Prior to this trip, I browsed reviews over the last two years on the hotel and picked up quite a few tips. I'd like to thank all of you who contributed them and add my own.
I spent three nights at the hotel in June on a leisure trip with my wife, who was visiting Budapest for the first time. I first learned of the hotel from a NYT article and followed up with many Web searchs. I was convinced this was the hotel for us and we were not disappointed. We had expected rude and indifferent service in Budapest, like in Prague, but never encountered any during our whole trip, except at the museums. We arrived by Zona taxi (EU 25) from the airport in mid-morning. We had reserved a room with a river view and the staff were incredible and showed us three rooms of different sizes and beds. We chose one on the 7th top floor. The view lived up to all expectations, we could easily see from Margaret Island and the Parliament to the Chain Bridge and beyond. We were so enchanted by the view that we ordered room service for dinner on the first night and ate in front of our floor to ceiling window. The lights on the Parliament and the Chain Bridge were turned on around 10PM and it was quite spectacular. This turned out to be the most enjoyable meal we had in Budapest and the Terumisu cake was the best desset we had. The river view continued to enchant us throughout our stay and I nevered tired of photographing the Parliament building in the ever changing light. My wife used the hotel's sauna and said it was fine. If you are in a bind for cold drinking water this is the place to go. There were no problems whatsoever with the room. You will probably need a second pillow, which is already in the room and you can request an additional one. The staff was superb throughout our stay and all spoke English. On the first morning, we had the hotel's breakfast buffet (EU 14 per person), which has been discussed so often. It was fine. We didn't notice any cafes around the hotel, which would have been an alternative for breakfast. We ate lunch at Belgaco, a fish & wild game restaurant around the corner, with an interesting mural and decor and reasonable priced food. The speciality it seems is Hungarian fish soup served from a curious hanging bowl. We returned on another day for early dinner and can definitely recommend this restaurant. We also ate a late lunch at Carne di Hall down the street, which I would never return to. Public transportation is the way to get around and the hotel is ideally located for this. There is a trolley stop in front of the hotel and a Metro station a couple blocks away. - the walk is very pleasant From them you can get practically anywhere. We bought day tickets (about 1,100 HUF) at the Metro station. If you plan to visit lots of museums, you should consider a Visit Budapest two day pass (about 6,000 HUF). Across from the Metro station there is a supermarket and small shopping center. We would definitely return to the Artotel and use it as our base to further explore Budapest.
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Thank you very much for the great comments on both the city and our property. We are happy to see you enjoyed your stay so much and were satisfied with our services. The three pictures look amazing, and perfectly show the beautiful skyline of Budapest. Thank you again for sharing them with the community. We are always happy to welcome rerutrning guests and I do think Budapest has still enough faces for further visits.
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