my partner and i have just returned from a fantastic few days in budapest. we stayed at the hotel victoria which i can't recommend highly enough. clean large room, right on the river, with a huge window looking over the chain bridge and parliament. stunning view. when we arrived at the airport we jumped straight into a taxi outside the terminal and were at the hotel 20 minutes later - it cost 5900 - not as cheap as the airport shuttle but much simpler and quicker. we also didn't bother with the budapest card - there was no need - the hotel was so central we walked absolutely everywhere. we had some fantastic meals - two very good places were on the square in front of st stephen's basilica (which, by the way, was amazing inside) one was called leroy cafe - very funky decor, good food and cheap cocktails! the other place was called negro - very cool bar, great food and also very cheap drinks. neither would be out of place in london or new york - except for the price. we were drinking champagne cocktails for about ��1.50 each. we also went to the gellert baths a couple of times. fantastic. i was a bit worried it would be very confusing but it was all in english and easy. i did take my own towel and flip flops which was good. my partner had a thai massage and raved about it. i hope this helps someone. have fun!