Novotel Budapest Danube
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A great place to stay
We stayed at this hotel from 8/31-9/7. The room was small but very comfortable. Only thing missing is a dresser with drawers. The bathroom was very modern and clean. The sink had a problem in draining water, but besides that it was ok. The shower should have a door since the water splashes out if you are not careful. I was able to adjust the shower hear so it will not do that, but still at times it splashed out to the floor. Not too bad though. We did not taste the food or drinks at the restaurant and bar. They gave away free apples each day at the front desk, news in english and some english newspapers. When we called for extra soap of shampoo, the lady brought up multiples of each. Very nice service, nice friendly staff. Would go back next time. The location you cannot beat. 2 blocks to the metro, across the street from the Danube and close to everything.
Un endroit super où séjourner
Nous sommes restés dans cet hôtel du 31 août au 7 septembre. La chambre était petite mais très confortable. J'ai regretté l'absence d'une commode avec des tiroirs. La salle de bains était très moderne et très propre. La vidange n'évacuait pas bien l'eau du lavabo mais à part ça, ça allait. La douche devrait avoir une porte car le pommeau aspergeait en dehors de la cabine si on ne faisait pas attention. J'ai réussi à régler le débit pour éviter le problème mais il fallait faire attention. Pas très grave non plus. Nous n'avons pas goûté la cuisine ni les boissons du restaurant et du bar. On nous offrait gratuitement des pommes tous les matins à la réception, des nouvelles en anglais et quelques journaux anglais. Quand nous avons demandé qu'on nous apporte davantage de savon et de shampoing la préposée nous en a apporté plusieurs échantillons de chaque. Le service est excellent, le personnel est gentil et amical. Je retournerai dans cet hôtel lors de ma prochaine visite à Budapest. L'emplacement est idéal, à deux rues du métro, de l'autre côté de la rue du Danube et près de tout.
Ein großartiges Hotel
Wir waren vom 31.8. bis 7.9. in diesem Hotel. Das Zimmer war klein, aber sehr komfortabel, das Einzige, was fehlt, ist eine Kommode mit Schubladen. Das Badezimmer war sehr modern und sauber. Das Wasser im Waschbecken floss nicht richtig ab, aber ansonsten war es OK. Die Dusche sollte eine Tür haben, da das Wasser rausspritzt, wenn man nicht aufpasst. Ich konnte die Dusche so einstellen, dass das nicht passierte, aber trotzdem spritzte manchmal etwas auf den Boden. Allerdings nicht zu stark.
Wir probierten nicht das Essen oder die Getränke im Restaurant oder in der Bar. Jeden Tag gab es an der Rezeption kostenlose Äpfel, englische Nachrichten und ein paar englische Zeitungen. Als wir um zusätzliche Seifen und Shampoos baten, brachte die Dame mehrere von beiden. Ein sehr guter Service und nette, freundliche Angestellte. Würde auf jeden Fall wiederkommen. Die Lage ist unschlagbar. 2 Blocks von der U-Bahn entfernt, die Donau ist auf der andern Straßenseite und alles ist in der Nähe.
Great hotel - Comfortable and Clean
The Novatel Budapest Danube is a very well situated hotel along the Buda side of the Danube. Many of the rooms have a nice view, and our room had every amenity we needed. The hotel is quite new, but the decor is welcoming and comfortable. The bed was great, very comfortable. There is free wired internet in the room, a espresso maker, teapot, a safe and refrigerator. The tv is flat screen. The room was very quiet, and air conditioned. It's an excellent choice in a lovely town.
Tolles Hotel - komfortabel und sauber
Das Novotel Budapest Danube hat eine sehr gute Lage an der Budaer Seite der Donau. Viele Zimmer haben eine schöne Aussicht und unser Zimmer hatte allen Komfort, den wir brauchten. Das Hotel ist recht neu, aber die Ausstattung ist einladend und komfortabel. Das Bett war spitze und sehr bequem.
Das Zimmer verfügt über einen kostenfreien Internetanschluss, eine Espressomaschine, eine Teekanne, einen Safe und einen Kühlschrank. Der Fernseher hat einen Flachbildschirm. Das Zimmer war sehr ruhig und klimatisiert. Es ist eine erstklassige Wahl in einer schönen Stadt.
Ottimo albergo; accogliente e pulito
Il Novatel Budapest Danube vanta un'ottima ubicazione lungo il lato di Buda del Danubio. Molte camere hanno una bella vista e la nostra aveva tutte le dotazioni che ci servivano. L'albergo è abbastanza nuovo, ma è arredato in modo accogliente e invitante. Il letto era fantastico e molto comodo. In camera c'era l'accesso a internet gratuito (non era wireless), una macchinetta per l'espresso, una teiera, la cassaforte e un frigo. La TV era a schermo piatto. La camera era veramente tranquilla e dotata di aria condizionata. Questo è un ottimo hotel in una città incantevole.
