Atlas Hotel

, Budapest, Hungary
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Atlas Hotel

, Budapest
3 star

Rooms: 136

39 Népszínház utca - Budapest - H-1081 - Hungary Hotel Website | | + 36 1 340 8585
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5/10
Good budget hotel
Submitted by: Chrissie in 03/05/06
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Retired
We stayed at the Atlas Hotel for five nights last week. We were a party of four ‘young' over 60's and had been a bit worried upon seeing the Atlas Hotel described as a hostel. It was easy to get from the airport and cheaper to take a taxi than the shuttle bus because there were four of us.

On arrival we seemed to be in a seedy ‘downtown' area with a few shops whose window dressing left a lot to be desired.

The check-in was quick and easy, the reception staff pleasant and helpful, particularly George, and spoke good English. We had booked over the internet and the hotel had taken the money out of the account before we arrived.

We were pleasantly surprised at the size of our rooms on the 7th floor which, although they had a skylight window, were very light and bright. We didn't mind not being able to see much out of the window as the view was nothing special.

It was a hot week and the air conditioning worked well. It was very quiet but possibly this was because we were on the 7th floor and at the rear of the hotel in Rooms 716 and 717.

Although the rooms were basic they were spotlessly clean with a coffee table, two armchairs, TV, small fridge/mini bar and snacks. Our beds were firm and comfortable and changed every other day, towels every day - we could not fault the cleanliness. You could bring in your own drinks but the bar prices were very cheap. A large glass of wine was 300 forints [90p] and a bottle of excellent wine was 1,100 fl [just over £3]. There were a couple of shops selling wine and spirits, one virtually next door to the hotel and the other within a few minutes walking distance.

I had read reviews about the bathroom smells and, sure enough, there was a faint whiff of something not so pleasant but by the following morning it had disappeared and didn't return. The bathroom mirror was situated high on the wall so anyone under 5'6” would have a bit of a problem. There was another mirror on the wardrobe though so that wasn't a problem.

Breakfast was adequate – fruit juice, cereals, lovely fresh bread, various hams and cheeses, tomatoes, cucumber, scrambled egg, frankfurters and a choice of teas and coffee.

The location of the Atlas is good although not central. Turn left out of the hotel and there is a tram stop on the other side of the road or you can walk to the bottom of the road to the square and take the Metro to the centre. NOTE to the over 65's – if you are in the EU all the transport in Budapest is free, just make sure you take your passport with you. Two of our party were over 65 and the other two bought a three day transport pass, well worth the money as all transport is free plus discounts on museum, public buildings, boat trips and other attractions together with some restaurants.

The nearest restaurant recommended by George on Reception was Otton Etterem which turned out to be a typical Hungarian restaurant serving excellent Hungarian dishes freshly prepared. On our first evening the four of us had:

Baranypaprikas - Lamb stew with paprika
Mandulas pisztrang - Almond Trout
Hungaria pulykamell - Turkey
Szegedi halaszle bogracsban - Fish Stew
Gorogsalata - Greek Salad
Kaposzta salata - Cabbage Salad
Hasabburgonya - Fries
Fagylalttal toltott palacsinta - Pancake with Blueberry Iced Cream & Whipped
Cream
Boltott palacsintak - Stuffed Pancakes
Wine and Water

This cost around £7 per head which we thought was amazing value.

The only downside to the hotel was that there were a lot of large parties. There was a large party of youngsters, around 17/1 years old, from, we think, Finland or Norway. They were as good as gold and no trouble whatsoever.

Then came the stag parties from the UK and at the beginning of our holiday there were between 50 and 60 Geordies. The potential groom got so drunk on his first night that he didn't get out of bed the following day – I dread to think what state their rooms must have been in. They had been drinking for most of the day they were going home and were sleeping in the bar area whilst waiting for their transport to the airport. One of them was wearing a black bra - say no more!!!!

These were followed by a group of Welshmen who were by far the worst. They were drinking before breakfast and a lot of them seemed drunk most of the time.
We were very impressed that each night there seemed to be a couple of “bouncers” patrolling the bar and we heard them telling the Welshmen in no uncertain terms that “they could NOT sit on the backs of the settees, they could NOT put their feet up on the coffee tables and under no circumstances were they to come back and start singing as there were other people in the hotel who needed to sleep”. Those two guys made you feel very safe although, I have to say, there wasn't any evident trouble. However, I have to say that it made me ashamed to be British. Pleeeeeeease, if any potential stag party participants read this by all means have a great time but don't make absolute prats of yourselves.

The Atlas is a true budget hotel but very good value for the money we paid. I am not sure, at our age, that we would stay there again but we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
3/10
Inappropriate use of towels!!!!
Submitted by: Phil Bell in 01/11/05
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
Firstly I will start out by saying that The Atlas Hotel is a hotel in Hungary… now this might not surprise the very astute of the readers, but what you might not understand is that they will try and ‘rip you off' at any and every opportunity they get. Now I know this goes on and happens when the British leave their land (Started singing Land of Hope and Glory), but this was a new level of international robbery. Quick example, one price for the person at the front of the quay, another at the back, and I knew everyone in the line.

Now to the Hotel, the Bar was cheap, actually it was the cheapest bar we found. We (room of four) stayed there for four days. Room Service only came once! So we had a bit of towel problem, as in no clean ones and very little to dry them with, but we thought that this was ok as towels where freely available at the bottom of the stairs, next to the lift! Now check out, which took close to one and half hours. They decided to charge us for inappropriate use of the towels, and steeling them from the storage cupboard. Now the English must do something different to towels then what the Hungarians expect to be above and beyond the call of duty for a towel, please bare in mind, no room service. So that was on the bill, as well as a hike in the price of our room, even with E-mail evidence of our booking and prices quoted. So after a bit of a shouting match we got it sorted and we paid the right price for the rooms, with no added towel service charge, and all round agreement that a stairwell is not a cupboard! One quick note, two groups of lads, one before and one after had the same tricks tried on them, don't know their situation but it sounded remarkably similar to our own.

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