Bucharest
Romania
By Jessica Howell

Located in Southern Romania, Bucharest stands in stark contrast to the mental images usually evoked at the mention of this exotic country.  It’s wide, tree-lined boulevards, stunning architecture, and economic wealth earned Bucharest the nickname of “Little Paris” in the early 1900s.  Today, Bucharest is a bustling metropolis and Romania’s largest city and capital.  Here you will discover world class cuisine influenced by a melting pot of cultures, charming historic districts tucked amidst narrow streets, and world class art and entertainment.  WhatsCheaper.com is happy to invite you to book your next vacation to this cultural haven and discover all that Bucharest, Romania has to offer! 

To arrive at this bustling metropolis, visitors must fly into Bucharest’s main airport, Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP). Conveniently located just 12 miles north of downtown Bucharest, travelers can easily arrange transportation from the airport. To book your flight to Bucharest, click on the following link: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). WhatsCheaper.com is also happy to assist with your accommodation needs. Simply click on the following link to browse our selection of hotels: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).  The most popular form of transportation in Bucharest is the public transportation system, which includes bus, tram, trolley bus, and subway systems.  Tickets for the public transportation system are interchangeable and can be purchased at any kiosk displaying the RATB logo.  Bucharest’s public transportation system is an easy and affordable way to explore this captivating city.

In keeping with Bucharest’s Parisian nickname, WhatsCheaper.com recommends that you visit The Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf).  Similar to the arcs in New York and Paris, the structure is dedicated to military victories and soldiers that have fought for their country.  Originally built of wood in 1922, The Arch of Triumph was completed in granite in 1936.  Climb the staircase to reach the top and be rewarded by a panoramic view of the city.
 
In keeping with the patriotic sentiments of The Arch of Triumph, WhatsCheaper.com urges you to visit Revolution Square (Piata Revolutiei).  In 1989 the world turned its eyes to Revolution Square when the communist party fell after Romanian’s took to the streets and squares demanding that its leader, Nicolae Ceausescu, step down.  However, this is not the only reason why Revolution Square continues to draw in tourists and locals. Today, Revolution Square is also home to several premier attractions including the Royal Palace, which are now the National Art Museum and the stunning Romanian Athenaeum.  The National Art Museum was founded in 1948 and continues to be Romania’s leading art museum.  The museum currently exhibits over 100,000 works divided into two major sections:  Romanian artists and the European Gallery.  While the European gallery boasts works from artists such as Monet, Rembrandt, Rodin, and Renoir, the Romanian gallery is the most complete collection of Romanian works of art in the country, possibly the world.  The modest admission fee is well worth a visit to this artistic treasure trove. 

Another popular attraction bordering Revolution Square is The Romanian Athenaeum.  Designed by French architect Albert Galleron, and funded almost entirely by public donations, The Romanian Athenaeum is a must see on your trip to Bucharest.  When you visit this stunning concert hall you can expect to be greeted by a warm lobby adorned with hues of gold leaf, pink marble and glittering chandeliers.  Inside the concert hall you will be mesmerized by the ornate frescos that adorn the ceiling and walls.  WhatsCheaper.com insists that you try and purchase tickets to a concert during your visit.  In addition to the gorgeous scenery of the concert hall, The Romanian Athenaeum is also renowned for its outstanding acoustics.  WhatsCheaper.com guarantees that this attraction will be a delight for both the eyes and the ears!

In addition to a plethora of enticing attractions, Bucharest is also known for the charming and unique districts nestled down jumbled streets; hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.  WhatsCheaper.com recommends that you visit the Old Historical Center (Centrul Vechi al Orasului).  Also known as “Lipscani,” the area was named for the many German traders from Lipsca.  Considered to be one of the most charming corners of the city, Lipscani is home to many art galleries, antique shops, and coffeehouses.  This area is the perfect place for a relaxing day strolling the streets of Bucharest in search of one-of-a-kind antiques that can be found nowhere else in the world. 

WhatsCheaper.com also recommends that you visit the historic area of the Old Princely Court & Church.  Built in the 15th century by Vlad Tepes - more notoriously known as Vlad Dracula - the Old Court Church is considered to be the oldest in Bucharest.  For those that are drawn to the gothic tale of Count Dracula, local lore contends that Vlad kept his prisoners in dungeons that began beneath the church court and extended under the city.  Explore the remains of a few ancient walls, arches, tombstones, and a Corinthian column, and discover the interesting history of Bucharest at The Old Court Museum.  There is a small admission charge for entry into this ancient site.