Great place to stay
The staff at the Hotel are very friendly and helpful and their English is excellent (as are most peoples in Budapest). The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. The sound-proofing is excellent and there is very limited traffic noise from the roads outside however, the soundproofing between the rooms is not as good as we could hear the person coughing in the room next door. The entrance to the shower, was too large and water splashed everywhere on the floor so it was a good job there was a towel there to catch most of it otherwise it would have been like a swimming pool in the bathroom. Also the water was very slow to go down the plughole and as a result we could only put it on half power otherwise the tray would have overflowed. The air conditioning works well, although we would advise putting it on maximum until you go to bed and then switching it off. The room remains cool throughout the night. However, the key card has to be kept in the slot by the door all the time to keep the air conditioning and the other electrics working. The quality of the restaurant food was excellent, albeit the menu was not the largest. However, on the Tuesday night there was a hot buffet for 4900 huffs each and it was excellent value and very tasty. The buffet breakfasts are also first class, so much so we weren't eating anything for lunch. We did overhear a resident ask for a taxi to the airport and they were quoted 6000 Huffs. He queried it and said it had been cheaper to get there. When you arrive at the Airport, Zona Taxis are registered to the airport. It cost 4200 Huffs to the Hotel and we telephoned them from the Hotel room to go back. The return journey was 3500 Huffs so we saved ourselves in Pounds £7.50 compared to the taxi the Hotel would have booked. As the gentleman said in the previous review we were only two minutes walk from the Metro. We found that by buying a 'One Day Travel Card' at a cost of 1350 Huffs, it will take you on all the Metros, Bus, Tram and Cogwheel Railway within the city boundaries. GREAT VALUE and very convenient. We enjoyed our stay so much we are hoping to go back to the same hotel at the time next year.
Great view of the parliament, very friendly staff
I spent a week here with my wife in May.
This hotel is located in the 1st district, on the Buda side, alongside the Danube river. Metro and tram stations are a 2-minute walk away, and outside the hotel there is a great view of the parliament on the other side of the river. Our room was reasonably priced (for Bupapest).
The hotel is new. Our room was pleasantly designed, including a modern flat-screen TV, and included a kettle for making tea and coffee. Some of the rooms (not ours) also have a river view.
The staff was very polite, helpful and friendly. Access to Internet was provided free of charge via cable obtained from reception, which I find very customer-friendly (I am now in a different hotel and am being charged €80 for the same "service"!).
The only issues I had were the shower head located in the walk-in shower cabin (it looked like something out of,"War of the Worlds" but sprayed water liberally across the bathroom, but not enough on me! ) and the fact that the windows had no handles, and could therefore not be opened. When I asked reception about this, they sent someone to open the window for us, but then they walked away with the handle! When we complained about this, they shrugged their shoulders and agreed that it was a strange policy... I assume this is all due to some Hungarian legislation. Perhaps there was a spate of tourists who kept throwing themselves out the windows of the hotels - I really don't know and it remains a mystery!
But generally I was happy - clean, bright, pleasant room with good connections to all places. I didn't eat at the hotel, but there are some places to visit close by.
Smart Novotel but rooms far too hot!
This is a new Novotel in a pleasant location by the Danube with good facilities. Excellent breakfast buffet and bar. However I found it impossible to get a decent night's sleep because my room was far too hot. Turning the air conditioning system to the lowest temperature made absolutely no difference. I complained to the staff but there was nothing they could do to reduce the heat which was the same throughout the hotel. All they could do was to give me a key to open the window but I was then kept awake due to the traffic. After just 2 nights I felt exhausted due to lack of sleep. I find over-heated rooms to be a common problem with modern hotels, particularly in winter. Why do hotels not do something to deal with this problem?
Schickes Hotel, aber viel zu heiße Zimmer!
Dies ist ein neues Novotel in schöner Lage an der Donau und mit guten Einrichtungen. Das Frühstücksbuffet und die Bar waren vorzüglich. Allerdings konnte ich nachts nicht vernünftig schlafen, da mein Zimmer viel zu heiß war. Auch wenn man die Klimaanlage auf die niedrigste Temperatur einstellte, machte es keinen Unterschied.
Ich beschwerte mich bei den Angestellten, aber sie konnten nichts tun, um die Hitze, die im ganzen Hotel herrschte, zu verringern. Das Einzige, was sie tun konnten, war mir einen Schlüssel zum Öffnen des Fensters zu geben, aber ich konnte dann wegen des Verkehrs nicht schlafen.
Nach nur zwei Nächten war ich wegen des Schlafmangels erschöpft. Ich finde, dass überhitzte Zimmer ein weit verbreitetes Problem in modernen Hotels sind, insbesondere im Winter. Warum unternehmen Hotels nichts gegen dieses Problem?