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Iasi is the most important political, economic and cultural centre of the province of Moldavia as well as one of the oldest cities in Romania. Located in the northeastern part of the country, Iasi was for many centuries the crossing point of the most important commercial routes linking Poland, Hungary, Russia and Constantinople.

Deeply rooted in history, Iasi has been the main centre of Moldavian culture since 1408. The city prides itself with publishing the first Romanian newspaper and establishing the first Romanian university. Today, Iasi is home to five universities. The beginnings of higher education in Iasi date from the reign of Vasile Lupu (1634-1653). In 1640, Lupu founded an academy at the Three Hierarchs Monastery.

Over the past 500 years, history, culture and religious life have molded the city’s unique character. Iasi boasts an impressive number of Orthodox churches, almost 100, most of them located in the so-called Golden Plateau (Platoul de Aur). The oldest, the Princely Saint Nicholas Church, dates from the reign of Stephen the Great (Stefan cel Mare, 1457-1504). The finest are the 17th century St. Paraschiva Metropolitan Cathedral and Trei Ierarhi Church, the last a curious example of Byzantine art, erected in 1635-1639 by Vasile Lupu. Its outer walls and twin towers are intricately carved in what many think of as stone lace.

The Golden Plateau represents the nucleus of the city, around which the entire settlement developed over the centuries. With the Palace of Culture at one end and theUnion Square (Piata Unirii) at the other, the Golden Plateau features churches and princely palaces on both sides of Stefan cel Mare si Sfant Boulevard, which runs right through its centre. Many other important sites can be found on nearby streets.

The Palace of Culture was built during 1906-1925. Today it houses four museums: the Moldavian History Museum, the Science and Technology Museum, the Art Museum, the Moldavian Ethnography Museum.

The first botanical gardens in Romania was founded in Iasi in 1856 by the doctor and naturalist Anastasie Fatu. Its today’s surface is about 100 hectares and contains 2000 species of trees and bushes. It is the biggest botanical gardens in Romania and one of the biggest in Europe.

 

 

Traian Hotel
A masterpiece of the 19th Century, TRAÍAN Grand Hotel welcomes the clients with its unique glamour given by the perfect combination of contemporary comfort and endless elegance. Located in Unirii Square, in the very heart of Iasi city, TRAÍAN Grand Hotel, an architectural masterpiece of Gustave Eiffel, benefits from its exceptional location.

The unique charm of 68 rooms, that seduces even the most refined tastes, reminds the guests the exquisite of the hotel French origin. The Eiffel Suite, the Royal Suite, the 2 suites, 17 single rooms and 45 double rooms, and the 2 special rooms for disabled persons, decorated in bright shades of old gold and blue, with classic furniture and modern facilities, offer the experience of our exquisite hospitality.

The hotel offers wide range of services for both leisure and business travelers like: restaurant/bar, pub, internet corner, currency exchange, free newspaper, kids menu, wake-up services, laundry services. In Traian restaurant you can serve an excellent dinner in a relaxing atmosphere. The various menus, with Romanian traditional plates or specialties of the international cuisine, guarantee a wonderful evening with the family, friends, colleagues or business parteners.

 

 

Astoria Hotel
In a city filled with history, Astoria Hotel is actually the place to which converge all the streets of ancient Iasi: Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfânt Boulevard, watched over by the Palace of Culture and Moldova and Bucovina Church, Cuya Voda Street, bordered by Vasile Alecsandri National Theatre and Moldova Philarmonic and  last but not least, the boulevard leading smoothly to the highest of the seven hills of Iasi, Copou Hill.

Astoria Hotel offers hospitalily in 15 single rooms, 34 double rooms and 6 large suites, safety and intimac, with good facilities: air conditioning, telephone, safe at the repection, mini bar, credit card, laundry services.

How to reach the hotel: „ In the heart of the city”, on the famous Lăpuşneanu Street, Astoria Hotel is 5 minutes away from the Central Station, 20 minutes away from the International Airport and within walking distance of means of transportation.

 

 

Useful information
VISA REQUIREMENTS/ VISA FREE ENTRY
Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) member states and the following countries may travel to Romania without a visa: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Guatemala, Vatican, Honduras, Hong Kong (the exemption applies only to holders of a „Hong Kong Special Administrative Region”), Iceland, Israel, Japan, Macao (the exemption applies only to holders of a „Regio Administrativa Especial de Macau” passport), Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Salvador, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, The United States of America, Uruguay.

BANK, CURRENCY, CREDIT CARDS
The unit of currency is Romanian LEU . International credit cards (AmEx, EC/MC, Visa) are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops. ATMs are available at the Airport and all over the city.

PUBLIC
Public transportation (RATP) is extensive and reliable. Tickets – valid for one ride only – should be purchased in advance at the special shops, since drivers do not sell any. The tickets should be validated (on board or at the entrance gates), and kept, since one must show them if requested by inspectors on board or at the exit gates. Service time is between 5:00 a.m. and 11.00 p.m. Most bus and tramlines operate until 11pm.

WEATHER
Romania is in the temperate zone, in November is usually cold and rainy. Daily temperature ranges from Daily temperature rises up to between 3-7 °C .

VOLTAGE
The electricity supply in Romania is 230 V AC (50 Hz).

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
(can be dialed from any phone without a coin or a card)
•    Ambulance: 112
•    Police: 112
•    Fire Brigade: 112
•    Overall Emergency: 112