This was a brilliant hotel. Looked great from both the outside and the inside. The receptionists all spoke great English and were very helpful. The rooms were as expected and included a complementary water bottle each. The beds were extremely comfortable. There was a very nice 32 inch flat screen tv, but with limited channels. Only 4 of them were in English and they were all news channels. However the hotel did have it's own special little service where you could buy films for 4500 HUF each and it would be streamed live to your tv. The beds were done up without request everyday, as well as replenishing your tea and coffee and water bottle supplies, which was nice. An issue we had was the temperature in the room, the air conditioning while on max seemed to not do anything, and the radiators were constantly on leading to very hot rooms. The spa was complementary and was very nice, all the pools had thermal water, which is supposedly very good for you. One extra bonus was the gym which was also free to access which hadn't been listed on the website as part of the room we had. Access to the space was very easy. You could either change in the changing rooms and put your things in a locker, or you could change in your own room and Wear robe towels which were provided, down to the spa. The spa and gym is located on the '-1' floor. Overall it was very nice, but the only real issue I had was the Kneipp 'pool' . It isn't a pool. It's more of a puddle. It's 4 inches of water in a 3 meter long area next to the jacuzzi. In this pool there are lots of small stones, which made going into this 'pool' extremely painful to walk across. Only your feet is submerged in the water, so this feature seemed kind of pointless to me. I also had a minor issue. The water just wasn't hot enough. There are 3 pools, 26°C, 33°C and 38 °C. The jacuzzi is 39 °C . There simply wasn't a pool hot enough. A decent jacuzzi should be very uncomfortable to get into, and as you get used to the heat becomes very relaxing and enjoyable. The jacuzzi was quite nice, but the lack of high temperature did affect it. The restaurant in the hotel was rather large and looked quite nice. The buffet breakfast was superb. Everything you could ask for, and freshly made omelette, fried egg, and pancakes on request which were made in front of you. The only problem was the lack of ice cubes. I was forced to take ice out of the bowl keeping the water bottles cold, although this bowl may have also been there for people to take ice out of, i'm not sure, but it wasn't obvious. We tried the evening meal once, and never had it again. It simply wasn't good enough. The food was quite expensive, reaching about 15000 HUF for 3 of us, and it wasn't very nice. We ordered 3 different soups which were not of good quality, our main dishes were of similar standard and not worth the price at all. It might have been that the chef was having a bad day, we didn't go there enough to be sure that that's just how the food is. The breakfast made up for this however. There are a plethora of sofas on the ground floor of the hotel, which were all very comfortable. One thing I was very happy about was the WiFi, unlike many other places, there were at least 2 bars of WiFi everywhere in the hotel. So it didn't matter whether you were sat on the toilet, or eating breakfast, you could check your email. In case anybody is wondering, the download speed for the free WiFi is 60 KBps, which is pretty decent for just general surfing. Not so good for gaming or Youtube. Although there is WiFi everywhere, there are a severe lack of plugs in the lobby. I had to take a lamp out to be able to plug in my laptop. The receptionists were helpful and booked different things for you like tours if you asked them to. There is a currency change at reception, but I don't recommend you use it unless you're desperate as it has very bad rates. You're better off going into the city centre and changing in one of the many shops there. The hotel did offer a free shuttle service to the city centre, but we never used this as we preferred to take the metro. Location-wise it was good but bad. It's good in that it's right next to a petrol station if you've hired a car or want to buy something, and it's 2 minutes walk from a tram stop, and it's a 20 minute walk from Margaret Island. But it's bad in the sense that it's miles away from the city centre and any real attractions, which means you need to either use the shuttle service or public transport. Overall, we had a very enjoyable stay here and would definitely recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aquincum Hotel Budapest hotel overlooks the Danube on the historic Buda side, at the Arpad Bridge, opposite Margaret Island. Providing an exquisite balance between business, leisure and relaxation, the hotel offers comfortable accommodation, versatile conference facilities, and a natural thermal spa. We are located near some of Budapest's most fascinating attractions including the ruins of ancient Aquincum and the hills and forests of Buda. Downtown Budapest and the Danube Bend are also within easy reach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Plaza Budapest Hotel Budapest
- Ramada Budapest
- Budapest Ramada