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The train journey from Zagreb to Budapest took about 7 hours as there were frequent stops at remote railway stations and it often travelled at a snail's pace. The lines clearly need an upgrade! Hungarian cuisine was not easy to find in the immediate vicinity of our apartment so after a long travel day we opted for an Italian meal which was actually very good. Prices in Hungary are much cheaper than Croatia. The next day we walked ...
... in that way, and none of the things that were supposed to be main sites were close by. Instead I figured out exactly what track and what train and what time the next train to Bratislava was (15:25 train to Avala that goes through Bratislava, track 5) then sat down and had lunch. I found a sort of out of the way area of the train station with a nice bench and had some of the food I bought at the store. Fresh rolls with Emmentaler cheese! It was delicious. I ...
... in Budapest is the House of Terror and I recommend this to any history buff or person who wants to see first hand the malice that was exhibited during the communist dictatorial regimes in the 20th century Hungary. It is not only a relic to this time but a memorial to all those victims of the regimes, including those detained, interrogated, tortured and killed in that very building. Over 10,000 people entered that building and upon ...
... br> On my way back to the hostel I decided at last minute to take a night cruise. Glad I did! Learned a lot about the city and got a free beer! The beer sucked though. Still, it was free. Haha!
Returned to the hostel where my clean laundry awaited me. How nice to have someone else take care of that. In fact this hostel doesn't give guests the choice! Lost power in my bathroom so got to clean up in the WC that had ...
... special and awesome. It was a bath party at the same baths I went to days before. They have DJs and strobe lights and thousands of people singing, dancing, and having fun!
Day 7: I had my last day in Budapest and ate everything that I could that was Hungarian. I think their food might be my favorite. I mean, its Goulash and chimney cakes and wine and coffee. Good food day for me, I was really full. Then I took a night train to Prague....
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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.