city, but you’ll also get a good night’s sleep.

I always recommend that visitors choose University Square, as you’ll be within walking distance of all the major attractions and other important districts.

Disadvantages of this area

You’ll need to choose your accommodation very carefully. Many luxury hotels are located directly on the main thoroughfare, which means you’ll most likely hear traffic at night. Stay in a quiet residential area, just off the main roads.

If you decide to stay in a flat, check that there are no “red dots” on the block where the flat is located. Bright red dots on buildings in Romania’s capital warn of the risk of collapse. They are a symbol of the seismic risk. There are 349 high-risk buildings in Bucharest, with almost 3,000 flats in all.

Where to stay in Bucharest University Square

Luxury

Lahovary Palace Hotel ❤️
The Lahovary Palace Hotel is located 0.9 km from the National Art Museum of Romania, 1.2 km from Cismigiu Gardens and 1.4 km from the Patriarchal Cathedral.

The hotel offers family rooms. At the hotel, each room is equipped with a desk, flat-screen TV, en suite bathroom, bed linen and towels. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Best value for money

Moxy Bucharest Old Town
Featuring a fitness centre, an evening bar and a bright, open-plan lounge with a video wall, Moxy Bucharest is 500 metres from Stavropoleos Church and 800 metres from Revolution Square.

The property is 1.3 km from famous landmarks such as the Patriarchal Cathedral, the Romanian National Opera and the Romanian Athenaeum. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Flat

Bucur Apartment
Featuring free high-speed Wi-Fi, Bucur Accommodation offers rooms and suites in central Bucharest.

The Old Town district, with its pubs and restaurants, is a 5-minute walk away. All accommodation is air-conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV and fridge. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Where to stay in Bucharest for peace and quiet: Place Romana

Romana Square is another great place to stay in Bucharest if you want a central location. Romana Square is generally quieter than Unirii Square or University Square. The area is known for its many shops and boutiques, as well as the important Academy of Economic Studies, which attracts thousands of students every year.

From Piazza Romana, you are just a short walk from the Romanian Athenaeum and the many restaurants, pubs and cafés in the area.

If you like to have breakfast in a café, this is also a great place to do so. One of the best things to do here is to take a stroll along Boulevard Lascar Catargiu. There are many beautiful buildings all around.

Why stay in Romana Square

Like Unirii Square and University Square, Romana is a major transport hub. Romana is a great place to stay in Bucharest as you are close to many attractions but also fantastic pubs, bars and restaurants.

Many visitors like to head to Piata Amzei for fresh produce, then admire the magnificent Știrbei Palace, visit the Museum of Art Collections and the National Museum of Romanian Literature.

Disadvantages of this district

Romana Square can be quite busy both day and night, and renting a hotel overlooking the main road can be very noisy for light sleepers. In general, you’ll stay here if you want to be in a central location, closer to Victory Square and Herastrau Park. I recommend this location for the traveller who wants to experience a bit of everything in Bucharest.

Where to stay in Bucharest Place Romana

Luxury – Hotel Lido by Phoenicia
Hotel Lido by Phoenicia is a historic hotel dating from 1930, designed by the famous architect Ernest Doneaud.

The property features inter-war modernist architecture with Art Deco elements. It is located on the chic Boulevard Magheru, less than 0.6 km from the Old Town and 150 metres from the Romanian Athenaeum. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Best value for money Elysium Apartments ❤️
The Elysium is located in a residential area of Bucharest, 400 metres from Stefan Cel Mare metro station and the stadium.

It features a 24-hour reception, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Romana Square is a 4-minute walk away. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Apartment – Emil Balaban Luxury Apart-Hotel
Each flat at Emil Balaban Luxury Apart-Hotel has a private bathroom with shower, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a microwave.

Some units have a seating area and/or patio. A gym and laundry facilities are available at the aparthotel. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Calea Victoriei

Calea Victoriei is a popular avenue for all Bucharest residents. It is considered the most exciting avenue, as it was the flagship street of Bucharest in the interwar period.

Podul Mogoșoaiei was the first street in Bucharest to be lit by candles at night, starting in July 1814.

