Danubius Hotel Astoria
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Historical Traveler Reviews Danubius Hotel Astoria Budapest
Not impressed at all.
Just returned from a 3 night stay.
We had a room on the second floor.
My overall impression was that the place is quite run down. Its not dirty or anything but it seriously needs a lick of paint to cheer it up.
The room was very basic & certainly not 4 star.
The restaurant was nice but pricey & there are far nicer elsewhere in the city - beware if you book a package as there is a cap on the cost of meals included in the package (which we were not told about until check out!!)
Overall - unimpressed with the hotel + Budapest in general...
Beware Standard Rooms
Booked 6 standard rooms in a 4 star hotel. Were given rooms on the 1st floor that had not been refurbished and were only of a 2 star standard. We had to upgrade to deluxe rooms at considerably expense as the holiday would have been ruined if we had stopped in the rooms. Overall the hotel is in a fine location with good facilities if you have already booked the deluxe rooms, but if you are in a standard room beware!
Not up to expectation!
We just returned from a three night stay - booked two rooms on the third floor. Furniture was worn and dated and in desperate need of refurbishing. It was unseasonably warm with no air conditioning, so windows needed to remain open in a very busy and noisy location. There was a portable fan in each room - not what I expected, for air conditioning. I was looking forward to the Astoria after seeing their brochure which showed a beautifully furnished room - Obviously, not on our floor. The only way they would be rated as four stars, would be by adding two stars for each room.
Good Hotel but a little dated
Picked hotel for its central location and it was ideal for getting around the city. Although rated as a 4 star I would say that it is currently little more than a 2 star as corridors and some rooms are very shabby.
Restaurant and bar area are very grand, like stepping back into the 1940's. Breakfasts are very good and varied. Staff very helpful, we asked to move from the first room we were allocated as it was next to a noisy main road and they moved us to a much better class room within 5 minutes.
My advice if booking this hotel would be to ask for one of the quiet more updated rooms (they are currently in the middle of a refurbishment program).
Good value - great location
We stayed in the Hotel Astoria for 3 nights. Check-in was fast and efficient and the staff were friendly and helpful. Our room was spacious and had recently been refurbished. It was on the 5th floor which is a no smoking floor. We had a room on the side of the hotel away from the busy road so traffic noise wasn't a problem. Breakfast was served in the main restaurant which was a lovely setting and the food was the usual fare (continental, cakes, fruit, cereal and a selection of hot food).
The location was excellent for the metro and tram and also within easy walking distance of all the major sights and restaurants. We got a really good deal through the internet and would definitely recommend the Astoria.
A little disappointed
Just returned from a three night stay. Hotel is on a VERY busy road but right next to Astoria metro station which is ideal for getting around Budapest. Our room (449) was at the side of the hotel so was fairly quiet at night. Room was comfortable, with a good sized bed, air con. and a small balcony. Breakfast was adequate. The hotel is still being updated with work being done on 4th floor. This did not disturb us.
This hotel has a beautiful reception area which was spoilt by unpleasant reception staff. No smile, no hello.
Would definitely return to Budapest, but probably not to this hotel.
We stayed at the Astoria in January 2005 and I have to say it was excellent value. The hotel is right by the Astoria metro station and in the middle of Pest with lots of restaurants and pubs within easy walking distance. We stayed on the fourth floor which was being renovated, so that would explain the fresh state of the room (they were still working on other rooms). It was very spacious and well decorated with both a minibar and satellite TV. The bed was big and comfortable. Breakfast is served in the lovely restaurant downstairs and was adequate (continental with scrambled eggs and bacon available as well).
A sticker in the wardrobe said that the room rate was EUR180 per night (excluding breakfast), although we managed to get it for EUR57 (including breakfast) with an internet booking agency. I'm not sure if it was the low season or the renovation (or a combination of both) that made it so cheap but if that price is available, I would definitely stay there again as it is fantastic value for money.
