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I didn't know anything at all about Hungary before I went over so I did just a little bit of reading up, but on the whole I liked the idea of not going with any expectations, and planned to take it as I found it. Budapest is the capital of Hungary. It's known as the 'Paris of Europe', and along with Vienna, it's THE City of Opera. Budapest comes …
... we hadn’t done one of these before. Whilst we were waiting for the bus to arrive, we hung around the water station where they were giving away cold water and cold water in bubbles. This was so nice just to put on your neck and body and then you could drink it once you got sick of it. (The temperature gauge was saying 42 degrees – we didn’t realise Europe got this hot!)
Once the bus arrived, we did a half loop around past where ...
... took the bus to the Buda side of Budapest. First we walked over to the city "center" which didn't really have much and then on over to what we believe was a Jewish church. We looked around for a while and then continued on through the park and up a set of stairs that leads you to the highest point of the city. Here we got a great view and saw the church and "castle" I guess is what you would call it. We were told that the church was built here on the highest point of the city so that ...
... was a potential issue and that we might have to pay an undetermined amount of money . . . and it was true – we were extorted for 67 Euros and 2 cents. Yes, 2 cents. Once we paid the money we continued to travel through Stúrovo, Bratislava, and Kuty before reaching the Czech Republic and the cities of Breclav, Brno, Pardubice, Kolin and finally Prague. Our beautiful sunny ...
... t tell you a lot about it. It had a pistachio kind of creamy substance in the middle, with a crusty thingy on top and some kind of red goop at the bottom. There, doesn’t that sound lovely?
After that a metro ride to the bus station and a night-time bus ride back over the Danube, all lit up and beautiful, to our campsite. We all enjoyed Budapest and Hungary very much. Leonardo and I actually have it in first place at ...
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Superb Hotel in Supereb City
I have been visiting Budapest since 1987, my partner and I have been going there together now for a couple of years. The NH Hotel is simply our favourite hotel of those I have stayed at. We spent two weeks there in July 2004. The location is wonderful - all the main sights are within walking distance if youu do not mind walking for 20 mins or so, and the hotel is in the old antique district. It is very near the river and you can walk on to Margit Island, which is a lovely way of spending a hot afternoon. You can also stroll over to the main sights of Buda in about 45 minutes.
NH is near one of the main railway terminals and underground stns. It is easy to take a train out to Estergom or any of the towns on the Danube bend. There is a huge modern shopping mall nearby, with a lovely Millennium Garden on the roof.
The hotel is next door to the oldest theatre in Budapest though unfortunately all the performances are in Hungarian only. There are many charming and cheap restaurants nearby. There are also several small superkarkets and cornershops to help you out when you run out of kild etc - the hotel provides tea and coffee facilities. The hotel itself is all that other reviewers have said - clean, comfortable, reasonably priced meals, excellent room service, wonderfully kind and helpful staff. The breakfast is excellent in quality although the menu is rather uninspired. We have no criticisms at all of this welcoming and appealing hotel except perhaps that the layout of the rooms and corridors is a bit insitutional, but we bear in mind that the building is squashed into a quiet backstreet.
Have just returned from a 3 night stay at this hotel. A very smart contemporary styled hotel, worthy of its 4 stars. The rooms were in excellent condition with top quality furnishings and bedding. This hotel only opened in October 2003. Staff was excellent, room service prompt and very reasonable prices. The bar area was nice too. Breakfast was fantastic, an unbelievable array of items:- cereals, dried fruits, fresh fruits, all kinds of rolls and breads, bacon, eggs, sausage, hash browns, mushrooms, tomatoes, danish pastries and my favourite - pain aux raisin, pancakes - I think you get the picture, oh and every kind of juice, every kind of tea and of course, coffee!
Didn't eat in the restaurant as we were at the Opera and Ballet on 2 out of 3 nights and ate out and had room service on the other night which was good.
There is a nice small Italian restaurant just round the corner on Szent Istvan called Okay Italia. It served simple authentic Italian food at unbelievable prices and the house red wine at 750 HUF - for half a litre tasted exactly like a good Cabernet Sauvignon! We ate there twice!
