January 19, 2005
Architecturally, Parc Hotel is not the most attractive proposition in the city, being a pretty ghastly high-rise building of 14 floors in the typical Soviet style many large Eastern European countries have built over the last several decades. The rooms are not very brightly lit or interestingly decorated, but they are reasonably clean, have no insects, and offer en-suite amenities, such as a bathroom and sometimes a TV set (this won't help you much, though, unless you speak Romanian or Italian). Overall, as a place to spend the night, it is more than passable.
The hotel has a café and restaurant (with decent, although slightly overpriced for its class, cooking), as well as a disco bar. Due to this, the hotel can get somewhat noisy in the evenings, but you can avoid this if it is a nuisance by specifically requesting a room on one of the upper floors. You are also entitled to use the swimming pool of the neighbouring hotel Flora for free since Parc Hotel has no swimming pool of its own.
It is advisable to book ahead since the place is fairly popular, especially with independent tourists, the numbers of which are on the increase as more and more people discover the country, and Bucharest more often than not becomes their first stop inside. When I stayed there, no credit and debit cards where accepted. Although the situation might have changed with time, I would still suggest having some cash in your pockets so as to avoid any unpleasant surprises. It also has an office of the local Automobile Club, which can help you to arrange your further hotel and transportation bookings, including other Romanian towns, and – provided you’re persuasive enough – they can help you to contact borderline towns in neighbouring countries.
From journal Stopover Turned Destination