We stayed in a double bed apartment in July/August 2012. The apartment was bigger than I had expected: double bed, three seater sofa, small (but fully equipped kitchen) table and chairs. The apartment was very clean and is five mins walk from Nyugati train station. Our only complaint was that the air-con unit was very noisy, so it was difficult to sleep at night as either very hot or cooler but noisy. There are plenty of supermarkets nearby and some good local bars whose beer is half the price of the bars on the main tourist streets.
Budapest is an easy city to cover on foot. Some recommendations to eat at:
Thai - Parazs Presszo, on Jokai ut 8. Good value, spicy food
Italian - Il Terzo Cerchio, on Dohany ut 40. Good food, medium prices.
Steakhouse - La Pampa, on Bajcsy Zsilinszky ut. Delicious steaks, but a bit pricey
Karma, on Liszt Ferenc. Good food & cocktails, don't be put off by the range of different cuisines on offer. Surprisingly good curry.
Avoid the italian Pompai, on Liszt Fernc. The food and service were terrible.
We also visited the Faust Wine Cellar, on Hess Andras Ter. It was a lovely setting, in the caves under the Hilton Hotel. The wine was good 1 palinka, 2 white, 1 rose, 2 red, 2 dessert wines, then ending the meal with favourite wine of choice, however the food was mediocre and it is expensive. Nice to go there and do something different for a celebratory evening.
Word of warning on transport from Ferihegy Airport. Our guide book advised that the train was the easiest way to get into Budapest. After a good 15 mins of wandering around looking for the train station, we realised that the train wasn't available from the terminal (T2) we were in. The tourist desk advised us to take the 200E bus to Kobanya/Kispest metro station then the blue line metro to Nyugati station.
We were in Budapest for the Grand Prix. Travel by public transport to the Hungaroring was easy as plenty of staff and translators at the train stations to keep you right. It is a good 45 min walk over dusty tracks and fields to get to the circuit, so be prepared to walk and just follow the crowds. On race day we booked a local taxi both ways – a bit of a luxury but was quicker, cooler, and for me, worth it to avoid the crowds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set 100 metres from the Danube River bank and 200 metres from the Hungarian Parliament Building, in the heart of Budapest, Splendid Residence offers stylishly furnished accommodation with free WiFi and a full range of facilities. Each apartment comes fully furnished. The living area is provided with a flat-screen cable TV, and the open-plan kitchen is equipped with a microwave. Some units also offer a balcony. Other services of the Splendid Residence includes a 24-hour reception and shuttle services for an additional cost. Parking is possible at a nearby public location for an additional cost. Airport transfers are possible for a surcharge and the Liszt Ferenc International Airport is reachable within 40 minutes by car. Conveniently located, Splendid Residence is 170 metres from the Kossuth Lajos Tér metro and tram stop. Both Chain Bridge and St. Stephen's Basilica are within 750 metres, while Buda Castle is reachable in 1.5 km. Deak Square, the conjunction of 3 metro lines (M1, M2, M3), is 500 metres away. ... more less
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