Intercontinental has an excellent location on the banks of the Danube with fantastic views of the Chain Bridge and Castle Quarter.
Efficient check in. Lifts to all floors, which require room cardkey to access. 50% of rooms have spectacular views over river and Pest – sadly we booked on an offer and were on the other side. Having said that rooms more than acceptable. Free in room safe, TV with other than BBC News & CNN in English available. Furniture and bed fine – never quite understood the light system on our short stay ! Bathroom smallish but perfectly sufficient, good power shower, good quality toiletries as would be expected from luxury rated hotel. Plenty of storage and drawer space. Never heard any other guests in adjacent rooms.
All the staff we encountered were very helpful and polite and the concierge answered all my queries and was most helpful. If you require a more comprehensive tour/trip then there is an agents office within the hotel – Eurama Tours.
Our deal included buffet breakfast which had all the usual variety on offer. We found everything very good and plentiful. Eggs cooked to order. Usual slow toaster ! The chocolate croissants were gorgeous. If lucky enough to get window seat, views are lovely and a nice start to a day.
Spa/pool/gym are located on first floor – usual lockers/shower arrangement but I didn’t find any personal changing cubicle, which I do prefer.
The xmas market was a short 3 min walk in Vorosmarty Square – and meandered up Deak Ferenc Utca to the crossroads of the main Metro lines – whole walk to station would only take 10 mins at most
We purchased the Hop On/Off bus tickets from concierge 5000 HUF each and they are valid for 48 hours from first use. An excellent way to orientate yourself to the city. 1st stop is a 3 min walk from hotel and started at 10.00 am. Whole route takes 2 hrs. Ticket also includes a secondary, smaller, route and also a brief boat trip on the Danube which takes in Margaret Island – although during winter not much happening there. Personally I really enjoyed the Pest – Castle Quarter well worth a few hours, and also Heroes Square with adjacent City Park – there was a lovely outdoor ice skating rink which was well used by young and old alike. The Yellow, smaller route also includes a stop (10) at Indoor Market which was a most interesting collection of meat/veggies/herbs etc with souvenirs etc on upper level. Due to timing we never caught the yellow bus, so got off red route at stop (9) and walked 10 mins very easily.
Eats/Drinks: Hotel as you would expect quite expensive and minibar exorbitant! Right across road is a pub called John Bull, we only had 1 meal there which was lovely. I ordered Club Sandwich which would really have been enough for 2 to share, couldn’t finish it. However top of my recommendation would be the Trofea Grill – map ref F2 on tour bus map. 3 mins from Deak Ter station. Cost 5499 HUF pp but includes drinks also (not spirits). Really good food/service and worth a visit. Very busy after 7.00pm so consider booking before - email: email@example.com – located on 30-32 Kiraly Utca.
Transport: 3 ways to transfer from airport Taxi approx 6500 HUF one way, Airport Shared Shuttle (minibus) approx 9000 HUF return per couple. Public transport – which we did - very efficient and easy. Buy tickets from shop behind shuttle desk – need 4 tickets (320 HUF each) for 2 people. 1 ticket is valid for 1 mode of transport without changing. Exit terminal, turn left approx 100 yds to bus stop 200E which runs frequently. Once onboard insert 1 ticket per person into orange box which is then stamped. Stay on til end and you reach bus station which is also a shopping mall – about 20/25 mins. Cross road to access Metro line 3 (blue) Punch next ticket in boxes located just before going down to platform. Trains only go one way as end of line. Take 10 stops to Deak Ter – about 20 mins. Its less than a 10 min stroll to hotel from here, but you could purchase another ticket and transfer to Metro line 1 (yellow) for 1 stop to Vorosmarty Ter - but its so close I didn’t think it was worth it.
Budapest has some lovely buildings and was well worth a city break. Intercontinental is an excellent base. The main shopping street Vaci Utca is just off Vorosmarty Ter around the corner and is main pedestrian shopping area with usual designer names.
Hope you enjoy your stay we certainly did.
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