Hotel Kalvin House
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After leaving Prague and not learning as much about the history as we would have like, our goal in Budapest was to focus on that first. Neither Brian or I knew anything regarding the country of Hungary or the city of Budapest, so walking into an unknown city and culture was even more exciting. We arrive early in the morning after an overnight train from Prague and forwardly asked a taxi driver the directions to hostel area (we did not have one booked here). He ...
... given him the wrong location inside of Budapest itself. I hadn’t written down directions to the hostel, I just remembered the address and unfortunately the road it’s on is also the name of an entire district of the city and is the name of the suburb we mistakenly went to, and is the name of a DIFFERENT road in Pest. I just had him drop me off at the wrong location because I figured it couldn’t be that far from the hostel – they ...
... 1.40 Euros, 8.05 soles, 5 cents American, 10 cents
Bolivian, 1 cent Canadian, 15 swiss francn'cents , 11 Czech Republic things, 5 cents Croatian
# of New beers: 35 (Dreher beer from Budapest - Christmas edition)
# of times we did laundry: 2 (It is funny how may people have noticed
... On top of this, we were surrounded by people everywhere, including a surprising amount of hot women. We stayed here for a couple of hours before heading back to the room.
Things of Note:
Interesting information we learnt on the tour included:
* The actual tour started where Franz Ferdinand and his wife were gunned down in 1914.
*According to our guide, most of the Yugoslavian countries can understand each other if try choose to, as language is the same ...
... Talking about Relaxing…. i have to tell you all about my trip to the "Budapest Bath House" (similar to Turkish Bath houses" If you don't do anything else in Budapest and just go to a Bath House- Your trip is a success. Day 2 after a day of loitering around Pest I went to the Gellert one of the oldest bath houses. It is styled like an authentic Turkish Bath and very ornate. So this is how it works - you can book a massage (no its not a relaxing massage they ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Kalvin House Budapest
Great location, squeaky bed!
This is a good hotel in an excellent location for public transport with a Metro station and Tram stop close by. It is also only one block from the Danube and within easy walking distance of the indoor market and various restaurants and bars (the latter of which where shut in the majority for some reason). The rooms are clean exceptionally large and the hotels retains some period charm with the window shutters and high ceilings. Our rooms was 2 floors up on the road side and did experience some noise at night although nothing major. We chose to have a "suite" as there were four of us travelling and was more cost effective whilst affording privacy. Breakfast is plain but decent and the staff are moderately helpful (all the info you need is in the dining room and there is a free internet service there anyway). Whilst not luxurious this hotel is a nice alternative to the standard Ibis style modern box rooms and at a total cost of £280.00 for 4 people for 3 nights B&B it represents good value for money. the Jury is still out though on whether the Budapest Card that is offered to all tourists actually is good value for money though!!!!
Relaxed yet efficient
Three of us shared an enormous room with faded but comfortable furniture, quality linen, heaps of wardrobe space and a clean modern bathroom. If you like a bit of elegance but still need heaps of space to spread your gear out all over the floor, this is it. We aooreciated the relaxed yet very efficient service. The receptionists were very friendly and approachable and spoke excellent English. Amazing breakfasts: fresh yummy bread and rolls, cheese and yogurt, cold cuts,etc in the spotless and comfy dining room . Lovely balcony overlooking courtyard for a beer in the cool of the late afternoon. Really close to the markets and a great restaurant at the end of the street which serves regional specialities.
Just returned from this hotel after spending four nights there. The staff were really helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The breakfast was plentyful and fresh. Close to the tourist area bars and restuarants. The entrance to the hotel is a bit off putting but once you get past that hotel is a great, rooms spacious and clean. Would return to this hotel.
Noisey, Deceptive and Bring Your Own towels
If you don't mind motorcycles zooming outside your windown, and towels that feel like sandpaper and sour milk on your cereal Kalvin House is for you. The location is convenient to transportation and walking and the rooms are large empty spaces with nice furniture.
We upgraded to an "apartment" which just meant empty space with no amneities and were told one price but charged a higher rate at check out. In the guest book another guest wrote that this same thing happened to him. The last night we moved to a quieter room and the bed sagged badly. Breakfast was mediocre and the milk was sour and ruined the cereal; we ended up going out to eat even though breakfast was included.
Oh and the showers without curtains caused a flood on the floor as slippery as an ice rink.
This was not a particularly cheap priced room and we expect more. On check out the clerk would not make change for my Euros (we paid in cash) and wanted to just keep the extra 30 Euros.
I really don't recommend this place but I don't want to go as far as calling it terrible. It might work for younger folks who don't have problems with noise and bad backs requiring decent mattresses.
Friendly, clean and central
Stayed for 4 nights in May and could not praise the staff more highly. When we arrived at 9.30 pm they booked a table for us at a local restaurant, which was pretty good food and really nice wine. Also they had booked us a taxi to and from the airport at a reasonable rate. There were plenty of information leaflets to pick up. Our rooms were large and beds the most comfortable ever. Bathrooms also spacious and clean. What you don't get are poncy toiletries and a naff hairdryer. Fab location near the central market and gellert baths.
A good, cheap Inn
Just returned from 2 nights in Budapest staying at the Inn-Side Kalvin House and have to say we were very happy with our choice. A nice BIG clean room in a quiet location. And the lift is now working fine
Buffet breakfast was more than adequate.
For the price, you really can't argue.
The best part though was the location. Right next to Kalvin Ter metro stop, and at the top of Raday Utca, which has some great restaurants and cafes/bars. We would go back tomorrow.
Great value and location
Just returned from Budapest where we spent six night in the Kalvin Haz Hotel. Steves says that this hotel is out of the way. This I would have to disagree with. It is a short walk to Liberty Bridge and the Kalvin Ter metro stop. Trams are close as well. That it is not in an extremely busy area of this wonderful city is probably a plus. The metro stop is two stops from the major metro interchange of three lines (Deak ter).
Rooms are spacious and clean with excellent showers. Breakfast is excellent and a fun experience. The staff is extremely helpful. A bonus is internet access from the breakfast area where you can book opera tickets or other things and keep in touch by email. You can purchase a Budapest Card at the hotel, and the hotel has an enoormous amount of literature in several languages.
Only a couple of negatives. The lift was broken during half of our stay. The entrance is a bit marginal. Avoid the room adjacent to the breakfast area if you like privacy. These are minor flaws in an otherwise excellent and underrated hotel.
Overlook the Entrance
This hotel is not luxurious but the rooms are spacious and clean. The hotel entrance is not attractive, and during our December 2004 stay, we had to walk up a steep winding stairway to our room. We learned, however, that an elevator is being installed, which should improve the place significantly. The staff was very helpful, and the breakfast was more than adequate. Overall this Pest location was a good starting point for many of the places we wanted to visit.
Don't go here.
I would not go here! I had my camera stolen from my room. Management's answer was that I should have checked it. They denied respnsibility and besides, they never "saw it" so how could they be responsible.
Great Deal, Great Hotel
We stayed at the Kalvin House in May 2004 and simply loved it. Our enormous room had 14 foot ceilings (and drab furniture), a refrigerator and International CNN. The staff was fantastically helpful and kind (they even left a birthday card in our room on my birthday). The hotel is centrally located, just moments from the trams and subway and only a couple of blocks from the Danube.
The breakfast, included in the inexpensive price, is substantial enough to really fuel you up for the day.