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“Excellent budget hotel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of City Center Guesthouse Budapest

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City Center Guesthouse Budapest
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Csengery utca 53, Budapest 1067, Hungary (Terézváros)   |  
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Ranked #40 of 154 Budapest B&B and Inns
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

City Center Guesthouse...I don't know where to begin... I reserved a room on Kayak, but when I got to the hotel, the 2nd-floor room they gave me had no A/C. I retuned to the desk, and the receptionist came up to have a look. No, she confirmed, there was no A/C--but she said I had not requested it in my booking. Why would I, I asked? The hotel description said they had A/C! She moved me to a 5th-floor room, which was an all-around nicer room. Clearly, renovations had not been made to 2nd-floor rooms.

The walls at this place are paper thin. One can hear absolutely everything in adjacent rooms and down the hall. The doors could be tricky to close/lock without making noise, so you'd hear those all night, too.

The shared bathrooms were OK--at least they were basically clean and had toilet paper and paper towels. But the shower stall was not so nice. The plastic curtain was so long it blocked the water from draining, as, I suspect, did all the hair running down the drains. I wore shower slippers.
The elevator broke down a couple times during my 5-night stay, but I was not much inconvenienced by it.

The TV worked fine and had a number of English-language channels, including SkyNews and CNN. There were also a couple of porn channels, which surprised me, since there was nothing advising this; anyone traveling with children might want to take control of the remote.

Housekeeping leaves much to be desired. On my second day, I was waiting for the elevator (not knowing it was broken), and I noticed that the maid had left all the room keys, labeled with room numbers, on a chair in the hall. (She was downstairs.) On my fourth night, I left the damp, dirty towels on the floor to indicate they needed to be replaced. When I returned to my room, the maid had spread them on the bed and placed the folded duvet on top! Checking the room to see if I had left anything behind, I looked under the bed, which obviously had not been cleaned in a long time.

I was awakened on my last day at about 6am by the man across the hall shouting obscenities at someone, accusing them of stealing his money, and asking why they were in his bed. It turned out that he had gone outside for a smoke and left his door unlocked. A drunk guest had entered his room, thinking it was his own, and got into the bed. I called the front desk, in the hope of putting a quick end to the ruckus, only to discover that the receptionist was already in that room, apparently doing little to quell the chaos. Incredible. On previous days, there were young guests (20ish?) getting drunk and making a lot of noise in their room, locking each other out "for fun," slamming doors, and horsing around in the hall, even during the day and evening, when you'd expect them to be out somewhere.

The location is convenient to Octagon--and, perhaps poetically, House of Terror is on the corner--but beyond that, I can't recommend this place. It's impossible to get a decent night's sleep, one doesn't feel the rooms are secure, and it's not terribly clean.

I did not get breakfast there, nor did I see anyone else dine there at any point.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Tring
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Hotel was basic accommodation, but clean and quiet, shared bathroom was very clean, showers excellent and never saw anyone else using it. Good base if you are staying for a short break in Budapest. I stayed here with my boyfriend first weekend in June, for 3 days, we were out all day so just went back at night which was just want we needed, a clean, basic, inexpensive base from where to explore the city. Reception staff were helpful and friendly. A gem!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We really liked the place! Perfectly located it's also clean and comfortable. The air-conditioning and TV is a big plus! Also stuff was really friendly and helpful!
I will recommend it to my friends for sure !

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

location is perfect:) really friendly staff! For this price it' s excellent choice) we didn't spent much time in hotel, just sleep. Everything is extremely clean. I can recommend it for tourist, especially if you are not going to seat in the room all the time.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Hotel was okay for a short trip like 2 nights. Building was old and soundproofing was not good. I didn't like the shared bathroom. Anyway sleeping quality was okay, even though neighbor was talking until 2am and we heard that talking pretty well. Overall, for the price (20-30€ night) it was okay. Have to say that for staying in Budapest in 3 hotels and overalll 4 days. I recommend that pay 10€-15€ more and get a bit better hotel having own toilet, shower /bathroom and better soundproofing.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Hotel in an excellent location, close to public transportation, restaurants, shopping.
The hotel room was very clean and the reception staff are very nice and helpful.
Next time I go back there for sure.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 City Center Guesthouse Budapest

Address: Csengery utca 53, Budapest 1067, Hungary
Location: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest > Terézváros
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 154 B&Bs / Inns in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — City Center Guesthouse Budapest 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the heart of Budapest, the City Center Guesthouse is an agreeable choice for those guests who wish to stay close to the city center. Guests can stay in four-star category rooms, with shared bathroom. ... more   less 
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