Reviews - Hotel Budapest
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Culture Vulture
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Budapest
Worth a stayfrom tawny
The locality has shops,cashpoints and anything else you need.
Above all this is a perfectly acceptable place to stay with all the amenities of a modern hotel.
Average Hotel...Poor Locationfrom Samuel71
Check in at the hotel was prompt and we were allocated a room on the eleventh floor. The view from the room was stunning! Panoramic views across the entire city with the Parliament Building directly in front of us in the distance. However, whilst the room and bathroom were clean I would not classify it as a 4* hotel. It was extremely basic and had none of the luxuries you would expect of a 4* hotel. No sign even of the standard complimentary toiletries you would imagine to find in the bathroom. In addition, whilst the room had controls for air conditioning whether it was working was another matter. With temperatures averaging 33 degrees celsius during the weekend better air conditioning would have been most welcome.
No problems were encountered with the infamous two lifts in the hotel. This may have something to do with the fact that the hotel did not appear to be full by any means. As for breakfast, other reviews have said it all. Various meats, cheeses, salads and bread. It was adequate but most irritating that staff were in no real hurry to refill the food.
The major downside of the hotel was its location. It’s based on the Buda side of the city whilst most of the shops, bars and restaurants are on the Pest side. After a trek on foot on the first day (didn’t realise prior to the visit how large the city actually is) we decided that the Metro was called for. A five minute walk from the hotel gets you to Moscow Square from where you can catch the very good Metro system. However this stopped at 11pm and meant that we had to catch taxis back to the hotel after night outs. The taxi charges were astronomical for what was no more than a 5 to 10 minute journey. I would highly suggest that for a little bit more money it would be far more advisable to stay in a hotel on the Pest side.
Value for money.....from Adrian9
The staff at the hotel are excellent, polite and efficient.
The downside about this hotel is that there are indeed only two lifts serving 15 floors, and it is fairly basic for what is listed somtimes as a 4* hotel. There are many coach parties stay here so the retaurant is very busy at breakfast.
On the whole I got a cheap weekend in Budapest and the accomodation was here. I feel I have had value for money, though would probably stay in downtown Pest next time.
much enjoyed visit to Budapestfrom A TripAdvisor Member
We found breakfast to be very basic and not at all varied from day to day.the food was very slow to be replenished.
Not bad at all!from A TripAdvisor Member
we liked the placefrom liamuk
The hotel itself was dated circa 1960's mostly dark wood and brass yet the rooms were spotless and well appointed with all the neccessary fittings. The lifts are slow but we always got around this problem by utilising the third lift around the back which we think was the service lift used by the maids but it sure beat waiting for the two at the front of the hotel.
Breakfast was very busy but we found that the coffee and the orange juice was all that we needed......we are not to big on breakfast.
The location of the hotel we found to be no problem and on most days we either walked to the pest side (by walking you get to see so much more than if you were to use public transport all the time) or caught the local tram to moscow square and then caught the metro all of three stops to vaci utca the main shopping district. Remember to validate your tickets all the time as we got blasse about this and was subsequently fined 2000 forints each for this little slip up.
We had some great meals there and we reccomend that you try the restaurants around raday utca.......not far fron vaci utca and the great indoor market.
all in all it was a great visit and we would not hesitate to use this hotel again.
have fun in Budapest
CONS: Good location??? Please!!! Yes, the tram is right outside but then you have to change at Moskova station before you cross to the Pest side where the shops and Parliment are. You also need to change to go to the Castle. It was annoying! And Budapest taxi? BEWARE we got ripped off even with the meter! We got the 5th floor facing the hills of Buda...no great sight. You cant hear the traffic from the road but at around 7, 8 the corridor is so very noisy as all the tour groups waking up and head for the buffet breakfast. I wont be surprised if our neighbours heard our physical activities as well as we did hear noises from other rooms. The lift takes FOREVER, PROMISE! 2 lifts for a hotel this size. We took the stairs nearly eveytime down. The room was okay, clean and the bathroom is great and just been refurbished I think. The lobby is great looking. But if you keep in touch with people on the internet, forget about trying to log on at the one terminal in the lobby...its like £10 per hour! The lobby shop has nice souvenirs but forget about buying stamps there. They will only sell stamps if you also buy their cards.
For the annoying tram change, the general distance, for the noisy breakfast times, for the horrendous lifts, I wished I had splurged a bit and stayed by the river bank, like at the Danubis Gallert which is right near the bridge and facing the Danube...why stay so isolated? And beware! Budapest pretends to be a western european city and the price to match but it certainly doesnt deserve it.
t do it!!!from maxford
Novelty factorfrom nigel57
The number 18 tram takes you to Mozka ter (Moskow square) where you can change to any number of trams buses or the metro and the cog wheel railway is opposite the hotel. All in all a good hotel
Great Hotel !from A TripAdvisor Member
The reception and restaurant areas are the dark wood and bronze creation much favoured by Soviet designers of the 1970s, but there are copious places to sit and bide your while on deep leather sofas, as well as a luggage store for those of you, like me, who depart in the evening.
The rooms themselves are spacious, clean, well-furnished, and most have an excellent view across the area - mine had a lovely view of the Buda Hills.
The breakfast is buffet style, tea, coffee, hot and cold food, eggs, salads, cheese, cold cuts, rolls, bread, jams, cereals, and some typically Hungarian stuff.
The Hotel is popular with tour groups, and well organised. The desk staff are friendly, multilingual and attentive.
The hotel is certainly 4**** standard, but maybe not what someone from the other side of the Atlantic associates with a 4**** hotel.
My only criticism of this hotel is that 2 lifts are hopelessly inadequate in the morning for the amount of people who stay there. Other than that, perfect and excellent value via Hotelopia !
Top Local Tips for Budapest
Great beers and excellent food Budapest does not really have a "beer" culture but if you appreciate Belgium beer there is an excellent Belgium beer cafe called the Belgian Brasserie at Bem Rakpast 12, just along from the Chain Bridge. They serve a great selection of Belgium beers and wonderful food at reasonable prices. It has a nice relaxing atmosphere and a good local following. Definitely not for stag nights or large groups.
Get a travel pass We got a 3 day pass for our trip - cost roughly £8.00 for unlimited travel in budapest which is a bargain.
Taxis If you fly in get one of the black taxis outside the airport, they charge by the zone and are not metered so it is much better and they really know how to drive around Budapest - ours was like a scene from the Bourne Identity but is was great fun and the driver was great. Book them through the hotel when you go back to the airport, they do give you a card. We stayed quite far from the centre and our trip was around £12 single trip - well worth it
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