Danubius Hotel Gellert

, Budapest, Hungary
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Danubius Hotel Gellert

, Budapest
4 star

Rooms: 234

1 Szent Gellert Ter - Budapest - 1111 - Hungary Hotel Website | (1) 8895500
567 Traveller

Reviews - Danubius Hotel Gellert

10/10
Great Staff !
Submitted by: dawn in 21/08/10
  • Age Group: 5160
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
We had a great time at the Gellert in Budapest. My husband and I, our 16 year old son and 78 year old father-in-law were warmly welcomed and accomodated by the staff. We had a great view from our balcony and enjoyed the spa services and breakfast. The day after we left our 16 year old discovered he had left his Ipod in the room. We emailed the hotel and they promptly (at their own expense)sent the ipod to us in Canada! Gorgeous old world surroundings and lovely people Thanks!!!
3/10
Central location & quiet
Submitted by: Torsten Schadtle in 11/05/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Germany
  • Traveller type: Gay
The hotel is centrally located and in walking distance to the shopping area of Budapest. In their hotel description you can read about "...the special ambience and furniture of the rooms ...". I would call it old and not well maintained. The charm of the hotel is gone and unfortunately the same happened to the SPA area. It is really a shame because you can imagine how beautiful the whole place used to be - 80 years ago. From my point of view it needs a lot of work and compared for what you get I think it is absolutely overprized.
8/10
Aged opulence
Submitted by: David Shacklady in 29/04/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
This hotel is ideal for a long weekend break. It combines quality service with a glorious hotel frontage. The spa baths are wonderful and being able to walk from your room into the lift and down to the baths is a treat. Food at the hotel was very good although we only ate breakfast here. Whilst the rooms are all spacious and different they are in need of some decoration. Art deco windows in the stairwells are lovely. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Danubius Hotel Gellert

Customer service not a priority

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Gellert is a beautiful hotel on the buda side. The architecture and baths are something to marvel over. Although the rooms were small and undescript, our most disappointing experience was the lack of customer from the front desk. Having experienced the thermal baths, I would not return or reccommend the Gellert.

Great Hotel

from Osito
The Gellert Baths downstairs make this hotel a great experience. You just take a special elevator and you are right there. Hotel itself is quite beautiful and full of character but ready for a renovation and new furniture. But maybe we should be enjoying the resonable rates instead of asking for another fancy and overpriced hotel. I had bad experience with the front desk when checking out. if you pay cash they will try to round up the total and put the difference in their own pocket. i was going to leave them a tip anyway that would be more then what they already tipped themselves. ended up not leaving anything. other staff was quite nice and friendly.

Great Hotel

from PolSussex_UK
Our first impressions were great. It is a beautiful looking building in a fantastic location. The public areas of the hotel are all maintained to a very high standard, whilst retaining its old world charm.

Our room (125),had a lovely view overlooking both the Danube and the Gellert Hills, with double doors opening onto quite a large terrace area. Although it did not appear to be one of the refurbished rooms we still found it to be clean and comfortable and not cramped in the slightest.

Breakfast was very good with a large choice. We also ate in the Brasserie as well as the main restaurant, which were both very good.

The service throughout the hotel was consistently excellent. I would say if you are used to Hiltons and such like you may be better off paying the extra and getting a refurbished room but for us it was a small price to pay to stay in such gorgeous surroundings.

Great hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I spent 6 nights in Budapest at the Hotel Gellert - a very grand hotel. The staff are helpful and all have comfortable levels of English. The hotel is well located and the public transport system makes sight-seeing a breeze.

The room was spacious, comfortable and warm (important in winter!) and had a great view overlooking the Danube River. Possibly the most important thing missing was a kettle and tea-cups, so no opportunity to have hot drinks in the comfort of your room. The breakfast buffet was fantastic - a great selection of both continental and English breakfast options.

As a hotel resident you have unlimited access to the thermal spas, which were also great and a good place to relax and warm up after a hard day's sight-seeing. Definitely a recommended spot.

OK - but not one I would stay at again

from Smiley-D
The hotel is amazing to look at, the architecture, the positioning, totally mindblowing. Inside the reception is nice but a bit tatty but the whole size and enormity of the building is breath taking, the detailing in the cornices, stain glass etc is definitely worth a look and the same can be said of all the public places in the hotel.

The brasserie and cafe, I thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere in both of these places and would recommend them.

The thermal baths are worth a go - how handy your own private lift! They are well kept and for their age are definitely in good condition - again the detail here is worth admiring - the tiling is amazing

However the biggest down fall of this hotel is the rooms - they are horrid. About 10 x 10, the carpet is disgusting, the curtains look like they have come from the last century, the bathroom needs to be gutted, the furntiure is shabby and in very bad condition. However the sheets were clean on the bed! But they are definitely not even what I would consider 1 star - totally off putting and not what I would like to stay in again.

Jaw Dropping Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed in December 2004 in a refurbished room with balcony overlooking the Danube at the front of the hotel. I have stayed in quite a few European hotels and can say without hesitation that this is the BEST HOTEL I have ever been to, especially for the price of £90.00 a night. Our room was massive, had a great balcony, was clean, warm and well furnished. What makes this hotel truly magical is the baths. Astounding beauty and charm. They added an extra dimesion to th trip, a beautiful relaxing one! A place packed with character. I'm amazed anyone could give this place a bad review. The staff were great too.

