Last Updated on 7th December 2017 by Sophie Nadeau
Hotel Epoque labels itself as a ‘retreat in the heart of the city‘, and it’s safe to say that this is most definitely the case. Tucked away on its own little lane, and close by to the historic park of Cismigiu, the Epoque Hotel is hidden, friendly and comfortable- exactly what you’d expect from a five-star establishment.
Wandering up the little side street, the French-inspired façade is the first thing that catches your eye; Bucharest didn’t get the nickname ‘Little Paris’ for nothing! (Think: Wrought iron balconies, cool colour schemes, and beautiful architecture.) The hotel is fairly large, with forty-five rooms on offer, and with various sized rooms to accommodate couples, families, friends and solo travellers respectively.
Next up on your wander down the driveway, the inviting open-air terrace is well worth a look. After all, you can easily enjoy breakfast or an evening meal here during the warmer months of the year. And as soon as you step inside the hotel, the Neo-Romanian decor and a boutique feel combine to create a relaxed and charming ambience. Upon arrival, I was greeted by friendly staff (who immediately whisked away my bags) and the offer of a complimentary drink.
The Room at the Epoque Hotel
My bedroom came complete with a double bed, fluffy robes and beautiful views of the city. In the room, there was also a safe, ample wardrobe space and a plasma screen TV. But what really caught my eye was the breathtaking third-storey views over Bucharest available from my bed. Each morning I’d wake up and watch the sunrise over the city of Bucharest, a magical way to start the day. When it came to the bathroom, toiletries were by the White Company and the room itself was huge- pretty much the same size as the bedroom!
Food, Drink & Amenities at the Hotel Epoque
Each morning, I ate breakfast at the Epoque hotel in its immaculate breakfast room. If you prefer, you can also enjoy your morning meal outside on the terrace- though I personally preferred my close proximity to the pastry basket! Breakfast was served buffet style, with a large selection of continental meats, cheese and cereals on offer. There was also a huge array of breakfast pastries on offer, as well as a large selection of hot drinks and cool juices.
Elsewhere in the hotel, you’ll find a large Neo-Romanian style pool, as well as a ‘well-being’ spa area. Inside, you can expect to see the calmly lit heated pool, a hammam and a dry sauna. Other amenities provided by the hotel include free speedy WiFi, parking, a fitness centre, laundry services and a fully-stocked bar- I hear the wine list is incredible (and has plenty of local Romanian wines listed). (Some of the services listed here come at an extra cost to the room.)
There’s also a dining area that serves both breakfast and dinner (for an extra fee). In total, I stayed at the Epoque Hotel for three nights during my time in Romania and was impressed by the attention paid to every little detail. From the chocolate left on my bed during the turndown service to the fact that the breakfast staff remembered my hot drink order each morning (an extra strong latté!)
Attractions near the Epoque Hotel
Cismigiu Park: The pretty green space of Cismigiu Park is actually the oldest park in Bucharest and easily one of the best things to do in Bucharest. Here, you can find covered walkways, old statues of historical Romanian figures and even the chance to rent a little rowboat for the afternoon.
Bucharest Town Hall: Beautiful and architecturally stunning, Bucharest town hall is beautifully decorated on both its interior and exterior. Although the interior is often closed to the public, the outside façade can still be easily admired. And it’s just across the road from the Hotel Epoque!
Bucharest Old Town: Many of the best things to see in Bucharest are easily accessible from Hotel Epoque by foot. Bucharest Old Town (which is actually the youngest old town in the world- and is just a few years old) is around a fifteen-minute walk from the hotel. Here, you’ll find plenty of bars, restaurants, ancient churches and the prettiest bookstore in Romania, Carturesti Carusel.
I stayed at the Epoque Hotel as a guest as part of #experienceBucharest. However, all opinions and photos remain my own.