Uhu Villa Budapest
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The cab driver that the hotel reserved to pick us up told us that "uhu" in Hugarian was the sound that owls living in the hills made...
It was a very pleasant stay for us at the Uhu Villa last fall, the hotel was charming with their colletion of antiques and beautiful interior design. Room was spacious, clean, and bathroom was very nice.
The staff was friendly and helpful, they booked tickets for events in the city, but they didn't sell budapest card.
Had breakfast in the hotel, the setting was gorgeous.
It was a bit walking up the hill from the bus stop, but we enjoyed every minute of it.
The perfect getaway!
A beautiful little hotel in a peaceful hilly location with nice views. The staff were extremely helpful and even offered to pay for a taxi to the airport for us when the airport minibus was running late.
Although the hotel was full, we were delighted on each occassion to find we had the sauna and pool to ourselves. The restuarant was romantic, especially if eating out on the balcony and the italian food delicious. The breakfast buffet was basic, but sufficient.
I am astonished by the negativity of the previous reviewer. The one dog we passed was large and loud, but seemed well fenced in and of reasonable temperment. Yes there was a five minute walk that included a steep hill, so less agile visitors might want to consider a car. We managed fine on public transport at night, even after a few drinks, but I would recommend taking a torch as the hill is not well lit.
The tram journey varied in length, normally around 15 minutes. The service was punctual and took us directly to Moscow square, near the castle district, where there are good metro and tram links.
Too far away. Unless you have a car, I'd stay away.
We stayed there for a few days. People are pleasant and attentive, and the place is comfortable and clean. However, one problem I consider is major has to do with the location. I think other reviewers have misrepresented the location a bit. This place is very very FAR away from city. Walking to the tram takes 10-15 minutes and it wasn't exactly a pleasant walk. You are walking along the side of roadways with cars zooming by you every now and then. Most of the time the narrow strip of sidewalk had cars parked on them so you can't really use them and we had to walk on the roadway. We also walked pass some neighborhoods with large dogs barking at us behind the fences. Quite terrifying especially if they came out of nowhere and the fences did not seem high enough. The tram takes about 20-30 minutes to get to the city (after you've already walked 10-15 minutes). Don't even think about walking at night. To go home, we recommend taking the cab (about USD$15 each way). But that can be difficult ... because if you want a reliable cab, you need to call ahead and wait for them to pick you up. That can take a while. Couple of times our cab driver got lost and we got back after > 1 hour. Verdict: unless you have a car and know your way around Budapest, don't stay at this hotel. I feel bad saying this because the owner and people working there were very very nice people. But fact is fact: this place is too far.
Also watch out when they charge you in Euro. I got charged Euro even though the bill was in HUF. Then my credit card converted it back to USD. So essentially I paid for two conversions. Ask them to charge you in HUF on your credit card. This applies to other merchants too. Their conversion rate can be very unfavorable and on top of that you have to pay for another conversion back to USD or whichever currency you use.
A little out of town - but an interesting place to stay.
It's a good thirty minute taxi ride from the airport - passing through the city and way out the other side. The roads get smaller and smaller until you think the taxi driver is lost and you will end up in a dead end. To get into the city you have a 200m walk to a tram, ten stops to the end of the line then a metro (or second tram) in to the tourist area. Not too bad but it is a steep climb back up to the hotel at the end of a long days sightseeing (you can always take a taxi of course).
The hotel is extremely well decorated with antique items of interest in the public rooms. It is not your run of the mill chain hotel. A small indoor swimming pool is available - along with a sauna. Most the staff are friendly - one or two could try a little harder. Breakfast was nice but minimal. The breakfast room isn't really big enough to cope with all the guests and occasionally guests had to wait for tables to be cleared before sitting down.
The staff are outstanding. We left very early, but were served fresh coffee and breakfast. The decor is very stylish, no tacky-hotel-art. The villa is very comfortable, with a choice of sitting rooms and a garden, pool and sauna. Great food. Free internet and helpful staff. We appreciated that it was a 400 meter walk from the tram after being in the city center at hotels. At night, one can hear uhus (owls).
Beautiful and serene
I agree with the previous review about the location. I, for one, was happy being away from the city center and in the lush, green Buda hills. The staff was friendly and warm. Everything I needed was provided with a smile whenever I asked. Need postcards mailed? A glass of wine? Laudry service? Internet? Done, and with a smile! After a week of hectic travel, Uhu Villa provided a pleasant respite away from it all.
Lost but worth if legs allow
This hotel is excellent if you want to get lost in the surroundings of Budapest. Staff is very friendly, stayed there in a very hot week-end and being able to sample its excellent cuisine in an outdoors terrace, and its good breakfast in a sunny morning with fantastic vistas to the mountains was an unforgettable experience. Our Jr. suite was big, shower could have been better but overall a remarkable and worthwhile hit for those travellers who do not mind to be a little bit away from the city center and who prefer the coziness of a small hotel. Definitely reccomended unless going there in winter without enough budget for taxis.
Very Romantic... Outstanding Service, nice people great food
My wife and I were very pleasantly surprised by the Uhu Villa, we really enjoyed it. The hotel arranged for a cab to take us there and the Vila lived up to its billing. The food was awesome and the whole place was very relaxing. The sound of birds were everywhere and the only downside was a barking dog nearby who, at night would bark and then hear his echo off the valley walls and bark at it.. again and again.
The swimming pool is a bit smaller than it looks in the photo but very nice -- everything about the place is clean and polished and very pleasant.
It's about a 10 minute walk to the tram, it's great when you're going downhill... coming back home, however, was a bit much for my wife. I think in the future we'll walk to the tram, take it 10 stops to Moskova and catch the subway and coming back we'll take our chances and catch a cab. We took a cab from the Marriott (we felt safer catching a cab from a hotel that had it's own cars and drivers) and it cost us the equivalent of about $20 USD.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions. We had a good time there and would do it again.
Great Relaxing Time
Just returned from Budapest, where I stayed at the Uhu Villa in the Buda Hills. It was in a wonderful setting and very quiet, but only a 15 minute tram ride from the city centre.
The rooms were of a high standard and the staff very friendly, with good knowledge of the area.
The food in the restaurant was also excellent.
One of the best hotels
My husband and I stayed with Uhu Villa for a total of 6 days. We absolutely loved it. The staff was excellent and the hotel is very romantic. Originally, we thought it would be an out of the way place but actually...it was perfectly located. It was very easy to get around. The hotel is up a steep hill...so it's a bit of a walk but it's definetly worth every penny! The staff helped us with directions and reservation. They spoke English very well and we loved their breakfast. Our host always had a smile on his face and served freshly squeezed orange juice or coffee the way you want it. I definitely recommend this place to any one going to Budapest.
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