Atlas City Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Atlas City Hotel Budapest
Not as bad as feared....
Having seen recent past reviews of this hotel, I was less than enthusiastic about staying here. Having prepared for the worst however, it was much better than I expected. The staff were friendly and spoke english, there were no problems with towels being changed and the hotel is in a good central location for walking into Pest. The breakfast was unexciting but perfectly edible and in good quantity. The rooms were large and warm (a plus for winter)although I would say the furniture was basic and reminded me of a Youth Hostel with private ensuite rooms.
The only negative thing I would say is that the plug holes in the bathroom do smell. I think this may be to do with a general problem that Budapest has with pollution in the sewers from the Danube. We kept the plugs in the sink and shower and only took them out when using after the first day and this seemed to work.
All in all, considering how cheap it was, I don't think its fair to complain too much.
Inappropriate use of towels!!!!
Firstly I will start out by saying that The Atlas Hotel is a hotel in Hungary... now this might not surprise the very astute of the readers, but what you might not understand is that they will try and 'rip you off' at any and every opportunity they get. Now I know this goes on and happens when the British leave their land (Started singing Land of Hope and Glory), but this was a new level of international robbery. Quick example, one price for the person at the front of the quay, another at the back, and I knew everyone in the line.
Now to the Hotel, the Bar was cheap, actually it was the cheapest bar we found. We (room of four) stayed there for four days. Room Service only came once! So we had a bit of towel problem, as in no clean ones and very little to dry them with, but we thought that this was ok as towels where freely available at the bottom of the stairs, next to the lift! Now check out, which took close to one and half hours. They decided to charge us for inappropriate use of the towels, and steeling them from the storage cupboard. Now the English must do something different to towels then what the Hungarians expect to be above and beyond the call of duty for a towel, please bare in mind, no room service. So that was on the bill, as well as a hike in the price of our room, even with E-mail evidence of our booking and prices quoted. So after a bit of a shouting match we got it sorted and we paid the right price for the rooms, with no added towel service charge, and all round agreement that a stairwell is not a cupboard! One quick note, two groups of lads, one before and one after had the same tricks tried on them, don't know their situation but it sounded remarkably similar to our own.
Good value hotel in good location
just arrived back from budapest and wanted to let others know of our rxperience at the atlas hotel. i searched many hotels before deciding on the atlas and was not dissapointed. many of the hotels are quite basic and dated unless staying in the more modern 4/5* hotels which are a lot more expensive. we decided that as we would be doing a lot of sight seeing and spending very little time in the hotel to save our money and opt for the cheaper hotels. the atlas is only a few years old and in a good location for the public transport and looked clean and comfortable, so decided to book it. we found our own way there from the airport easily and cheaply, check in was friendly and efficient. rooms clean and tidy with a large bathroom, we also had a plug for the sink which other reviewers commented on the lack of. mini bar, reasonably priced. and being on the 8th floor a view of the city, lovely. breakfast ok. coffee not very hot but the staff were helpfull by offering to microwave it so no problem there. the bar area was great after a hard day sightseeing with comfortable sofas to lounge on. i have to say that for all the hotels i have ever stayed in, the atlas had the most comfortable bed, so we awoke every morning refreshed and ready to pound the pavements of budapest once again. great value for money hotel. only one point to make, be aware that the hotel is used as a youth hostel but dont let it put you off as there was never any excess noise or excessive drinking. we would definitely stay here again as we do intend to return to budapest. dont leave without trying the thermal baths, we went every day and it was bliss.
Okay room, poor food
We stayed at the Atlas Hotel in Budapest for four nights in a recently renovated room with very good bed, air condition, everything clean.
The situation is okay, it's a couple of minutes to the next subway station.
The breakfast, however, is really poor. Pretty small selection of food without variation, scrambled eggs and coffee sometimes cold or out, plates often wet from the dishwasher, among other negative points. So, it's eadible but nothing more.
The personnel not overly friendly but helpful and correct, okay in my opinion. Internet access was there but the keyboard was missing several keys so no good.
All in all an okay place to stay for some nights if you are going to be sightseeing all day. But you need to pay cash, they don't accept any cards!
