luxe - Vila Arte Boutique Hotel, Bucharest
Written by Karen Martin
Vila Arte is a luxurious boutique hotel in Romania’s cosmopolitan capital, created not only as a hotel but also as an exhibition centre for young Romanian artists, and a meeting point for lovers of art and design.
The modern and comfortable interior of Vila Arte is hidden behind a spectacular 19th-century faзade. This was the century when Bucharest’s architecture was heavily influenced by the French Renaissance – so much so that it was dubbed ‘le petit Paris’.
The nostalgic elegance of the exterior meets the cutting-edge style of the interior in the white marble lobby and stairs that lead to the spectacular glass rooftop on the second floor. Each object and piece of furniture was specially designed for Vila Arte and personalised by an artist.
Open the door to any one of the hotel’s seven rooms and you would find each one different in colour, decoration, and theme; but the Ottoman Room is the most special, decorated in a style as its name suggests. Luxurious red is the predominant colour, accentuated by black and gold, creating the atmosphere of a fairytale.
The neighbourhoods of Vila Arte have easy access to the most famous shopping streets, such as Magheru Boulevard and Calea Victoriei. Also along Calea Victoriei is the Romanian Atheneum – the city's main concert hall and home of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra; the Romanian National Art Museum; and the beautiful CEC (Casa de Economii şi Consemnaţiuni) building.
There is also a stunning park area nearby, Gradina Icoanei, surrounded by nice coffee shops and restaurants. The Bulandra Theatre, Ion Voicu (Ioanid) Park, the Icoanei Church, and the Anglican Church are located in the park’s immediate vicinity.
Another sight not to be missed is the National Theatre. The Romanian National Theatre Festival runs until November 7, when dozens of plays, operas, and other theatrical events are staged, with cultural offerings from Romania’s finest artists in performances at venues all over the city.
From native Romanian works to Shakespearean dramas, in 2010 the dynamic line-up includes classics such as Shakespeare’s Hamlet and a theatrical version of Homer’s The Odyssey. There are also avant-garde Romanian interpretations of works by several Eastern European authors. Visit: www.fnt.ro
78, Vasile Lascar Street
Bucharest 2, Romania
Tel: +4 021 210 1035
Distance: : 3,123 km
Flight Time: 5 hours, 5 mins
Frequency: 4 direct flights a week and 2 flights via Ankara