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12.14.09 And We're Off Again (This Time, To Budapest, Hungary!)
[Opening note: thanks to everyone for your feedback on whether or not you like my running food commentary. Due to overwhelming demand, I will continue to journal about what we are eating in each city and country, even if it kills Christoph (by boring him to death).]
Today's Monday and the city of Budapest is in full swing. We were up early and out the door by 8:15 once again admiring our view before departing. We went to a small market and got what we thought was a cinamon roll and after the lady telling us where the milk was....getting milk. We sat on a park bench and ate the "chocolate" roll (surprise!) and …
This city reminds me of Paris in that it is very large and over whelming. There is no way you can see it all. Our hotel room has an amazing view looking over the river and at the Wawel Castle district. The first day we were here we did some window shopping on one of the main streets. We also ate at some famous bakery and had three different …
... through long security queues. The security checks in Ferihegy have pretty dumb design; you need to chase your things on moving conveyor belts once they go through X-ray screening, delaying things a lot (I'm quite worried about my flight to Zurich as they are several flights taking off at the same time and this is THE flight I cannot and should not miss). Once you're over that, congrats. You walk into a new flash terminal where one wall is covered in glass windows and you have ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsInterContinental Budapest
Pleased with all aspects of this hotel.
Great room, excellent breakfast and hospitality of first class.
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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental Budapest
We have just returned from Budapest after a 3 day birthday weekend, having stayed at the Hotel Inter-Continental, the view from our room was simply stunning, looking across the Danube to the Buda Palace, taking in the sights of the river, it was breathtaking, the hotel lived up to its 5 star rating, the staff were more than helpful, with any request we had. The restaurant was excellent, also breakfast buffet style was superb. We also availed ourselves of the gym/pool/sauna facilities. A good restaurant on a boat "Spoon" right on the the river across the road from the hotel. We liked Budapest very much and will certainly stay and recommend the Hotel Inter-continental again, it would be well worth asking for a river view room - J & Y Date CAERPHILLY
Good for 'View People'
Quite a step down from the Intercontinental Prague. While the Intercontinental Prague is a luxury property, the Intercontinental Budapest has 5 star views, 5 star location, 3 star furnishings, 3 star service = maybe 4 overall star hotel. Whether to stay here or elsewhere depends upon how you rank views vs. service vs. rooms, etc. Very popular (and crowded) with tour groups. Perfect location with unbeatable views of the castle, etc. across the Danube... The rooms are very small, with furnishings like a standard american chain hotel (think La Quinta or the like). Since the rooms are small, the club floor is worth it for a place to relax and have drinks and hors d'oeurves, though the lounge was quite overcrowded, with people standing around waiting for a seat... The breakfast buffet was bountiful but mediocre, and very hectic and crowded, with people pushing and elbowing to fill their plates with heaping portions of greasy food, as if it was their last meal... I think that the overall experience is probably very different depending on whether the hotel is at high or low occupancy.
Confused about the price of telephone calls
I really liked my stay at the intercontinental until I got my bill...I paid 125 euro for the room I stayed in and 165 euro for 90 minutes I spent connected to the internet. Future guests - leave your laptop behind!
We stayed here in June 2004 because we wanted a Danube-view room. Apert from the view the room and hotel were nothing special. We asked for a smoking room and we were given a non-smoking room with permission to smoke! Not very good for those non-smokers who visited afterwards. I would also question the hygiene aspect of placing a towel rail next to the toilet which resulted in towels themselves being jammed behind the toilet lid! Additionally, after running my finger along the inside of the bath I chose not to use it. This very basic test says a lot about overall standards.
Another complaint would be that I e-mailed a query to the hotel via the Intercontinental website prior to my visit but got no reply.
For a variety of reasons we would probably not choose an Intercontinental hotel again.
N.B. The hotel taxi drivers did not overcharge. Those at the railway station did!
Good hotel but watch out for the Brits
Spent three nights here at the end of October. This is an excellent (if slightly typical) Intercontinental. The staff were efficient and polite, the food good and the location superb. I had a lovely room with great view of the Danube.
If you stay at this hotel, watch out for the noisy Brits on weekend city breaks.
Adequate, but nothing special
Located on the Danube, Pest side near the Chain Bridge, you can see why the Budapest Intercontinental is a 5* hotel. The cheap rooms are spotlessly clean, good sized, comfortable and plush, the foyer is large and smart, all very nice and modern, but it is absolutely character less and the reception people are full of their own importance. We had a slight problem with unlocked connecting doors. At first a reasonably friendly Hungarian was dealing with our problem only for an American to usurp that man's authority, and solve our problem with shark-eyes, no flicker of emotion, not even a condescending gesture of regret at their oversight. The atmosphere is totally sterile. I was impressed by the variety of food available for breakfast. set out in sections it catered for most nationalities, Scandinavians, Japanese, German and Americans to name a few.
Behind the reception desk is a large sign stating upgrade to a Danube view $25. You can get the same view from the restaurant along the promenade (not associated with the Intercontinental for about the same price but with the view comes a delightful meal for two and live violin music. The hotel is very convenient for this excellent restaurant.
Room with a view
We stayed at the InterContinental Budapest in late May 2004 and had a castle view room. The view was so wonderful that we did not want to close the curtains at night. The room was comfortable but not really special. We did not have any problem with noise from the Spoon restaurant that the previous poster mentioned. We saw the restaurant when we walked down to get the evening boat cruise but did not hear any noise. The breakfast was included in our rate. The choices were varied and everything seemed very fresh. The staff forgot about the wine and chocolates that were supposed to be included with our package even though we called to ask about it we never received it. I was happy that we stayed on the Pest side with the view of Buda. It seemed nicer than the reverse and I was happy to give up the additional luxury of the Meridien or the Kempinski to get the view.
This is a very nice hotel, american business class. Great location along the Danube, easy access to most key points.
I followed the advise of a previous post and paid extra for a river view room. View of the Palace in Buda is great...however, in front of the hotel is a new floating restaurant/bar "The Spoon". First the rock band (mediocre at best) played loud until 1:00 PM, then a god awful Hungarian folk band blasted music until early morning. It was so loud, we demanded, and received a discount on our room price as compensation. Riverview, but at a cost.
One tip, Budapest cabs are not very honest, and the Intercontinental plays a game. If you ask the door man for a cab, you get the Intercontinental's own cab (they have sevearal), and it is far more expensive then calling for one yourself using one of the reliable companies listed in most guide books. DONT use their cab service.
Breakfast is also americanized, and too expensive, venture out to one of the coffee bars and get better.
Stayed at Intercontinental Budapest April 29 - May 2, 2004. Pay the extra to get room facing the Danube. Great location for walking to Buda and Pest sides of the river. Rooms are comfortable but not special except for the views. This is an Americanized hotel. Would definitely stay there again.
Great location, nice business hotel
We were placed in this hotel due to a mistake at the Astoria (a more modest - and a much more old-world - hotel), so we paid a very low rate for this hotel. We tend to like budget-to-moderate hotels with local charm, so we weren't the perfect people to stay at the I/C ... but enjoyed staying there anyway. The workout room is great (looks out over the Danube), the location is perfect - right near a bridge to the old town and at the beginning of the new town, so very convenient - and the staff is very helpful. We liked our room as well. Nothing not to like!
Our only quibble was that because the I/C is among lots of business hotels, when my husband went out to take a walk one evening he was hit on by woman after woman (for money, presumably), which was kinda creepy. That's not the I/C's fault or doing, though (of course), but worthy of mention.