As previously stated in other reviews the Residence Baron is in a useful location close to the river and the central market which is truly worth a visit. On arriving by metro it can be confusing initially to find and on arrival in central Budapest it is best to jump on tram 49 or 47 to Elizabeth Bridge and then follow your map a few steps to Vaci Utca and then find the location near the top of the street near the square.
The road outside the hotel was unfortunately being resurfaced when we arrived and every morning at 6.30-7.00 we were woken at the front of the hotel by the sound of the machinery. The Hotel were unapologetic and offered no allowances for the disruption. An email before we arrived would have warned us and been courteous. The double room was small but spotless, a large shower with added hairdryer etc, a minibar and T.V which doubled as a P.C. The double bed is not a double but two singles pushed together with two single duvets and a gap in the middle so don't expect to cuddle up!
The hotel pool is rather amusing and the pictures on the web make it seem like a proper pool not a small tub with a flow of water for you to swim against as there is no room to actually swim anywhere. Clever trick photography, there is a sauna and spa, all free.
The breakfast is adequate and you can order fresh omelette or boiled eggs from the waiter if the pre cooked hot fare looks uninviting after a couple of mornings. They do run out of some items and there could be more fruit on offer. An orange and an apple on offer and one morning mixed fruit. There is cereal and yoghurt, rolls and jams. Enough to set you off for the day.
The staff were approachable but not overfriendly. The taxi to the airport set up from the hotel was reasonable at 5800 Hun Fl which was considerably cheaper than the taxi quote from the rank in the square.
Overall the Hotel was comfortable, clean and well located but the rooms are slightly disappointing size wise, and the doubles are not doubles.
The city is beautiful, so much to see and do and would highly recommend the Free Walking Tours of Budapest, very informative and help you make the best of your stay by giving an explanation of the city history and cultural heritage.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Residence Baron is located in the downtown of Budapest with 27-rooms, offering four-star hotel services, houses in a beautifully restored building which was constructed in one of the most prosperous period in the history of Budapest, in the 1870s.The exterior and interior decoration preserves the splendour of the original romantic and secession style, combining it with the modern infrastructure, services and the conveniences of today.The hotel awaits guests with 27 elegantly furnished and well equipped rooms, 1suite, a number of culinary, comfort and medical services, and a conference room for 20 persons.In "Princessin" restaurant, we provide buffet breakfast and a la carte menu for our Guests with international and Hungarian cuisine, wines, and today's contemporary delicacies * Lobby Cafe * Wellness facilites: counter-current pool, jacuzzi, sauna, massage service ... more less
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