My husband and I stayed in the Zara Continental hotel in Budapest for the October bank holiday from Friday Oct 28th - Monday October 31st.
Check-in was efficient and friendly. The hotel lobby is stunning, modern and chicand staff are well presented, friendly and helpful. We were shown to our room which was overlooking the smaller courtyard - not a great view, but we were in the heart of the city so were not expecting a great view. The room was small but clean and the decor was modern - really nice. Bathroom was small & clean. The rooms were airconditioned.
Breakfast was included in our rate and it was buffet style. The range was very good, including fruit, cheese, hams, breads, pastries, pancakes, scrambled and fried eggs, bacon, as well as cereal etc. It was totally self service and was a bit mayhem as the restaurant was not able to cope with the numbers that decended on it from around 8-10am.
On our first morning we arrived down for breakfast around 9.30. We had to wait around 15mins to get into the restaurant and then scramble for a table. Some of the foods had run out at this point and there were not enough floor staff on to clear the tables and also restock the supplies as well as provide cups, glasses etc. The second morning we arrived for breakfast around 9am and it was equally as caotic. Third morning we arrived for breakfast at 7.30 and it was busy but we didnt have to queue and there was a greater range on the buffet. A more relaxed experience but there was a queue forming within
The cocktail lounge on the mezzanine level was lovely, it was overlooking the lobby and it was possible to get snack food and tea/coffee/drinks. It had a lovely relaxing athmosphere but the service was quiet slow. We had a club sandwich after we checked in and it was lovely. Well presented and tasty.
The location of the hotel was superb. It was a few minutes walk to the nearest metro station and it was also possible to walk to the city center from the hotel - if your into walking.
We did not eat in the hotel in the evening as we wanted to sample some of the restaurants around Budapest outside of the hotel.
Overall I would thoroughly recommend this hotel for its location and abience but with a small warning on the service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Continental Hotel Budapest 4* Superior symbolizes the past and future, the traditional Hungarian hospitality and refinement of detail and personal service of our age. The building reflects the elements of the art nouveau style and the modern unique design characterizing ZeinaHotels, in the heart of Budapest. The 4 star superior, 272 room hotel - offering standard, deluxe and executive rooms plus suites - will revive the spirit of the legendary accommodation keeping its name and historical facade. ... more less
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