Generally, it was an average city hotel, certainly good for its price. The lobby and all the public places were very good and spacious, and I really liked the decoration. Also the hotel stuff was helpful. I had the chance to visit the spa, and I was very satisfied with the quality of services.
The location is very good, in the so called Jewish neighborhood, with tram and metro nearby, but the hotel is in a small street, a few blocks from the main avenue, where it is pretty dark at night. The street lights were inadequate. Everybody assured me that the area was safe, but still I didn’t feel very comfortable when it was getting dark.
The room was very clean, but extremely small, by far the smallest I have ever stayed (and I thought that only Paris has a bad reputation for small rooms). It was very fortunate that I had all the room for myself, since I travelled with a group. I really don’t know how two people would be able to move around this room. The same, exactly, applies for the bathroom.
My main problem had to do with the food. The odd thing, is that the breakfast was really good, and I have no complains. This is why I can not understand the huge difference in quality between breakfast and dinner, where the quality was really low.
I should mentioned that I travelled with a group, with a half-board package, and we all know that sometimes the food is of lower quality than in a la carte, but this was really unacceptable for a four star hotel. The first plate, usually a soup, tasted suspiciously like ready made, the main course was tasteless, and the deserts were a disaster. In fact the last night they served as a kind of beef stew, that was so awful, that we started joking that the hotel was preparing us for the airline food, which we all know that usually is of poor quality. Of course no one bothered to ask us if we liked the food.
Also the waiters, kept reminding us that the drinks would be paid separately. Besides the fact that we all knew the obvious, I think that after the fourth time in a row, it is called rudeness. And think that most of us only had bottled water or a soda.
It is a good thing that we had the chance to taste some local cuisine elsewhere because I would have left Budapest having the worst impression for its food. In fact just two blocks away, there is a fairly good restaurant, the historic New York Café (Erzsebet korut). It is a bit overprized, but the food is good, and the ambience and decoration is beautiful.
In a few words, If you decide to visit this hotel, I recommend you to avoid booking half-board. Food in Budapest is cheap and you can find decent restaurants all around. Also most people talk English, so you wont have any problem.
- 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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