This is by far the worst holiday accommodation that I have ever encountered. We stayed in this one bedroom studio apartment for 4 nights. If I had taken my laptop with me I would have booked in at somewhere else after the first night. It was annoying that we were told by the host that check-out was at 10, whereas my booking form stated check-out was by 11. Especially as our outbound flight was quite late. We accepted this as it was getting late and we were tired. At best this was student bedsit accommodation. It bears no resemblemce to the 'catalogue pictures' on the Century website. I cannot say that the apartment was dirty, more bijou and retro. 'Blackadder' might call it shabby! We chose the apartment because we wanted to prepare some of our own food. My wife was very disappointed. It was not quite as bad as the terraced house that I lived in as a young child, before the 'slum clearance' of the fifties here in the UK. There were some signs of renovation, either done in the last 5-10 years or on the cheap. The shower worked but the head had no wall support, so you had to juggle with that and the control and shampoo as you showered. The bed had an extremely thin matress, but it was not uncomfortable. I am not sure if the provision of two small single quilts on a double bed is the norm in Budapest. The TV was of no use as all it displayed was 'weak signal' and 'static'. The video recorder was resting in a small gap of about 6-8 inches between the foot of the bed and the wall. It was just as though it was a letter, falling where it had been dropped. The power for the recorder was relayed by an extension lead dumped in the same area. For me this was a 'health and safety' issue that I would have reported to the local council had we been in the UK.
The kitchen are was very narrow and quite cramped. The worst item here was the double hob that barely fitted on the worktop. One of the control lights was broken so you were never sure whether it was on or off. Paying a few pence at a car boot sale would be too much for this item. It would have been nice to have had 2 wine glasses but there was only 1.
We didnt need any heating as we were enjoying good weather, which was a good thing really as what appeared to be the wall heater seemed to be falling apart. Well things clunked and dropped when I shut the curtains across it.
There were signs of damp in the ceiling and at the foot of the wall of the dining area, where the shower would be on the opposite side and we thought that this might be the cause of some fusty odours. We bought candles to try to disguise this.
If you are single and just want somewhere to crash out after a late night in the local bars then these issues and the price may not put you off. But holiday accomodation it is not!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- My place offers a unique new way of hosting travellers. This spacious apartment is brought to you by a chef, and me a social studies student. We welcome every group with a bottle of wine, yummy Hungarian recipes and the basic ingredients for cooking. The ideal, central location makes you able to walk up to the castle, reach most of the sights and jump into the vibrating nightlife of Budapest. The most famous party street of Budapest, "Nagymezo Utca," in the so-called SOHO is located next to us, making it easy to get home. I consider myself an expert of this amazing city, and I do like to share my experience, so even if you do not want to stay at my place, I am happy to answer your questions. The apartment is furnished, fully equipped and has a perfect wifi connection. I am well prepared for all your questions, and happy to help you. The apartment is fully equipped and has a super fast Wifi connection. I can host up to 1-10 person in the apartment which has three separate rooms. NO MATTER how many of you are coming I can always provide you with a SEPARATE bedroom. The apartment’s all facilities can be used free of charge. I am looking forward to host you. ... more less
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