We arrive to the hotel by taxi from the airport (FO Taxi stand right at arrivals and only a couple of pounds more than pre booking one), at first was sceptical due to location but many conveniences are located within stones throw of the hotel.
We were glad of the Budapest magazine guide as this is one break we didnt prepare for before hand, we found all our restaurants and bars to go to in here, the quirkiest, and they were spot on.
At check in we were offered to upgrade to superior room for 10Euros per night. The difference being Tea and Coffee Making, larger room and bathtub and, I believe compared to other reviews, a full partition between the bedroom and bathroom as opposed to a half partition. Although there is a window with blind which would make for interesting circumstances if you were staying with a friend! We were pleased with the upgrade, it was worth it for us coffeaholics (although we soon came to realise Prague tend not to offer instant, but 3in1 type sachets)
We had no trouble at the hotel, the rooms were immaculate and the daily maid services appreciated. I did notice minor things such as holes in a couple of towels we had, and certain items a bit run down in the bathroom but not being a hotel critic far be it for me to complain on such minors. Breakfast was not a vast option, but coffee toast and scrambled egg got me prepared for the day, cereals also. Other items I was not so sure on! I was satisfied being as the hotel was a bargain.
As for getting around, the hotel is a 30 minute walk at a good pace from the main areas. We were aware of this before bookign and read elsewhere that you can get 1, 2 and 3 day transport passes. This includes the metro, buses, trolley busses and trams which are all located around the corner from the hotel. Whilst slightly worried at first with this, we were soon pro's and hopping between different methods to get to our desired location. You also dont need to stamp the passes on each journey like you do with single tickets. The only places we got asked to see them was a metro entrances. Would highlighy reccomend it. It works for Margaret Island too (although we for some reason decided to walk from one end to the other which took around an hour).
We had no problems at all with the local area so I would ignore any comments on that, yes there are homeless sleeping in the underpasses etc, but this is the same everywhere. No one bothered us anywhere in Budapest.
We walked to City Park to visit Szechzney Baths, it was further than expected to walk, especially after getting lost in the park, but well worth a visit. So many different natural pools in the baths, not to mention jumping in the hot ones outside on a day below zero! Definately take flip flops if you plan for that! (And if you want to use the swimming pools you need to have a swim hat)
We stumbled accross Heroes Square without knowing what it was, just the end of City Park, and so pleased we did, it looked awesome at night, and there is an outdoor ice rink in the winter a short stroll from this. Great day out at City park.
Would highly recommend Budapest to all of my friends, and if they dont mind using Public Transport (we used it late at night too and no trouble) then I would also recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the newest hotels in Budapest opposite the Keleti palyaudvar. Excellent public transportation; Budapest International Airport (Ferihegy) can be reached within 30-40 minutes by taxi or shuttle bus. Hotel has also its own garage. This is a non-smoking hotel with 80 double rooms, free internet, air-conditioned rooms with in room safe and mini bar, 32-inch LCD digital cable television, telephone, hair dryer and soundproof, but openable windows. ... more less
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