Wonderful Weekend

from djreitz
My girlfriend and I went to Budapest from 11/19 - 11/21 and we stayed at the Hotel Gellert. I made the reservation on the internet and found a great price. There was also a 3 day special available.
The 19th was my girlfriends birthday and the hotel staff made wonderful arrangements for us. We were in room 111 with a nice view of the Danube. The room was large with entry "hall" and a large bed room and bath with shower, tub and heated towel rack. We dined in the hotel restaraunt which had a very extensive menu and wonderful service. My Girlfriend was presented with a lovely flower arrangement in a vase which was brought to our table and after dinner a lovely birthday cake was served with candles and a sparkler while the piano player played Happy Birthday.

The baths were nice also although not the same as I have experienced in Austria. The bath main pool area is co-ed and I expected the sauna and steam to be also however this was seperated into a mens and womans section which makes naked spas a little more comfortable for the conservative American types (I was also one until living in Europe for the last year). The spa does provide "privacy" apron type garmet similer to those used in Japanese Onsens however they leave little to the imagination.
If you want posh accomodations and staff displaying phony smiles for the entire length of their workday then go somewhere else. If you want old world charm accompanied by a hard working staff then this is your place.
I highly recommend Hotel Gellert and look forward to a return visit.

Great Experience

from A TripAdvisor Member
Having travelled to six continents and throughout Europe I would have to rank Budapest as one of the best travel experiences that my wife and I have had. We stayed in the hotel for three nights under the Danubius Entertainment Plus Package. This package also included a night at the beautiful National Opera House, a meal in the hotel’s Brassiere Restaurant and unlimited use of the world famous hotel baths for 402 euro. The seats at the opera were first class (row 7) and the food at the restaurant was very good. The only comment we had about the restaurant was that you are limited to ordering off of a limited and mediocre menu with this package, something we did not know about until we had finished our meal and in turn had to pay for some of the items we ordered. Previously, I had heard comments about the lack of air conditioning in the hotel, I cannot attest to this since we visited in the winter, but I know the heaters work, it was very comfortable. Budapest itself was very safe and we took the local buses, underground train and walked around the city at all times of the day without ever feeling threatened. Overall, the Hotel Gellert has a lot of character and history and all of the areas that we saw, including our room, were very clean and nice. Make sure to request a river view room. It is not the most modern hotel, and if this is what you are looking for you need to stay in a big name hotel chain where the staff treat you as a stranger off the street vs. as a member of the family as is the case at the Hotel Gellert. In addition, all members of the front desk staff, doormen and concierges speak perfect English. Highly recommended to experience a true European hotel.

A fabulously retro hotel

from spoonieluv
We stayed here for our anniversary and booked a room with a Danube view and breakfast. The rate was 176 euro per night and well worth it. What a terrific hotel. Upon approach in the bus, the hotel stands out as it is all lit up on the water. I had emailed the staff in advance explaining that we would be there for our anniversary and the hotel gave us an "apartment" on the corner of the hotel with 3 balconies. My wife was just ecstatic as this was a surprise to her. The breakfast was excellent, the staff was very friendly and the baths were so relaxing. We also ate at the restaurant and found the food to be very good. This hotel is not a "brand new 4-star all amenities hotel". This hotel was built a long time ago so if you are looking for "new" luxury, don't stay here. However, if you want to have an unusual experience in a hotel unlike any other, I would definitely recommend staying here. Let yourself go in the baths, don't be shy. Spend about 2 hours going from the baths to the steam rooms to the cold tub and you will emerge extremely relaxed. l would recommend this hotel to anyone who is willing to stay at a hotel with more character than an average 4-star hotel.

Needs some updating

from atraveler246
Despite mixed reviews for this hotel we chose the Gellert because of its historical reputation. Our room was extremely clean and very spacious. The staff was very helpful. The baths were once very beautiful but now, however, need updating. Private areas for men and women (massage, sauna, etc.) especially need an overhaul.

Top Local Tips for Budapest

Easter Don't come at Easter for shopping. All shops are closed except for half day on Saturday (& tourist shops). They are much more religous than most ex-communist country except Poland. Also avoid going with Easyjet, they do not refund or pay compensation even when they divert flight to somehwere else at last minute.

Ticket inspectors are on the take Make sure that you have the right ticket before travelling and that you have stamped it correctly. The default tickets sold at the metro stations (vonaljegy) are NOT transfer tickets - one journey of less than thirty minutes only. Step over the line for another metro line (as we did) and the inspectors will pounce and extract a bribe. I tried to force them to fine us and give us a receipt but to no avail. A very unpleasant experience. Transfer tickets are also available for just slightly more than the single on-transfer tickets.

Gellert Baths In Gellert baths it can be really confusing at the moment, especially with the renovation works. Guide as follows: Enter baths with barcode swipe. Then walk through big entrance hall and turn right (indoor pool in front of you) to the left of this pool are some stairs downwards. Follow these stairs and passageways until you get to a room with lots of red cubicles. Walk along this room to the left until there are 2 sets of stairs. One is for male changing area(left stairs when facing) and one for female changing(right stairs when facing) The attendant will give you a wrist band once she has locked your locker for you in the respective changing area. The signs are then relatively clear to the thermal spas etc and wave pool. When finished just go back to the lockers (key is to remember the number!) and ask the lady to open it. You then leave in the way you came in. NB the pools are all currently joint male and female.

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Other names for Danubius Hotel Gellert

  • hotel gellert budapest
  • danubius hotel budapest
  • Address: 1 Szent Gellert Ter - Budapest - 1111 - Hungary
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"Great Staff !" - dawn

"Central location & quiet" - Torsten Schadtle

"Aged opulence" - David Shacklady

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