Bucharest City Center Bucharest|0.3km from downtownThis was my third visit to Bucharest and my first stay at the Europa Royale although I was aware of it having taken Gray Line sightseeing tours from this point in the past. The hotel is very well situated about two minutes from the airport bus terminus and Unirii metro station. It is on the entrance to the Old Town with all its restaurants and bars but bear in mind this is the livelier part of town. On this occasion I ate out at the Saray Turkish restaurant and Stadio sport restaurant - both very good - but I did have the buffet breakfast in the hotel where the choice was very pleasing for an English person (bacon, scrambled or fried eggs, toast, fruit, yoghurt, patisserie etc) and the service very friendly, the young lady going out of her way to use her knowledge of English to ask me about my day. My bedroom was comfortable and clean. It took me a little while to get used to the eco friendly corridor lighting which could be a bit slow to react to movement but this is a safe hotel with a useful bar and seating in its covered courtyard. Starbucks and a number of independent coffee shops as well as baker’s shops, supermarkets, chemists and Unirii shopping mall are all nearby. As a solo traveller I have always found Bucharest safe and have been out walking after midnight and in the early hours. Besides all the tourist sights (I recommend the Palace, the Ceaucescu Home, the many parks but especially Herestrau, the Village Museum with all its houses, Therme spa, Obor fruit market, the Communist walking tour, the summer fountains show in Unirii and even the Kitsch Museum!) I have called in at Teahouse 5 on Olympia Street the other side of Unirii for tea, a beer or just to sit in their garden or enjoy a game of Scrabble, also they have open mics, games nights etc which enables locals and internationals to meet up.