Hotel Victoria

, Budapest, Hungary
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Hotel Victoria

, Budapest
4 star

Rooms: 27

11 Bem Rakpart - Budapest - 1011 - Hungary Hotel Website | | 1-457-8080
264 Traveller

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9/10
Great value, great views & Ideal location
Submitted by: Jamie Gwilliam in 08/06/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this hotel. Rooms were comfortable, but the real bonus were the incredible views across the Danube and across to Parliament.
Service at breakfast could have been and should have been better.
I would definately recommend Hotel Victoria and would return."

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Victoria

Disappointed

from A TripAdvisor Member
Out of a week's stay in Budapest, my man and I fancied a couple of nights in a hotel on the Buda side and the rest in downtown Pest. For Buda, we chose the Victoria based on the reviews on this site and were quite excited at the prospect of a good view, large comfortable room and decent breakfast.
I had requested a balcony room on the internet booking form and was only slightly disappointed to find on our arrival that none were available. We hadn't been promised anything and, after all, all the rooms have good views, don't they?
When we arrived at our room, 22 - the middle one on the second floor - not only was it smaller than anticipated (the corner rooms, ending in 1 and 3 are larger), but the view was obstructed by trees and, at night a street light shone infuriatingly at eye level.
Despite the triple glazing there was also some noise from the traffic and trams on the street outside.
Because of the triple glazing, even though outside temperatures dropped to below freezing, the room was VERY hot. I woke in the middle of the night, barely able to breathe past a cracked and swollen tongue. All the liquid from my internal organs seemed to have travelled to my legs and blown them up to twice their normal size. (It took a week and consumption of half the Danube to rehydrate my kidneys and hours of hosing down my legs with cold water to shrink the two blotchy, bloated salami back down to their more normal hotdog sausages.)
The windows in this hotel don't open, so I tried the obvious - lower the temperature using the airconditioning. My technophobe fella insisted it was getting hotter. Forever the technolphile, I ignored his ignorance and turned the dial even lower. The room turned into an incinerator. Himself backed me up with a smug grin whilst I blurrily informed the receptionist through rivers of sweat of our contrary airconditioning situation. She advised that there is no airconditioning in winter. Obviously! The units are switched for use as double heating!!! I could only suppose from her demeanor that the rest of the world must already know this, hence no need to inform anyone.
There again, our other hotel (non-airconditioned) was stifling as well. Maybe this is how Goulash is made - tourists are broiled alive in their sleep until they turn to mush. A touch of paprika is added to mask the taste of sweat and the remains scraped off the sheets to feed more hordes of hungry(fnarr, fnarr) tourists.
BE WARNED!!

On a more positive note...
The breakfast was good. Not the most expansive, but this was more than made up for by its quality and the delicious made-to-order omlettes were a real treat. And the fact that the toaster takes an aeon only serves to make the toast taste even more delicious. The breakfast room, with its assortment of eccentric succulents, has a nice ambience too.
After a day of sightseeing we arrived back at the Victoria fairly late, and hungry. We got changed and checked out a couple of restaurants nearby, only to find them closing. Desperate, we tried the Belgian Brasserie next door to the hotel, despite having been in earlier to find the staff rude and the prices expensive. They were still serving food, but we walked out before ordering after they were even more outrageously rude. Bizzarely, I found this so upsetting that I actually cried! Pathetic, Moi? (Later in the week we found the Sixtus and Szimpla bars, which both had a slightly bohemian ambience and a really relaxed, friendly atmosphere with exceptionally welcoming and helpful staff - two of the best bars we've been in anywhere, ever! Reasonable prices too. Can't wait to share a beer or a glass of Portugeser with our new friend Solid (Szilard) on the Szimpla terrace in the summer.)
Too paranoid and panda-eyed to head across the river to the previous evening's eatery, the reassuringly fantastic Leroy restaurant/cafe (Liszt Ferenc Ter), we sought the night porter's advice about low-key, local eats. He was very helpful, ordering a take-out pizza for us. It was delivered up to our room. We tipped the delivery guy and I felt like I was in a film. The pizza was substantial, tasty and cheap and we washed it down in blissful anonymity - nets drawn against the glare of the infuriating street light - with a bottle of delicious Israi Oliver and gallons of mineral water, and prepared for another night of the Big Swelter... Wondering if the herbs on the pizza meant we would turn into bolognaise instead of goulash.

Budapest is an exciting city, with a fascinating history and diversity of culture and so many unique and interesting things to see and do - even in a week, we barely scratched the surface. We will certainly be returning, hopefully in the near future. But unless it's summer and we're guaranteed working air-conditioning and a corner room above the 5th floor, we definitely won't be staying at the Victoria!!

Great hotel, but ...

from A TripAdvisor Member
The only thing one could possibly say bad about this hotel is it's location -- which is even hard to say because of the STUNNING views from EVERY room.

When in Budapest though, you're going to have to walk if you want to do something. This location just isn't the best to start your journey. There are only like 3 restaurants in the area (though the food is pretty good). I felt like we were walking all the time though (and it was cold!) ...

Everything about the hotel itself was perfect. The staff was very friendly - the rooms were exceptionally clean - the breakfast was quite good -- all of that was perfect. If you're going to Budapest for only a short time (like I did) is the only time I'd recommend something else purely because of location.

However, the city taxi service was pretty cheap (about $10 for a 10 minute ride ... in a new BMW!). We didn't try public transportation because it seemed complicated.

If you want a great view in a nice, relaxing area of Budapest this is definitely the hotel for you. This had, by far, the best view in any hotel I've ever stayed in -- and the price was very reasonable. If you want to see the Castle, however, stay on the other side of the river (the Inter Continental and Marriott I think are over there?).

