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Sofitel by the Danube
This was a treat for my daughter before she goes to university,we had a slight problem at check in when offered 'one room' instead of the 2 rooms we had booked! Well handled by the receptionist who gave us two rooms on the seventh floor and said she would sort things out - all dealt with behind the scenes.
The rooms had beautiful views over the River Danube and the Chain Bridge and we were lucky that weekend as there were a lot of stalls on the bridge and events near it.
The breakfast was fine although like a previous writer the table was cleared before we were finished.
We had a meal in the Restaurant and the food was excellent! The only comment I would make and it applied to the restaurant staff and the majority of the staff working in the Hotel - they lacked sparkle and had a bit of a personality bypass. A smile might hurt.
Not a lot of night life in the Hotel itself but plenty of activity in the area.The Casino in the Hotel was a very good bit of fun (or if you are a serious gambler then good as well).
Overall an enjoyable weekend but the Hotel staff could have done a lot more to make it much much better!
Having stayed at the Sofitel St James in London there is no comparison
- it is a real touch of class -try it!
Surprise!!! We're under construction...
We just returned from a long weekend trip to Budapest where we stayed at the Sofitel Budapest. The biggest plus of the hotel is the location (directly near the river danube), which is within walking distance of all major tourist spots of the city. The room was clean and nicely furnished. The bahroom was big with seperate shower and bathtub (incl. bathrobes). The staff in the lobby was very helpful and friendly.
Unfortunately we were not informed of the major refurbishment that is going on in the hotel right now before booking (we booked directly with the hotel), which wasn't a pleasant surprise as we arrived. The room was quiet though, but for a junior suite nothing special. The aircondition was noisy, internet in the room 25,- euros/day (even though it stated "included") before, the showerdrain didn't work properly which flooded our room (but was repaired instantly)...
Our first attempt to enjoy our breakfast lead to being redirected to another restaurant where the buffet can only be discribed as a joke, on our second day a waiter removed our plates (with food still on) without saying a word. After we informed him that we were not finished yet, he and his collegue broke into laughter instead of saying "sorry"...
Conclusion: The hotel has potential to being very nice, but has a lot to do in terms of service quality... Make sure you ask before booking if the refurbishment is finished if this would bother you...
Superb hotel - shame about the refurbishments
This is a superb hotel in a superb location. I was given a suite which was completely unexpected since I expected to have a standard room with twin beds.
Unfortunately, the room was tucked away in a corner on the 1st floor and at 6.00am, the washing from the basement started! I made an inquiry to the concierge to confirm this and was subsequently given another suite on the 3rd floor.
They are currently working on refurbishing the ground floor so perhaps it is unfair to judge that since it has to happen at some time. Positively, the Foccacia restaurant is a great place to have breakfast overlooking Buda and the Szenchenyi Bridge.
1) Do not buy the Budapest Card. Buy a day pass (1275HUF) or a 3 day pass (2550HUF).
2) The most useful trams are 2,4,6 on the Pest side and 18,19,61 on the Buda side. I connected to the Buda side using these trams and when catching the 61 at Mosksva Ter, be careful which way it is going since it is a busy interchange with all forms of public transport. 4 and 6 were extremely useful since it connected metro M1 and M2.
3) Catch the funicular from the Clark Adam Ter to the Royal Palace and National Gallery. The views towards the Pest side are superb.
4) The sun rises from the Pest side and ends at the Buda side so it's an idea to do the Pest attractions in the morning to capture photos towards the Buda side and Buda in the afternoon to capture photos towards the Pest side.
5) There are some reasonably-priced restaurants (within a 15 minute walk of the hotel. I went to Cafe Kor (Hungarian/European) and Via Luna (Italian) which both required reservations though I was lucky to get a table at Cafe Kor unannounced. Both had a very Hungarian crowd.
6) Like many other reviewers, I used hotelonlinehungary for the transfer. It was seamless with a girl called Andrea present on arrival with my name on a board. She took us using a VW Sharon people carrier and on the way back, a different person (Istvan) came along though it was a different car.
7) The best tourist book from the UK I found was the Dorling Kindersley which was surprising since I usually found Time Out and Lonely Planet to be better though I did have a 2004 version.
I found the Budapest people to be friendly, hospitable and approachable. Do not be afraid to ask them in English, which is terrible from a non-linguist, but they were superb.
Undergoing refurbishment but still nice
I booked this hotel in November 2004 and was in contact with them up until a few days before my stay on Easter Sunday '05. On arriving at the hotel there were signs stating that some parts of the hotel was undergoing refurbishment between March and May '05. We later found out that the Chain Bridge Bar (which was mainly one of the reasons i booked this hotel) was closed during our stay and also the Palm Cafe. At no point was i informed of this refurbishment which I was quite annoyed with. However the view from our bedroom window was fantastic. We stayed on the fifth floor (non-smoking floor) in room 516 which looked out onto the Danube, Chain Bridge etc. The room and bathroom were very clean and comfortable. The bed was really cosy.
We ate in the Foccia Restaurant in the hotel the first night and was very impressed and was not too expensive.
