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“This hotel does the simple things well”
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Star City Hotel
Ranked #122 of 336 Hotels in Budapest
Reviewed September 14, 2010

What we wanted was somewhere clean, safe and friendly to sleep whilst we were in Budapest. This hotel did all of those things well. The area is residential so is quiet and this is helped by the courtyard arrangement of the hotel. the room was a good size and clean. Staff were friendly and helpful with a good standard of English (way better than my Hungarian). Initially we did struggle slightly to find somewhere to eat but if you head away from town to Hero's Square there are several good places (Not very Hungarian but we liked the Nine Dragons). The included breakfast at the hotel may have been basic but was more than adequate the food was fresh, tasty and kept well supplied. I read other reviews before going and appreciate that not everyone was happy with the location, but we liked Hero Square and used the hop on hop off tourist bus which runs quite close to the hotel so yes it might be nice to be closer to the Danube, but I preferred the quieter residential area and appreciated the better value. The highlight of the trip for me was the Citadel/Gellerts Hill which was great for photography.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 3, 2010

The Star City is one of the best options in Budapest if you are on a budget but at the same time don't want to stay in a dump! It's within walking distance of Keleti station, so it's not right in the centre of town so this is why the price is reasonable. However if you don't mind a metro or bus ride into the centre then it's no problem. The rooms are nicely furnished in a contemporary style and best thing of all is that the wi-fi actually works! We had a full signal in our room. Breakfast buffet ok but nothing special although there was plenty available.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank Matthew R
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Reviewed April 11, 2010

The main advantages are good location and cheap price. Thats all. Breakfast is poor, rooms are very simple and cheap, staff is stupid.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank Dolph912
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An Agoda Traveler
Reviewed January 2, 2010

  • Stayed: January 2010
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Thank An Agoda Traveler
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Reviewed December 15, 2009

We three girls stayed here last weekend and were not sure what to expect. We had booked it through Expedia for a really low price. We were pleasantly surprised, it is clean, and the staff are helpful and friendly. The area looks a bit dodgy at first, however it is just an old part of the city and seemed quite safe. The walk into town takes around twenty minutes and there are things to look at on the way. The railway station is a five minute walk from the hotel and there are various trams and buses. We decided to walk everyday as it was quite pleasant.

The breakfast is plentiful and sets you up for the day. The hotel can also arrange taxis to and from the airport.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel for a weekend, even though there is nothing fancy about it. One more tip, change your money when you get there it is a better exchange rate.

We had a really good experience and would stay there again. Another tip, you must experience one of the spas, they are fantastic!!!!!!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with friends
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1  Thank flyingqueen
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Reviewed February 12, 2009

This seems to be a relatively new (or newly renovated) hotel in a rather old part of the city, quiter close to the Keleti main station (10 min. walk). The hotel itself is nice, clean, rather small, with not too many guests (the balance of January and February) and silent. The breakfast is good, with the right variety of food to have. A special thing about a double room there (anyway the one we were given) is that it actually consisted of two small separate rooms (one bed in each room) which makes the whole look like an apartment rather than just an ordinary hotel room. This is a perfect solution for couples who'd prefer to sleep separately and undisturbed (i.e. when someone's sneering or reading until late at night). The rooms are very high (the roof is somewhere several meters up above your head which is good, especially in hot summer time).
A big minus about the rooms are huge and taugh cushions you can hardly use for sleep, unless you like to sleep in a nearly sitting position. The daily cleaning service was also surprisingly ineffective (no carpet cleaning, no matter how dirty it becomes after several days).
The area the hotel is placed in might appear a little questionnable at first sight, but it is just the old part of the town that is not pretty much renovated hence not immediately "glittering and shining". It does not, however, have its own special charm and did not seem unsafe.
Just in front of the the hotel entrance there is a trolley stop that takes you in 10 minutes to the city center, or in 1-2 minutes to the Keleti station where you can change for nearly all directions, taking a bus or an underground. Mind, the Hungarians are obsessive about ticket control, so you'd better not travel blind (you need to punch a new ticket every time you enter a new vehicle, no matter if continuing your trip or uninterrupted).
All in all, it is a good and recommendable hotel, especially taking the price - value ratio (we booked it, however, much in advance via a travel web site thus, it cost us much less than the standard hotel rate ranging around 100 Euro!!!).

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Vannegen
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Reviewed June 11, 2008

For the money, Budapest's Star Hotel is pleasant: it's clean and cheery. The pillows were nice and big on the bed and the towels were nice, the staff friendly. The Star has a nice atrium-like sitting area. And it's not far from great stuff to do in Budapest, like near Heroes' Square.

By coincidence I actually heard this radio show about the Star:
http://budacast.hu/shows/budapest_star_hotel.mp3

I think the travelers' comments in that show were spot on.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled solo
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Thank drewbacsi
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Additional Information about Star City Hotel

Address: Istvan utca 14, Budapest 1078, Hungary
Location: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest > District VII / Jewish Quarter
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#28 Best Value Hotel in Budapest
Price Range: $40 - $102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Star City Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The three-star Star City Hotel (member of Mellow Mood Hotels) is located in Budapest city centre on the Pest side of Budapest 10 - minute walk from Keleti Palyaudvar, international railway station(500 m) and Metro station (Red Metro line 2) - which gives easy access to all parts of Budapest. Star City Hotel has 48 well-equipped,comfortable and relaxing rooms all of which feature FREE Wireless Internet access. In the hotel's open-plan lobby you can relax after a busy day, enjoying Hungary's famous spirits and international drinks as well. Room types include singles, doubles (with double or twin beds), triples and four-bedded family rooms. The adjoining rooms have a connecting door, a useful feature for families. ... more   less 
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