I booked this hotel using hotels.com and got a great rate and after reading the reviews on TA booked the hotel. The taxi driver from the airport said it was a nice hotel in a great location (make sure you go to the booth at the airport to get a taxi as they are regulated the drivers speak great English and he shared some history of the city on the ride). I had got HUF at the ATM inside the airport and the ride was 6,000 HUF and i gave him 7,000 - very reasonable.
The hotel is at the end of the street and very easy to get the luggage into the hotel. My reservation was in order. In Hungary they do not take your credit card when you check in - what a nice touch! They provided a welcome drink - choice of juice, water or sparkling wine. The elevators (and stairs) require your room key to access the higher level floors - what a nice security touch. i was in room 403 - lovely view overlooking the park and the windows open! Love fresh air when I am travelling. Soon after I got to my room it started to rain - smell of clean air.
I think this must something common in Budapest as it happened at my next hotel. I had a king bed room, and the king bed is essentially two twin beds put together - interesting. Large bath in the bathroom and separate doors to the great shower - large rainhead shower, and different door to the toilet and bidet. Shampoo but no separate hair conditioner. And the hairdryer was great - very fast! It is also where the two plug socket for the cellphone plug is located. Nice box of amenities for qtips and cotton balls.
Coffee machine was a nice touch as was the bottle of water in the room.
TV allowed me to subtitle a few channels in English, but note maybe only 4 English channels (not that I came to Budapest to watch TV).
Bed was comfortable but be aware there is a "red" light above the bed and took me a while to work out how to not have this on. Much red in the decor which was fine with me as added to the overall style.
Blackout curtain controls are on the wall going to the bathroom.
The hotel provided WiFi at no extra charge - wish more hotels did this, Kudos to the hotel.
Stairwell to walk between the room and reception is very clean and wide.
I needed to leave my luggage before heading off to my next destination and this was no problem for the staff.
Overall a great stay and would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Budapest leaves a mark on all of its guests. No matter whether you’re visiting for work, looking to explore the capital or enjoying a romantic getaway, this 5-star hotel in the centre of Budapest always leaves guests speechless. And there are many reasons why. From the gourmet cuisine of its restaurants to the details in its decor from designer Philippe Starck. Would you like to find out more? Tailor-made relaxation. Butterfly shaped or with neck support? Organic or microfiber? You can choose which pillow you’d like to sleep on, as well as the fragrance that you wish to wake up to in the morning. And all this in the enticing atmosphere of a luxury suite or room with city views. Sure to please even the most discerning tastes. If you are only used to the best, prepare yourself for tasting the menus at this luxury hotel. Here in our restaurant, alongside haute cuisine you will find the essence of Mediterranean cooking and the most traditional Hungarian dishes. In the heart of Budapest. Staying in one of the best hotels in the centre of Budapest means having everything to hand. From the city’s shopping area to its most famous monuments. Liberty Square is directly below the hotel, and you can walk to both the parliament and the Danube river! A haven of peace in the city. In the city centre yet in complete tranquillity. Enjoy the silence of our sound-proofed rooms or the calming ambiance of the Lobby Bar, where you can relax and savour a whisky, gin and tonic or any other drink you like. A luxury stay. Don’t worry about a thing! Need to get to the airport? Easy, we have a luxury transfer. Want to use a fitness centre? There’s one in the hotel. For any other exclusive service, all you have to do is make use of our doorman service. Relax, relax, relax... Close your eyes. Free yourself from stress with an essential oils massage, relieve your mind in the sauna or enjoy the soothing bubbles of the whirlpool bath. Here, all you have to think about is discovering the blissful effects of this 5-star hotel’s own Spa Sensations. ... more less
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