Review: InterContinental Bucharest

I have stayed in the InterContinental Bucharest twice, both at the start of trips to Phoenix on the OTP-PHX fares, and both times have been great. It is great value for money and in a decent location, 5 minutes walk from the pedestrianised centre, but on the right side of town for the trip out to the airport.

The first time, back in 2018 was a paid one night stay to fulfil the criteria on the Accelerate programme that was running at the time. I think that I paid about €100 for a Club room and ended up in a Junior Suite.

The second time, a year later, was booked on points and was a twin-bedded room. I emailed to ask how much it would be to add Club access on to the booking, and was told that it would be comped for us which was a nice surprise. Again, we were given a Junior Suite, exactly one floor down from where we stayed the year before, but with a bed where the sofa in the photo is below.

The nice thing about this suite is that is has two bathrooms, so there is one each! Not all of them have the massive jacuzzi bath, though!

As a Spire Ambassador, there was a welcome amenity for us which comprised a large bottle of water, a bottle of red wine and some fruit, macarons and chocolates with a card from the manager. This was the same both times.

The first time, we booked a room each and I emailed in advance to link the bookings. The hotel then applied my Ambassador benefits to both rooms, so we had 2 welcome gifts and both rooms were subject to an upgrade, which is very generous.

The fitness centre is located on the 22nd Floor and has the best view of any gym and pool in the city.

If you look at the first photo, the sun desk is the highest part that protrudes out from the building under the InterContinental sign. The floor to ceiling windows below it is where the Club Lounge is, so it also affords great views.

The Club Lounge is a lovely space to enjoy a drink and snack in the evening, watching the sun setting across the city.

There is a wide section of hot and cold snacks in the evening, including cheese and desserts.

There is also a bar which comes out (I think 1800 – 2000) which has spirits, wine and beer, as well as the soft drinks and teas and coffees that are available all the time.

If you were not too hungry, you could definitely make a light evening meal out of the the offerings in the lounge. On both occasions, we had a pre-dinner drink before going out for dinner in the Old Town, and then had a cup of tea on our return.

As this hotel was the staging post for flights the the US, we flew back to London on the early departure which necessitated a taxi back to the airport, leaving around 6am. This meant that there was no breakfast at the hotel.

For transfers, we pre-booked cars to the airport using BlackLane, which I reviewed here. They were more expensive than a taxi but very reliable and comfortable. On our second arrival, we took a regular yellow cab to the hotel an it was fine – cheaper but less comfortable.

All in all, this is probably one of the best InterContinentals I have stayed at in terms of benefits as a Spire Ambassador member. After all, where else can you have a Junior Suite, welcome amenity of a full bottle of wine and Club access which would do for a light evening snack (and presumably a decent breakfast) for 25,000 points?! Highly recommended!

3 thoughts on “Review: InterContinental Bucharest

    1. Thanks, John! It’s nice to be back writing again after a very busy period at home and work. Going through the archives, I realised I have trips from 2018 that I haven’t put up so looking forward to getting them out over the next wee while!

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