Stayed here for 4 nights from 30th Sept to the 4th Oct. The hotel itself is really beautiful, a blend of the old spa building with the newer area where the bedrooms are. The part which has been restored has been done extremely well. The concierge were extremely helpful when we arrived giving us lots of information and were very friendly.
The rooms are nice and modern and agree with others on here that there not the biggest but when your in a vibrant a city as Budapest your not going to be sitting in your room that much now are you?! The bathroom is also nice and modern the only problem being is the shower is quite low and my boyfriend is 6ft 3 so he had to duck down while in it. Was fine for me though!(im only 5ft 6)! We were on a room only board which suited us fine. There is plenty places to get breakfast all over the city. We just wanted to get out and about early.
The only problem we had with the hotel was the restaurant. On our second night in Budapest there was a really big thunderstorm so we decided to eat in the hotel. It's a really nice room and feels quite elegant but I'm sorry the food just didn't feel worth the money. Our starters were much nicer than our mains. I went for duck ragout linguini and my partner had goulash soup. Both very tasty. We both had beef as mains, mine the fillet his the roast beef. The beef I had was quite nice but my partners was dry. There was also no greenery on the plate or any kind of sauce apart from caramelised onions and a plum chutney or something. Just felt all in all too dry. I had a dessert apple tart ok but nothing special. The wine was good but my glass was dirty and had to be sent back. The thing that was the biggest gripe was that when we asked for our bill the waiter brought it over and said clearly to my partner there is no service charge on this. Strangely there was two bills stapled together. The one on the top said the food then the price the one underneath had food and service charge. I just don't feel it's acceptable to say there was no service charge when there clearly was? I always tip if I think it's worth it but its like he was trying to trick us. When my partner inquired the waiter almost laughed at him. Just bad manners. I understand most service charge is added on in Budapest and then you tip separately which I did in all other restaurants in Budapest. Needless to say no tips left here.
If your looking for nice food Bohemia restaurant on Liszt Ferenc is really good. The Wiener schnitzel is huge! Also the Italian over the road from the hotel are both really nice. And if you fancy a cool bar head to Szimpla Kert a few streets away from the hotel. Such a hip place! The concierge will direct you. And New York Cafe is worth going in for a look around! Amazing building!
So all in all great hotel, just restaurant letting it down I'm afraid. I would definitely stay again just not eat there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Continental Hotel Budapest 4* Superior symbolizes the past and future, the traditional Hungarian hospitality and refinement of detail and personal service of our age. The building reflects the elements of the art nouveau style and the modern unique design characterizing ZeinaHotels, in the heart of Budapest. The 4 star superior, 272 room hotel - offering standard, deluxe and executive rooms plus suites - will revive the spirit of the legendary accommodation keeping its name and historical facade. ... more less
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