This was a great place to go to.
I travelled with my 2 boys - 10yr and 2yr old. It had taken me such a long time to decide on where to go for the half term break that will cater for all our needs. As I travelled without my husband (away on business), I wanted some serious me time. So I will break down different aspects of the trip:
Money - I travelled with Euros but quickly found out that aside from the hotel and maybe taxis, you had to use the Hungarian Currency - Forinth. This was a tad bit inconveniencing for me as I had already changed pounds to Euros and had to change Euros to Forinth. So I am sure with all the exchange rates an commissions, I would have had more for my money if i went straight from GBP to Forinth.
You have to order a hotel transfer from the airport ahead of time - you are given the option of going through town which is cheaper and longer or going on the motorway which is faster and more expensive.
Check in/out was uneventful. On reading the reviews of this hotel before going, I asked for the Budda Hils view. I paid an extra 18 Euros per night for this privilege. Don't get me wrong the view was lovely but if like us you will be out an about, you might just see it as an added perk.
The rooms were clean and we had ordered a cot for the little one which was already in the room on arrival.
The Wifi connection in the hotel was very good.
The restaurant was very nice and the food was great. My older son was a bit picky and since he judges his food by its familiar appearance, he was more comfortable eating foods he recognised. I was happy with almost everything - so no complaints from me.
We went half board which meant breakfast and dinner included. Drinks were extra.
I did have to take a 20min walk to the local shopping Centre Asyan (Pronounced Ocean - sorry if I have spelt this wrong) for bureau de change (GBP to Forint) and to buy a few drinks etc for the children.
I did get stung at the bar when I thought happy hour applied to all cocktails. It was only for 1 cocktail. Didn't stop me ordering another though as it was absolutely delicious.
The aquaworld which you could access with your room key was lovey too as the kiddies section was heated and my little one absolutely loved the slides and play area. My older son was able to do his own thing in other areas which he loved too.
There;s the Spa area where you can get pampered and I took advantage and booked myself in for a deep stone massage which was heavenly. I was so relaxed I thought my bones had turned to jelly.
There's also the Kiddies Bongo club which is a playhouse next to the restaurant in the hotel. The kids loved going there. So for a few hours a day you could leave the kids there whilst you get up to anything without straying too far just in case of emergencies.
There is a free shuttle into the city centre Hero's square - which we missed so we ventured out on the local bus which was not too bad at all. It is worth doing the tour as the Budda Hills houses any beautiful sites - such as the budda castle, Fisherman's Bastilion to name a few.
There's lots of walking so my little ones were not too keen after 3 hours so it was back to the hotel and aquaworld. We visited a circus at heros square which was also wonderful, an old transport museum and a flea market. There's a zoo at Hero's square but we skipped that. The free shuttle bus is also available to take you back to the hotel.
All in all - I would definitely love to go back but with hubby this time so that I can steal more time away to really take in the sites.
Budapest didn't seem culturally diverse at all but that might be due to a number of reasons. That didn't matter to me though as I had one mission and that was to have a great restful half term week. And I did just that. Thank you to the staff of Ramada Aquaworld for making our stay enjoyable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aquaworld Resort Budapest is a four-star superior conference and wellness hotel offering unique services: it has 309 rooms, suites and apartments with internet connection; a conference centre with a capacity of almost 1000; a spa, wellness and fitness unit; an entertainment centre; indoor and outdoor car parks with a total capacity of more than 1000 and direct access to Aquaworld, one of the biggest indoor water theme parks in Europe.Given its excellent location and complex services, Ramada Resort - Aquaworld Budapest has every chance to become a priority domestic and international tourist destination and a popular meeting point for the inhabitants of Budapest and its surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Resort Aquaworld Budapest Hotel Budapest