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A Landmark Hotel in the Heart of Bucharest: Athenee Palace Hilton

A Landmark Hotel in the Heart of Bucharest: Athenee Palace Hilton

HOTELS, ROMANIA

Earlier in the summer, I had the pleasure of traveling to Romania to #ExperienceBucharest. The city’s tourism board put on their largest promotional project that involved 100 travel bloggers and social media influencers from around the world coming to Bucharest to see the best of what the city has to offer. I quickly fell in love with Bucharest and after our long, fun-filled days, it was such a treat to come home to the stunning Athenee Palace Hilton Hotel each night.

Hilton Hotels are always consistent and reliable when it comes to impeccable service and comfortable surroundings. The Athenee Palace Hilton is certainly no exception! You will discover elegance and sophistication around every corner of its 272 luxurious rooms. However, my favorite aspect of this Hilton Hotel is the fascinating history behind it. It was designed by French architect Théophile Bradeau in the early 1900’s and opened its doors in 1914. The hotel has often attracted praise from historians and novelists, as it was the most cosmopolitan scene of Europe in the 1940’s. From royalty to presidents, Hollywood celebrities and World War figures, an incredible mix of people have passed through its doors throughout the years!

I had such a busy schedule while in Bucharest, which is why I was so happy to discover that Athénée Palace is in the heart of the city center. Within walking distance, you’ll find several shops, museums, entertainment venues, and business areas. However, you have everything you need and more to have a fabulous stay in the hotel. If you are looking to relax or stay fit, they are fully equipped with a Fitness Center Health Club, which comes with a pool, sauna, jacuzzi, as well as health and beauty treatments. For those visiting on business, you’ll find thirteen meeting rooms which can accommodate up to nine hundred people. For any type of traveler, you’ll be pleased to know there is complimentary wifi throughout the entire hotel.

I stayed in one of their forty-five beautiful junior suites. Mine was a King Junior Suite which came with a city view, king-sized Hilton Serenity bed (the best!), and a separate lounge area to work or relax in. I really enjoyed the extra space and access to the Executive Lounge. I especially liked that the room had a fully stock minibar, and coffee maker.  I also appreciated the very warm welcome by the Hilton staff. Upon entering my room, I noticed a welcome letter, along with delicious Romanian rum-flavored chocolates and some traditional brandy made of plums.

When you’re staying in a suite or executive room at Athenee Palace, you gain access to the Executive Lounge which comes with quite a few perks! I enjoyed complimentary breakfast there every morning, and there’s always a selection of refreshments throughout the day you can help yourself to. In the early evenings, they serve canapés for those wishing to unwind with a glass of wine and a bite to eat. It is also a nice space to work if you don’t wish to do so in your room.

The Athénée Palace has two restaurants on site, as well as a terrace bar and in-room dining. During my visit, I enjoyed an afternoon at Cafe Athenee which looks onto the bustling Revolutionary Square! The decor is a blend of traditional culture and contemporary design. They offer delicious French dishes with a modern twist as well. If you simply want to enjoy a nice glass of wine, this is the place to go! In addition to the lovely city views, the cafe transforms into a cozy lounge in the evenings with soft music and candles.

The English Bar is another place to enjoy cocktails, you can choose from over 40 whiskies, or order from the international snack menu.

Hilton has once again impressed me with another magnificent property. The grandeur and elegance you find throughout Bucharest is represented perfectly at the Athenee Palace Hotel. The historic charm of this hotel quickly won me over, but it is the comfortable interiors, modern amenities, and wonderful service that makes me want to return.

Note:  My entire stay was hosted by the Athenee Palace Hotel, but as always, the opinions here are my own.

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About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

26 Comments

  1. box35100
    September 25, 2017 at 3:40 pm
    Reply

    Nice place great blog i really enjoyed it thanks for sharing.

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 27, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Thank you very much!

  2. Lily Miller
    September 26, 2017 at 10:23 am
    Reply

    Hey Carmen
    Hilton is the name of a brand. I remember that one of my friend had a wedding there. I want to go again, such a lovely place.

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 27, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Hilton properties are so lovely! I hope you get to return, Lily.

  3. Elaine
    September 30, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    Reply

    The Athenee Palace Hilton looks fabulous: the decor, the room, restaurants and facilities. Your photos are stunning. Bucharest is on my wish list. I love Hilton’s and will certainly keep this in mind when we do visit. Thanks

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 1, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you so much! I hope you get to visit Bucharest, it’s an incredible city.

  4. Lara Dunning
    September 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm
    Reply

    I agree, Hiltons always have consistent and impeccable service. The brand is one of my top hotels of choice, and I love that this property is historic and is close to sightseeing activities too. Love the view from the terrace bar!

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 1, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      Glad you agree! I love Hilton. And yes the views are incredible 🙂

  5. Helene D'Souza
    October 1, 2017 at 4:03 am
    Reply

    Now, of course I would look out for the food first thing in the hilton palace. It really makes it’s name justice by the looks of the architecture, ancient greek inspiration, no doubt!

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 1, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      You’re absolutely right! Thanks for reading, Helene 🙂

  6. AIsha
    October 1, 2017 at 11:28 am
    Reply

    It appears that they designed the outside of the building to somewhat match the local architecture. The outside of the hotel does not do the inside any justice. It is gorgeously deigned and decorated.

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 1, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Photos don’t do it justice either! It’s stunning.

  7. Jess
    October 1, 2017 at 4:04 pm
    Reply

    Wow, looks amazing! Bucharest is such an interesting City. I visited this year as i volunteered with a Hospices over there. Beautiful hotel thought! xo

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 3, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      That’s incredible you were over there to volunteer! I am glad you liked Bucharest 🙂

  8. Sarah
    October 2, 2017 at 5:14 am
    Reply

    Looks like the perfect getaway! I especially love the fitness center. The pool area looks like a great place to relax after a day of sightseeing.

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 3, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      It’s the perfect place to relax! Thanks for reading, Sarah 🙂

  9. Corinne
    October 2, 2017 at 8:00 am
    Reply

    Another comfy hotel that I would love to stay in. Believe me, our hotel in Bucharest was not the same standard.

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 3, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Oooo, sorry to hear that! Now you have another option if you return.

  10. Damien McGuigan
    October 4, 2017 at 3:41 pm
    Reply

    I have been to Bucharest several times. It is a great city, and Romania is also a great country. Sadly it gets overlooked too much

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 6, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      I agree, it’s a great country with so much to offer!

  11. Sandy N Vyjay
    October 5, 2017 at 8:39 pm
    Reply

    This looks like a lovely hotel. The fact that it is strategically located, makes it all the more attractive. I can see that the hotel seems to deliver to the Hilton brand promise. I have stayed in a few Hilton hotels at different places and have always been pleased with the amenities and service which is always top notch.

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 6, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Yes, the Hilton brand never fails to impress me!

  12. Paul
    October 6, 2017 at 12:12 am
    Reply

    Wow this place really looks like it lives up to its name! It looks stunning and very comfortable and also is in a great location! We loved Bucharest and would love to stay here if we visit again!

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 6, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      I’m glad to hear it, Paul! I hope you get to visit soon.

  13. ELISABET SUBIRATS RAMIREZ
    October 6, 2017 at 2:09 am
    Reply

    I also loved Bucharest when I visited a couple of years ago. Such a nice architecture and lots of culture behind, no wander why it is called “Little Paris”! And this hotel looks like the perfect complement to the city. Love the hotels with an interesting history behind and I would not say “no” to a relaxing afternoon in the jacuzzi and one of those cakes 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 6, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      Yes, it certainly lives up to that name!! Thanks for reading 🙂

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