An OK Hotel. Fairly good location.
We stayed at the Atlas as part of a group. Check in was fine. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Ours was on the 8th floor of 8 and had a skylight type window which made the room very bright. Room also had a mini bar fridge which we found useful. Breakfast was OK with scrambled eggs made from real egg!! Location was good. Not far from metro with a tram stop across the road next to a small supermarket. The staff we encountered were friend and spoke good English. Note that credit cards are not accepted. Things you need to ask for at check in...remote control to operate air conditioning, remote control to operate television and plug for bathroom sink!.
Choose another hotel
This hotel was chosen by a member of our group of travellers because there were no other hotels available at a reasonable price. Most of us had rooms on the lower floors. Our bathrooms had mirrors in which those who were under 5'4" couldn't see our faces. There were no other mirrors in the rooms. The lighting was poor, the "wardrobes" were four half-size cupboards with few, or no hangers. There were no handles on the doors which were too shallow to hang trousers or long skirts. Our bathroom didn't smell but had no sink plug. There were plugs available at the desk. We found the staff helpful and friendly. The breakfast was supposed to be served between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. but the buffet was often empty during those hours. The coffee urn disappeared early on and the "hot" water for tea and coffee was only luke warm. Unlike the person who said that the beds were not good for bad backs, they were perfect. My husband had only just recovered from back pain the day before and we both slept well when it was quiet. The beds were very firm and had integral mattresses on solid bases. There was a lot of noise in the front of the hotel from the trams and at the rear people's voices carried clearly and woke us up or stopped us from sleeping.
Great Location- shame about the room!
I stayed in the Atlas Hotel for four nights in August 2005. It is in a very good location if you want to access public transport as it is approx 7 minutes from the metro station (Blaha Lujza Ter) and close to a number of tram routes. The airport is approx 40 minutes away by minibus taxi or public transport. The breakfast was delicious, with a decent choice of hot and cold foods. A safe was available (not located in the room) for a ten euro deposit. However, I did experience some of the problems that the other reviewers found. The bathroom absoloutely stunk- to the extent that we had to buy air freshner (which didn't mask the smell), and although we requested a change of room it wasn't possible as the hotel was fully booked. Moreover, the rooms were not cleaned to a high standard e.g when we first arrived we noticed that a dirty glass had been left in our room. This hotel was inexpensive and the standard of the rooms reflects this.
Give this one a miss
We were very disappointed with our stay at the Atlas Hotel in Budapest. We could not enter the bathroom in our room due to a horrid stench. The staff would not change our room as the hotel was fully booked, but they also would not give us a refund, so that we could stay in different hotel. Another guest behind us said that they had had their room changed due to the smell in their bathroom - we wonder if we were given their old room? The reception staff we unwilling to do anything about it and told us that the manager probably wouldn't be in the next day to deal with it because it was a Saturday. In the end they offered us plugs for the sinks, which makes us think that this is a common problem. Luckily we were able to get a different room for the Saturday night, but could not get into this room until 2 in the afternoon which meant that we couldn't shower until this time, which was less than satisfactory.
It seemed like a very good deal at the time of booking but wish we had spent more money to stay in a different hotel. The Hotel is located a good half hour walk from Elizabeth Bridge, and in an area that seemed unsafe to walk around in after dark.
This hotel was perfect for us. We were a little worried having not paid very much for it. Although quite a way from the river, it's a 5minute walk to the tram/metro/bus stop. The room was large, comfortable and well air conditioned. We found the staff very helpful - having good English skills and a good knowledge of the area.
Breakfast was bland but perfectly edible. On the whole, i don't know how anyone could complain!
What a staff
We stayed for three nights,location is fine,just 1 km from underground stop.
Rooms are clean with bathroom,cable tv and phone,I'd warn people with back pains: beds are kind of sofas with bedsheets. Breakfast is another good point for the reasonable price.
Now the bad side:we experienced there the most unfriendy staff ever seen. None of them was helpful (our window was broken and we wanted to change our room) and always seemed irritated.I'd definitely make another choice:when you come back after wandering and sweating a whole day in Budapest even a little smile instead of a grunt makes a difference.
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