Hotel Budapest

, Budapest, Hungary
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Hotel Budapest

4 star

Rooms: 289

Szilagyi Erzsebet Fazor 47. - Budapest - 1026 - Hungary 0036 1 88 94 200
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5/10
Basic But Clean!!!
Submitted by: Sarah Walker in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Culture Vulture
Stayed in the Hotel Budapest for three night between Christmas and New Year 2004.The hotel is as described 'round', which was very bizarre as when you get out of the lift to go to your room, all the corridors are curved! And all the room doors looked like cupboard doors which opened out into the corridor. The rooms were very basic but reasonably clean, no tea making facilities and the double bed was two singles pushed together but unfortunately they were different heights which added extra amusement to a romantic weekend away!
The breakfast was served in the second floor restaurant and offered a good selection for all nationalities but a bit too much garlic on offer for my liking esp for so early in the day.
Hotel reception was very helpful if you needed any information.
Tried to get a drink in the bar one evening and ended up walking out as we had to wait that long, even though there were staff behind the bar.
The hotel seemed to accommodate lots of coach parties. It is about a good 10 minute walk from bus and train station and about 20mins walk from the Danube.
If you are wanting luxury this hotel is not for you but if you are wanting a room to wash and sleep for a night then it's not bad but have stayed in better for the same money.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Budapest

Worth a stay

from tawny
This is a great hotel which is clean safe and in an ok location.There are plenty of trams and taxis available which dont rip you off.Eight of us had four days here and found the service very good.The lifts were great until 52 oaps descended on us and it took forever so use the stairs.I would happily stay here again with easy access to downtown and shopping very near.The rooms are as good as youd expect in UK with TV/MINIBAR etc.
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 Location

from Samuel71
We stayed at the Hotel Budapest for three nights during the bank holiday weekend just gone. On arrival at Budapest airport we took the airport minibus to the hotel. I would highly recommend the service. It was both quick and efficient and with a set price it eradicated the risk of ending up with a rogue taxi driver at the start of the holiday.

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
This hotel is a short walk and a ten minute tube ride from downtown Pest, but ideally located for Buda and the Buda Hills. The cog-wheel railway stops right over the road and it takes you right into the hills where the childrens railway is.
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 Budapest

from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel was a lot further from centre than first thought when booked. It was very handy having the tram stop just outside though,The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, our room was very clean and tidy, lovely views.
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 just got back from Budapest where we stayed at the Hotel Budapest for 3 nights. I was very pleased with the hotel, it's very clean, staff are helpful, our room had everything we needed and was on the 7th floor so we had a nice view of the hills. I thought the breakfast was good if not a little strange! salads, meats, bread, sausages, scrambled egg, cereal, juice, tea, coffee. We ate in the hotel restaurant one night, it was a lovely meal and reasonalby priced. The location was good enough, with a tram and bus stop outside which goes to Moscow Sq, otherwise you could walk it in 5 minutes. From there you can get transport to the rest of the city. The only thing I disliked was the slow lifts!! We had to wait 10 minutes one morning. Also, I think I was the only person under 25 staying there!

we liked the place

from liamuk
we stayed at the hotel over the easter weekend and found that first of all the check in staff to be very helpful with all our enquiries and always with a smile.
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

No!!!

from ShelaPetrova
My husband and I stayed for 3 nights here during the Easter break. The good thing about the hotel is the taxi I prebooked through the hotel. Arriving at 11.30 pm with Wizz air, its nice to see someone waiting for you. The check in was a breeze, the staff were ALWAYS helpful and courteous.

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
I stayed at the Hotel Budapest March 19-21, 2005. I don't like the hotel and don't like the location. The majority of the front dest staff were rude-very rude (made comments about you when you walked away - I wish I spoke Hungarian) The rooms are old, but the bathrooms have been updated. Breakfast room/breakfast is ok. Don't leave your belonging unattened - a lady from England had her purse taken off her table "while she was sitting there". The main reason I would not stay at this hotel is the location. Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen. Start your stay with a night tour or a river tour of the city. (AT NIGHT) Unlike Prague where you have an "Old City" Budapest is spread out. If I were to go back I would pay more and stay at either the Hilton, Marriott or any hotel in that general area (along the Danube). The Cathedral and Parliament Building are a must to visit. The area around the Hilton Hotel is nice for shopping. Make a reservation at the world famous Gundel restaurant - wonderful. If you can take a trip to St. Andrew's - a lovely medieval town outside of Budapest. Great shopping. Prices are still good in Budapest - have a great stay.

Novelty factor

from nigel57
I spent four days in this hotel, When I arrived the room was hot and the air conditioning would not go any lower and surprisingly the window catches had been removed but a little word in the housekeeping department produced one set of window furniture, so out of the three windows I was able to open one. very adequate for the time of year (March) The breakfast was very good and unhurried and no limit on the returns to the buffet or the coffee machine and the staff very helpful. This hotel is very popular with the German tourist and due to there itinary seemed to take over the restaurant from 0700hrsto 0800hrs but still room enough for a few more tourists.
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
Excellent hotel, well situated near to the centre of Budapest, but not next to nightlife keeping you awake at night. It is 1 minutes walk from the nearest Bus and tramstop (both about every 5 minutes) and

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 !

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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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