The Best Area and Places to Stay in Bucharest

Where to stay in Bucharest

Where to stay in Bucharest, Romania – a full guide to the best area, hotels and places to stay in Bucharest.

Where to stay in Bucharest

Heading to Bucharest but still have no idea what is the best area to stay for sightseeing? Are the hotels in the Old Town expensive? Check out this guide to find the best location to stay and to choose the perfect hotel for you.

Where is Bucharest located

Bucharest is located in the southeastern part of Romania. It’s a great base to explore this part of the country or a few days stop on your way to Brasov.

The city is also close to the border with Bulgaria, a beautiful and cheap country in Eastern Europe. There are regular buses (FlixBus) that connect Bucharest and Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

Where I stayed

During my long weekend in Bucharest, I chose an accommodation in the north part of the Old Town.

I chose this location as most of the tourist attractions are located nearby. Plus, if you need to use the public transport, the subway is right behind the corner.

My favourite hotel in the area is Z Executive Boutique Hotel. It’s a nice 4-star hotel with a perfect location – close to the Old Town, attractions and restaurants.

Where to stay in Bucharest, Romania – the best area

The best area to stay in Bucharest without any doubt is the Old Town. In fact, the Old Town is the most charming part of Bucharest. The cobblestoned streets are pedestrian only and full of great restaurants, bars and hipster coffee shops. Here you’ll find most of the tourist attractions, too.

The Old Town is the heart of the Historic Bucharest. You can pretty much walk everywhere and explore the city on foot. No matter if you come for nightlife or sightseeing, you can’t go wrong by choosing an accommodation in the Old Town.

Also, most of the hotels are located in and around this area. And the best part is that they are a lot cheaper in comparison to Western Europe.

Bucharest Old Town

The best hotels in Bucharest Old Town

If you wonder where to stay in Bucharest Old Town, check out these awesome hotels and apartments.

Families and couples

K+K Hotel Elisabeta – Most booked 4-star
K+K Hotel Elisabeta has a great location, central but on a quiet street. It’s right next to University Square, close to public transport and the Old Town. Rooms are comfy, spotless and newly furnished. A safe and tea and coffee making facilities are available.

The breakfast features a very good selection of foods. Plus, there are a lot of restaurants within minutes of walking.

8.9/10 Rating – See hotel images and 1,700+ guest reviews

Concorde – Best location
If you look for the perfect location, this is the place. The back door of the hotel leads to the pedestrian area of the Old Town. In addition, there is a mall, a huge Carrefour branch and many shops in a few minutes walk. It’s the best place to stay in Bucharest for restaurants and sightseeing.

Rooms are large, clean and well equipped. Excellent breakfast with plenty of healthy options, homemade cakes and biscuits.

9.2/10 Rating – See hotel images and 1,000+ guest reviews

Romanian Athenaeum

Friends and solo travellers

Capitol Hotel – Charming 4-star
Capitol Hotel occupies a beautiful historical building from 1901. Located in the north part of the Old Town, is a great base to explore Bucharest. Everything is at a walking distance – subway, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants. Rooms are modern and spacious with comfortable beds. Plus, there is an ATM machine inside the hotel, so it’s easy to get local currency.

8.8/10 Rating – See hotel images and 2,920+ guest reviews

Hilton Garden Inn – Most central location
For a quiet central location, choose Hilton Garden Inn. The hotel is right in the heart of the Old Town, surrounded by bars and restaurants. If you look where to stay in Bucharest for nightlife, this is the perfect place. Plus, the breakfast is fantastic, featuring homemade waffles and live-cooking.

9.1/10 Rating – See hotel images and 1,360+ guest reviews

Grand Hotel Continental

Luxury stay or romantic getaway

Grand Hotel Continental – Luxury 5-star
It’s a very elegant 5-star hotel in the middle of the downtown. You can walk pretty much everywhere. The interior is exquisite with vintage furniture. Rooms are comfy and soundproofed – all you need for a good night sleep. The spa facilities include a hot tub, sauna and massages.

9.0/10 Rating – See hotel images and 1,340+ guest reviews

Intercontinental Hotel – Elegant 5-star
Intercontinental Hotel is located at University Square and offers a spectacular view of the downtown. The rooms are tastefully furnished with nice touches. Plus the location is great – you’re only 300m away from public transport and the Historic Centre.

An Italian restaurant, a lobby piano bar and wellness centre are available at the property.

8.9/10 Rating – See hotel images and 1,570+ guest reviews

Bucharest Old Town


Corporate Apartments – Best rated
These are the best rated vacation rental apartments in Bucharest. Tastefully decorated and well equipped, it’s a great base to explore the city. The location is awesome – right in the Old Town. Plus, there is also a convenient store below and good bakeries nearby.

9.6/10 Rating – See apartment images and 230+ guest reviews

Sunny Old Town Apartments – Nice views
Sunny Old Town Apartments are on the edge of the Old Town, very close to the subway. It’s an excellent location – 5 minutes walk from restaurants and bars. The apartments are spacious and comfortable with nice views of the downtown.

9.1/10 Rating – See apartment images and 280+ guest reviews

The most popular activities

See the most popular Communist monuments in the city by taking a Communism walking tour.

Reveals the city’s deeply kept secrets by joining a dark history walking tour.

Take a day trip to infamous Dracula Castle.

How to get from Bucharest Airport to the city centre

Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP) is located about 16km north from the city centre. There are several ways to get there:

  • book a private transfer directly to your hotel
  • take a bus (783 Express line) from the airport to the city centre. In this case, you’ll need to buy a magnetic card. It’s available for 2 or 10 trips.
  • to get to Gara de Nord from the airport you have to take the 780 Express line
Further reading for your trip

Find out more about Romania in DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Eastern and Central Europe.

If you look for day trips, check out the best places to visit near Bucharest.

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