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“Great Location Great Host!” 5 of 5 stars
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Budavar Pension B&B
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Szabo Ilonka u. 15/A, Budapest 1015, Hungary   |  
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Ranked #9 of 160 Budapest B&B and Inns
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“Great Location Great Host!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We stayed for 5 nights in room 3, it was plenty big for a couple with a great balcony to view Parliament. The room has AC along with a ceiling fan to stay cool. Victor is a great host and is happy to give you directions in the morning, his English is very good. Located right below the Bastion, making it a great place to hang out at night after the crowds leave. Easy to get to the other parts of a Budapest via the metro a short walk down the stairs. There is a market right there also and a very good vegetarian place when you need a break from the heavy hungarian cuisine. Breakfast is simple but it is enough to start the day. O yea there is also a fridge at the font desk where you can get wine, beer,water, etc at any time, just have to keep a tally on a piece of paper.

Room Tip: Get a room facing the Danube!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is beautiful, located along the hill with a beautiful view of the city band the river. Service is impeccable, kind and always nice. It seem rally to stay as in family. Absolutely suggested to visit the city with alla comforts.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We stayed in room 4 - a superior double. The room faces the hill and castle, so is nicely quiet. The bed has twin mattresses and is very comfortable. However we could clearly hear the shower running from an adjacent room in the morning. The furnishings are fairly basic and a bit worn, with broken fittings on the window blinds.There is a coffee table and some chairs in the room; not quite a suite but somewhere to sit besides the bed. The room has a balcony with chairs; but does not have a view of the city. There was a rather unpleasant rubbery smell in the room that could be dispelled by opening the windows for a while. The hallway and staircase are similarly rather basic in furnishing. The breakfast room has a balcony area from where you can see the top of the parliament building, so looks good at night.
The hotel is non-smoking. Also there is free internet, (minus facility for videos)

The service provided by Viktor was very good. However the breakfast was far from good. The coffee is made from powder and then kept hot in a coffee thermos jug. There were 3 types of teabag - Earl Grey, strawberry, and green tea. On the second day, the Earl Grey had been used up and not replaced. Salami was provided, along with rolls; but no fresh ham or cheese, just individual portions of cheese spread, pate, and jams. The only milk available was long life from a carton. It easily ranked as the most limited breakfast we have ever been offered in a hotel or pension.

The location of the pension is very convenient for the castle. It is also about 5-7 mins walk to the metro; but beware because it is a steep climb home!

The overall impression we came away with is that the business is putting its own needs first rather than the customer, evidenced by the poor breakfast, basic, worn furnishings, and lack of repair.

In summary for 72 euros a night and the poor breakfast we would not go back

Room Tip: Check the bed sizes - we booked a classic double room, and the bed was only 140cm wide, and ended up...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bury, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

The Budavar Pension is on a quiet street on the Buda side of the Danube, just below the Fisherman's Bastion and the castle area. Though there are a lot of steps, visitors are ideally placed to stroll around the peaceful castle area in the evening where there are great panoramas over the city - be aware though that the restaurants here aren't the best in town. Just down the hill a couple of streets you will find the metro and buses so it's a good base for touring the city. The pension itself is very clean and comfortable; the owner, Viktor, is very friendly and helpful and can book spa tickets etc for you (and arrange a taxi from the airport, but he didn't arrive!). However, the breakfasts are only so-so. I would recommend this pension overall.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the rooms overlooking the Danube
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dortmund
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Very beautiful b&b in center Buda.. and i say Buda, because budapest is divided in two part. The most antic and romantic side is buda and the most attractive young side is Pest. The center of Pest is quite distante from this B&B but you can take buses or metro but if you wanna walk you have to do that for 30 minutes minimum... However it's a very lovely place, the guy receptionist is super friendly! maybe a b&b suggest more for couple.. the only drawback the shower curtain in plastic!

Room Tip: highest floor has a great panorama!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Wonderful place to stay in a great location (with amazing views from the balconies at the back). The pension is steps away from the beautiful Fishermans Bastion, a short walk to the metro/shops/restaurants one way or the cable bridge/castle/funicular the other way, yet is on a quiet safe street. Viktor was very welcoming and helpful, giving us good maps, booking the hop-on-hop-off bus (good value for money) and taxis to and from the airport. One of the nicest pensions we've ever stayed in, in one of the nicest cities we've ever been to!

Room Tip: Room 3 had an amazing view over the Parliament and the Danube.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Medellin, Colombia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

It is that simple, Budavar is the best to stay in the world. The locación is just perfect in a cosy quiet street just a few meters from The Fishermen Bastión, and Buda Castle. We prefer Room number. 4 looking towards the Bastión and the forest just across the street, the bird song symphony in the morning and afternoon is stunning. You can walk in the Castle grounds until very late at night, the look of the city and Buda Castle under the night time lighting is just breatless,and all this just a few meters from Budavar. You can go back and take a rest or a soothing shower in a mater of minutes. The best restaurants are all within a short walking distance form the hotel.
Metro stations and bus stops are just a few steps away.
The room is very spacious and has the best bed we have slept in years. Breakfast was always the highlight of the morning.
Víctor was the perfect host, allways ready to help you in any way you needed.
We stayed for 20 days and hope to be back soon!

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Room Tip: Room 4 overlooking the Bastion and the forest plus bird song symphony.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Budavar Pension B&B

Address: Szabo Ilonka u. 15/A, Budapest 1015, Hungary
Location: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 160 B&Bs / Inns in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Budavar Pension B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Budavar Pension B&B resides in the heart of Budapest in the World Heritage Site historic Castle Hill District of the Buda side of the city. You stay several footsteps away from Fishermen´s Bastion and Matthias Church. You can reach the business and entertainment district of Pest in a few minutes. Rooms feature wonderful panoramic view and are equipped with air-conditioning. ... more   less 
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