This hotel claims to be a 5 star property and on first impression you are dazzled by the beautiful architecture and the gorgeous atrium. The New York Cafe itself is stunning. The reception staff who greet you are great too. If you ever need help or advice they are brilliant.
Our hotel room looked good. The bed was enormous and so comfortable. On the down side though, the shower was lacklustre and went everywhere soaking the bathroom. The bath was massive and deep but took forever to drain. Anyone with mobility issues would definitely struggle to get in or out of it though. The free wi fi in the room was a bonus.
The spa in the basement was my favourite part of the hotel even though it was a bit of a maze! The pool was long and narrow but warm and well kept with beautiful lightening. The steam room and sauna were lovely as well. For some reason though only the pool was open in the morning.
I didn't have any treatments though as they seemed expensive.
Breakfast was plentiful and served in amazing surroundings. Some of the food on offer was bizarre but there were enough choices to suit everyone. Staff working there however were moody and unfriendly.
We tried the Cigar Bar one night and had a couple of expensive drinks while a third rate pianist played incredibly dated tunes and was unintentionally hilarious. The waiter/barman working there was extremely rude also and service was painfully slow.
With regards to location, the Boscolo is in a poor position a good 20 minute walk away from anything worth seeing. The streets around the hotel seemed very run down and full of dodgy bars, sex shops and kebab shops. I was also horrified by the number of drunks, beggars and homeless people everywhere. Prostitution was quite noticable in the evenings too.
Luckily though, all the hop on/hop off buses stop right outside the hotel. A word of caution though, do not use Giraffe as they are unreliable and use the worst vehicles.
In regards to Budapest, I wouldn't return until it became more more modern and less Third World as it looked tired and shabby with very few interesting sights. Buda Castle was pretty but not historic in any way and views of the river were marred by the trams and roads running directly on front of them.
The local food and beer was mediocre although the wine was quite nice according to my partner. On the plus side, everything was extremely cheap. Sadly I can imagine the stag and hen parties taking advantage of beer at a pound a go.
The absolute highlight of my trip though was a visit to Szechenyi Bath. This made the whole trip worthwhile. I would have loved to try some of the other baths but this is the only one that is truly unisex and so perfect for couples. We went on a sunny warm day and did not want to leave!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience 5-star luxury when staying in the gorgeous Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection. Our contemporary hotel is one of the most grand luxury hotels in Budapest, Hungary. It offers proximity to some of the Budapest area' best attractions, including Chain Bridge, Great Synagogue, and Vaci Utca. We invite you to stay with us and visit our serene indoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, full service spa, and impeccable restaurants during your visit to Budapest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection Hotel Budapest
- Hotel Boscolo New York Palace
- New York Palace Budapest