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“Popular family choice in pleasant countryside surroundings” 5 of 5 stars
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Normafa Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Eotvos ut 52 - 54, Budapest 1121, Hungary   |  
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Ranked #70 of 329 Hotels in Budapest
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“Popular family choice in pleasant countryside surroundings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2009

We chose the Normafa Hotel on the back of Tripadvisor reviews matched to excellent value for money. Booking a few months ahead via Expedia we paid £52 a night for a double room with breakfast (the rack rate is Euro 95 a night). We stayed for six nights.

Positive points. The hotel is situated in pleasant walking countryside with fine views of downtown Budapest, some 500m below. The hotel staff are very friendly ands helpful with regards travel, site-seeing etc. The hotel has an excellent outdoor pool , sauna(s), gardens for sunbathing, small fitness centre and well equipped gym (the Hungarians take body building very seriously!). There is a good children’s play area in the garden with a paddling pool – ideal for kids aged 2 to 10 or so. For older kids and adults there are 2 beach volley ball courts and table tennis. Breakfast was a buffet with hot food orders available and a decent coffee machine, very important for my wife and I. The hotel rates include a small afternoon tea with choice of soft drinks. Getting into town via the 90 / 90A bus service was easy, a 20 minute journey with a service every 10 minutes throughout the day (up to 23.15). For nightbirds there is an hourly through-night bus service (990), though we found taxis plentiful and inexpensive when needed (around 3,500 HUF from downtown to the hotel).

Not quite-so positive. The weather was extremely hot whilst we there (mid 30’s c during the day and mid 20s overnight) – no complaints about that. The rooms, however, do not have air conditioning and together with the fact the standard double rooms are compact this made for a few restless nights. The hotel did supply floor-based fans which made it a little more bearable. If we were to return I would opt to pay the extra for the larger suite rooms, which have the added advantage of a balcony. We ate in the hotel restaurant on the first night. The food and wine was ok but a little overpriced I thought . We visited during the school holidays and the hotel was fully booked. This, together with the fact a lot of locals (with families) use the hotel facilities, made the outdoor areas crowded during the day. Certainly if you are there during the European summer school holidays (mid July - August) without children you would find things less than relaxing. The hotel grounds did not seem troubled with biting insects – good news – but if you catch the bus at this time of year come prepared with insect repellent. We found early evening the worst of times for this, the Normafa bus-stop being a biting area of some repute to the local midge population! Please also bear this in mind if you are planning an al fresco evening meal in town (see below).

Some comments on Budapest restaurants. Our firm favourite was the Cafe Bouchon (near Opera) which merited a return visit on our last night. Mainly French themed food and generally delicious. We enjoyed the restaurant on the A38 boat, quite a cool and trendy set-up (upstairs there is a late night club). The Jardin de Paris restaurant on the Buda side of the river was a disappointment, mainly due to the continual attention of the aforementioned midges. The food was fine but we were too distracted swatting insects to enjoy it. Maybe try it in the winter when it moves indoors from the “Jardin”. The Italian restaurant Via Luna was OK but nothing special (excepting the enormous portions of food!). Generally we found we were paying around 7,000 HUF per head, including wine and service, for a evening meal.

A short mention for Budapest nightlife. Our teenage children loved Rio, an outdoor club near Petofi bridge on the Buda side and one of the largest dance clubs in Europe. Nervous parents beware, this place parties until dawn!

In summary I would recommend the Normafa (and Budapest) to my friends. Certainly for a stay of more than 3 nights the hotel makes good sense, especially in the summer time when you can use the facilities to the full. For a weekend break staying in central town is a better option.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2009

This hotel is situated a few kilometres to the west of Budapest, in the wooded hills that overlook the city. The rooms are good, the buffet breakfast very extensive in choice and the staff are very friendly. It is a pleasure to go from the heat of the city to the wooded calm of the Buda hills, and to sit around the pool and have a refreshing dip. Getting into the city is simple; there a regular buses that run every ten minutes or so. We all found staying at the Normafa a pleasant experience,
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  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2009

I booked this hotel ( an apartment) for myself, wife and child. I also booked a few double rooms for others in our party. I saw all the rooms and they all are very clean and comfortable with all you need (mini bar, tea/coffee making,hairdryer tv etc). The hotel also has bar, restaurant (indoor/outdoor) pool, kids pool, play area, sand area, volley ball area,gym free pc use with internet and all the pampering you need . Best of all a lovely girl Emese who provides entertainment..walking, cycling, bbqs, quizs etc. so there is lots to do. Good variety for breakfast...only two types of beer there heineken and their local brew...not bad either. To be objective if I was looking for a downside all I could think of would be the distance from city centre, not the location of the hotel. The location is ideal set amongst the woods and only a 10 min cycle from a Fort with an excellent view of all of Budapest, a shop and atm 7min walk away. If you are aware that the hotel is 20 mins bus ride (from outside the hotel) and this isn't a major factor to you, I cannot see how you could pass up this hotel for a relaxing break in an European capital. Hope I get back soon.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2009

