JONAS
Jonas Rask Eilersen
Radisson BLU Bucharest
Calea Victoriei 63-81, București 010065, Romania
26th September 2015

Radisson BLU Bucharest is the newest addition to the city’s top tier hotels. Styling itself on Las Vegas – but without the trash – its shiny blue lights and slick bars all add up to a high-end hotel – although not a luxury one, it should be said .
The hotel claims to have a 100% Satisfaction guarantee – we put it to the test.

Location
The Radisson BLU is located on one of the main thoroughfares of central Bucharest. The place to be, if you want to experience “higher end Bucharest” – it’s across the street from the city’s top fashion boutiques, and within easy walking distance of the Old City of Bucharest. Twenty minutes by car from Otopeni Airport, and even closer to the inner city Baneasa airport.
Who stays?
Very eclectic…the hotel being one of the top choices in Bucharest, it’s the place for diplomats and those who strike deals over a drink – but I found it to be very leisure-friendly as well, with lots of weekenders using the pool area.
Style and Character
Quite middle of the road Radisson BLU; it does not feel particularly luxurious, nor characterful, but it’s all relatively sleek – although a tad on the corporate side.
Service
Staff were pleasant, knowledgeable and friendly. Housekeeping was efficient and up-to-scratch. However, service was slightly lacking at the Caffe Citta restaurant. The hotel honoured its 100% guarantee when the hotel’s main outdoor pools was closed without prior warning – we were offered two Spa treatments instead, free of charge.
Rooms and Suites
RASK opted for a spacious Business Class room on the first floor. We balked at the slightly garish orange colour scheme, although the furnishings and fittings were of a high standard. There was ample storage space, and the bed was comfortable with high quality linens. The flat-screen TV was relatively small, with lots of viewing options. The toiletries were the Radission’s standard Anne Semonin toiletries – nothing to write home about. However, the bathroom was well furnished with a separate shower and tub. Wi-fi is free all over the hotel and worked well.
Food and Drink
Our room came with complimentary access to the Business Class lounge on the top (8th) floor. A spacious area with a free hot breakfast and a selection of tea, coffee and cold beverages served during the day. From 1730 until 1930 guests can choose from Soups, Sandwiches and Sweet Treats. The ample selection of drinks included Romanian sparkling wine, beers and international liquors. Good quality and very convenient.
Other eating options include The Caffe Citta – an all day dining option for simple, good quality food, inspired by the tastes of northern Italy.
I was not super keen on the Light Blå Terrace or Dark Blå Bar; just not very stylish, but the alcohol selection certainly is impressive.
Fans of fine dining may find their niche at Prime Steaks & Seafood, a small but quite perfectly formed restaurant with a flashy show kitchen.
Shakia, the Middle Eastern eatery is another option; I did not try it.
Features, Wellness, and Amenities
The outdoor pool was a surprise hit; the gym too.. We were less keen on The Bali Spa. Although we loved our “Balinese Massages”, the Spa itself was cramped and very hot.
Perceived Value
A 4-star-plus bargain
Verdict
Good service, nice rooms, great location; as far as Bucharest hotels go, the Radisson BLU is a great choice.