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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Hungary and has been talking up Budapest and Hungary in general, peppering the tour commentary with Hungarian words and historical references.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 …
... you'll find the hilly old town of Buda. On the other side, the flat new town of Pest (said Pescht). Together they make up Budapest (Budapescht). Arrived at our hostel and just knew we'd found another goody!! They made us dinner and then we did the pub crawl with them! We went to Instant, Simplar and two others that I can't remember. They are famous here for their Ruin Bars... Essentially run down old buildings that the ...
... ghetto shanty town. Reception was essentially a bar, people were everywhere, towels hanging over the railings in front of what I could only assume the rooms, and just people drinking everywhere. Hung out there for a while, but because I was so tired, the beer that kept going warm, I left to go back to the hostel. Nearly got lost, but all was well. Rest up, and prepare for the Jager train.
... since the start of War World II. Remembering history but leaving it where it should stay, we continued our walk on much more pleasant matters, such as love. I'm not going to get into the debate here, but so the Hungarians claim, the whole thing about leaving a lock on a bridge or tree and throwing away the key to symbolise eternal love, started in Hungary, not France. Hey, I'm just reporting on it, I have no stance on the matter, only that seeing hundreds of locks look pretty ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Budapest
Great for the weekend break!
We have just returned from a weekend break in Budapest, having spent three nights at the Hotel Budapest.
My first impressions were very good. A taxi from the airport sped us there in approx 25-30 minutes for 6000 HUF (which is a standard price for this hotel). Upon arrival, we were greeted and rooms assigned to us in no time at all. The staff were pleasant, and generally willing to assist.
The hotel reception and lobby was very clean and spacious. It had all of the usual facilities (restaurant and bar) as well as plenty of information for tourists, as well as maps and internet access.
Our room was very clean, and looked well maintained and refurbished. The bathroom was also really clean, and the showers were excellent and powerful. Nothing to really complain about. If anything, it was one of the nicer hotel's I have stayed in.
The view from our room was very nice. Our room was on the 7th floor (out of 15 floors) and we were lucky enough to have a view of the beautifully lit-up bridges and the Royal Palace, in the distance. The view was particularly nice at night. Unfortunately not all of the rooms have this view, so maybe try and request a room with a view upon arrival!
Location was great. The hotel sits opposite the tram stop, which is two stops to Moszkva Tér (Moscow Square). From here, you can catch the Metro (underground), another tram or a bus to almost anywhere. Travelling in Budapest is simple and cheap (I advise people to buy travel cards for the duration of their trip). We had a three day pass. We were especially impressed with the travel services in Budapest, and didn't have to wait more that 5minutes for a tram from outside the hotel. Also, the number 18 tram, which stops right outside the hotel, takes you directly to the Gellert Bath's, which was convenient as it required no changing of trams!
The breakfast included with the stay was served up in the restaurant until 10.30am, and was not too bad. It wasn't a traditional English breakfast, but it was interesting! It was buffet style, and included scrambled eggs, sausages, bread, and cheese, selection of meats, as well as yoghurts and cereals. Tea and coffee and juice's were also available. Overall, satisfactory and clean.
On checkout, we were able to leave our luggage in the hotel free of charge, so we could explore the City on our final day. Then, as we were leaving the hotel, were given the option of a hotel arranged taxi (6000 HUF) or the hotel airport minibus (2100 HUF per person, booking in advance necessary). We took the taxi (as there were 4 of us) and it was ready for us in less than 5mins! Speedy and convenient!
I would definitely recommend the hotel to others.
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.
Loved Hotel Budapest
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.
Clean & Basic
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:
- The location was not right for us. The tram from outside only goes to Moscow Sq where you need to change to metro. It is not really walkable to Pest. We found the distance ate a lot of time out of our weekend.
- The room was clean and OK and has most facilities and a good view, although this only re-enforced how far away we were from the centre. The walls are paper thin.
- The breakfast was a miserable affair. We only went once.
Overall, don't expect this place to be anywhere near a US or even a UK 4 star hotel. But for the price it is OK, if you don't mind the location and the seriously retro communist interior.
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.
The hotel itself looks like it was refurbished int he 1970's although it is fairly clean. The breakfast that is supplied is also the most bizarre breakfast i think i have ever seen, offering such things as coleslaw, cottage cheese and salads.
Although it is a fair way out of the city (when walking) there is a tram stop directly out the front of the hotel which takes you to both the metro and to the Pest side of town in a matter of 10-15 mins.
I don't think i would stay at this hotel again if travelling to Budapest due to the attitude of the staff on this recent trip.
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.
Fantastic hotel, great value for money
I have recently spent four nights at the Hotel Budapest and I can't recommend it enough.
The staff were very friendly and helpful (even at 1.30am when we checked in!) the room and bathroom were decent sizes, very clean and comfortable,great views from the huge windows, everything in working order,and the buffet breakfast that was included in the price was way above the average breakfast that you often receive.
The hotel is very well maintained with various facilities including a coffee shop and a restaurant, internet access and a small gift shop.
The location is fairly central with tram stops outside and a metro station about a five minute walk away. The cogwheel railway is opposite the hotel which takes you up in to the Buda Hills which connects with the Childrens Railway which is a delightful journey(although needs to be seen to be believed!)
I would highly recommend this hotel, I think it is fantastic value for money and would certainly stay there again for my next trip to Budapest.