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Today we leave Vienna and head for Budapest.
Our tour leader, Orsi, is from Hungary and has been talking up Budapest and Hungary in general, peppering the tour commentary with Hungarian words and historical references. When we cross the border between Austria and Hungary we see the old border control gates - no …
Once I got to the Budapest hotel, it was a good time to catch up on some overdue washing. I was pitying the people who had to sit next to me on the plane! As washing usually takes awhile, what better way then to waste the time than to have some beers at the hostel bar. The beers equated to one australian dollar so I knew I was going to enjoy it in …
... and I wandered through a few shops, but Grandma just went back to keep Grandpa company at the café. Soon we boarded the buses again for a circuitious route back to the boat for a late lunch.
During lunch we discussed our options for the afternoon. I heavily researched the extensive public transit system before we left so I was confident I could get us anywhere in the downtown tourist area. Together we decided to see the House of Terror- a ...
... one of the clubs there are apparently people who are paid to walk around in pajamas telling people to basically "shut up." I guess noise bylaws work a little differently in Budapest. On Friday (Valentines Day) I did a little bit of exploring, but I was feeling rather ill so I actually ended up spending the entire day (and unfortunately, night) in the room sleeping. My comrades experienced a Budapest-style pub crawl including Palinka shots and a 4 ...
... there. The thought of landing on my tailbone on the ice kept us moving to the castle. It turns out that the Hungarian History Museum is in the castle. We did not go in because the price was a bit steep. In my opinion, if you want people to learn about your country and history... you should make the museum free. Just a thought.
There was a large park behind the castle. Of course we set out to explore as much of it as we could. John commented that the parks here do not ...
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We have just returned from a weekend break in Budapest, having spent three nights at the Hotel Budapest.
Not bad at all!
After booking a bargain flight / hotel deal, staying at the Hotel Budapest we were concerned to read the negative reviews and even considered booking another hotel in Budapest.
In fact the Hotel Budapest was fine - reasonable location in Buda a two minute tram ride from Moslova Ter metro station opposite the Cogwheel railway. The room was OK (not 4 star but TV and effective central heating control) and the buffet breakfast fine - though probably boring after a couple of days or so.
For the bargain price (through Expedia) really great value - enjoy!
(Note - to get the best from Budapest you really need a transport pass - very cheap!)
Ian & Angie
Basic but fine
Rooms are basic and on the small side (especially if you are having a third bed put in for a child) but are clean and fairly recently refurbished. Fairly quiet (you get used to the tram noise and it is double glazed!). Excellent view over Budapest if your room faces the right way. Very good transport links (tram stop outside the door, cog wheel railway just behind that which links straight onto the Children's Railway). Fast and easy access into town centre at all times of the day and evening.
Reception staff very helpful. Restaurant food OK - nothing special but very cheap.
Area seemed safe to us.
Would happily recommend this to anyone who doesn't want the lap of luxury.
I returned yesterday from an enjoyable 3 night break staying at the hotel Budpest. First I cannot understand the negative comments about this hotel considering how much it cost. This was the cheapest hotel I have ever stayed in and was excellent value for money. Rooms were quite large with good facilities, spotlessly clean and a good view from the window. The shape of the hotel was interesting and staff were helpful. The buffet breakfast was fine, after all you are not staying in a 5 star hotel here. Transport to and from the hotel was no problem, the transport system in Budapest is very good. We bought a Budapest card from the airport which again is excellent value, includes free transport and admission to certain Museums amongst other things. The No. 56 tram stops outside the hotel to Moskva Ter Metro. This tram runs about every 5/10 mins, if you want to walk it is only about a 6 minute walk. From the metro you can get to everywhere you want to go in about 20 mins. The hotel is also situated near the "Castle District". You can catch a small bus from Moskva Ter (the one with the drawing of the Castle on the windscreen) which will whisk you up to the Castle in about 5 mins. This is a pleasant area with cobbled streets, restaurants etc., museum etc., Then if you take the Funicular down from the castle and walk over one of the bridges you are in Pest - again no problem. All in all a lovely three night break - excellent value for money with good flights from Manchester with Jet2.Com - a new service to Budapest.
We stayed here for 3 nights in Dec. I don't want to moan too much about the place given that it was so cheap (40 Eur/ night). However a few points:
Cheap and (sometimes) Cheerful
We stayed there in November 2004 and enjoyed our stay. We didn't find the distance from the city to be too onerous as the #56 tram stops right outside taking you to Moskva Ter Metro interchange. Only snag was Sandor on reception who was rather rude when we checked out. Place seems popular with German pensioners as there were several buses turned up whilst we were there. Would probably stay elsewhere next time but we did use the nearby cogwheel railway into the hills and that was a nice half day excursion.
Steve Newcastle UK
Not Bad At All!
The Hotel Budapest was quite good, some of the staff were very helpful however some did give us contradicting information especially about New Year's Eve (we wanted to know if we would be able to get back to the hotel after midnight - one member of staff said yes and the other no!).
The location of the hotel was relatively good, we had a superb view over budapest making our stay worth while.
Overall the staff were friendly and happy to help and the food was fine.
I recently stayed at the Hotel Budapest over the Christmas period and found it very disorganised and the hotel staff were less than helpful. As we were spending christmas day at this hotel I pre booked our christmas dinner a month in advance and confirmed it again when we got to the hotel. However when we arrived at the restaurant for our dinner we were told that there were no tables left in the main restaurant and were placed in a dingy old room next to it that looked like a dodgy diner. Also our room service for breakfast was messed up as they only bought up enough for one person and not two as requested so the food got cold while we waited another 1/2 hour for the rest to be sent up. The hotel staff are also not helpful in the slightest when asking them for directions or recommendations on sightseeing/restaurants.
Stayed here recently. Hotel was adequate in its facilities though found it to be too far from the city centre. Tram/buses in front of hotel goes nowhere near the city. You need to walk 5-10 minutes to find any form of transport that goes anywhere near where you want to be. Breakfast was marginal to say the least with very limited selection.
Had some friends staying at the NH Budapest (which is in the hub of the city) who found it to be fantastic so would recommend you spend the extra money to stay there.