Didn't try the public transport, but got a taxi over to Fisherman's Bastion in the Castle District over on the Buda side, cost 2,500 HUF. Recommend doing that as this area is a Heritage site and part of the historic district. Walked back from the Palace, crossed over the Chain Bridge and into the shopping district near Vorosmarty Ter, a nice afternoon indeed.
The highlight of our trip was the seeing The Nutcracker performed by the Hungarian National Ballet at the magnificent State Opera House. We booked on-line and collected our tickets the day before the performance, as we were passing. Incredible value, with tickets starting at 400 HUF - we only paid 900 HUF each and got excellent seats. I'd recommend going for one of the boxes, but unfortunately, there were none left when we booked, despite booking within 1 hour of tickets going on sale!
Excellent all round
I am lucky enough to stay in high quality hotels all over the world due to my work. This hotel is an absolute steal, great prices excellent decor, bar, restaurant and reception staff. All round great hotel, I will be staying here whenever I am in Budapest again. It is not right down by the river but is close enough that it doesnt matter.
Superb friendly hotel
A great hotel, clean, trendy with excellent restaurant and helpful staff. Definitely recommend.
My friend and I stayed at the NH Budapest from Tuesday 21 September until Friday 24 September, having previously stayed in Prague (Andel's Design Hotel) and subsequently staying in Vienna (Pension Domizil). We arrived by train into Nyugati station, which was 5 minutes walk from the hotel. Compared to the hustle and bustle of the streets outside, the hotel was an oasis of calm. The public areas are great in a well designed, understated sort of way. The room was very nice and modern, though the lighting was a bit dim. It was also a bit annoying that we had to walk to the end of the room furthest from the door in order to turn off the lights! Breakfast wasn't included (EUR 16!!!) so we ate out. We went for a run in the rain one night and the sauna was greatly appreciated afterwards! The hotel isn't all that close to the main tourist sights, but we didn't mind walking most of the time, and we did brave the underground a couple of times. All in all, NH Budapest is an ideal place to stay.
Great hotel - fantastic city
My girlfriend and I have just returned from a long weekend in Budapest staying at the NH. The staff are very friendly and very helpful and speak perfect English which helped as our Hungarian is not too good - they arranged our transport back to the airport for us and it arrived bang on time!!
The hotel does cater for business people although we did not feel out of place at all. Hotel design is clean, modern and functional. It is a short walking distance to the trams and metro and is situated about 5-10 mins walk from the Danuabe and Magrit Island. Our room was clean and well designed with very comfy bed!! Overall a great base to explore the city.
Great place with great staff
Just returned from 5 nights in Budapest at the NH. This is a really nice place that caters to business travellers, but also works well for tourists like my wife and I. The hotel is in a good location, in a nice neighbourhood in the north of the city centre about 500 metres from where St. Margaret's bridge spans the river. There is a tram line running east-west/west-east about 250 metres from the hotel and a river-side north-south/south-north tram that terminates next to St. Margaret's bridge. The Metro is within walking distance, with a stop about 600 metres to the east. The rooms are modern, comfortable and clean and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Our, quite reasonable, price of accomodation included a medium to large breakfast buffet at which we happily ate every morning. Would definitely stay there again.
Excellent new hotel
Just returned from staying 4 nights at the NH hotel and couldn't fault it.Very efficient & courteous staff,rooms where large and very well kept and the position was great for sight seeing and plenty if places to eat and drink on your door step.
Nice Hotel - does what it says on the tin
We have just returned from 4 nights in Budapest - great city and had a lovely time. We stayed at the NH which is close enough to the centre of town to walk in and is also close to the Danube.
The hotel was okay, modern in a characterless way. It is basically catering for business guests, that was even said to us by the manager. Couples beware - none of the beds in the hotel are doubles, they are all single beds pushed together. We weren't too impressed with this, particularly as we had purposely booked a 'double room'. The staff were pleasant enough but we were not bowled over by their enthusiasm.
All in all it was nice enough but to be honest I think we will stay somewhere else when we next visit Budapest (we liked the city that much that we are already talking about going back).
Fantastic hotel in a great city
This is a lovely hotel. After staying in a supposidly 4 star hotel in Paris this was an easy 5. The rooms were nice and roomy and very modern. The staff were excellent always there to help. The restaurant served superb food nearly stopping us from searching out the other great restaurants in this city.Stay- 4 nights March 2004