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The new InterContinental Bucharest hotel is now open

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A year after pulling out of its original high rise Bucharest property (now rebranded as Grand Hotel Bucharest), the InterContinental brand is back in Romania.

The InterContinental Athenee Palace Bucharest hotel opened on Monday.

This not a new hotel, far from it. It originally opened in 1914, originally in art nouveau style but with its exteriors later reimagined in art deco.

InterContinental Athenee Palace Bucharest

Following a massive refurbishment in the 1990’s, the hotel was managed by Hilton for 25 years until an overnight rebrand this week.

There are reports that some of the rooms were renovated in 2021 but it isn’t clear exactly what work has been done to bring it up to InterContinental standards. It is operated by the same group that runs the existing Crowne Plaza Bucharest. Rates are currently very low with rooms from €136 per night.

The hotel website is here.

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Comments (111)

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  • Robert Gale says:

    We visited the Hilton New York Midtown hotel and as a Diamond guest still had to pay $5 per bag left at concierge. We have stayed in hotels around the world and never had to pay this fee

    • Thegasman says:

      Does that exempt you from paying the bell hops a tip? If so I’d call that a good deal as you wouldn’t get out alive not tipping for leaving a bag in New York & $5 would be lower end of range in a decent hotel!

  • AlanC says:

    As the reader who tipped Rob about the Glasgow pool charge I would also note they have changed the Executive lounge timings to 5pm until 7pm. Got caught out pre Christmas when going down at 6pm it was rammed and with serious replenishment issues.

    • maureen andrews says:

      AlanC we were the same with the executive lounge. As we hadn’t been there since pre covid we asked when checking in to find it had changed venue and it started at 5pm. Also no afternoon tea offered. And the food offering was dire. And agree staff were unable to deal with the customers and replenish alcohol.

  • Sunguy says:

    So, what are “we” saying here then ? (re: Hilton Glasgow)

    That low headline rates are fine for conference and meetings event attenders but if you want a leisure break you can be nickel and dimed as much as possible ?

    FWIW – In my view, this is just totally idiotic, any “brand” hotel that starts charging for things like this should be immediately removed from the brand. Im diamond, I hardly ever use the pools, but I like to know I have the option if I have time …

    This hotel is not in the most upmarket area, it doesnt have beach access or 24/7/265 sunshine, its in the Anderston area of the city – well known for concrete structures – like the M8 motorway right next to the hotel (and the street hookers that wander underneath and around the multi-storey car parks) ….

    Its “fine” if you want a city break in a place that “Smiles better” – (an 80s Glasgow marketing campaign) but thats about it ….

    Maybe they dont actually want the residents to use it and have exclusive use for their SPA ? …. if that is the case, rebrand the Gym, pool and spa as something else, remove the pool and everything from the amenities and forget the whole gym and pool complex exists.

    • Numpty says:

      It’s a bad location, but there is a funny joke by Billy Connolly about trying to find the way in.

    • AnotherUser says:

      The price point of the Glasgow Hilton is often similar to or a bit higher than nice, better-located hotels without pools – e.g. the voco Grand Central. If you’re having to pay for the pool, that’s one more reason to stay elsewhere

  • Laura says:

    Having had a free day pass at the Hilton Glasgow pool/gym last week, I’d say it wasn’t worth £10 each. The changing rooms were humid and not very clean and the space was much too small for the number of people. We actually ended up putting on the bare minimum clothes to be decent and then finished getting dressed in the corridor as it was just unbearable. One of the two showers appeared to be clogged too.

  • Ranger 43 says:

    Been in this hotel many times and used the pool, wouldn’t pay for it, the Doubletree on Cambridge street is a better hotel and location, the pool if free to guests

  • john says:

    If you don’t get access to the changing rooms, you better hope that’s not how you access the toilets!!

  • Doommonger says:

    95% of hotel pools are unmanned, so I use them regardless and have never paid, less so been challenged. If you need a key card, then just tailgate in, as so many do into executive lounges.

    Happy New Year

    The Doomster.

  • E4 Traveller says:

    On the 2 occasions I stayed at the Hilton Glasgow in 2021, a quarter of the pool was closed off for swimming tuition at 5pm. Not too impressed.

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