Quite a significant part of history has passed through the lobby of Athenee Palace, opened in 1914.
In the ’40s, the hotel was the most cosmopolite scene of Europe.
Everyone from kings and presidents, Hollywood celebrities, courtesans and World War figures (spies included) have passed through its doors.
The love affairs of King Carol II, the secrets of the Nazis during the Second World War, the Soviets’ ultimatums in 1940, the wide open ears of the “Blue Eyed Boys” (Securitate agents) in the 1980s…
All of them spent some time in this hotel, waited in its lobby or had a drink at the English Bar.
Designed by French architect Theophile Bradeau, the hotel got its name from the city’s main concert hall across the street: Romanian Athenaeum.
The hotel was among the strategic and civilian objectives attacked during the Second World War.
In 1937 the Romanian architect Duiliu Marcu coordinated the first renovation of the hotel.
Next time was in 1965 when the new wing was built.
Unfortunately this looks just like a concrete box covered in glass.
In 1997, after the third restoration, they reopened it as Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest.
The last time was between 2010 – 2011.
Then the ground floor and restaurants were refurbished and the lobby was given again its inter-war look.
So now you can see this as Mitza the Biker did.
The most beautiful and famous courtesan of Little Bucharest, she dined exclusively at this hotel.
This historic landmark continues the legacy of luxury service and tradition, the rooms having everything you expect in a 5* hotel.
But, if you decide to get into its historical atmosphere, the standard rooms in the new wing simply not worth looking into.
Choose instead an Alcove Room, currently known as Junior Suites and Presidential Suites, overlooking the Athenaeum and the Revolution Square.
And if you really wish to spoil yourself go for the Athenee Palace Suite duplex.
This is the 4th most expensive presidential apartment in Bucharest.
It has a semi-circular living and a dining area overlooking the Winter Royal Palace and Revolution Square.
The upper level hosts a bedroom with windows ceiling and a bathroom with jacuzzi and plasma.
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