Hotel Victoria, Budapest
Reviews - Hotel Victoria
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Young Couple
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Disappointedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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.
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
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 viewsfrom Daz50
All in all, this is a superb hotel with very reasonable rates - I would receommend it to anyone.
Very nicefrom mommytwogirls
Fantastic views but a little hot!from Tennisnut4
lovely little hotelfrom gurt111
Loved itfrom ruve
Great Hotel - Unlucky with the Roomfrom travel_bug
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 viewsfrom CheshireTraveler
An excellent stayfrom Cammiecat
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.
Other names for Hotel Victoria
- victoria hotel budapest
- Address: 11 Bem Rakpart - Budapest - 1011 - Hungary
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