This is a modern, stylish conversion of an old stately house in Pest. Our room was small but very comfortable and stylish with a well designed shower room. The shower (an overhead rain shower as well as a hand-held shower) was spacious and the water abundant. Our bed was a bit hard and the foam mattress tended to develop defined hollows where you lay so turning over was a bit of a climb out of the depression. We found the pillows hard, but that is personal taste and they tell us they are purchasing feather pillows so there will be a choice in future. The breakfast was an abundant buffet of cold cuts with a large selection of breads, fruit, jams and yogurt. Eggs, sausages and bacon were cooked and held on a warming steam server so, since they weren't freshly cooked we didn't try them.
The bar was a comfortable room off the reception with arm chairs and tables and served drinks and toasted ham and cheese sandwiches which were actually excellent and freshly made when ordered so provided the possibility of having a snack in the hotel whose restaurant only serves breakfast.
The hotel is within a couple of minutes walk from the nearest tram, which runs every few minutes and connects to the metro and other trams and buses directly. The public transport in Budapest is superb and very easy to use if you buy a one, two or three day pass. Don't try to rely on buying individual trip tickets as most of the vending machines seem to be out of order and the sellers in the ticket booths don't speak much, if any, English. Using the trams and Metro in a hop on hop off manner makes getting around Budapest a pleasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The place where history meets present! Stay in a historical palace that was originally constructed in the 19th century and served as the residence of a Hungarian noble, Count Nandor Zichy. Located in downtown Budapest in the historical Palace quarter. Our guests will enjoy a state-of-the-art guestroom with a flat panel television, and complimentary high-speed Internet. The 80-room hotel features many free services: lounge with free water and coffee, Internet-access, @-room with 6 workstations and fitness center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Zichy Hotel
- Palazzo Zichy Budapest