Grand Hotel du Boulevard, by architect Alexandru Orascu, has been Romania’s icon since it opened in 1867. Now the 50-room hotel is in the final stages of re-opening as Corinthia Grand Hotel du Boulevard. GM is Jean Pierre Mifsud, formerly at Corinthia’s equally-historic Budapest hotel, and the new-look has been done by QP Management, part of the Corinthia family.
Interestingly, the developers are Bucharest-based NIRO Investment Group, which has a long relationship with China. Right now, indeed, NIRO is building Chinatown in Bucharest: this will have Chinese restaurants, coffee shops and tea houses, with interior gardens and a pagoda located in the centre. Chinese events and cultural exchanges programmes will be held in the Confucius Temple, a place meant to bring the Chinese culture to Romanian and international visitors. The primary goal of this project is to bring the Chinese culture and spirituality to Romania and subsequently to the European Union.
There are many flights between Beijing and Bucharest but all require one stop en-route. The quickest route, at just under 14 hours, is with Turkish Airlines, via Istanbul.