We stayed here for a last minute 4 night break in July.
The criteria was "to be on the Pest side of the river but with easy access to Buda and the castle district, close to the tourist centre or in it, close to shopping (oh dear) easy transport links and for me close to the Danube" . This hotel certainly fullfilled all these roles.
The hotel itself had a great location but not on a noisy street. Was also easy to find if you became slightly disorientated!
Breakfast was included in the price thus proving a great bonus considering the fact that most hotels in Budapest seemed at the time of booking to charge in excess of an additional 50 euros per couple per morning for this priviledge. The breakfast at this hotel was also very worthwhile offering a great choice proving almost worth the stay at this hotel alone.
The hotel itself was comfortable, clean and well presented.
Our bedroom didn't have a "view", in fact, I am not sure that any of the hotel bedrooms have a view as such. We had a standard "deluxe" room (not sure what this means) but it was perfectly acceptable and comfortable.
Tv in the wall mirror is novel, but typical of many European hotel TV's, not many acceptable channel options available for the typical British person who enjoys multiple freeview channels on their home or British hotel TV.
Summary of Positives
Staff are efficient, pleasant, hotel is clean, tidy and new, front desk staff speak good English. bedroom walk-in shower excellent, sink taps very novel! Bed a good size and comfortable for my bad back!
Although efficient, the staff did not smile a lot and did not come across as being over friendly. (housekeeping friendly though and smiled at you when you met them!)
I got the impression (rightly or wrongly) that the hotel had a guest lounge and bar. What it actually has is a small lobby lounge and small bar as part of the reception desk.
I could have done with a last minute brandy in a comfortable lounge prior to bed!
And please.....serve ice and lemon with a G and T next time!
Is it a four star? I don't think so. More of a comfortable 3 star.
Would I stay again? Yes.
Would I return to the city of Budapest?.........Oh yes!
Favourites were....... the specialist coffee shops, the thermal baths, the architecture of the old city, the underground and the trams (which i still can't work out how you pay on them! )
Note.... too many of the restaurants cater for tourists. You have to really search out for the good "local" restuarants.
Avoid..... the Thai restaurant on the Danube near the Marriott..........weird.
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- The stylishly appointed trendy hotel, La Prima Fashion Hotel Budapest offers modern 4-star hotel facilities from 1st March 2011 in the heart of Budapest, as a member of the Fashion Hotels brand, dedicated to Mellow Mood Hotels.La Prima Fashion Hotel Budapest offers 80 fashionably decorated rooms, incorporating the latest trends in hotel facilities, high-tech conference installations and a cool breakfast restaurant ensuring a relaxing and comfortable stay whether travelling for business or leisure. ... more less
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