Yes the location is away from the center of the city, so you will be needing to take buses or taxis for sightseeing and if wanting to eat away from the hotel at all. The lobby and other common areas are fairly well maintained and quite elegant but the rest of the building off the ground floor is quite tired, and somewhat dingy, I agree about the shabby carpeting, hard lumpy bed and very tired bedding and pillows. Rooms were small, had way too much furniture in them and needed a good dusting. Housekeeping only straightened the bedding daily, one day not even that, sometimes toiletries,towel and coffee not replaced, the bathroom smells of urine. The drapes were especially tired and did not close completely leaving openings on either side or at the center of the window when drawn. Every day I was woken by the housekeeper by 8 am wanting to make up the room! There is a quartet playing in the dining room every night so if you want a quiet dinner don't go there. There was chewing gum on the grand staircase from the lobby on the day we arrived and still there on the day we left. The staff was pleasant and tried to do a good job but I believe they just had few resources. The restaurant in particular seemed poorly managed as the staff didn't seem to know what was going on, often we had several people ask for our order and the Host not organizing his staff well. We were never asked how our meal was. Also everyday my key needed to be replaced as it would not work, the other couple also had the same problem. Also to note is that while the rooms are nonsmoking, the patios off them are not so you may be next door to someone who likes to smoke on their terrace, which will nicely waft into your open window. As said in the other reviews the room temperature was not adjustable and very warm although is is advertised as such and there is a controller in the room.
Fortunately the access to the thermal pools was nice and I used them everyday.
The food was fair if not somewhat overpriced however not a lot of choices for children. The menu not especially modern.
The grounds of the property did not seem to be of much concern and had little tending other than pruning and few plantings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Standing on leafy Margaret Island but yet close to the city center and linked to the Health Spa Resort Margitsziget, the Grand Hotel Margitsziget offers the chance to relax and recharge with a range of spa treatments. The spa resort includes indoor and outdoor pools, massage, steam rooms and full fitness facilities, and you can choose from an extensive list of health and beauty treatments. The historic hotel is classically styled, and the city-centre shops and restaurants are near by. ... more less
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