Today it is known as an upmarket shopping street where many well-known fashion brands reside, as well as high-class independent boutiques. The avenue is home to many buildings and monuments, including the Cantacuzino Palace, which houses the George Enescu Museum, the Athénée Palace Hotel, the Romanian Athénée, the National Art Museum of Romania, the Kretzulescu Church, the Palatul Telefoanelor, the Odeon Theatre, the Casa Capșa and many more.

Essentially, if you’re looking for history and amazing buildings, this is the place to stay in Bucharest.

Why stay at Calea Victoriei

Calea Victorieri has a lot of history and is very close to the city centre. In fact, it connects many squares to Victory Square, so you’ll be just a short distance from every important central location. As well as the main attractions located here, you’ll also be close to world-class shopping and excellent restaurants.

Disadvantages of this district

Calea Victoriei is an old thoroughfare and, as in other old cities, you need to be careful when choosing a flat to stay in. You should avoid any buildings marked with a red dot.

Calea Victoriei is known for its luxury accommodation, so expect to pay a premium for this location. On the plus side, you’ll be close to everything you need to have the best stay in Bucharest.

Where to stay in Bucharest Calea Victoriei

Luxury: Grand Hotel Continental ❤️
Centrally located on Victoriei Street in the heart of Bucharest, the Grand Hotel Continental is a short walk from the National Art Museum and close to the Athenaeum, Universitate metro station and the business district.

The sophisticated rooms and elegant suites feature free Wi-Fi, a seating area and glass-enclosed showers and baths. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Best value for moneyAthenaeum Palace Hilton
Located in the heart of Bucharest, the Athenaeum Palace Hilton Bucharest offers accommodation in one of the city’s iconic buildings, next to the Athenaeum. Free access to the 24-hour fitness centre is available.

The Athenaeum Palace Hilton Bucharest offers free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. The fitness centre is fully equipped and the health club includes an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, steam bath and sauna. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Herastrau Park

Although not the most central place to stay in Bucharest, it is by far the most beautiful and exciting. Herastrau Park is where the richest people live, and for good reason. Herastrau Park is a huge green space with a lake in the middle.

Known as Mihai I Park, it is located right next to Aviatorilor metro station. Next door is the affluent Primaverii district, the safest and richest part of the city, filled with superb Baroque villas. Nearby is the Arc de Triomphe, avenues lined with the world’s most important embassies and the desirable Dorobanti district.

Why stay in Herastrau Park?

There are so many museums on your doorstep, Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum, Casa Ceausescu, Muzeul Național al Hărților și Cărții Vechi, National Geology Museum, Antipa Museum and many more. You’ll want to come to Herastrau to stroll through the park, see the Japanese garden in bloom and take a romantic boat trip on the lake.

And don’t forget that the most sought-after restaurants can be found in the area. Celebrities are often seen in the cafés next to the park, and it’s not uncommon for the city’s best parties to be held in Dorobanti’s clubs.

Some of the finest buildings can be found here, with magnificent gardens and sumptuous architecture. The business centre is also just around the corner and you still have easy access to the old town if you want to party the night away.

The drawbacks of this district

Although this is the most expensive area of Bucharest, you won’t find many hotels here. You may be looking for a luxury hotel, but there aren’t many here.

Clearly, this is one of the best areas, but to stay in this charming place, you may need to rent a villa or a self-catering flat. To get to the Old Town and other squares, you’ll either have to walk for about 30 minutes or take the metro for 2 or 3 stops.

Where to stay in Bucharest Herastrau Park

Mid-range Villa Paris
Villa Paris is a 4-star boutique hotel located in the elegant residential area of Dorobanti, one of Bucharest’s most important business and commercial districts.

Opened in 2007, the hotel offers spacious and stylishly furnished rooms, a beautiful summer terrace and an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Best value for money Hotel Herastrau ❤️
Located in Bucharest, 300 metres from Herastrau Park, Hotel Herastrau offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge.

This 3-star hotel offers room service and a business centre. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Mid-range Pensiunea Helvetia
Pensiunea Helvetia is just 100 metres from Aviatorilor Metro Station, Charles de Gaulle Square and Herăstrău Park.

