Spent four nights here at the end of October beginning of November and had a wonderfully relaxing time. As previously mentioned the Marriot is a particularly ugly building from the outside but is extremely comfortable and clean inside. The refurbishments continue and the drilling/banging/crashing starts at 7.40 not 8am as mentioned by a previous reviewer. This didn't detract from our enjoyment though as we were up early anyway. However, i do think the new swirly red carpet in the hallways is hideous and reminds me of the decor in my parent's home circa 1972! Also, I don't want to be known as the reviewer who always complains about funny smells but there was a definite drain smell on the 3rd floor which abated before we reached our room fortunately and some of the windows on the city side of the corridor were smashed. All the rooms have an amazing view of the Danube and the Pest side of the city.
Budapest seemed to be winding down a bit for the winter and many places were closing or reducing their facilities. Finding a place for breakfast was difficult as restaurants/cafes didn't open till after 10am or didn't open at all. Anna's cafe was good for a basic breakfast and good coffee but it was pricey. The breakfast in the hotel was adequate but expensive for what it was.
Evening meals were excellent. We ate well during our time there. "Rustico" on the main shopping street was good value and enormous protions. Trattoria Pomodoro was good as well and the staff were friendly and good humoured. The Replay cafe had excellent goulash and the local beer is very good.
Lots of sights to see and plenty of walking around the city. The parliament building, fisherman's bastion and castle were worth walking to. Tucked away in one of the side streets by the castle was a labrynth which is really well done but not for the faint hearted! Hotel Gellert is a spectacular building but i don't think I'd like to stay there as it's quite a way from the main shopping area and restaurants. The Thermal baths in the hotel are wonderful but getting from the changing rooms to the baths and back again is like some sort of bizarre treasure hunt. Remember to take a towel as we forgot and had to get dressed as we were. Not a very pleasant experience! They do provide towels but they charge extra and it's quite expensive to get in as it is. The Terror museum on Andrassy street is very interesting and I learnt a lot. Not surprisingly all the videos etc were in hungarian and maybe subtitles would have enhanced our understanding. Finally, statue park is a bus ride away and has all the old soviet statues there. It's very interesting and rather strange, I feel there is a lost marketing opportunity there.
The hotel bar "Aqua" is a pleasant place to spend an evening and there are plenty of fascinating people- watching opportunities available. The bar staff are friendly and helpful.
I would love to return to Budapest when it is a little busier but I'd recommend the hotel for its location and amenities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Budapest Marriott Hotel is the only hotel in Budapest offering a magnificent Danube panorama from all of its 364 newly refurbished rooms. The hotel is located in the heart of the city, within walking distance of shopping, business and entertainment areas. Offering an extraordinary blend of comfort and convenience, sophisticated guest rooms and suites have been smartly designed with work areas, high-speed Internet and thoughtful appointments...All graced by soothing river views. We offer complimentary WIFI in the lobby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Budapest
- Budapest Marriott