So it was our first time in Hungary, I was over to get my teeth fixed in Heviz near lake Balaton about a 90 minute drive south. We decided it would be good to spend the weekend in Budapest and as we have a 5 year old little boy the night life was not so important to us. Having looked on "Trip Advisor" which we always do now for an objective opinion on the hotels available we plumped for The Normafa.
Ok not the most central hotel you will find if you want to walk out of your door into the centre but what a beautiful position.
Its set in the Buda hills about a 15 minute number 90 or 90A bus ride from Moskow Square which is where you can get on the tube to anywhere in the city.
Dont be put off by what has been said about the bus takin ages to get down, I thought that was rubbish and they turn up every 10 minutes.
Hungary is relatively cheap at the moment for us Brits (£7 for 2 coffees, 2 gateaux and a coke) and I have to say that I was impressed with the general friendliness of the people, the hotel staff at Normafa were without exception first class!
Its very clean (I should know as I run my own cleaning business and employ 35 staff!)
and the rooms are spacious and well presented...for me true 4 star standard.
The food in the restaurants was very good and there is a decent selection of national dishes (try the goulash obviously) and pasta, steaks etc.
The breakfast was good on the buffet and dont forget if you dont find much you like they will cook you something fresh at no extra charge! My only slight gripe was that I felt the fruit juices should be served already chilled and not with ice from a bucket.
The restaurant overlooks a heated outdoor pool which is about 75 F and set in a fabulous setting of trees and gardens. For the younger kids there is a baby pool, activity sand pit and climbing equipment.
We did'nt use the fitness centre but that is very well equiped with a range of massages available!
The hotel staff will arrange anything for you and negotiate discounts for trips and stuff.
They speak very good english. Other things to try are the kids railway and if you want to eat down the road there is a very nice pizza restaurant close by.
So in conclusion I would say everthing good they say about this place was true and since we liked it so much we came back after 6 days lakeside for another weekend which cost us about a total of £150 for the three of us for 2 nights B&B.
Now thats good value for a 4 star capital city hotel with a excellent reputation in a woodland location!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2009

Okay - I can understand previous comments about the hotel being far away from the city, but is that really important? Certainly not for us - the bus 90 or 90A to the Moskva Ter (Moscow Square) interchange is frequent and if you follow advice on buying a BKV season ticket - you can get 1 day, 3day or 7 day passes as well as a Family Ticket - instead of the "Budapest Tourist Pass", it's not that expensive! (See the BKV transport website [url]http://www.bkv.hu/english/jegyinfo2009/information.html[/url]- you can buy the tickets at Moskva Ter.)

The entire public transport system is utterly reliable, clean and safe - even if some of the equipment is getting on in years!

The hotel is in a tranquil setting with extensive woodland opposite for peaceful walks, nature trails or athletic runs! For the adventurous, the hotel hires bikes. There is a swimming pool and gym for quality working out or chilling out.

We found the complimentary buffet breakfast was extensive and attractively presented and set us up for the day. We used the restaurant for our evening meal twice, and on both occasions, were very impressed by the service and by the quality of the food and its presentation. It is such a shame that at good hotels the chef is hidden away behind the kitchen doors - we would have liked to see the person responsible for such a delightful repast!

As well as coffee/ tea making facilities, there is a mini-bar in the room - useful to store drinks purchased from the supermarket. We took flasks of cold drinks with us each day for quick refreshments on the hoof! (There is a shop ten minutes walk from the hotel.)

We took a train from Deli Station to Siofok on the shores of Lake Balaton for a day trip. Be cautious when reading guide books - the AA tell you the trains are hourly when, in fact, there are only a handful per day and involve changes. Although elderly and obviously built during the Communist era, the trains were spotlessly clean and the service reliable. It is best to check your information with BKV or HEV (railways) information desks before you embark on a journey out of the city.

Around Lake Balaton, very few people speak English so it helps (if you don't speak Hungarian) to know a bit of German for some of the locals speak German as their second language.

Could Hotel Normafa make any improvements? The rooms could be decorated in a more cheerful manner, perhaps, with bright pictures on the walls. The lighting in the room was not good for reading. We found the room dark and austere, being decorated in a dark brown and cream scheme, with only one picture on the wall. I have to say, though, that the hotel is kept spotlessly clean throughout!

There is one computer available for free of charge internet access. If you subscribe to the Wi-Fi internet access from your room, it is rather pricey at GBP11.50 for 100 minutes connection (ISP wiera.hu).

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2009

We stayed at the Normafa Hotel for 4 nights in late May. We chose this hotel after reading reviews on this site and we were not disappointed. The hotel is in a beautiful location close to walks in the woods and interesting flora and fauna. Service at the hotel is excellent with all the staff speaking English. Breakfast offers a good variety of cooked and cold food - there's even sparking wine! Both the hotel restaurant and the grill are good value - don't forget to try the cocktails! The hotel is a 20 minute bus ride from Moscow metro station but the public transport system is excellent and we never waited for more than 5 minutes for a bus, at any time of day. We enjoyed coming back to the hotel after a long day sightseeing to relax by the pool or sit on the terrace.

The rooms are very clean but not overly large. We had a suite, which was good value for money but I think we'd have been cramped in an ordinary double room.

I recommend buying the 3 day travel pass both economically and for the ease of getting around.

All in all, an excellent hotel as long as you don't expect be in the middle of the city and are happy to enjoy the facilities the hotel has to offer.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2009

You must prepare yourself for a 20 minute #16 bus ride down to moscow square where you may take the subway or continue to Pest. Should you choose this, be sure to get the 3 day tourist pass. This proved to be too much for us, so we checked out and went to the Hilton in Buda. Otherwise it is as declared, good value, good staff.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Eotvos ut 52 - 54, Budapest 1121, Hungary
Location: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Best Value Hotel in Budapest
#47 Luxury Hotel in Budapest
#83 Romantic Hotel in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Normafa Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friendly, newly modernized 4-star hotel in the most elegant district of Budapest on the top of the Svab Hill. Only 15 minutes from the city center with easy connection with public transport. The hotel has 2 restaurants with terraces, wide range of sport and fitness facilities, open-air heated pool all year long and wellness area are at our guests' disposal. The friendly and skilful staff would be happy to welcome you at Hotel Normafa! ... more   less 
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