Mercure Budapest City Center
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Sunday 15th September
last night we ventured out to eat even though the weather was cold and windy. We found a gorgeous restaurant near the Danube - Hungarian tucker with the bonus of Hungarian folk music and dancing - was great fun.
Today we set off early and caught the hop on Hop off tourist bus - it took 2 hours to do the full round - it …
... without a seat, and i mean A LOT of people.
We all talked for a long time, rested for a little while and then we arrived in Budapest. The train stopped almost every 10 minutes, no one really knows why, but it did. Once we arrived, I started walking, I didnt even have a detailed map, I just walked. I went about 1K in the wrong direction and had to back track. Then I got the wrong direction and went another Kilo in the wrong ...
... teaching hosptital, and many smaller speciality clinics. Hungary has a very different healthcare system than we have in America (it's truly a socialist healthcare system with no private insurance and they have these so called "specialty clinics"). These clinics are interesting because they are focused into one area, for example this on was cardiology so the focus is on the heart and the ...
... You be the pavement, and I'll be me"; and Dave who had no idea how long he had been in Budapest, though it was a fairly decent amount of time and yet he hadn't left the hostel during the day yet)
... the wine in the old days. We ate at a place called Fanny?? (jokes aplenty ;)) before taking our bus back to Budapest. That night we cooked our hosts some burgers Kiwi-style which I don’t think they’ll forget for a while ;)
Our last night was spent back at a hostel and we checked out the Parliament and the Sziget island where a big music festival is held each year (black seeds are going this year!).
After our 8 days in Budapest we boarded ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMercure Budapest City Center
Mercure is situated on Dorottya pedestrian mall - so central to everything. Mercure is a little dated however clean and tidy with an excellent breakfast
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mercure Budapest City Center
Bliss In Budapest for the lads (& girkls)
Just got back after a 3 night stay with 6 friends on a 40th. (Mar 17th-20th 2005)
Great venue for groups or couples. Very nice people, lovely buildings and always felt safe while travelling around. Some great places for food, drinking and clubbing. The thermal spa visit is a must as you will feel great afterwards and the buildings are fabulous to look at.
We stayed at The Taverna Hotel on the main pedestrian area on Vaci Utca and it was a perfect location and great facilities. Staff were very helpful and spoke very good english.
Tips.. Make sure you validate your metro tickets before going down to the platform.. we did not and got fined 2000 Florints each as a result by the only nasty person in Budapest!
John Bull group of pubs is excellent for food and warm welcome. Becketts for good laugh with the lads. BANHOFF night club for cheap drinks and buzzing atmosphere. Cafe Leroy just down from Octogon area for a fabulous meal and drinks in great surroundings.
Vistit those thermal baths! and also the palace / castle area on the hills of the Danube (which is definately not BLUE)
The only lapdance place that does not rip you off is Marilyns as the rest all charge a fortune for a drink and a dance (21000 Florints £70) you have been warned.. Marilyns charges club prices for drinks and 10000 for a private dance, plus there is a permanent stage show.
Book taxi's from the venue you are in be it a hotel, restaurant or pub as they are cheaper than flagging one down by almost half.
Downside.. very spaced out so not many pubs etc in one area. The metro inspectors who cannot help tourists and put back east west relationships 10 years.
If I had to suggest an alternative I would say Prague is best bet as it has more bars in a more confined area and is probably cheaper.. it also has Goldfingers Lapdance Club which is the best in the world!
Last Minute Bargain
We arrived in Budapest via the Danube hydrofoil on a cold wet day in May, 2004. Unable to get reservations stateside (we did not realize it was a holiday weekend, so most shops were closed and everyone was traveling (to Budapest!). We flung outselves on the mercy of the tourist bureau, and they put us here are a very nice rate. The location is incredible on Vaci street, and thankfully the folkloric shops were open. The location is very convenient to the underground so we went to Buda (check out the Labyrinth), walked to church, and metro'd to to a modern shopping center and the beautifully restored wrought iron Market Hall. The basement restaurant was good, and the gypsy musicians were remarkable. The daily breakfast buffet is amazing in scope, and much of it is fresh. Other good restaurants are nearby; we had quite the gala dinner at Karpathia. We would definitely stay here again.