WhatsCheaper.com invites you to explore all the wonderful history and culture that Bucharest has to offer. 

MUST SEE IN Bucharest LIST:

  • 1. The Arch of Triumph
  • 2. Victory Avenue
  • 3. Revolution Square
  • 4. The Romanian National Art Museum
  • 5. The Romanian Athenaeum
  • 6. Old Historical Center
  • 7. Old Princely Court & Church
  • 8. University Square
  • 9. Museum of the Romanian Peasant
  • 10. Herastrau Park

Bucharest EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Easter Gifts National Arts & Crafts Fair - April
  • 2. Bucharest International Film Festival - April
  • 3. International Museum Festival - May
  • 4. Bucharest International Music Festival - May
  • 5. Bucharest of Old Festival - May
  • 6. Pride Festival - May
  • 7. Bucharest Street Music Festival - June
  • 8. Craftsmen's Fair - June/July
  • 9. Bucharest City Challenge - August
  • 10. Romania Tennis Open - September

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bucharest
3A Str Nerva Traian St. Sector 3, Bucharest, Romania
By D. Gregory Perrin

DoubleTree by Hilton® Hotel Bucharest is the perfect hotel to frequent while in the city. The hotel is under 15 minutes from the Bucharest Baneasa International Airport. Vacationers can get to the hotel via taxi at an affordable rate. The hotel is only a few blocks from the Universitate‎ Metro Station which makes commuting around the city a snap. Guests can check-in at 2 p.m. or after on the day of arrival into Bucharest. If you arrive early the hotel offers baggage check so you can leave your bags and start your sightseeing tour of the city.

The guest rooms come in various sizes including: 1 king, 1 queen, 1 single or 2 twin beds.  The hotel also offers suites for travelers looking for even more space. Travelers with an infant can request a crib brought into their accommodations. Each room comes with a 32 inch color television with standard cable package, as well as the function to purchase new release movies.  There is complimentary high speed wireless internet in all the rooms to help guests stay connected with the world.

The hotel has a fitness center with cardio equipment and more. There is also a shoe shine stand where guests can get the maximum shine for their shoes.
DoubleTree has a Concierge Desk to help guests find great tours and attractions in Bucharest. Lastly, there is a newsstand where vacationers can purchase local media as well as magazines.

The DoubleTree also offers Avantgarde Restaurant, which serves all three meals of the day. This restaurant has amazing views of Bucharest and guests can come in smart casual attire.

Overall, WhatCheaper.com knows you will just love your stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton® Hotel Bucharest. Vacationers can click this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to use our patented hotel finder to search for great pricing with WhatsCheaper.com.

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Novotel Bucharest City Centre
Calea Victoriei 37B Sector 1, Bucharest, Romania
By Kathryn Duggan

Novotel Bucharest City Centre Hotel is located right in the center of the city with main attractions such as the National Art Museum, the Lipscani Old Town, and the Romanian Athenaeum all within walking distance. The hotel is located only 15.00 km/ 9.32 mi from the airport with an underground station, a bus, or tramway all as possible modes of transportation. The hotel also provides underground private parking for their guests.

The Novotel Bucharest City Centre Hotel provides three varieties of rooms to select from. The Superior style and the Executive rooms offer a queen size bed and a sofa or two twin beds and all of the rooms include a bath and shower, TV, work desk, mini bar, and other amenities. The Executive room also provides extra services along with VIP lounge access and access to the Wellness Center.  The Suite style room consists of two bedrooms and a bathroom and has two flat-screen TV’s along with access to the Wellness Center. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi access and pay movies and videos on demand.

The hotel’s restaurant, Teatro, is open from 6 a.m. -11 p.m. every day and provides exquisite international food along with extensive buffets.  After dinner head on over to the hotel bar, Bar 77, which is conveniently open until 2 a.m. allowing people to gather and meet for a late night drink or share a light meal. In the summer this bar transforms into a family friendly Terrace 77, the perfect place to take the kids for an ice-cream on a hot day. Another form of entertainment can be found in the hotel’s casino. The hotel includes a heated indoor pool and a fitness center with a jogging track. In terms of relaxation a hammam or Turkish bath is available as well as massages. A business center is available with support staff, high speed internet, a fax machine, and a translating service.

Hotel is pet friendly and provides babysitting services upon call. A wide selection of event rooms are available with capacity reaching 280 people and provide all the general equipment needed for a successful event.

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