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“Rooms by the hour was not on the brochure.”
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Hotel Swing City
Ranked #272 of 333 Hotels in Budapest
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Rooms by the hour was not on the brochure.”
Reviewed August 17, 2010

This was by far the dirtiest little hotel I've stayed at in quite some time. We booked it thru a travel website that had rated in 3 out of five stars. What they conveniently forgot to mention was the fact that it shares a wall with a sex shop and they have "special" rooms that they rent by the hour. Oh yeah, the cockroaches in the bathroom were a nice touch as well.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 20, 2010

I stayed with my partner and brother in February 2009. We travelled through easyjet and stayed bed and breakfast. The location is ideal when you are on a budget. Having read the reviews we were a little worried about "sex shows" on our street! They are there but are low key and you wouldn't notice them. The hotel is a nice walk to the river and two different tram stops depending where you are going. You can also walk to metro stops or you can go two stops on the tram and then catch the metro. We caught the tram in the snow but once the snow disappeared it wasn't a bad walk to the metro.
The hotel isn't too far from the Holocaust Memorial which we visited. It is very moving and the synagogue is one of the most beautiful things I have seen.
The firt night we arrived we walked to the river in the snow and then turned left and walked into town. You will pass the market hall which is amazing when it is open and full of everything you can imagine. Lace, paprika, meats, veg, souvenirs!
The best places we ate were small restaurants around the main town. Potato soup and paprika chicken were my favourites. The restaurant prices were reasonable but some were expensive.
A good walk up Buda Hill into the old town will burn off the calories and not recomended if you can't walk far or wheelchairs, take the tram instead. Beautiful views from the top of the hill and look for the bullet holes in the buildings!
There is a cafe in the shopping mall at the end of the tram stops behind Buda which does every hot chocolate flavour you can think of! It is also very warm so you can thaw out when the snow is coming down!
The szechenyi baths are awesome! My favourite thing! Swimming outside surrounded by snow in water that is around 38! Like taking a bath outside! Lovely! There are also hot baths, sulphur baths and pools of various temperatures inside. Everyone uses them, tourists and locals and I'm glad we went!
Hotel - The hotel is quiet and tucked away from the town but has big rooms with ed and tv which we never watched. The bathroom was nice and clean and shower was great. There was no bath. It is an old higgledy piggeldy building and you go up and around corridors to your rooms but it is well sign posted. There were lifts I think but not ideal for infirm. The breakfast by all acounts was good, I didn't have it as I don't get up on holiday but my brother had his fill and said there were breads meats yoghurt, some cereals, fruit. He said it was a small selection but was good and fresh everyday. You are only a short walk from a little corner shop if you need anything extra and there are various bigger shops in town.
Oh and go to the biggest flea market in Budapest which involves a tram and then a bus. The flea market is full of antiques, old furniture, clothes, bric a brac, militaria.... My brother bought an accordian and we bought some old military medals for my Grandad for his birthday! Very random but lovely to browse and you can buy tea from a hut but it was bitterly cold so wrap up warm!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
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Atlanta, GA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2009

Hotel is a walk away from the main train station, the Bridge, and the tourist areas. Messed up our reservations, but the a/c was cold. Be ready to walk up weirdly placed stairwells if you get room #'s 40 and above. Breakfast was so-so for European hotel, TV is a joke, but room was clean. Price was good, but you get what you pay for. Forget the advertised bar and restaurant here- fast food Chinese and drinks in the cubbyhole of a lobby. Reminds me of a bad Club Quarters in the U.S.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed June 30, 2009

I stayed 5 nights in this hotel. I liked the location and the free wireless internet connection. The worst about it was the housekeeping staff. The room attendant could not speak a word of English, and she had the habit of entering my room without knocking first. On the first ocassion she did that and when I was in the room, I said to her she should knock before she entered. She said something back which I could not understand. And then moment later she did it again. Later on I talked to the reception about it, but he not only did not acknowledge the problem but was very defensive. I could not understand why it was such a problem getting them to understand such a basic housekeeping rule in any hotels. With the exception of just two receptionists who were very professional friendly and helpful, the others were cold, aloof and unhelpful.

