It is historical, delightful, vibrant, and more – Bucharest is one of the most interesting cities in East Europe. The city is so pretty that it will turn literally everyone into a photographer.
Bucharest has something for everyone. History fans will be spoilt for choice when it comes to museums, architecture lovers will not stop ogling at the communist buildings and orthodox churches. It doesn’t end there – party lovers will absolutely love the lively scene and artsy ones will totally dig the art festivals and more.
Over the last few years, Bucharest has transformed itself not just into a top “traveler friendly” city but also a successful corporate travel destination in the Balkans.
The city has so many amazing options of places to stay in literally every budget. If you’re thinking of spending a few days in Romania and wondering where to stay in Bucharest, this post will give you many options that have been tried and tested by me and my friends.
Where to Stay in Bucharest
Best Hotels in Bucharest
Intercontinental Bucharest towers literally above everything else because it is the tallest hotel building in the city. It is also one of the most luxurious hotels in Bucharest.
The rooms in Intercontinental are super spacious but the best part about this hotel is the rooftop. There is a spa on top of this hotel. You can sit and chill inside the hot tub and enjoy the view of the city.
Intercontinental Bucharest has an amazing restaurant and you will surely be rewarded with an amazing breakfast spread. The location is central so everything is pretty much walking distance – the museums, old town, etc.
Book a Room at InterContinental Hotel
- Location: the University Square, right next to the National Theatre and Old Town
- Average Cost Per Night: €207 – €380 for suites
- Read reviews about the Intercontinental Hotel on TripAdvisor
JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel
JW Marriott is one of the grandest hotels in Bucharest. It is right next to the biggest parliament building in the world – the Palace of Parliament. Ans yes, a few sides of JW Marriott overlook the famous Parliament Building.
When I first arrived in Bucharest, someone mentioned that JW Marriott hotel has the most comfortable beds in the city. I eventually ended up staying here for my last night in Romania and I can certainly vouch for comfort. I slept like a baby!
JW Marriott has an amazing breakfast spread that included many kinds of breads, cheeses, cold cuts, cereals, fruits, eggs, pancakes, waffles and more.
- Location: Sector 5, near the Palace of the Parliament
- Average Cost Per Night: €200 – €235 for suites and €500 for executive suite
- Read reviews about the JW Marriott Hotel on TripAdvisor
The Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest
By Josie of https://josiewanders.com
The Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest is the perfect choice for your luxury stay. Located in a historic building it reflects the sophistication of years gone by with all the modern amenities, including an indoor pool, fitness centre, health club and beauty salon. It of course caters to business travellers too, with everything you need to work away from the office.
There are various options for meals, with formal restaurants, an English pub and a casual cafe area. An executive lounge is available with certain rooms too. This is the perfect accommodation if you want somewhere just a little bit special.
Book a Room at Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest
- Location: Sector 1, Old Town
- Average Cost Per Night: €192 – €420 for suites
- Read reviews about Athenee Palace Hilton on TripAdvisor
Golden Tulip Victoria, Bucharest
By Inma Gregorio of A World to Travel
The excellent location of this hotel in Calea Victoriei will allow you to easily reach all the interesting places of Bucharest: government buildings, monuments, shopping centers, embassies and recreational areas are just a few steps away. For instance, the National Museum of Art is 3 minutes away on foot, and the National Theater and Parliament are 5 minutes away.
Golden Tulip hotel has 82 rooms spread over 10 floors; a modern lobby, 24-hour room service, restaurant, and all the services expected of a 4-star hotel. If you can, book one of the Executive rooms, which are on the corners of the building and enjoy extraordinary views and special comfort thanks to the glass facade (take a look at the photo). They also have a number of extra amenities and services such as slippers and a surprise gift.
Golden Tulip Bucharest was all I was craving after a 2-week press trip with 40 other bloggers through some of Romania’s most stunning regions like Bucovina and Transylvania. So much, that I barely made it out of the room! Indeed, one of my favorite hotels in the city.
Book a Room at Golden Tulip Victoria Bucharest
- Location: Sector 1, Old Town
- Average Cost Per Night: €113 – €136 for suites
- Read reviews about Golden Tulip Victoria on TripAdvisor
Ramada Bucharest Majestic
Ramada chain has many hotels in Bucharest, but this and this is the best one. It is very close to the old town in the city center and the area is informally known as the “Turkish Square”. The best part about this hotel is that it has the most convenient location.
