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Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection
Ranked #28 of 336 Hotels in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 7, 2012

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!

Room Tip: It seems the hotel is split into 2 sections with all the good rooms at the front and the more budget...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights for our honeymoon. Amazing spa and breakfast is like royalty. The only thing that hindered our stay was the weather. Highly recommend the hotel. I found Budapest quite difficult to navigate around but the underground and tram system is easy to use.

Room Tip: We stayed in the junior suite which was amazing
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

We stayed in the Boscolo New York Cafe Hotel for 3 nights and found it very comfortable, the staff are helpful and friendly, the food is excellent
The hotel is stunningly beautiful. We would certainly go back.

Room Tip: We were on the top floor which proved to be very quiet
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Nice hotel, excellent service, better to stay in the old section, the new is not quite complete and cold. The main restaurant was excellent the first day and disastrous the next day for lunch, bad service, limited food selection, took forever. We were moved into the old section of the hotel and it was very nice after that.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Anne H
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

This was one of the most elegant properties I have ever been in. Huge suite, perfectly appointed. The craftsmanship was second to none.
Magnificently styled bathroom, (nicer in our jr.suite than in the full suite) great view. Only down side was the lack of American programming in tv packages.

Once out of the rooms, the palatial decorations are mind blowing. The staff incredible, and very artsy funky spa and pool make this a great stop.

We were told the restaurant was not to be missed. Visually stunning, very expensive and mediocre service at best. Still go even if only for the overpriced coffee and to look around!
All in all a great trip and well recommended property.

Room Tip: Jr suite was terrific, I would highly recommend it.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Stayed here during a friend's wedding. Amazing service - concierge and reception very welcoming and not in any way arrogant. Breakfast totally amazing and well worth getting up for. Very smart hotel, looks good and comfy. Good bed. Rooms enormous BUT couple of glitches - beware if you are sharing with an acquaintance. The bath/shower sits in the middle of the room with just a glass window to protect your modesty!! And our shower leaked really badly so we had an enormous puddle around the bath every day. We did mention this to reception who acknowledged it was an issue. Also, the tap doesnt pour directly into the basin - another design fault. Otherwise a very good stay - I believe we got a good deal on the room as a large number of us were staying but probably wouldnt pay full rate if I visited Budapest again. I did try to extend my stay and the guy at reception was clearly stressed with my request as the hotel was fully booked and he lost his cool ever so slightly which given the hospitality of the Hungarian people was a real surprise, but he remained respectable throughout. Location totally fine also but you may want to stay closer to the main shopping area/river. Spa was good - make full use of this and brekkie and you will enjoy your stay!

Room Tip: Don't know how the rooms differed but 3rd floor was fine - if you want somewhere good and tasty...
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

The only thing we didn't like was their taxi service-way too much money and the one guy was so mean to us when he dropped us off at the domestic side of the train station and refused to take us to the international side, which is where we had asked to go. He threw our bags on the curb and left in a huff. We took Fo Taxi all the other times we were in Budapest, just call and they say, OK 5-10 minutes! They spoke English well enough to get a taxi to us every time! Anyway, the hotel itself is very grand looking and makes for excellent photos. Our suite was very roomy and had a balcony. There was a nespresso machine in the room for our first cups of coffee before we went down to the lavish breakfast spread, with more excellent European coffee. Our suite had a very slight odor, however, it never seemed like the bathroom air would clear, so that was a little uncomfortable when we first walked in the room after being away. The beds weren't as comfortable as home, but the bathroom was really nice with a walk in showere and a separate, large tub to soak in. They provided bath salts, too, very aromatic and relaxing, and of course the soaps, shampoos, lotions, robes, slippers, are all nice touches.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection

Address: Erzsebet korut 9-11, Budapest 1073, Hungary (Formerly Boscolo New York Palace Hotel)
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Location: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest > District VII / Jewish Quarter , Erzsébetváros
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Budapest
#10 Spa Hotel in Budapest
#17 Romantic Hotel in Budapest
#24 Luxury Hotel in Budapest
Price Range: $157 - $386 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection 5*
Number of rooms: 185
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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