Le Meridien Budapest
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We left for Budapest at 7:30 this morning because it was to be a long day of driving and even with leaving so early, we were not expected to arrive until around 5:30 PM. On the way, Ann Marie talked about the history of Hungary and Budapest and also things that it's famous for (face cream, paprika, embroidery). She also gave us a list of musical …
After spending the morning in meetings, by 2pm I was free for the weekend and able to explore the city more. The first place I stopped was Hero's Square, a square at the end of Andrassy Avenue at at the beginning of City park. The square is complete with a series of statues/monuments to the leaders of the seven tribes that founded Hungary in the …
I had booked a private tour with a local guide for Saturday morning. His name was Zoltan and his services were highly rated on Tripadvisor. He met me at my hotel at 10am. We started the tour by sitting down in the lobby as he asked which sites I had already seen, which I was interested in seeing, and he provided me an overview of the history of the …
Viking River Cruise: Still in Budapest
Budapest city tour provided by Viking took us to Hero's Square, around the Szechenyi Baths and up to the castle district, St. Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion. It seems just about the entire city is a UNESCO Heritage site. There is a famous statue students would climb up on and rub a …
Momento Park and the American International School
John really wanted to see Momento Park where old Soviet Propaganda Statues go to die. We certainly took the round-about way to get there. It is on the Buda side but out of the city. It was interesting to see what the Soviets thought was important to portray in sculpture, but on …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLe Meridien Budapest
Beautiful hotel and cheap (we paid GBP62 per night) for a Le Meridien hotel. Close to major attractions. Service may appear gruff - but I think this is probably typical of Eastern European culture.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Meridien Budapest
Very nice, comfortable hotel in a great location just one block from Vaci Utca, the main pedestrian street in Pest, and just a short stroll from the river and the bridges to Buda.
I just returned from a four-night stay at Le Meridien, Budapest. Everything was really excellent. We arrived about half an hour before check in time and the staff was extremely apologetic about not having our room ready. We waited about half an hour in the lobby and then were taken to a gorgeous room which was an upgrade from the room we reserved. The room was one of the nicest I've had in Europe, spacious with many nice, small touches like a coffee pot in the room. With one minor exception, the staff was literally falling all over each other to be nice to us. The hotel lobby was nice but a little tired, not unlike many of the finer hotels in Europe. Food in the restaurant (and in the rest of Budapest) was really excellent. Le Meridien is just a couple blocks from the famous Gerbeaud coffeehouse which should not be missed.
It was a recommendation by our travel agent. It looked nice from the outside, but that was about it! The service was poorly trained, unattentive, and -at times- even rude. It took us for ever to get a simple coffee in the lobby, the breakfast buffet doesn't offer a wide variety and is seldomly re-stocked. The rooms were certainly nice......once! Most chairs and desks have chip marks all over, the carpet looks dirty and should be changed, and the duvet tells a whole storry about its previous occupants. Smelly and spots all over. Yakh.
We absolutely loved our stay at Le Meridian in Budapest, it is on the Pest side just around the corner from Vita...main shopping street and a few minutes walk to the Danube with an amazing view of Buda & the castle. There is also a shuttle that stops across the street to Statue Park. The hotel had excellent linens & all the extras - we ate in the hotel restaurant twice (which is rare), it was excellent - service, quality & presentation.
We stayed at Le M from 12 Feb to 17 Feb. Our good sized room was on the top, (9th) floor and there was a clear view of the Liberation monument on Gellert Hill in the distance. Due to being on the top floor, there was no view of the streets below, only the Budapest skyline but that wasn't a problem. The room was very clean and the maid service and turn-down service were excellent. Lots of friendly, English speaking staff who were only too happy to help, e.g. booking the airport shuttle bus. The hotel is located right next to the main metro station for all 3 lines as well as the City tour and Statue Park departure points. This was very convenient. The only small fault was that there was no tea / coffee making service in the room. This appears to be an increasing trend and it does, in my opinion detract from the hotel's numerous qualities. Instead you have to rely on the room service, (costly) or the McDonalds around the corner, (cheap but not convenient). All in all, a lovely hotel except for that one fault.
Hotel design and service level are really up to international top-standards. And all for very reasonable rates. No socialist feel at all (hotel could be in Paris) The spa is not enormous but not cramped either, offering very good beauty treatments and massages by a well trained staff (for extremly low prices based on western standards). Get a massage or a treatment every day!
This is the city`s top choice. Even better than the Kempinski (right next door).
Ohter properties like the Marriott, the Interconti or the Hilton are much older and are no true five star hotels.
We booked our rooms through www.hrs.de (always a very reliable choice with competitive rates)
Le Meridien Budapest is a nice hotel located in the city centre of Budapest near the Kempinski Corvinus. ItÂ s a member of the LHW. It is a beautiful historical building. The rooms are well equipped, but are not very large even the Deluxe rooms. There is a small swimming pool and a Jacuzzi. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The prices in the restaurant Â Le BourbonÂ are very reasonable (average price of 13 EUR for a main plate and 5-8 EUR for an entry)) and they provide an attractive Â a la carteÂ offer. They organise some special dinner buffet in the end of the week (Hungarian buffet, Sea food evening, Â Chocoholic nightÂ with a lot of chocolate specialities.). However, the buffet breakfast is too expensive (22 EUR p. pers.), and you can have a nice breakfast for at least half of the price at the Â GerbeauÂ a famous tea-room in Budapest which is located in a nice place at about 100 meters of the hotel. I will certainly stay again at that hotel in my next Budapest trip.
Top quality service
My partner and I were going to Budapest for me to meet her family for the first time. A couple of days before the trip we got engaged so I emailed the hotel to see if they could do something on our arrival to mark this event - flowers in the room I thought. On our arrival we had been upgraded to a Junior Suite with a bottle of champagne and some cakes waiting us. This set a high standard which was maintained throughout the stay. Absolute top class staff, good food, good beer in the bar and a great position in the city centre.
If I have to make a complaint, it could only be that there aren't enough English language chanels on the TV but even that's not their fault - blame the satellite, not the hotel. This is a fantastic place and we'd definately stay there again.