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“A traditional Hungarian Hotel with courteous service” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Kalvin House
Ranked #86 of 340 Hotels in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
London
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23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A traditional Hungarian Hotel with courteous service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

Behind the rather austere entrance this is a charming traditional city centre hotel. The very high ceilinged rooms are clean, light and airy with an old world charm. None of your modern bland rooms, these have solid wood block floors with rugs, older style furniture and a charm which gives one a feeling of 'coming home' at the end of the day. The en-suite bathrooms are modern, clean and fresh.

The staff are courteous and helpful. I had a minor problem with the shower fixing and they had a handyman in and the problem solved by the next day. Breakfasts are well presented in bright, sunny dining rooms with a wide range of choices from a continental range.

The hotel is very will sited for walking the city being just 5 mins walk from the river and famous Market Hall. A Tesco Expressz (6.00 - 23.00) is just across the way along with a number of shops.

A couple of even better if:
I found the curtains to be decorative rather than functional and it was a bit of a challenge to get a decent blackout.
In the high heat of summer I was luck to be at the back of the hotel with a shady courtyard providing a cool breeze but the front rooms do appear to be very sunny and therefore warm. Yes they have fans but I wonder how cool the rooms were when heat outside was 30+

One Health and Safety point.
The hotel has a semi circular concrete spiral stair with the lift passing down the centre. In the event of a fire this is the only way out and any semblance of fire doors isolating this vital central exit are not self closing. I'm confident the balconies, doors etc. would offer safe refuge for rescue but if bringing a group or family I'd recommend a 2 min discussion if not sharing the same room.

Room Tip: Front rooms are sunnier and much warmer, cooler at the rear but smaller rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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43 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

From the moment we arrived it was a great experience.

The staff was totally friendly, helpful and full of great advice.We were given maps and info and directions to walk or take the tram or Metro to wherever we wanted to go. The location is perfect - so close to all that is going on. A bit noisy early in the morning as the windows were wide open to help keep us cool(ish), but not too bad.

Parking was a nightmare but that was hardly the Hotels fault, but we got lucky with a temporary spot right outside the door. We were directed to a parking garage a few blocks away which worked out good - local cash only though so take about 800 HUF per day back to the garage to get your car out.

The rooms were easily the largest we have seen in Europe for a budget hotel. High geilings, big bed and full bathroom and even a monster plant in the corner!

The breakfast was adequate and tasty, pretty typical but it was a budget hotel after all.

Room Tip: No AC in our rooms, but the fan did a pretty good job, but you have to have the window open. That ca...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BC_Travellers24
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London
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13 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

We had a double room that was massive - great big deep tub to soak in after long hot days in the summer sun; the staff are lovely - the breakfast was very tasty; The location is superb - 2 mins walk to the market, bank of the Danube; 10 mins to St Gellerts, and 1 mins to the metro. There isn't AC in the rooms which we didnt realise before we got there - the days were 41deg C, and my husband usually cannot sleep in the summer without AC, however we opened the windows, put the fan on and he slept like a baby. Would definitely recommend this place to a friend and re-visit next time in budapest.

Room Tip: we stayed on the first floor in a charming and huge double room on the end. Lovely except it can get...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stephanie M
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

The location is excellent, the rooms are basic, but clean and functional, the breakfast is typical continental, but the best thing about the hotel was the helpful staff; nothing was too much for them.

We booked too rooms, but as my friend is a light sleeper, they moved him without any quibble, (not that there was any major noise).

The staff helped with excursions, public transport and made a couple of calls for us in Hungarian, before translating the outcome for us.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Alastair T
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

This is a very plain and simple lodging at a good price.. It would be ready for redevelopment in major western cities but, in Budapest, it may take a little longer. It's entry is quaint and its 1st floor (i.e. one up from the ground) reception is simple. But the service is warm and efficient. The lift works, our 5th floor room was very large and old-fashioned, the bed comfortable, breakfast OK, WiFi free and effective. The hotel is very convenient to most of the city on foot and a couple of blocks away from trams. Budapest is a very interesting, very scenic city. (You buy tram & bus tickets at Tabac stores.)

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ktho2318
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Vincennes, Indiana
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90 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

I've been in Budapest many times and have always enjoyed staying at the Kalvin House. It is in a great location. It is near the big Indoor Market and within walking distance of the Vaci Utca - a well known shopping street. It is also close to a metro stop and a tram line. There are MANY really good restaurants near by as well. Most of the rooms are big and airy - although some of the singles are quite small. They have a nice breakfast and for those who take their computers, there is free wi-fi. The staff is delightful and so helpful. One small note, there is no ai-conditioning so if you are there in the hotter months, keep that in mind.

Room Tip: Inside rooms are quieter. There is no air-conditioning in the hotel so if you are planning a trip f...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Kalvin House
Address: Goenczy Pal utca 6, Budapest 1093, Hungary
Location: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#60 Romantic Hotel in Budapest
#63 Family Hotel in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Kalvin House 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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