i am an experienced world traveler of mature years, picky on hotels (but not overly so), who does much advance research on my travels, including the accommodations, and therefore is rarely really disappointed in them.
i originally stayed here at the belleview about 9 years ago on my first adventure in budapest. the place is charming and the folks who run it are so delightful that they became personal friends of mine, and i return to budapest every year mostly to spend time with them - and of course to stay at the bellevue. this is the only situation of this kind i have experienced in my life !!
the locatrion is ideal - between buda (castle) and pest (city). one can walk up to old town buda in a couple of minutes. one can walk down the hill to the bridge into pest in just a few minutes, or down the stairway in a trice to the metro into the center, and tram along the river. to return, the 16 bus from in front of the meridian hotel in the center is frequent and so convenient. it is just like staying in the center but a lot quieter and between buda and pest. down the stairway, at batiany square, there is a supermarket, post office, pharmacy, bank - all kinds of conveniences, and also there are several super restaurants, very hungarian and not touristy. and up near the b&b is s high end gourmet place.
the rooms are immaculately clean and charming - decorated in a hungarian family home style with every convenience, and there is a full kitchen for lat night coffee or tea. no barking dogs and decent sized showers !!
the breakfasts are served family style and have a large variety of traditional hungarian and international favorites. the family style means that the different guests from different lands can visit with each other if they choose, and can compare notes about what to see and do.
the rates here are reasonable - much more so than the three expensive b&bs that occupy the number 1-3 spots on this budapest trripadvisor site.
but the real reason to stay here is lajos and judith, the owners/hosts. fluent english speakers (he was the trade liason in canada for years), cultured (they operated the annual budapest ballet gala for many years), warm, genuinely friendly folks who will not only help you with what sites and entertainment events, spa/baths and restaurants to visit, but will make it clear the best ways to go about doing these things.
budapest is a wonderful city - never tourist-infested, as it is big enough to gently absorb the crowds even in season - with tons of stuff to see and do and eat and swim in.
you will be really glad you chose to stay at the bellevue.
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