Moxy Bucharest Old Town is a Convenient, Trendy Boutique For Working Travellers

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA


Romania’s largest city and capital Bucharest was once called “Paris of the East” with good reason. Filled with romance and boasting an abundance of historical artefacts and monuments, the Romanian region remains popular for its heritage, yet has seen an influx of new contemporary sites and things to do to attract tourists near and far seeking both. Marriott Hotel’s Moxy Bucharest is a telling feat—a fashionable boutique in the heart of Bucharest old town. Rosie Fay checks into the modern hotel for a two-night stay, where a ‘barception’ happy hour, Millenial-themed design and comfortable room await.

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A modern, cosy abode


Bucharest was never high on my list of places to visit. The largest Eastern European country has swept under my radar and missed on tourism lists for years. So when the COVID pandemic blew me into this bustling city rich with fascinating history, I wasn’t sure what to expect—but I was thrilled to find out.

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Moxy, in Bucharest’s’ tourist centre Old Town is a great place to explore this city. After spending one week in the outskirts of Sector Six (yes, like The Hunger Games), it was a welcome change to see the new side of Bucharest. Moxy Bucharest Old Town opened its doors in 2020 as Bucharest’s first millennial-focused hotel. Many international hotels seem to have sprung onto this idea, welcoming young travellers with new enticing incentives like funky happy hours and cool interiors—which stray from the super-luxe themes found at typical upscale properties. At Moxy, different concepts fit the theme. For example, there’s a “barception” concept and a “grab & go” breakfast.

I checked in to the hotel on a weekday afternoon ready to try the features while keeping in mind the Marriott Hotels property would stay true to its well-earned reputation across the board.

Marriott Moxy Bucharest Old Town

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City centre location


Located on Strada Doamnei, an area with an extremely complex personality, Moxy stands next to historical monuments, bank offices and cinemas. It’s quite simple and classic-looking at first glance from its exterior, but upon entering, guests are greeted with a pleasant surprise. The hotel is located just a short stroll from Old Town, famous for its all-night parties, historical buildings and collection of restaurants. A short walk down the cobblestone streets and through the meandering streets will lead you to any and all types of experiences.

I walked into the lobby and enjoyed a lovely complimentary cocktail whilst watching the guests interact. I swung on the lounge chair, gave kisses to the giant bear, and played ‘What Do You Meme’.

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Chic design


The architects and designers behind Moxy combine different elements, textures and colours for a unique outlook which integrates traditional Romanian fare while showcasing the hotel’s personal identity. A special feature of Moxy design is the artwork displayed throughout the hotel.

Architecturally designed for the young and young at heart, the reception area is industrial and modern. A glance around the lobby will grace your eyes with neon lights, exposed shelf work, foosball tables, kitschy art pieces, modern drinking games and even a record player. Loud pumping music is played and checking in at the bar means you can join the party straight away.

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Room


We stayed in a Standard Room on the fifth floor. Modern card-tap entry opened the door to a very clean, modern space that felt comfortable already. A welcome message was written on the mirror, plus complimentary bubbles on the table. The bed was a king-size, lined with sensor LED lights and a power headboard, while the bathroom was well-stocked and simple yet chic.


Moxy is thoughtful, spirited and fun—these are the values that are part of the brand’s DNA. The Smart TV was the main feature of the standard room. It had the local TV channels, as well as a few different movie options. There’ was a function which allowed us to connect our own device to watch Netflix or use the Internet TV option to watch YouTube. The ‘home exercise’ channel was a nice touch, a celebratory element during COVID times with indoor workouts.

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On my first night at Moxy, I went out for dinner (Moxy doesn’t have an onsite restaurant) and checked out a live guitarist, before stomping the streets of Old Town. Bucharest’s food has been not short of amazing. Every meal I’ve had here—whether it’s expensive or cheap—has been prepared with love. Whenever the bill comes, it’s always a surprise. You can order an entrée, main and dessert, plus a bottle of wine, for €20.

Marriott Moxy Bucharest Old Town

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