For my first stay in Budapest, I have to say at first I wasn't sure what to expect from the Marriott Courtyard's location. As I arrived on a sleepy sunday afternoon from the airport, it seemed to my uninitiated eyes that hotel was situated in yet another sleepy zone of the city. It wasn't until I ventured out of the hotel and I started plotting a course to the "old city" (the historic city), I realized how wrong I was about the livelihood of the district.
For starts the Marriott is very close to the red line of the Metro. A city tram literally runs directly in front of the hotel too. There are plenty of restaurants in the vicinity of hotel including a prominent McDonalds that looms over the square where the Metro station is. Alternatively in about twenty to thirty leisurely minutes one can walk to city center and riverfront. Along the way there are some Tesco supermarkets, a Spar supermarket, and numerous shops if you wish to bring back things to stuff into the room's mini fridge.
The hotel presents itself nicely from the lobby. The space is spacious and inviting with a well stocked snack shop too. My room on the 5th floor was definitely tight. It was fine for the solo traveler but with two the space would have definitely been at a premium. Part of the problem was that not only was the room limited in space but that there was an L-shape to the room which made navigating a bit tricky. On the flip side the desk area was "around the corner" from the bed so it created a bit of privacy. The internet speed was great. Oddly enough the bathroom wasn't stocked with any hand moisturizer which seems a bit odd. It struck me a bit cheeky of the hotel to skimp on that.
I slept really soundly. My room (i think it was 581?) faced inwards towards the hotel itself. Included was a really nice balcony too that would have been very useful in warmer weather. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to use the hotel gym or eat at the hotel restaurant.
There are very high end hotels in the city center that have stunning river views. The Courtyard is really extremely accessible to the river-side attractions but the hotel is situated in an area that seems to be less dominated by tourists. I quickly came to appreciate this type of location. Plus the walk to/from the city center offered ample chance to window shop and make a mental list of eateries and bars I'd like to swing by whenever I'm back in Budapest next.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Courtyard Budapest City Center enjoys a convenient location in the centre of the city, on Blaha Lujza Square with its metro, bus and tram stops.Each room in the Courtyard Budapest City Centre offers high-speed wired and wireless internet access, a well-lit work desk and an ergonomic chair. Tea and coffee making facilities can be found in every room as well.The Oléo Pazzo Mediterranean bistro, awaits you for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When you are in a hurry, you can visit the Grab 'n' Go Shop for a snack, open 24 hours a day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard Budapest City Hotel Budapest