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Hotel choice

I am looking at the Boscolo Hotel or the Sofitel....which one is closer to all of the sites, or are they pretty much the same? Will be in Budapest for 4 nights in May...Thank you!

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1. Re: Hotel choice

Hello anyone2,

While they are only 1.5 miles or so apart, they feel worlds apart due to their neighborhoods. Know that the sights are very spread out around the city - and no single neighborhood has a monopoly on sights. Of the two, the Sofitel is better located in terms of being in the heart of the city, close to the riverfront, pedestrian streets, parlament, etc. Both properties are nice, although I believe the Boscolo is a step (or two) above the Sofitel.

The Boscolo is located on the ring road, and across from the Jewish Quarters, which also has sights, pubs, nightlife etc. The road is a major thoroughfare across the city, with a tram as well - a great vibe. From here you're about a 20 minute walk from the Sofitel, or 2 minute walk to the metro, which is then 2 stops to city center.

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Jeremy

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Thank you for the feedback. When I was looking on the map, the Sofitel looked like a better location Do you happen to know if the Marriott on the water is equal or better than the Sofitel?

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Hello,

Of the two, I'd take the Marriott 99 times out of 100. This is due to the guaranteed riverfront views. If the Marriott is your choice, request a NW view towards the Chain bridge. You will not be disappointed.

The view includes the bridge, the palace, castle district, fishermans bastion - quite like a fairytale. Heck, I've lived here for many years and still awe at it. And BTW, the southerly view is solid as well.

The executive lounge is solid, gym facilities are small but nice, and the promenade is out your door. This has more to do with the Marriott, than being against the Sofitel- although it's a huge box with less personality - and with a god awful casino attached.

Enjoy.

Jeremy

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Thank you. I'm assuming there are a lot of restaurants within walking distance from the Marriott?

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Marriott's location puts you near Vörösmarty Square which is the start/end of the yellow line metro and the feeds you towards the Vaci utca pedestrian way where there's plenty of touristy shops and restaurants and cafes, but for the most of them I would advise staying away (especially those marketing themselves as having "the best ghoulash") and walking a bit further to other places that are a bit more serious than just overcharging unknowing tourists.

I don't know what kind of restaurant you'd be looking for with the Marriott being so close to the yellow metro line, you can always jump in and go to a number of different quality choices in a short amount of time. Tram 2 which traverses mostly the Pest side of the river can also get you to some better restaurants as well. Since you'll be here in the spring, most likely you'll want to enjoy a visit to Marriott's place on the riverside promenade at least once.

If you want a specific recommendation do a search through this Jeremy's or John Farago's posts on their knowledgeable recommendations. Both generally skew towards the high-end restaurants. If you have specific questions feel free to post again.

Edited: 3:28 pm, September 22, 2017
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Thank you. I am trying to keep things within walking disrtance unless the transportation is safe and easy

I will definitely need some restaurant recommendations

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Public transport is indeed safe and easy. Super easy if you only take Tram 2 or the yellow metro line.

Within walking distance:

The nearest great restaurant is only a 3 minute walk from the Marriott: Comme Chez Sois. It's an Italian-Hungarian restaurant. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie…

Nobu, the high-end int'l chain that you may already know is maybe worth considering and is just a 4 minute walk from you on the corner of the Kempinski Hotel.

A bit of a farther walk, maybe 12 minutes away is the new location of the farm to table Zeller Bistro: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie…

Gerloczy Cafe has an atmospheric terrace and most evenings they have live music that compliments the meal rather than overwhelming it (you can still carry on a conversation): https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie…

All of the above require reservations. Comme Chez Sois is typically booked solid so you would need to do it well in advance of your trip.

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