The other nights we were there we ate in 'trendy' restuarants on the Pest side and our last night we ate in a typical Hungarian restaurant on the Buda side which was great and made me feel like I was actually in Hungary. I did actually prefer the Buda side. You can get across by foot over the Chain Bride, just a five min walk from the hotel. Then you can go up the hill in an old wooden lift type, good fun.
There are some large docked boats just down from the hotel that are restaurants and bars. We liked the Columbus as when the sun shines you can sit on top and drink in the sun, its great. We also went to the Palace, the Great Hall Market, the largest european outdoor spa baths - which is a ten min taxi ride away from the hotel, its a must to go to, and when you come out go into the Gundell restaurant for lunch its beautiful and the service is fantastic. We also went to Stephens Basillica which is breathtaking.
We also went in the underground caves called the Labyrinths, we went at 6.20 pm (an hour before closing) so hardly any one was there. You get an oil lamp and a map and you are on your own, very scary, well I was.
Had a good stay. If I went again I think I would stop on the Buda side as its much quiter.
Easter is a good time to go as there was an Hungarian Market (Food and little stalls, dancing and music) every day.
I would stop at the Sofitel again but I think they shouldve let their guests know in advance of the refurbishment.
Any questions please email me.
Great Service - Nothing too much trouble
Arrived at 9.30pm so reception was quiet and we were taken to our rooms almost immediately. Make sure to tip the bellboy - chances are you could get a better room if you ask! Rooms are spacious and bathrooms are clean. The bar looks out over the Danube, Chain Bridge and Castle Hill and the view is marvellous at night-time. Word of warning - DO NOT drink the Unicum - it's so foul I had to have a cigarette to take away the taste and I had been a non smoker for over a year!
Do not book to stay over a Monday if you can help it - more or less everything of interest is closed!
What can I say, fantastic hotel ~ what a location, great facilities, lovely room. Try to get a room overlooking chain bridge (worth every penny). One note, watch out for exchange booths on the shopping street Vaci Utca, there can be a massive difference in rates, look at a couple before changing your money (the hotel has a reasonable rate too, but only for cash not travellers cheques).
Loved Budapest ~ make sure that you visit the old communist statue park and the Buda Castle Labyrinths during your stay.
I would give this hotel each and every one of it's five stars every time!
Excellent Hotel - Great Location
The Sofitel Atrium Hotel in Budapest truly impressed me. Beginning with the excellent location just on the Pest side of the chain bridge in close walking distance to the Metro, Parliament Building, Christmas Market, Vaci st etc... We had the pleasure of staying in a corner suite on the 6th floor and the view was quite impressive. The Danube, historic buildings and city lights shined through the windows. The room itself was quiet, clean, well serviced. Extra touches such as a live orchid bloom in a simple vase in the bathroom, bathrobes and chocolates on our pillows were also impressive. We reserved access to the executive floor which offered a lovely lounge with complimentary beverages (including cocktails between 5-7p) hors devours and breakfast. With all this in mind, the best thing about the Sofitel is the staff. The three ladies who worked in the executive lounge were extremely helpful, courteous, friendly and knowledgeable. The concierge service downstairs was also eager to offer assistance. I highly recommend this hotel for business and leisure travelers looking for a little luxury on their next visit to Budapest.
Sofitel, the right view, the right location
I have stayed 4 nights at the Sofitel (ex-Hyatt), in October and I have very much appreciated the hotel : a 5 star, with a different architecture (a beautiful lobby in an high open space with lots of plants descending from the 8th floor and a suspended airplane), in the best location of the town (in front of the Danube river - not blue, near the castlte, the Opera House and the commercial area - Vaci Utca and Andrassy), with the most beautiful day and night view (we had asked for a riverside deluxe view), a nice swimingpool (with enough space to swim), a good breakfast (not excellent), modern and large rooms with very nice and usefull small details and a kind service.
We did also visited the Hilton (in the Castle area, nice but too much quiet), the Meridien (luxurious but in a less interesting area), the Kempinski (modern, without interest), the 4 Seasons (Gresham - lovely but much more expensive), the Marriott and the Intercontinental (both need a refurbishment) and do really think that the price we have paid (200 Euros inc. breakfast and taxes, through the Accor internet site), make the Sofitel the ideal 4-5 star hotel in Budapest.
Great hotel for business or pleasure
I recently organised a conference at the Sofitel Budapest. I was very glad I had done so. The hotel is an absolutely wonderful place for a conference. The appearance of the hotel is stunning, there are plenty of staff, and the staff all seem to know what they are doing. Everything just worked. The food was very good too.
I also stayed on for a few days after the conference to see the sights of Budapest. Unlike some other conference hotels I have stayed in, the standard of service was maintained once the conference was over. The bedrooms are very comfortable and the service is impeccable.
Fantastic view, excellent service, high prices
Spent two nights on the Panorama Lounge level in a River View room. Room is small but the furniture and the decorations are luxurious. The bath is top quality, the soaps and shower creams smelled fantastic. The view from the window is breathtaking. The breakfast is unbelievable. The guy, who makes the omelets, is superb. Only negative thing is the room price. Without reservation, one night for two is ~ USD350 + valet parking is an extra $30. With advance reservation, you can get it for USD240.
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