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JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, Romania [Master Thread]

JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, Romania [Master Thread]

Old Sep 21, 18, 5:08 am
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Originally Posted by yurtripper View Post
Your opinions are always so spot on. If only you'd write them all up in one consolidated post I wouldn't even have to bother looking elsewhere!
will try ))
some here think I complain too much or too picky but with 350+ nights a year in hotels you have time to see the good, the bad and the ugly
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Old Jan 13, 19, 11:08 pm
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Originally Posted by danger View Post
My stay here a month or so ago was quite pleasant. I was upgraded to a large king room with a ton of space. One annoyance was that a keycard was needed for power, including for the power outlets, so even when you're were out of room hoping to charge your devices, you needed to leave a keycard in. Frustrating.

The executive lounge had a very nice evening spread which was all of good quality. There were two beers, two wines but no spirits. There is also an afternoon tea service. As a Platinum I was able to take breakfast in the restaurant which also had an extensive offering.

I received twice daily housekeeping but, despite hanging the towels for re-use they were always replaced. I wonder if hotels will ever get this right.

I chose the F&B as the Platinum (this is pre-18 August) amenity. It was billed as a couple of bottles of local beer and some crackers but it was an extensive platter. An example of under-promising and over-delivering, I guess. When I returned one day for an extra keycard I was offered a choice of a further Platinum amenity and chose a pair of Romanian keyrings.

The hotel's gym is a public gym so it's extensive with plenty of equipment. There was a sauna and an indoor pool that was being refurbished while I was there. There is also a casino but it cost RON50 for entry and the table game area is not smoke free.

Hotel staff were wonderful at every point. Each morning at breakfast I was thanked for being a Platinum member (incidentally, by trainees, which obviously suggests that the training includes elite recognition which is great). One disappointment was the concierge booking me into a tour of parliament but neglected to mention I required my passport for entry so I walked the 12-15 minutes up the road only to have to turn around again. The other minor point is that the stay has failed to post to my Marriott account and the hotel has so far ignored three emails (after first acknowledging one) that they would provide me with an invoice so I can file a missing stay request.

The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service from the airport to the hotel on the top of the hour but it does need to be pre-booked. The cost is a very reasonable RON45 (less than EUR10). The journey time is between 20 and 30 minutes and the driver met me with a JW Marriott sign at arrivals. There is really not much in the vicinity of the hotel, other than perhaps a carrefour a block away. Taxis are quite cheap but not particularly friendly. On three occasions I was quoted an off-meter price that was exorbitant so I simply used an Uber for a fraction of the cost (although on one occasion the Uber driver was smoking when he picked me up so I promptly cancelled). One of the bellman strongly suggested Uber over the local taxis.
I am in this hotel now and very much like the hotel, staff and location.

I am in a monster room with a view of the National Cathedral and Parliament.

The lounge food especially last evening was very good.

When I called early this morning to book the hotel shuttle for 3:30 am tomorrow, the front desk said it does not run at those hours. I told him that the hotel web says 24/7. He later called and said they could do 3:30 am. Moments after that he said, no it would have to be 3 or 4 am and it can take 40 minutes even that early in the morning. This is disappointing since they could not even pick me up at the airport yesterday when I arrived and tried to make a reservation.

Does anyone know if I could use Uber or the Taxify app that early in the morning to go to the airport? I know the hotel has a limo service that would do 3:30 am, but it helps to know what is and is not possible.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 4:47 am
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I’ll be back there next week.

Two things:

The-mail address [email protected] works perfectly (as above)

My shuttle transfer request was replied to within 10 mins (details as below)



Thank you for choosing J.W. Marriott as your stay in Bucharest.

We confirm the following transfer:



Date: 12.02.19

Hour: 12:00 / Tarom RO232

Transfer: A-H

Cost: 45 RON (VAT included), will be charged on your room account.



The driver will wait for you on the left side of the International Arrivals terminal, holding a pick-up sign with the logo of our hotel.

If you have any problems locating the driver, please contact us at the number +4.021.403.2950, and we will assist you in finding him.

If you wish to cancel or modify the transfer, please contact us with minimum 3 hours in advance.“
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Old Jun 19, 19, 1:54 pm
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Hello,
I am traveling to the Bucharest in late July. This is a working trip, and I will be staying in Bucharest for 8 days. Which hotel do you suggest me Marriott JW or Hilton Athene Palace?

Pro for JW is that is recently renovated but I can not get anything above Executive Room (company policy) while in Hilton I can get Junior Suite. Pro for Hilton is more central location and bigger room. What would you suggest me?

Best Regards DC10
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Old Jun 19, 19, 6:04 pm
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Originally Posted by DC10 View Post
Hello,
I am traveling to the Bucharest in late July. This is a working trip, and I will be staying in Bucharest for 8 days. Which hotel do you suggest me Marriott JW or Hilton Athene Palace?

Pro for JW is that is recently renovated but I can not get anything above Executive Room (company policy) while in Hilton I can get Junior Suite. Pro for Hilton is more central location and bigger room. What would you suggest me?

Best Regards DC10
The JW is certainly not in a tourist friendly area. It was formerly a a Radisson Blu and is located adjacent to the enormous vanity project of the Ceausescu's, Palace of the Parliament. I would select the Athenee in a heartbeat. IMHO, it boasts the ideal location in Bucharest. It has a sense of history, and although I wouldn't particularly call the junior suite luxurious, just knowing that there probably still are listening devices in place, dormant or not, just adds the sense of cold war intrigue. Just don't do anything in your room of which your wife or partner would disapprove. ;-)
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Old Jun 19, 19, 9:58 pm
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Agree. Hands down Hilton. It is a historic hotel right in the heart of the city. Great walking. We have stayed at both and JW's problem is that it is nowhere you would want to be. Near the Hilton are the museums and opera house. Cozy alley like streets with very good local restaurants. Eat outdoors or in. You will love it. If you have a significant other, take that person too for a romantic vacay.
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Old Jun 20, 19, 1:30 am
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I vote for the Hilton too for location. And in the summer the outdoors restaurant is quite pleasant for the evening.

Originally Posted by Karen2 View Post
Near the Hilton are the museums and opera house.
Actually the Marriott is closer to the opera house than the other chain hotels. You may be thinking of the Ateneum which is a concert hall right next door to the Hilton.
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Old Jun 26, 19, 9:57 am
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Having just stayed at the DT, I would definitely recommend the Athenee.
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