This hotel somehow has an old school vibe and you will feel it in the lobby area, the corridors and even the room. I did not find the reception staff to be particularly helpful.
Book a Room at Ramada Bucharest Majestic
- Location: Calea Victoriei, Sector 1, Old Town
- Average Cost Per Night: €85 – €173 for suites
- Read reviews about Ramada Bucharest Majestic on TripAdvisor
Best Hostels in Bucharest
Pura Vida Skybar and Hostel
It is not only the most popular hostels in Bucharest, but Pura Vida is also a famous party place because of its happening skybar. Pura Vida is right in the middle of the old town, which by the way is Europe’s answer to the Khao San road.
The staff here is super friendly and helped me when I checked in very late at night. The dorm was clean and quite, with a toilet right outside.
The best thing about this hotel is the Skybar because there’s a party here literally every evening. On two different occasions I also saw live performances. Moreover, the skybar is a good place to catch the sunset.
Book a Room at Pura Vida Bucharest
- Location: Old Town
- Average Cost Per Night: €7 – €12 for a bunk bed in dorm
- Read reviews about Pura Vida on TripAdvisor
Little Bucharest Old Town Hostel
Little Bucharest Hostel is right next to Pura Vida Hostel. From what I understand, they are managed by the same people. I like the interiors of Little Bucharest more than Pura Vida because it is more spacious.
Book a Room at Little Bucharest Old Town Hostel
- Location: Old Town
- Average Cost Per Night: €7 – €13 for a bunk bed in dorm
- Read reviews about Little Bucharest Old Town Hostel on TripAdvisor
By Jennifer Kanikula of The SoFull Traveler
If you’re looking for accommodation in Bucharest that doesn’t break the bank, provides sense of community, has a cozy and comfortable ambiance, and is staffed by the happiest and most interesting people you’ll ever meet? Look no further than Podstel Bucharest. Podstel Bucharest was started by a backpacker himself, who, when traveling around the world, took ideas from all the hostels he stayed at to create his dream hostel. And a dream hostel it really is. From the outdoor lounge in their tea garden, to live music, to group dinners and activities, this just might be your favorite part of visiting Bucharest. Doom rooms start around $14 dollars a night.
Book a Room at Podstel Bucharest
- Location: Sector 4, near Carol Park
- Average Cost Per Night: €8 – €11.50 for a bunk bed in dorm
- Read reviews about Podstel on TripAdvisor
By James Cave of This Travel Guide
First hostel is a hostel that has been beautifully-designed, with plenty of thought given to the people who’ll stay there. The hostel has capacity for 32 guests, but those guests get to enjoy 2 kitchens and 6 bathrooms.
Every bed has a USB charger and a bedside light. The hostel also provide a number of amenities for free including free bikes, free adapters, free local and national calls, and of course all of the standard essentials like free towels, linen, and wi-fi.
- Location: Sector 4, near Carol Park
- Average Cost Per Night: €9 – €11 for a bunk bed in dorm
- Read reviews about First Hostel on TripAdvisor
By Roobens Fils of https://www.beenaroundtheglobe.com/
Located between the subway stations Universitate and Piata Iancului, Book-a-Rest offers a really nice terrace and has a free public parking. You can either stay in a 8-bed dorm or a 4-bed dorm. Otherwise, there are single rooms, double rooms. A bed in a dorm costs 14 euros per night, while a room costs 45 euros per night. There’s also a shared kitchen, a common area. The staff is friendly and helpful, the wifi works well, the rooms are clean and have lockers, and there’s a good restaurant next to the hostel! The terrace is probably the best place to meet fellow travelers, and a strong point of this hostel!
- Location: Sector 2, near Bucharest Art Theatre
- Average Cost Per Night: €11-14 for a bunk bed in dorm and €45 – €60 for a private room
- Read reviews about BOOK-A-Rest Hostel on TripAdvisor
Disclosure: I was invited to Romania on a sponsored trip by Experience Romania team but all silliness and thoughts expressed in this article are totally our own.
PS: Drifter Planet contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, we will earn a little commission at no extra cost to you. These commissions help us reduce the costs of keeping this site active. Thanks for reading!
Nice post! Thanks for sharing!
Intercontinental Hotel is not the tallest building in Romania..
Yup, you’re right – Intercontinental was the second highest building in Bucharest at the time it opened up in 1971. At the moment it is the highest hotel in Bucharest.