Looking for a hotel in Bucharest? My experience at the Hotel Christina
I don’t know about you, but I love those cold winter evenings when I can scour the internet for great deals. Sipping a hot tea, I often search for low-cost flights to European capitals.
I have planned short getaways for years taking advantage of flight deals that don’t cost more than € 20 each way. It’s so wonderful to think that Europe is at your fingertips just for the price of a restaurant meal. Isn’t it great that going to Paris, London, Amsterdam is no longer a luxury reserved for a privileged few? All you need is a little patience, a knack for planning and low-cost holidays become a reality.
And a reality it became again, as a short trip to Bucharest this time. I’ll be honest, I never contemplated Bucharest as a holiday destination but a return flight at €14 convinced me to go. I’m happy I went because on each of the 3 days I spent there I made beautiful discoveries, which I documented in 3 videos (you can find them at the bottom of the article).
Once I got my tickets, I started planning my stay. I have to say that Romania is quite cheap and what you’d pay for a 2-star hotel in Itay gets you a 4-star there. Why not indulge then?
I don’t necessarily look for luxury when I travel, but if I can afford it without spending exorbitant amounts, I go for it! That was the case with the Hotel Christina, located in Via Ion Slatineanu no. 13, just a few steps from Piazza Romana, one of the main squares in Bucharest.
AN ECO-FRIENDLY HOTEL IN BUCHAREST
Hotels are the new frontier for eco-sustainability, especially if they’been built in recent years. At this hotel in Bucharest, solar panels are used to achieve high energy efficiency.
Another thing that piqued my interest were the menus and marketing collaterals printed on recycled paper.
The hotel also has a rigorous recycling scheme in place.
ALL THE COLORS!
The walls of each one of the guest rooms at this hotel in Bucharest are painted with vivid colors, that pair well with the decor.
My room was pink (some things in life are serendipity) and I happened to wear an outfit that matched (but let’s leave these considerations to the fashion bloggers 🙂).
The name of my room was “Bougainvillea – a symbol of flowers”. The name, of course, comes from the famous flowers native to South America. Facing the street, the room was designed with luxury in mind. You can adjust the inclination of the bed and open the curtains with a remote control, plus if you need to work, as I did, you’ll find the office area quite useful 🙂.
I wanted to spend a few words on this, as I think colors are an essential part of modern decor. If I had my own hotel, this would be the first thing I’d consider in the strategy phase.
Lilac, pink, yellow and green. These are the colors used in the various rooms and you’ll find them in the hall and in the breakfast room, located on the lower ground floor.
THREE ROOM TYPES
Depending on your needs and the budget, you can choose between 3 room types, which vary in size:
- Double Room -> 20 sqm
- Deluxe Double Room -> 30 sqm
- Executive Suite -> 40 sqm
Each room is equipped with a coffee and tea maker, a minibar and LCD TV or LED TV with a widescreen, as well as several toiletries in the bathroom.
SERVICES THAT MAKE YOUR STAY SPECIAL
Staying at this hotel in Bucharest means being always satisfied. Find below all the services offered by Hotel Christina.
Free of charge:
• Wake up call
• Buffet breakfast
• In-room safe
• Business center (printing, video calls)
• Newspapers and magazines
• Shoe-polishing and shirt ironing
• Breakfast room service (on request)
• Restaurant reservations
• Room service
• Welcome drink
• Restaurant (12 pm – 11 pm)
• All-day bar
• Taxi and airport transfers
• Plane or helicopter rental
• Guided tours
• Phone calls (national or international)
• Courier service (national or international)
• Conference room with 30 seats
• Laptop rental
• DVD player rental
• Dry-cleaning services
• Flower delivery (Bucharest only)
A BREAKFAST TO REMEMBER
This is, for me, one of the most important aspects when staying at a hotel. You get to understand if management really pays attention to the guests and how much effort they put.
I was really impressed with the breakfast at this hotel in Bucharest.
Homemade cakes, croissants, cooked-to-order omelets or crepes, organic fruit juices, an infinite variety of dried fruit, spices, toppings, meats, cheeses, fresh bread and fruit. In this photo, you only see a part of the long buffet but watch the video to see the buffet in its entirety.
All the staff, from the lobby boys to the restaurant waiters have always been very polite and eager to make the experience at the hotel truly unforgettable.
I must say that they succeeded!
WHO IS IT FOR?
I recommend this hotel in Bucharest to those who want:
- to be in a central location (restaurants, bars and shops are all within walking distance);
- to give indulge in luxury without spending a fortune;
- to go on tour as the meeting points are minutes from the hotel. I went on a Transylvania tour there are many more to choose from, like Bucharest, Valea and Arges;
- to spend a day at Bucarest thermal baths.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO STAY HERE?
I bet you didn’t even finish reading the article to check the hotel’s prices on Booking! You’re right to be eager, as the double rooms average between €65-90 per night, including breakfas. Not bad, am I right?
Get in touch if you have any questions!