Mercure Budapest Buda
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WOW! What a city! Or should we say two cities? Wonderful historical sites and a fairytale castle on the hill. We had a long day yesterday trying to see as much as possible and finished with a short river trip watching the sun set on the magnificent River Danube, grey not blue, sad to say. The city is busy as we have arrived …
Yesterday I left on a plane for Hungary! You'll all be happy to hear that I've arrived safe and sound and am almost completely unpacked! No missed flights for me today, but I did have one or two minor snags on this trip. 1. I somehow managed to arrive to the airport in only on sock (don't ask...) 2. A child sat behind me and kicked my back for 6 ...
... up whether to head along to the famous Budapest hot pools for an evening dip but being a ridiculusly hot day the thought of a relaxing hot bath didn't quite appeal. Instead we headed back to camp via the first electrified rail line in the world.....and by the looks of it the oldest rial carts too!!! Dinner was at the on site bar.....goulash and some spit roasted pork....gold!! Laters ...
... speed escalators; I got those. But I didn’t expect the splendor of imperial courts and 17th century palisades and canals lit up like jewels in the night sky. The tiny part of Russia that we saw was very beautiful. What did not surprise me was the coldness of the place. I searched far and wide for any sign that might distrupt the stereotype that Russians are cold, reserved, xenophobic and abrupt. I found nothing - in spite of wanting to find something so badly. A man gave up ...
... of the trees around them.
We arrived at our organised campsite sometime after 3 pm.
It was sited well up in the hills within a wooded area and was a disused tram station from the time of horse drawn trams. It was fairly basic but did have hot water and access to the outside world via the sites free wifi.
I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mercure Budapest Buda
Mercure Buda Excellent Value
I thought this hotel was excellent. Like the previous reviewer I was on the 8th floor and found the room spot on. The hotel is ideally located for sightseeing and socialising. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and the breakfast plentiful and varied. We paid £37 per night for a double room with breakfast which we thought was outstanding considering we paid £70 for a night at what can only be described as fawlty towers in the shape of the Britainnia Airport hotel at Newcastle Airport. A flashback to the mid 70's.
We stayed there for two nights on Christmas holidays of 2004. Location was very convenient - 3-5 minutes to metro station and walking distance to key sightseeing spots in buda area such as palace, cathedral and old villages.
Regarding to the hotel itself... we stayed at the executive floor (8th fl.) and the room was very clean. The bed was spacious and toilet was just convenient and modern. Breakfast buffet was good (various sausages but not enough vegetables) and the restaurant was clean and neat.
People at the front was ready to help us and fluent in English. They prepared opening schedules of key museums during the Christmas holidays and recommended us some alternative choices - i.e. pub that was popular among local people...
We booked the hotel via Octopus so it was really a value for money. If we could visit Budapest again, we would devinitely stay at this hotel again.
Good value, well placed
We booked this hotel through a low cost airline's affiliated travel company so we were expecting budget accommodation. But for the price we got a very comfortable room which was very clean and exceeded our expectations in terms of facilities. It has a swimming pool, sauna & jacuzzi & the bedrooms have a hairdryer and a minibar but no tea and coffee making facilities or iron/board.
The staff were generally very friendly although the restaurant staff were a little reserved. The hot buffet breakfast was excellent the only criticism being that the tea was a little cold both mornings. The hotel is excellently placed for the metro which is 5 minutes walk. We thought that this hotel was really great value and would use it again.
I stayed here and found it very good. Location just minutes from Castle Hill and close by tram or metro to everything of interest. Literally a two minute walk to the red line at Deli pu. Breakfast superb, rooms great and warm and clean, pool lovely, staff friendly and helpful, prices excellent. I would recommend it to anyone!! Great value too!
I agree with emiller444. This hotel is a disappointment. The room wasn't clean and has an old aspect. The hotel is far of the center. I will never return there again.
Not so enthusiastic about the Mercure Buda
I was not as impressed with the Mercure Buda as the other reviewers. The hotel was a standard 4* hotel catering to tours. The food (breakfast buffet and dinner) was typical mediocre tour food. The people at the desk were not particularly helpful. I wanted information about walking tours I had found on the internet and they were only interested in selling me a particular company's bus tours. They were neither helpful or pleasant about getting information for me.
The location was inconvenient. Although there is a Metro station close to the hotel, the station is on a seedy street and is dirty, smelly, and filled with homeless people. There is absolutely nothing near the hotel - no restaurants and nowhere to walk around at night. It is in the Buda section, but it is at the bottom and the castle area is at the top - up many, many steps. We did end up using the Metro constantly and ran into no problems although we were not happy to be back at the station near the hotel at night.
I am making the hotel sound worse than it was - the hotel itself was pleasant enough. Part of our stay there was with a tour. If I were to make arrangements on my own, I would choose a hotel down on the River.
Great hotel for the money
Very warm, clean, nicely decorated hotel with an inviting bar and very lavish breakfast spread. I thought the hotel staff was nice but clueless. This is a hotel that accommodates many large tour groups - any request we had about the noise level of the 50 teens staying on our floor went unanswered and simple questions about taxis, the bill, etc. were above their heads. English was a problem. Something else to consider is the location: it is walking distance to the castle district but it's approx 300 steps up. You need to take the subway to get to pest - only a 5 minute ride though but public transportation stops at 11 pm. If you'd rather save the money and stay a bit out of the way then this is a very good choice. BTW, we booked on octopus and got great rates.
Enjoyed our stay!
My boyfriend and I went to Central Europe this past summer and our first stop was Budapest. We stayed at the Mercure Buda for 3 nights.
When in Budapest, there is the Buda side(more historical, and hilly) and there is the Pest side(more of the modern part of Budapest and flat). I prefer to stay on the Buda side, and this hotel is very close to the historical centers like Castle District. It is also a 2-5 minute walk to the train station and a tram stop that takes you around the city. The transportation system here is great!! We really loved the breakfast selection, and the fruits that was served was really good!
Beautiful city and nice hotel to stay in! Would love to visit this city again!
My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our four night stay. There is a really buzz about the hotel. It is very central- just a few minutes stroll to the castle district. The bedrooms are very well appointed, the reception staff are very accomodating and efficient. There is a great choice of foods at breakfast and the hotel bar is open until late. The exterior of the hotel belies the warmth and quality of the interior. The only criticism we have is that we could smell an odour of cigarette smoke in our room.
Excellent in every measure
the mercure buda is excellent! very clean. excellent service. superb wide ranging breakfast buffet included in rate - $51 USD nov. '03 single room from octopustravel.com. great views of castle district from east facing rooms. one block from metro - 5 mins to city center on metro.