Location was central for what we wanted, about a 10 minute leisurely walk to the Central Market and Liberty Bridge.The entrance to the hotel doesn't do it any favours, and the reception area could do with some updating. However, on speaking to the friendly, obliging, and very pretty receptionist, Sophia (Zsófia?), things looked up. I discovered that the hotel were apartments up until about 12 years ago. This explained the very spacious rooms and old fashioned furniture, possibly left-overs of the previous inhabitants. The wooden block flooring was spotless, as was the rest of the rooms. The only modern concessions was the ensuite bathroom and flat screen TV. Although it was snowing heavily and very cold, our room was warm, and the 'double glazing', consisting of two back-to-back wooden framed windows, seemed to work. We used the space between them as our 'fridge'! There were two CH radiators and an auxiliary electric radiator and how they managed to heat the room, which had a ceiling of about 12-13ft, I don't know. Daily room service and fresh towels. I'm not a fan of continental breakfasts, but my mates said it was 'very good'. My only criticisms are that there was no tea/coffee in the room (although the 24 hour staff would make a cup on request). No communal lounge area to meet our friends, or sit and have a coffee/drink/chat. There are no bar facilities. Having said that, whilst waiting for our taxi for the airport in the breakfast room annex, I did notice a can of beer, bottle of wine and soft drinks on a window sill in the reception room. All my friends were well pleased with the Kalvin House. It depends on what you want. I just prefer a more modern set-up.
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