Budapest Marriott Hotel
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I have one of the most spectacular views in the city from the top of my hotel. In front of me, I have the old palace (Budavári Palota), to my right I see Cain Bridge, and to my left, Elizabeth Bridge. The beautiful Danube is giving off a wonderful reflection of each of those structures. I tried to capture some of what I am seeing in the photographs …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBudapest Marriott Hotel
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The hotel was well located on the banks of the Danube and a short walk from the sights and shopping/restaurant areas. The room was reasonably large and very comfortable and the beds were the best we came across on our trip. The staff were friendly and helpful and not aggressive in seeking tips compared to other Marriotts we stayed in on our trip. An excellent hotel in the best location in Budapest.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Budapest Marriott Hotel
I just returned from a stay at the Budapest Marriott, Nov. 11-15, and was truly impressed with the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, the sparkling cleaniness of the bathrooms, the spacious and pleasing decor of the room, and oh! THAT VIEW! The Marriott is the only hotel in Budapest where every room has either a full or partial view of the Danube, and almost all of the rooms have large balconies, where you can step out and watch the river traffic, and view the Royal Palace and Fisherman's Bastion on the Buda side, the last two (as well as all the other historic bldgs.) are lit up with a golden glow at night--magnificent! I have stayed in hotels all over the world, and I have never had such a wonderful view, let alone with a balcony, as I had here!
We stayed at the Marriot by accident when we prematurely checked out of the disgusting hotel we originally planned to stay at. We arrived at the Marriot at 9.30 in the morning and were checked straight into our room by a friendly staff member - even though check-in wasn't until 4pm. Good start. From the outside this hotel is no great shakes - an ugly concrete monstrosity - however the view from the rooms here is spectacular - every room has a balcony overlooking the Danube and Chain Bridge which is stunning especially at night. The room was spotless and the sheets were changed every day (which is better than the Le Meridian we last stayed in where the beds were changed every two days) and the room had everything we needed for a comfortable holiday. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff and we like that in a hotel. The location is excellent - shopping, restaurants, mini-supermarkets and tourist haunts were all within walking distance and the concierge helped with information about anything else further afield - we also booked the airport transfer throught the concierge which saved any hassle. The open-plan lounge is friendly and relaxed - a perfect spot for people-watching - the bar food is good and the eat-all-you-can cake buffet is highly recommended at around £4 per head.
Much better than led to believe
We had read some mixed reviews about this hotel before we went to Budapest and were wondering if we had made a mistake with our choice. However, we were very pleasantly surprised and found the hotel to be very agreeable indeed. The service was very good, our balcony room was lovely and the staff were obviously working very hard to replenish the buffet breakfast when foods ran out at a very busy breakfast time!
So what if the hotel is a bit of a concrete monolith, the Sofitel and Intercontinental are far worse with their darkened windows. At the time we booked the Marriott the rates offered here were 30% cheaper than Sofitel and Intercontinental (even their non-river view rooms were more expensive), so it was definitely good value for money and we really enjoyed our stay.
Stayed for 3 nights in September. The hotel is one of many several large chain hotels right along the Pest side of the river. From the outside, the hotel is a huge mega-structure of Eastern European architecture and looks older than some of its neighbors. However, my top priority in selecting a Budapest hotel was the view and was extremely satisfied and would not have stayed anywhere else. We had a Jr. Suite on the corner of one of the high floors which had amazing views from within the room. But, probably, so did the other nearby hotels. What sets the Marriott apart is almost ALL of their rooms have balconies overlooking the river and the Buda side of the river. There is nothing quite like relaxing on your balcony (prior to a night or partying) and watching the sun set over Castle Hill. The room/service etc...while not the epitome of luxury, were more than adequate (and I say that having very high standards). The hotel could probably use some renovations to update it (eg only high speed access is in the lobby and expensive), although they do have a delightful cake bar :)
Recommend executive level
Fantastic view of the Danube, top rated firendly service, good location. Very disagreeable health center,not at all up to Marriott standards.
The extra cost of executive level is a bargain. The salon is a most comfortable place to have breakfast, drinks or coffee with snacks any time.
It's a two minute walk to the excellent trendy restaurant "Cyrano" and pastry shop Gerbaud.Go to the thermal baths : an unforgettable "wellness" experiece
Great views, breakfast, and all conveniences
Stayed at the Budapest Mariott for the second time in several years. Like almost all rooms, had a great view of the Danube, castle, and bridge. We got a good deal through Expedia that included breakfast (about $130 per night). The full buffet breakfast is excellent. The room is fairly typical for an American hotel, which means it is not historically quaint but has all the modern amenities, even an iron. The staff was very good. We e-mailed the concierge before our stay, who helped us reserve a taxi from the airport and answered all our other questions promptly and completely. I definitely recommend this hotel -- location is good, view is wonderful, and amenities are good.
Not bad for the price
My wife and I stayed at the Marriott for three nights, May 30, 31, June 1, 2004. Since we got our room through Priceline and paid much less than the rack rate, it's hard to complain. We loved the room, the bathroom, and the view. We were on the 4th floor and our view was partially obstructed, and we had no balcony, BUT it was wonderful nevertheless. Watching the river traffic was a delight.Two minor complaints: the breakfast cost $23 for each of us, and the girl checking us in at breakfast assurred us that it was covered in our hotel cost, but it wasn't. Another concern was parking. At $30 per day, we opted out. Street parking was available, and since there was no charge for weekends, we had no problem on two of the days. For a Priceline bargain, it was hard to beat the Marriott!
We stayed at the Budapest Marriot for 3 nights in May 2004 and it was wonderful. It sits on the Pest side of the Danube and is almost directly across from the majestic Buda Palace.
Great Service and a View!
I had a great time at the Budapest Marriott partly because the staff was so pleasant and accommodating. I chose a room on the executive level, and enjoyed relaxing while panning the entire view of the Danube river. The breakfast buffet was delicious and convenient...and I even had time to work out in the gym. I recommend this hotel for couples who seek romance because each room has an enchanting view of the river.
The Marriott and its competitors
The Pluses: Right on the Danube (wonderful views) 3 Minutes to pedestrian area
The Cons: Ugly concrete (socialist) box Dark, very eighties, worn and smelly interior Used-looking rooms
Overall a big disappointment. Depressing atmosphere. Better choices (for less money in town).
Competitors in the same league: Sofitel, Intercontinental and Hilton: all represent socialist left-overs, no true five star hotels
Superior competitors: 1. Meridien (new hotel in an old building, very exclusive with a lot of old world character, good for a high-end weekend getaway, nice spa) 2. Kempinski (close competitor to the Meridien with a corporate feel) 3. Hilton WestEnd (attached to Budapest newest and biggest shopping mall, nice design elements)