We got married on the 4th of May and had the dinner and the party in the hotel.
We had 150 guests, 10 of us stayed at the hotel for a couple of days, too.
It was really the time of our life. We started to organize the event 6 months before the date, we met a fantastic lady, she was a conference sales manager, who was our contact and helped to manage everything. She was professional, very helpful, smart and I don't know a better expression, she just "got us". We didn't have to explain for hours again and again, what we had on mind about the wedding party. She totally understood us, and I'm not talking about speaking of the same language.
She was always there for us, responded asap, when we agreed on something, it just happened.
Anybody who organized a wedding yet, must know how difficult it can be. Ours was just smooth and quite relaxing. I loved it, and can't be thankful enough for making my life so easy that time.
The location is beautiful, the Széchenyi restaurant is just marvellous, elegant, decent with easy access to the terrace.
The dinner, wow :)). Before the wedding we had a tasting lunch, the head chef and the somelier took their time and joined us, we went through all the courses one-by-one, they understood and accepted any suggestions of us. I can't tell you how great relief it was, that everything went just easy and we just simply got what we were asking for. The menu was just perfect, most delicious and nicely presented. All of our guests couldn't tell anything but compliments.
The whole crew was amazing. The waitresses, waiters, the Manager on duty were "invisible", but always appeared when there was anything needed. They were elegant, very thoughtful, professional, created a very enjoyable atmosphere.
One more important thing, when it came to financials there was total agreement. We agreed something at the beginning and we paid the amount as agreed. There were no hidden paragraphs, small type attachments, nothing. It was absolutely a fair and clean pay-off. (I heard from my friends a lot of horrible stories about events when the bill went way too high at the end compared to the starting conditions..)
All-in-all we are very happy to have chosen the Grand Hotel for our "Big day".
The rooms: according to all our friends (from many different countries all over the world) were very happy with the rooms, the service and with the whole atmosphere of the hotel. Please bear in mind, The Grand Hotel is the oldest still functioning hotel in Budapest. Don't expect high end, designer pieces furniture and equipments in the rooms. This hotel is a beautiful example of how you can travel back in time but still enjoy the 21st century's comfort.
I do recommend this place for family holiday, for events or for travellers who appreciate elegance and staying in the very heart of beautiful Budapest without the noise big city life.
Enjoy your stay there :).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rest in surroundings fit for an aristocrat A stay at the Grand Hotel Margaret Island will leave you feeling like royalty from the turn of the 20th century. The fin-de-siecle architecture is as elegant as it comes, and huge windows offer stunning views over the Danube or the ancient trees of Margaret Island. If you’re after a little pampering – or indeed treatment for a medical condition – you can take advantage of the wellness facilities at the adjacent Danubius Health Spa Resort Margaret Island, fed by the mineral-rich thermal springs that emerge nearby. The sister hotels are linked by a heated underground tunnel, so you don’t even need to set foot outside. The hotel’s range of top-quality facilities and services, and its leafy location in the middle of the Danube, make it a popular venue for conferences, weddings and other events. Margaret Island’s lush parkland is perfect for relaxing strolls, while sporty types will appreciate the fact there are running paths, tennis courts, bikes for hire and a swimming pool within a stone’s throw of the hotel. Furthermore, the hustle and bustle of the city centre is a short hop away by public transport – you can even take the ferry there! ... more less
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