Great value hotel in city centre
Just returned from a two night stay in this hotel. Superb central location in the middle of the city`s pedestrianised main shopping street with Metro station less than 100 metres away. Excellent comprehensive buffet breakfast. Tour office at main hotel entrance providing tickets for tours, theatres etc. First class restaurant, brasserie and cafe in hotel. Standard bedroom small but adequate Very friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommended for short city break.
Four of us stayed at the Taverna, in Pest, in early December. We were very well placed for shopping and sightseeing. Close to the Bridges and other city sights. Take a walk over one of the bridges and up to the Fishermans Bastion via the cliff railway. The views are stunning, particularly at night when the Pest side is lit up. The hotel itself was fine - the rooms are kind of what you would expect in a large hotel - nice and clean with small clean shower rooms. There is a travel booking office at the front door to the hotel and in December there is the most fabulous Christmas market about half a minute's walk from the front door where you can buy your Christmas decorations, hats, gloves, jewellery, etc, all whilst you sip your hot mulled wine and eat the local delicacies which are on offer from very clean and professional looking stalls. Only word of warning - don't expect drink in central bars and restaurants to be particularly cheap - it's not. Nip down a side street or two and it's a bit better - more like home prices. Don't forget you are in a big city and you will be paying city prices and service charges are added on to almost everything. Don't let this deter you though - it's lovely.
Great Location, great value
Just returned from Budapest staying at the Taverna in Vacci Ucta for 3 nights. The hotel has a great location on the main pedestrian street and the standard of accommodation was very good. Good sized, clean, warm rooms with very helpful staff from reception to house mother. Enormous breakfast in lovely position overlooking main street. Close to Metro station and Gerbault cafe. Rate board indicated 170 Euros a nt for double - we paid £35 b&b, amazing value!
We stayed for 3 nights in a VERY cold February. The hotel was in an ideal location, situated in Pest, no more than 500 metres from the Danube. The central location meant that we missed nothing. The staff were always friendly, and the hotel always warm, which was a feat in itself!!
As regards Budapest itself, we found it rather quiet. If you are looking for a cultural experience, full of museums, architecture and churches then Budapest is for you.
Taverna Hotel ok...
We have just returned from a three night stay at the Taverna Hotel in Budapest. The hotel location is excellent, right in the middle of one of the main shopping areas, and within easy walking distance of many of the wonderful sites Budapest has to offer.
Overall, the hotel was somewhat disappointing. As it has a four star rating we were expecting something a little more grand than we found at the Taverna. I would say that the rooms were more like those you would expect to find in an IBIS hotel or Travel Lodge than a four star hotel - very basic and quite small, but sufficient for a short stay. The rooms were very clean and the staff extremely polite and helpful; the only comment here was the bar service which was slow.
The bowling bar, with it's four ten pin bowling alleys was very funny, with 1970's equipment and decor - it still provided us with a good half hour's entertainment before going out - be aware that this bar only opens Thurdsday to Saturday though! Breakfast was very good, with a great selection, even stretching to decaffeinated coffee - very impressive!
Having stayed in a number of other Eastern/Central European cities, we had expected four stars to be enough to give us that bit of comfort and quality, but felt a little let down on this occasion. Looking at Le Meridien Budapest and other hotels on our travels, there certainly seemed to be better hotels in the city at around the same price as the Taverna. However, the hotel didn't stop us having a great time in this fantastic city.
Very nice hotel
We, 4 friends, spent recently 4 nights at this hotel.
The rooms are niceand clean, the staff very friendly and the location perfect. I also have to tell about the delicious breakfast. Some day we'll hope to come back to Taverna and the beautiful Budapest.
Taverna - A great choice
We spent 3 nights recently at the Taverna and had a very good experience. We chose it for the location - which is indeed excellent - but were pleased with just about everything. It is a great value for the money.
Plus: location, price, service, breakfast
Minus: Rooms and bathrooms a bit small (though certainly not a "deal-breaker")
Great Central Location
This hotel is in a great location for walking around the city and getting to the Metro stations.
The rooms are small with possibly the smallest bathroom I have ever seen with just a shower not a bath. However, they were very clean. The room had a minibar but no room service and no tea/coffee facilities. Breakfast was reasonable but very busy. I would recommend staying here for the price and location but would probably stay at the Inter-Continental if I had the spare cash.