Perhaps no coincidence that Transylvania is a few miles away as the bat flies, this hotel would satisfy any well-to-do vampire with a taste for the orient.
Consistently dark and dimly lit, almost entirely furnished in red and black, and that includes the staff - other than a few serving girls in white looking like sacrificial virgins in waiting.
Don't get me wrong, we really enjoyed it, the location is excellent, it's a five star quality hotel, well equipped, big, very clean room, loved the underfloor heating in the big bathroom, unbelievably comfortable bed, and we couldn't fault the service. The dimly lit bar had some great music, with a live sitar/violin player adding a nice lilt over the top. The welcome cocktail was fantastic.
But the staff were almost too helpful, we felt a little 'controlled' at times, and we felt we were frequently in the wrong place at the wrong time. Staff would frequently pop up from nowhere with a 'can I help you?' and then send you down a different corridor. Like maybe we were being prevented from discovering some dark activity, that as token guests we were there to provide a necessary smokescreen.
We would definitely stay there again but we might put some garlic around the door next time. Oh, and the stake is exceptional.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Not just another hotel, it's a lifestyle..." Is the motto of the brand new, fantastically located, truly unique 5-star Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace. Dashing luxury and pampering comfort awaits at the 2nd hotel of the world-wide famous, trendy Buddha-Bar concept hotel. It boasts an excellent setting at the foot of the Elisabeth Bridge, in a charming historic building from the 19th century, at the corner of the capital's number-one pedestrian shopping street, Vaci utca. Faithful to the brand, a number of exciting dining venues comprehend to the entire Buddha-Bar experience that is a feast for the senses. The owners of the Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace are Sameer Hamdan and Zuhair Awad, owners and CEOs of Mellow Mood Group. ... more less
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