Scenesters are on a constant state of alert for Europe’s latest happening city. Prague, Tallinn and Bratislava have all had their turn, but recently the Romanian capital Bucharest has been appearing on plenty of must-see lists.
Bucharest has taken a little longer than those cities to emerge from its Soviet-era obscurity, but these days there is a positive vibe about the place as it develops a cultural confidence and attracts growing numbers of visitors.
Today’s Big Deal, courtesy of My Holidays Now, introduces you to this vibrant city. Explore this historic and intriguing metropolis from the comfort of your central hotel and enjoy a city break with a difference.
The Big Deal, exclusive to 5pm customers, flies you to the Romanian capital Bucharest. The comfortable and stylish central hotel provides a great base for a superb city break, with the opportunity to uncover the secrets of this remarkable city.
The Big Deal offers return flights with Wizzair from Glasgow International, with generous luggage allowance, and three nights B&B accommodation, based on two sharing a twin or double room, in the 4 star Golden Tulip Times Hotel.
The city breaks are for three nights, flying out from Glasgow International Airport on Fridays and returning from Bucharest on Mondays. Departure and return dates available for this offer are:
Depart 10th June, return 13th June 2016;
Depart 17th June, return 20th June 2016;
Depart 24th June, return 27th June 2016;
Depart 1st July, return 4th July 2016;
Depart 8th July, return 11th July 2016;
Depart 15th July, return 18th July 2016.
The 4 star Golden Tulip Times Hotel is centrally located in the modern heart of the city, close to the National Arena, University Square, Bucharest Mall and Titan Park. The major sightseeing attractions of the old quarter are just a few minutes away. There is a metro station within eight minutes walk.
The hotel features 70 spacious guestrooms with warm, contemporary décor, all equipped with private bathroom, air conditioning, cable tv and Wi-Fi. Some rooms also feature a balcony.
Hotel amenities include a restaurant, offering a varied buffet breakfast followed by à la carte local and international specialities at lunch and dinner. There is also a stylish coffee bar and the panoramic skyline club on the hotel’s top floor.
Bucharest’s appeal lies in its blend of Soviet-era edifices and more immediately-charming tourist attractions. The city is like no other in Europe, and each corner offers intriguing possibilities.
The Palace of Parliament is not to be missed (although that would be difficult as it is the world’s second largest building after the Pentagon). This lavish creation of the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu has over 3000 rooms, and architecture that veers from monumental to kitsch.
At the other end of the scale, the Caru’ c Bere is a charming old beer hall with an ornate Belle Epoque décor and stained glass windows. It’s a great place for a drink or an authentic Romanian meal.
Bucharest’s bar and club scene is booming, with new venues opening all the time. Hang out with the locals at places like Gradina Verona, a garden café bar famous for its distinctive iced-tea cocktails. It’s an ideal oasis of calm in the heart of the city.
The Golden Tulip Times Hotel has plenty of positive feedback on TripAdvisor. Recent reviews include the following, edited for length:
‘Front desk service excellent. Room clean and welcoming. Restaurant and coffee-house great atmosphere, efficient friendly service. Professional personnel all round.’
‘Very clean and the staff could not have been more helpful. The room was spacious and again clean. I will definitely stay again when next in Bucharest.’
Beguiling city break
If you are looking for a different destination for your next European city break, Bucharest offers fascinating possibilities. This Balkan city has plenty of charm and character.
With direct flights and conveniently located accommodation, today’s Big Deal offers you the ideal opportunity to get acquainted with the Romanian capital.