The air-conditioned rooms feature free Wi-Fi and there is an on-site restaurant. Rooms also feature a minibar and TV. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Cismigiu Gardens

Cișmigiu Park is a large English-style garden with fountains and monuments. Many Bucharest residents come here for a long walk or to hire a boat on the lake. In the middle of the lake, you’ll see the Monte Carlo restaurant, which stands on a central island.

Cismigiu Gardens is a popular and sought-after residential area. Around the park, you’ll find several eclectic blocks of beautifully designed flats.

Why stay at Cismigiu Gardens?

Cismigiu Gardens is a great place to stay in Bucharest. You will be close to the lake and the rose gardens, as well as a 10-minute walk from Calea Victoriei. You’ll also be just a few minutes from the Old Town.

Interestingly, not many tourists know about this lovely Bucharest park. There are many excellent accommodation options in the area. Many Romanians and Bucharest residents enjoy Cismigiu Gardens, which is a safe and pleasant place to stay in Bucharest.

Disadvantages of this district

There are not many hotels in the district, as it is mainly a residential area. However, many residents have turned their flats into wonderful and unique rentals in the area.

Although you won’t feel the nightlife of Bucharest, you will have a peaceful night’s sleep as this is one of the most pleasant and peaceful areas of the city. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés in the area, so you’ll always have something fun on your doorstep.

Where to stay in Bucharest Cismigiu Gardens

Luxury – Hotel Epoque – Relais & Chateaux ❤️
Centrally located near the central Cismigiu Park, away from Bucharest’s noisy boulevards, the Epoque is an elegantly decorated boutique hotel offering spacious, air-conditioned rooms, as well as free on-site parking and free WiFi in all areas.

Guests of the Epoque enjoy free access to a spa centre with a Finnish sauna, wet sauna, whirlpool, indoor swimming pool and fitness centre. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Best value- Royal Palace
Royal Palace by CityLife Suites features a balcony and is located in Bucharest, just 300 m from the National Art Museum of Romania and less than 0.6 km from Revolution Square. The property is housed in a building dating from 1960. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Politehnica

If you are feeling young and fun-loving, Politehnica could be the ideal place for your stay in Bucharest. Known for Politehnica University, the campus is also a large, beautiful park, ideal for a long walk in the morning.

Walk along an avenue lined with chestnut trees, visit the botanical gardens and enjoy Bucharest’s green spaces. During term time, you’ll see many students enjoying picnics and studying on this campus.

The Politehnica metro station is right on your doorstep, taking you to Place Unirii. Nearby, you’ll find two large shopping centres for shopping and supermarkets.

Why stay in Politehnica

Politehnica is a little off the beaten track, as you have to rely on the metro to get you into the city centre. That’s why accommodation prices in this area are lower. In exchange, you’ll be staying in a residential area suited to budget travellers who want to enjoy the green spaces of the university campus.

Next door is the Régie district, a large and well-known student complex offering university accommodation. This is where all the nightlife is. For nightlife lovers, this is perhaps the best place to stay.

Disadvantages of this district

You won’t find many accommodation options in the area, and many of them are designed for travellers on a budget. You’ll also have to commute into the centre every day to get to the heart of the action.

It is, however, an ideal location for families who want to be close to a large green space for less money. It’s also one of the best neighbourhoods for students who want to party and enjoy the uneventful nightlife that Bucharest has to offer.

Where to stay in Bucharest Politehnica

Mid-range Le Blanc
Ideally located near Politehnica and Regie, Le Blanc ApartHotel offers a 24-hour reception, luggage storage and free WiFi throughout the property. See availability and rates on Booking.com.

Mid-range ibis Bucharest Politehnica ❤️
Located in Bucharest, 0.6 km from Bucharest Botanical Garden, ibis Bucharest Politehnica offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a terrace. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Flat: Smile Studios
This flat has a seating area with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bathrobes, slippers and a shower. There is also a microwave, fridge and oven in the kitchen, as well as a kettle. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

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