The story starts from the time of Mayor Scarlat Pastia, who wanted to build a National Theater on the site of his old shops.
Thanks to the quality of the Eiffel Bridge in Ungheni, Scarlat Pastia appeals to the famous French engineer Gustave Eiffel (the author of masterpieces of modern art such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Statue of Liberty in New York) for the realization of the theater, a project that promised from 1879 to become a symbol of Moldova.
Built between 1879 and 1882, by the company led by Eiffel, in French neoclassical style, on a metal structure (at that time a novelty), with cast iron columns and metal platforms, this innovative project simply led to Scarlat’s ruin. Scarlat Pastia who in order to cover his debts was forced to transfer the building to the company “Urban Credit“, which turned the building into a hotel.
Later, the hotel passed into the ownership of Theitler jewish family, and in 1942, the building was expropriated by Adolf Theitler‘s heirs. One year after the expropriation of the hotel, the Iași City Hall renovated the hotel with its own funds, so that in 1950 it would be nationalized.
After the Revolution (1989), Hotel Traian was transferred to the ownership of SC “Turism Moldova” SA, with state capital.
In the Spring of 2019, in March, the hotel passes the property of a family with a great experience in the field of hospitality, a family that 11 years ago managed to save from degradation another symbol of Iași – Motel Bucium!
If we were to list the most important events that have been hosted by Grand Hotel Traian over time, we should remember:
*1884 – the banquet of the 21st anniversary of the Junimea Literary Society.
*1918 – for a short time, the Romanian Government worked here.
The hotel has hosted many personalities, princes and princesses, ambassadors, ministers and presidents of states, people of culture and art or business people. Among those who were hosted by the hotel is the actress Greta Garbo, who lived on July 12, 1934, under a false name, in one of the luxury apartments of the hotel. In 1980, in the Traian Hotel was hosted the delegation led by I. Păun who carried the Olympic Flame on the way to the Moscow Olympics.