Disturbed every now and then by a fire or a love crime, pre-war Bucharest was a peaceful and quiet town. People used to highlight their social status by clothes and habits, by their automobile’s brand and by the number of mistresses. In the world of artists and writers, but also of politicians, infidelity came with the territory. Being the mistress of “Sir Minister” was actually a “virtue”, as it would open certain doors and would also get – for spouse or relatives – jobs in public administration or economic facilities. But there were also some “uninterested” infidelities. A famous case was Prince Carol who, in 1925, left his wife and child (Princess Elena and Prince Mihai) to live with a woman of questionable morals (Elena Lupescu). Some officer’s wives were just “bored”, always sitting around the house with nothing to do, and that’s why they engaged in affairs with an orderly or a student tutoring their children.
The Hall of Mistresses is a generous room, a scene taken from the stories of inter-war courtesans, a place that brings back to life the bohemian spirit of Bucharest in its peak glory, cheered by the music of Zavaidoc. This is the place where you can elope at any time, for several quiet and peaceful hours, but also the place where you can schedule a meeting or have a drink to celebrate a successful business deal, in a private and welcoming setting. This is the place that you have been unknowingly searching for. This is the place for your nostalgic self, this is about you… the place that whispers to you, whether man or woman: Cherchez la femme!… as (isn’t it right?) the woman has always been behind every occurrence, whether disclosed or not… both then and now.