We spend several days in Eastern Europe, staying in three hotels during that time. The Bara was the least of the three-but was adequate for sleeping, which was what we needed the room for, and was relatively inexpensive. Our biggest concern was the lack of air conditioning, which in late July became somewhat of a problem. Opening the windows at night provided some relief, but since there was no ventilation, it was minimal. Our room was basic. Two beds, two chairs, a dresser. There was a TV but it did not work. I'm 6'3" and the shower was very small for me. The bed was nice-on the hard side, but good. I liked the large, feather pillow. The duvet took some getting used to-there was no top sheet. The entire hotel was not handicap accessible. We had a significant amount of walking and climbing stairs in order to get to our rooms. The elevator was only large enough to accommodate two people at the time. There was secured parking under the hotel-the gate was kept locked at all times, and a staff member opened it when you needed to leave. The breakfast was probably a typical Eastern European meal, certainly not American. Macaroni and cheese with hot dogs on the buffet? We also ate at the restaurant one evening. We were the only people in the restaurant, but it took quite a long time for us to receive our food. When we got it, the food was fine. One of my pieces of luggage did not arrive at the airport with me, but the staff helped with the situation, even going to the extent of calling the airport and inquiring about it. I found the staff pleasant, some people spoke better English than others, but one of my traveling companions was fluent enough in Hungarian that it did not matter. Here's the bottom line. If you are used to a Hilton, a Holiday Inn; any of those luxury or semi-luxury places, you will NOT appreciate this place. If you are satisfied with average accommodations typical of Western Europe, things will be fine. Simply don't have high expectation compared to hotels in the US. Were I to return to Budapest during a different season, I would be perfectly satisfied in staying at the Hotel Bara.
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