The hotel was in an old building. The carpet looked very cheap and was of an orangy colour. The drawer in the wardrobe was broken. I could hear the person showering in the next room. There was no in room tea and coffee making facility. The breakfast was boring and was the same every morning - scrambled egg and sausages on toast. After 3 days, I was not looking forward to it. Like the manager said, it was an old hotel, don't expect too much and you might enjoy your stay. But I will look for other hotels next time I am in town.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
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Lancashire, Uk
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54 reviews
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Reviewed March 6, 2008

We chose this hotel as it had a sauna and hot tub! But never got round to using it!

We were a little concerned walking upto the hotel as there is a (strip club and *** Shop) next door but one! And what with the hotel being called Swing City!!! U can imagine what we thought!

Check-in was straight forward! Room was on 1st Floor, i had requested a quiet room and a refurbished room...Are room, was large with 2 single beds pushed together. There was a wardrobe, 2 bed side cabinets, min-bar, dressing table, 2 chairs and luggage rack and plenty of room..The ensuite shower room was of a good size...with heated towel rail and hairdryer...

Hotel is opposite the tramway which you can actually hop on and off, plus the metro is a 5minute walk away....The daube is about 10mins away and central market hall is about 20-30mins walk away...Single journeys are 270 forints!! You are supposed to validate your ticket when you get on the bus or tram but we could not see what the point to this was! We bought a couple of tickets and kept them on us incase we got asked to show them so basically we ended up having free transport during our stay! They have security guards on the metros' though so you defo have to pay there...

Breakfast was ok....there was a choice of cereal (all nutty kind+nesquick) bread for toasting, rolls, cold meats and cheese, yoghurts, fruit drinks, tea and coffee, hot chocolate and fresh fruit so not bad for the price you pay for the hotel...

Most locals are unhelpful!! We tried to ask several people on how to get to places but they just shrugged their shoulders or walked away!! Great eh!!! So finding places was often a little difficult! We
ended up doing a tour which was good and we are glad we did this as we wouldnt have found everywhere! You cant prononuce the hunagrian place names, so u have no chance!!

I would use this hotel again....and also would recommend this hotel..

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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wales
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 1, 2008

The first night at the hotel we were kept awake by plumbing noises coming from the bathrom. I went for shower in the morning but water was freezing cold. Rang down to reception who said they would call back once they had checked the problem out. Call received from reception stating that there had been a problem with heating but water would be ok in 20mins. An hour later there was still no hot water. Reception was apologetic and immediately offered us a room on the other side of the hotel. We were happy with this service.

The room was far nicer and had a balcony (there are only two balconies in the hotel). Downside is the noise from the main street with the regular trams going back and forth.

Hotel roms are basic but are more than reasonable for the price. We were disappointed with breakfast as there is one small toaster between everyone, and very little choice of food. But again too be expected for the price.

My boyfriend used the gym and found it to be well equipped. The gym is open to the public and gets busy around 5pm.

The street the hotel is on has several sex shops/peep shows. There is one of these just two door down from the hotel. We had no trouble wth this but it is worth noting as some people may not appreciate this next to their hotel.

  • Liked — Price
  • Disliked — Noise
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Oslo
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2008

The location of the hotel was good, not far from the Metro-station (which by the way is a great way to get around the city).

The staff was mostly wery helpful and friendly, eccept from when we found out that there were only one pillow and blanket on the bed (in a dobleroom). The receptionist told us that it was under the bed. We went out, when we came back we checked again, and didn't find it. He tol it was under the bad again, but he didentknow exactly where. We finaly found it, so it was OK, but i think they should have fixed it while we were out...

The room had a little funny smell, but was clean, eccept the bathroom, whice was not wery pleasant. The floor, the outside of the toilet and walls was not clean. The interior was like in the pictures of the website.

One could very well heare noice from the hallway.

I would not reccomend this hotel to friends.

  • Liked — Location
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  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with friends
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3 Thank CathyOslo
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Property: Hotel Swing City
Address: Ferenc koerut 19-21, Budapest 1094, Hungary
Location: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #272 of 333 Hotels in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Swing City 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our three-star hotel, which is situated within the heart of Budapest, on the main boulevard, offers our guests a pleasant stay with its friendly atmosphere of intimacy. We ensure closed parking place to those guests who arrive by car. All of our hotelrooms are air-conditioned and equipped with shower, lavatory, television, telephone, mini bar, and safe box . ... more   less 
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