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Le Meridien Budapest
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Erzsebet Ter 9-10, Budapest 1051, Hungary   |  
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Ranked #21 of 330 hotels in Budapest
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“Great Hotel For a Short Break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Brilliant location, with metro stop 30 yards from front door which has all lines running through it. Number 16 bus (I think) stops right outside door and takes you up to castle area. 2 minute walk to St Stephens Bailica, good bars and restaurants in all directions. Also located next to good shopping area. Hotel itself was very good with staff who were excellent. Good bar/lounge, Good sized standard room. I'd highly recommend it and would stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

The Le Meridien hotel in Budapest is in a superb location right in the heart of city, just a few metres from the Deak Ferenc metro interchange and Vorosmarty Square.

I got a terrific room rate but then also took advantage of a EUR40 room upgrade rate which included a EUR40 allowance for food and drink, whether breakfast (which alone is EUR29), bars, restaurant, room service and in-room mini-bar. The upgrade also included free wifi (normally EUR19 per day) and a winter stay also included free entry to one of the top city spas and other discounts. I am sure that, at other times of the year, the hotel can be quite an expensive luxury.

The upgraded room was very comfortable with large tv, desk, high-speed wired internet, coffee/tea, large bathroom with bath and separate shower. Decoration was in a calm and neutral traditional style.

Breakfast was comprehensive but pricey. The room service menu was wide-ranging and food was well prepared and high quality. The top-class Le Bourbon restaurant had some wonderful French and Arabic inspired dishes.

Staff across the whole hotel, including the doormen, reception, concierge, housekeeping, and in the restaurants and bars, were friendly, welcoming, courteous and helpful.

Although in a busy location, the hotel was calm and peaceful, with the exception of a rumble of underground trains although this didn’t extend into the night.

There seem to be many international top-class hotels in Budapest, but I don’t think they can beat Le Meridien’s location and doubt if their service is any better. Overall, this is a quality and friendly establishment and is thoroughly recommended for business and leisure travellers alike.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Visited here for a long weekend in January, and thoroughly enjoyed it. We used some Starwood Preferred Guest points to upgrade to an Executive Room, and the hotel very kindly upgraded us to an Executive Suite to ensure that our stay met with our requirements! The staff were very helpful and couldn't do enough for us. We were celebrating a special anniversary and Gabor Redling, Reservations Manager not only provided the upgrade, but also sent champagne and chocolates as a gift. Thank you Gabor. The hotel is 5 star and beautifully decorated. We tried breakfast and while there was plenty to choose from at 25 euros, felt it was a bit expensive. The hotel is a wee bit more expensive than others, but is well placed for shopping, being in the fashion district and well worth the extra. Try 2 for 1 cocktails in the White Room at 5.00pm

Room Tip: Ask for Room 826, its beautiful, and one of the best in the hotel, facing Erzsebet Square, witha vie...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

I travel to Budapest frequently for work and used to stay at other hotels until I discovered the Le Meridien. This hotel is beautiful, the rooms are spacious (with heated bathroom floors!) and the beds are really comfortable. The service at this hotel is very nice, and the breakfast is unbelievable...something for everyone here. The windows in the rooms open just slightly (something I really appreciate - I don't like when a hotel room offers no chance for fresh air). I should also mention that the wifi in the rooms is reliable and fast (that isn't always true of hotels in Europe, even those that advertise themselves as properties suited for business travelers). The hotel is also well-located: just behind the hotel is the famous walking street for shopping, a Starbucks, and just in front of the hotel is a metro station and nice park. It's just a short walk to the lovely Danube and Chain Bridge. When I come to Budapest for work, I always stay at Le Meridien.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front of the hotel offer the best view. Lower floors you might feel the vibration of th...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

Great location, atmospheric - despite being quite new, good service and well equipped rooms. Brilliant breakfast in lovely dining room; excellent buffet selection. Only gripes were a slightly cold room and having to pay for wireless. For the quality good value

