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... here are lower.... How do people afford things? On the street, you see people wearing the latest fashions that we have back home.... We continued down Grand Boulevard, just window shopping and absorbing the sights and sounds. We stopped into a large Spar and picked up a great selection of cheeses and some wine for our lunch. Then we headed up to Oktagon where a Grand Boulevard intersects with Andrassy Street. ...
... us, via a very interesting tram ride to Nussdorf on the outskirts of Vienna and from here, after walking through more lovely streets, we began a walk up to Kahlenberg and almost into the Vienna Woods. Vines are planted up here too and we were able to look down on Vienna from this pleasant vantage point. We could see the Danube snaking its way through the predominantly low rise city. Then it was back to the gorgeous village of Grinsing where Leena and ...
... were given to drink on arrival in little Miska men cups which probably tasted worse than metho. What we did know was that the spirit content was 47%!
The traditional food was very good, and am quite the fan of Hungarian goulash. The entertainment was very spirited.
The next day we explored both sides of the Danube river - both Buda and Pest sides. Including the Castle, Heroes Square, Parliament Building and ...
... Stephen’s market for a late lunch. Liz and I had pizza breads and the boys had a potato chips which looks like a tornado! Was yummy but so bad for you. We grabbed some gluhwein from the Devino cart which was pretty good as they are wine specialists. On the way home we bought a few marzipan sweets to enjoy later. There were so many beautiful sweets but I did restrain myself and only bought one each.
At home we sorted out ...
... and back, past the Opera House and the very busy square in front of St. Stephen's Basilica. It's still not clear in my mind whether the square was busy because the locals are so proud of their former king who brought Christianity to Hungary.... or because there is a Starbucks and a few fast food restaurants right there?? Before our sojourn to St. Stephen's Basilica and the busy shopping district, we found ourselves getting very lost ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews City Hotel Matyas Budapest
Outstanding, just as before.
I stayed here in Sept.2005 for 4 nights, and was very happy with the room. The size, cleanliness, and general look of the room was as I had hoped for. Yes, it is true that a more luxurious hotel by the Danube might have more extras in the room, but the price at this hotel is much less than that charged at "waterfront" hotels. The customer service was also outstanding, with both the reception and reservation desk staff, as well as the breakfast room staff doing a super job to meet the guest's needs. I have visited this hotel twice, and been happy with the accomodation both times. But a very important feature of the hotel (for me) is the fact that I can try to get a view of the Danube River from my room window. When I made this request, I was told that I cannot be guaranteed this due to the fact that the hotel is nearly fully booked, but that they would make a note of my request. In fact, I did not know until the day that I got there, whether I could have the room I wanted or not. There are not too many rooms with such a view. The fact that this hotel is a little cheaper than some others in the area probably makes it more desirable.
Whatever the reason, I was very happy with my room, as well as the customer service I received from all the staff. I plan to be back soon.
Great location - adequate accommodations
I had read customer reviews before I left for vacation from this website and other websites--some were complementary, others were not --decided to stay at the historic City Matyas anyway. Here are my observations:
~Great location; close to restaurants, Vaci Utca (pedestrian street), city transportation
~Hotel's main entrance is very unassuming, almost hidden, difficult to find
~Too many steps; up to lobby then up to elevator
~No one to assist with our luggage (arrived on a Sunday afternoon)
~The antiquated elevator held only 2 people or 1 person plus one large suitcase
~Room had partial view of the Danube plus the city's parking area under the Elizabeth Bridge with aggressive prostitutes--it was fun observing them
~Room was adequate
~Hotel receptionists spoke excellent English
~Buffet breakfast was good with a variety of items to choose from and as much as you want
I probably would not stay at this hotel again, but rather at its sister hotel, Hotel Taverna on Vaci Utca, where I stayed in 2000
Pleasant hotel, great location
Good hotel in excellent location. It was cold and snowy outside when I was there, but warm and comfortable inside the hotel. Great breakfast, good selection and buffet style so you can eat as much as you like. Friendly staff, with good English.
Great location...Very Happy !!!
The location of this hotel is very hard to beat. Right between the Danube and the pedestrian area. Our room was average size and the bathroom with shower very clean. The view was fantastic !!!! We looked right over the bridge and Danube river to the castle. The breakfast was excellent...held in the Matyas restaraunt. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Spoke excellent english.
Great location, mediocre hotel
Spent 4 nights at Mattias. Entrance is horrible - have to drag your bags up a set of stairs, then a few more stairs down to reception. Got a room on a second floor on the side with no elevator. Guess what: have to drag your bags upstairs again. Rooms are okay size. Bathroom was clean, but towels were paper-thin. Mattresses were low, squeeky, and saggy, and sheets were not replaced daily. Breakfast was okay, but non-impressive. Location was good: just at the base of Elizabeth Bridge and around the corner from Vaci Street. There is a bus stop right outside the hotel, and Metro stop (Ferenec Ter) and Tram #2 stop just a short block away.
I would rate this hotel no higher than 2* and probably would not stay there again.
Four of us have just returned from Budapest, Hungary after spending 4 nights at the Hotel Matyas.
We had pre-booked the Airport Minibus, but on arrival at the Airport discovered that we still had to queue with everyone else to get our tickets. We gave up and ended up getting a taxi instead.
It was approximately 10 miles from the Airport to the Hotel.
The entrance to the hotel leaves a lot to be desired, but once inside the Reception it is bright and modern. The staff were very friendly and spoke excellent English.
We were allocated two rooms on the 2nd Floor, our room had twin beds and a lovely view of the river Danube, but our friends were allocated a room with a kingsize bed, which overlooked the inside 'courtyard'. The room was very small and lacked any natural daylight, which was very stuffy.
The location of the hotel could not be faulted - it was within easy walking distance of most visitors' attractions. The breakfast was absolutely superb. There was a wonderful selection, varying from continental to English cooked breakfast - all buffet style, so you could eat as much as you like.
We did dine one evening in the Matyas Pince Restaurant, but we were very disappointed with the quality of the food, which was very expensive. The atmosphere in the restaurant, however, was very nice, with a Gypsy Band walking around the tables and playing Hungarian Music (then waiting for some financial reward - obviously). Our friends were persuaded to purchase one of their CD's, but when we worked out the cost afterwards - it was £18!
Although Hungary is now in the EU, the main currency is still HUF (Hungarian Florit), although some shops displayed prices in HUF and Euros.
We would recommend Budapest and the Hotel Matyas - but watch out which room you are allocated.
Satisfied with the Panzio
We stayed at City Matyas Panzio in March 2004. With the exception of a gyspy scamming one of our members, and a hooker trying to pick us up outside the door, we had no problems. The staff was very courteous and polite, the rooms were clean and modern. We were on the 3rd floor overlooking the shopping district. I would recommend it for your stay. Right on the river Danube, the main shopping district and the Great Market hall.
Bad hotel in Budapest
We spent two nights at this hotel. The first night, our room on the first floor, was terrible. Our room was next to the area where all the tour buses park, to load and unload all the tourists. It was very loud. The bus engines running all the time, and hundreds of people standing right outside out window talking and looking into your room. The room was hot. When we called about air conditioning, which they say is available, they said it wasn't on yet. We had to keep the windows closed due to the noise and the drapes drawn, due to all the tourists looking into our room. When we requested an ash tray, we were told there was a deposit for it!!! When we complained about a tour, which they advertised and booked in their hotel, they just stated, "we have never had a complaint before". No one on the English speaking tour of the city, could understand the guide. They did move us to a different room, not much better, on second night. I would not go to this hotel again.