Great hotel with stunning views

from Daz50
We have just got back from a 4 day stay at the Hotel Victoria (13 - 17 February 2005). There were three of us and we had rooms 51 and 52. The hotel was superb with the most stupendous views of the Chain Bridge and Parliament. Breakfasts were great - you can order a selection of omlettes or bacon and eggs as well as a very well stocked cold buffet. The hotel has very good transport links - trams 19 and 41 travel along the Buda side of the Danube and provide a direct link to the Hotel Gelliert and its stunning baths. A 5 minute walk will also bring you to the metro station Bettany (?) ter which provides links to anywhere in central Pest.

All in all, this is a superb hotel with very reasonable rates - I would receommend it to anyone.

Very nice

from mommytwogirls
The hotel was fantastic. We had room 83-a corner room with a fabulous view over the Danube. We loved the room. The breakfast was great. The rooms were clean and kept well. Our only complaint, as others have already pointed out, is the smoke. The smell was horrible and we ended up sleeping with our window open and also buying some incense to try to mask the cigarette smoke smell. Otherwise, awesome place!!

Fantastic views but a little hot!

from Tennisnut4
Excellent value, and very helpful staff who spoke excellent English. We got room 51 on the 5th floor which was an end room with a fantastic view of Parliament and the Chain Link Bridge. Traffic from the main road and the trams could be heard but with ear plugs was tolerable. Was woken by drilling one morning as some of the rooms were being refurbished but it was 9am. One gripe, the room was incredibly warm! But this could be said of every place we visited in Budapest!

lovely little hotel

from gurt111
Have just come back from Budapest, we stopped at the Hotel Victoria, very comfortable clean room on the 9th floor. Hotel staff very very helpful spoke excellent english, would recommend

Loved it

from ruve
My partner and I stayed at the Hotel Victoria in December and couldn't have asked for more. We had the middle room on the 8th floor (room 82 i think) and the view across the Danube to the Parliament and Chain Bridge was stunning. It's an easy walk across the bridge to the Pest side, about 10 minutes. The room was large and the bathroom clean and modern. Breakfast was good. One very small problem - and a common problem in hotels - because you can't open the windows, the room had the smell of stale cigarette smoke. But the spectacular view more than made up for this. We'll definitely be back - this time with a scented travel candle.

Great Hotel - Unlucky with the Room

from travel_bug
I spent a couple of days at the Victoria over New Year. The hotel is in a great location, only a couple of minutes from the chain bridge. The hotel is spotless and the breakfast which is included and very good indeed. You can order omlettes and cooked food as well as the cold buffet breakfast, although this isn't made clear in the breakfast room. We didn't figuge it out until the second day, but once we did the omlettes were very tasty!
The only slight downside was that we got room 12. I think this is probably the worst room, as it is on the first floor and there is a bit of noise from the trams below (especially on New Years Eve when someone got run over by one!). It is a 'middle' room meaning that you don't get a corner window, just a regular one and the room is slightly smaller. Also, the room only had a shower, when some of them have a shower and a bath. I had no luck when I asked to change rooms. Apart from it's location and the lack of a bath, the room was great. Huge bed, well stocked mini bar, comfy chairs. All in all I would definately go back to the hotel & recommend it to others.

Riverside Hotel with fantastic views

from CheshireTraveler
Just returned from a two night stay at The Hotel Victoria (11th & 12th December). Situated on the Buda side near the Chain Bridge. We believe we had the room with the best views, room 92 on the 9th floor. Enormous window with spectacular views over to Parliament buildings and the Chain Bridge and the River Danube. The bed was very comfortable and wide (2 singles permanently fixed together). Bathroom was lovely with shower and electric hairdryer. Try to book a room above the 7th floor as the trams run in front of the hotel and start very early. Air conditioning adjustable to your liking. Delicious breakfasts - cereal, yoghurts, fruit, cheeses, boiled eggs, assorted meats, breads, toast, jams, ham and eggs, bacon and eggs, sausages, fruit juice, endless tea/coffee and really as much as you can eat, with the hot breakfasts being included in the price. Victoria on reception was very helpful as were all the staff. Only thing we missed was no tea/coffee making facilities in our room, so if we go again, will definitely bring our own travel kettle. Would highly recommend this hotel, extremely comfortable and centrally based in Buda with easy access to Pest via the Chain bridge.

An excellent stay

from Cammiecat
We stayed at Hotel Victoria over Thanksgiving and couldn't have asked for a better location. The hotel is located just a few minutes walk from a metro station and is a about a 10 minute walk from central Pest. Though we asked for a room on a higher floor, they were unavailable. However, our 2nd floor room was large, comfortable (particularly by European standards) and very clean and had a wonderful corner view of the Chain Bridge and Parliament. The hotel breakfast is fresh and tasty and contains enough variety to please even the pickiest eater. Hotel staff speak excellent English and were extremely helpful, especially Viktoria, with directions and advice on things to see and do. I would stay here again and will recommend it to any friends planning a trip to this fascinating city.

Top Local Tips for Budapest

House of Terror This is a powerful museum but a little difficult if you only speak English. They have handouts printed in English but you do lose a lot in translation.

Buy the three day card! You can get most anywhere in Budapest via the Tram, Busses, or Metro using the three day pass. Also much easier than worrying about the controllers and fines. I think the price was 3100 Huf. Apx $16 US.

Parliament Building If you want to tour the Parliament building (which we would have liked to do), be sure to bring your passport with you as you will not be able to get a ticket without it.

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  • Address: 11 Bem Rakpart - Budapest - 1011 - Hungary
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