One possible drawback with the hotel is that is located on a busy road and while the sound proofing is OK, you could still hear the traffic. Light sleepers might want to ask for a room not facing the road.
Budapest foodie and accom notes
Have just returned from stay in Budapest at the Astoria. It is being refurbished but I would recommend waiting until these are completed. The art nouveau restaurant and cafe are great but not enough to make up for the bedrooms which are seriously out of date. The Hotel is central and all tourist attractions are very easy of access but you pay for the convience with the usual city noise.
I would recommend eating elsewhere too, RADAY UTCA has several good cafe/restaurents COSTES @ No.4 and SOUL @13 may appeal. MUZEUM KAVEHAZ on Muzeum korut @12 next to National museum was good.( budget £40 or 15000hufl for meal for 2 + wine at all places)
For access to city the mini bus from arrivals hall at Ferihegy is recommended, 3600hufl pp return. Service takes you to your hotel and collects you on return date, usually about 6-7 persons per bus which in reality means at worst 2 additional stops.
A Very Good Deal
I picked the hotel mainly due its central location (Plus the fact the were doing a 4 nights for the price of three offer! - shop around!!)
It's only 5 minutes walk from Vaci Street, and the Danube, on the Pest side of the city.
Getting around is no problem as there are bus and tram stops, plus a metro station, directly outside the Hotel.
My room was very spacious, the bed was comfortable, and the bathroom was large.
Whilst the room showed a few signs of wear and tear, the hotel was generally very impressive, particularly the dining room (An excellent setting for breakfast!) and lobby.
Staff were very attentive, although some didn't speak much English, particularly the night staff.
If I had any minor quibbles, it would be that the hotel was kept very warm , and there was no thermostat in the room. Thus I had to sleep with the window open (in October), and as my room faced the main road, this meant an early wake-up call from the rush-hour traffic.
I also had a room next to one of the conference suites - so anyone planning a lie-in would be advised to ask for a room away from these.
This said, however, I would recommend the Hotel to anyone as very good value for money.
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Morning - what morning - 10am and something on my phone vibrated - yes the electric is back on and therefore the iPhone docking station had fully charged the phone. 2 minutes later a knock on the door and a young lady was waiting to clean the room - I apologised And sent her on her way ! A quick rush as breakfast finished at 11am ! There does not seem to Be many in the hotel so with lots of waiters plenty of great service - even one of the managers came and had a 20 minute chat ...
Awake at 7am. Showered & to our light breakfast. Wonderfully quiet overnight although we hadn't commenced sailing yet. Our light breakfast still consisted of scrambled eggs though but buffet style. Tomorrow we may check out the formal dining room for breakfast as it may be a feast fit for a king. What we don't want. Extra calories at this stage could be dangerous for both of us. Still have weeks to go before we're home. Anyway the weather is perfect although hot ...
... chili, with kidney beans, sliced kolbasz sausage and ground paprika. Sam and Blake started playing with their weapons in a little grassy area and attracted quite a following of little Hungarian boys (toddlers) who were all attacking them. As he kept running by to try to stay out of their reach (the one was kicking Blake in the head when he fell to the ground), Sam would ask "can we go now?", "can we go now?", so we finally took pity on him ...
... price of eating out vs buying groceries ...we won't be doing that again. Friday was another sunny day for strolling around Budapest, off to heroes place which is a beautiful square filled with statues of Hapsburg's and the 7 founding fathers of Budapest. On our way we saw the opera house (been there, done that) and expensive dress shops (Budapest is not the place to buy clothes). Little did we know, this Friday must have been a holiday, or an opener for ...
... tickets sell out by 11am. As it was raining we thought an indoor activity like this tour might be a good idea so I asked the maître de whether she could help us book it. We were brought through to the hotel part of the building where the receptionist proceeded to book us two tickets for the 12.15pm tour. We had an hour so we strolled through the Vaci Street district and then slowly made our way across to the Parliament building which is on the Danube. Along the way we passed ...