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

This is my 2nd review of this magnificent hotel I choose to stay in whenever in Budapest, but it has let me down badly. Reason being is that they have closed the much loved and frequented Adria bar until 8pm every day (except Sunday I believe) and opened a ghastly white walled, ultra hip bar at an impossible location within the hotel. A very narrow and somewhat dingy corridor leads you into this extremely opened bar, so much so that due to the lack of curtains on the almost ceiling to floor windows you can see a dog pooing outside, beggars staring at you or strangers staring at you wishing they were inside. The reason one wants to go to a bar is to relax to begin with, have a drink, enjoy the atmosphere. Well, this bar lacks in all areas. I am astonished to see a five star hotel not recognizing its own failure. I was told this debate of the white vs. the old bar started when the new owner took over. To the defence of them I get the idea of a hip cocktail bar on one of the trendiest streets in Budapest, but if you care to look at the clientele of this hotel, you would notice immediately that they are just not the type who would enjoy spending a coffee afternoon in a white, cold, empty, souless establishment staring at naked breasts on the wall. I appreciate art photography, at the right place, at the right time. Knowing the al habtoor group is the new owner I am amazed that they would let such photo be exhibited in a daytime bar where due to lack of other bar opened you might take your children to.
Noone wants to see the outside world when in a bar, let alone be stared at during a coffee conversation from one foot away by beggars and strangers.

The hotel needs to recognize it can be a great cocktail bar for the evenings, where it might attract people off the street too, provided they change the decor, put curtains up, get rid of this blinding whiteness (its not Ibiza or Greece) for crying out loud! The pathetic offfer of: 'If you,dont like this bar you can have your coffee at the restaurant' is just low. If I want to go to a restaurant I will.

Please come to your senses and bring the lovely Adria bar back, keeping the white bar for the evenings only. With the right interior design and marketing that bar could be an excellent attraction to Budapest's young and successful, hell, I would want to go there in the evening all dressed up...but not like this. Its simply a very poor decision from the management's side. For the first time in many years I am thinking of staying somewhere else. I cant help but feel this new bar is letting hotel staff down as well, as from what I hear the complaints have been pouring in for 6 months but noone listens!

Room Tip: Choose a room above 4th floor, further from lift Deak square as with musicians there it can get nois...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We stayed at Le Meridian Budapest over New Years for 5 nights.

From check in to check out this hotel was fabulous!
The hotel staff are amazing - always a smile and happy to answer any questions we had about the area, catching the metro etc.

Train station to hotel transfer – very easy to organize and driver was waiting at train carriage when we disembarked.

Location is amazing – walking distance to everything, right next door to the metro, situated along Fashion Street, restaurants and eateries everywhere around the hotel, 2min walk to the Main Square and 5min easy walk to the water!

Our room had double windows that when opened gave us a great view down Fashion Street and onto the Christmas markets below.
We booked a Deluxe room and as soon as we opened the door we thought we had been given a better room than the one we booked!
The rooms are amazing, so huge and spacious and the room chandelier certainly lends to the opulence of this hotel.
The bed was huge and so comfortable. The room had 2 wardrobes with heaps of storage space.

The bathroom was a great size, with a bath and shower, with good water pressure – the bathroom floors are heated which was awesome after a chilly day out and about.

The hotel itself was wonderful, such a lovely lobby and the choice of 2 bars and restaurant.
Our favorite bar was The White Lounge – best cocktails and really good value during happy hour!
The service here was a little slow and on a couple of occasions non-existent as we were ignored when we came in, but after a few cocktails it really didn't matter that much.

We didn't use the hotel restaurant as there was just so many treats outside the front door at the Christmas markets.
We did get room service a couple of times and the food was wonderful – I would recommend the selection of 3 cakes, so deliciously yum or the strawberry sorbet.

The pool / wellness area was great - the perfect activity after a day in the cold, exploring, to soak in the hot tub or do a couple of laps in the pool.

After 5wks around Europe, and staying at other Le Meridien properties, the Le Meridien Budapest was the highlight of our European hotels.

We would not hesitate to stay here again and would recommend this hotel in a heartbeat!

Room Tip: Deluxe non smoking rooms are amazing - ask for a room overlooking Fashion street, great view and alw...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: Erzsebet Ter 9-10, Budapest 1051, Hungary
Location: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Budapest
#6 Business Hotel in Budapest
#13 Family Hotel in Budapest
#16 Romantic Hotel in Budapest
#18 Luxury Hotel in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Meridien Budapest 5*
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