Hotel Pension Helios
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... direction – what I thought was the Keleti station was actually Keleti cemetery and I should have paid closer attention to my map since I ended up about twenty minutes out of my way. I got to the international ticket counter at the train station around 1:15 and figured I would have enough time for the 1:35 train, so I felt pretty decent. Got to the ticket counter and got a roundtrip ticket no problem. But the ticket lady was worried I wasn’t ...
... forward where we had already passed too.
So inside of arriving in Mostar at the decent time, we didn't get there until after midnight.
This wasn't that bad, as we thought we had only a short walk to the hostel, but it took us two hours to find the hostel, while walking around in the rain , which I jinxed upon us.
Once we finally reached the hostel and got to bed, it was just before 3am and we were absolutely exhausted.
Things of Note:
... Felt wonderful since the heat is coming back.
We found a lovely cafe down the street from our hotel, and had a very leisurely lunch and coffee.
Our room has the most unbelievable view. We're on the Buda side, so we can see the river and the whole Pest side of the city.
Ran into two couples from the boat, Jim and Mary, and Tom and Donna. They invited us to dinner. Reservations at 7:30.
We took a walk around the Buda ...
... When I had my first shower I thought ok just suck it up, you can do this. I'm such prude when it comes to thing like this. I like my privacy.
Anyway I came up in conversation today about the whole glass door shower thing. It seems since I was having such a brave face, with the glass door Helen thought I had no problem with it. So I'm hoping she is going to something about it now? It makes or a ...
... Thousands of Jews were collected and sent to various camps in the area. 70,000 Jews remained in Budapest, and were forced to live in the crowded ghetto. Due to cold conditions and lack of food, the streets began to become littered with the dead. The people stored the corpses in the courtyard area to stay until the ground thawed so that they could be buried. Most were moved to a cemetery, but 2000 are buried here, in14 mass graves. There are headstones circling ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Pension Helios Budapest
Loved the Helios
I recently spent several great days at the Helios. The English-speaking owner and staff were fantastic, incredibly friendly and helpful. The ample breakfast was delicious. The room was spotless and very comfortable. I cannot fault this place. Do not be put off by the bus trip into the centre of town. It is no trouble at all, takes only a few minutes and is worth it to stay in such a great place. I highly recommend the Helios.
Good but Pity about the Location
I stayed at the Helios for three nights this July. I found it generally matched up to the positive comments I had read on TripAdvisor.
The room was simply but effectively furnished with a very pleasant little balcony and a reasonable amount of room. It was spotlessly clean and remained so throughout my stay. The shower etc worked perfectly (not always the case in my experience) and towels replaced every day.
All the staff I spoke with spoke first class English and were helpful and keen to organise tickets etc. One minor criticism here is that there's a confusing mixture of payment types acceptance. The accommodation bill can be paid with a credit card but not the airport transfer. If you get a Budapest Card from the hotel they will add it to your bill but in my case forgot to do so and so I had to make another small CC payment as I was leaving (I had run out of currency).
The main disadvantage is the location. Although it's very easy to use the number 8 bus and the bus-stop is only 5 minutes away, the service stops just after 23.00. Inaddition, at some times of the day the trip, which usually takes 20 minutes, can take double that. I found it a bit of a drag when I wanted a shower/change late afternoon and had to spend the best part of 90 minutes on transport.
I will return to Budapest as I enjoyed my brief visit but I will look for somewhere closer to the city centre.
One final point - the hotel is in a very quiet location which may suit some (I liked it because there were none of the Brit stag parties) - but not others.
Excellent Hotel - Good Location
First of all the staff were most welcoming and always had a friendly word. The rooms were comfortable and it was no bother regulating the heat to a comfortable temperature. The area in which the hotel is situated is very pleasant and the bus service into town is regular and never crowded. In fact the public transport for Budapest is exemplary. For a capital city the rates represent excellent value for money. We had a really enjoyable 4 days with you.
Far from the center, but clean and friendly. Avoid their suggestion for car rent
It is a friendly and clean pansion. If you rent a car, it makes life easier to get to hotel. Avoid though to accept the hotel's suggestion for a private rental car company. Most likely they will try to cheat. Use, instead, one of the well known multinational companies.
Great Value !
I stayed in the Helios with my boyfriend for the weekend of the Hungarian Grand Prix. Our room was really clean and comfortable with a lovely balcony. Its situated in a quiet (and expensive!) residential area. The breakfast was delicious, and the staff were very helpful and friendly, and spoke excellent english. The room rate for that weekend was extremely good value (the most expensive weekend anywhere in Budapest) - we paid €80 per night for the room including breakfast. The bus service to the city was very frequent and efficient. I would highly recommend this hotel.
I had the pleasure of staying at the Hotel Helios in May 2004. The rooms are cute and very clean. Esther the owner goes out of her way to make your stay incredible. I spent 45 Euros per night with breakfast. By bus to downtown Pest is 15-20 minutes and about $.70 each way. Great way to meet the locals. Also, good restaurants near the hotel. I will definately stay at the hotel again.
Stayed at the Helios Pension in November 2003. It is situated in the Buda Hills, in a nice quiet area with a number of expensive houses in the location. It is easy to get into town and back on the bus which is 5 minutes walk away. The rooms are clean, comfortable and most have a balcony looking towards the city. There is a breakfast included in the room rate which for a single room cost me 34 euros a night. The staff are friendly, speak English and are happy to give advice and pass the time of day. The hotel is non smoking. If you want an inexpensive hotel, in a quiet area and don't mind a 15/20 minute bus ride into the city centre I would certainly recommend this hotel. Their website is easy to find, gives all the information you need and is it cheaper booking direct.