We had a very nice stay.
Positives include extremely helpful, positive, happy staff. Beautiful lobby and New York Cafe. Right next to metro station and tram stop. Wonderful room and typical Marriott amenities.
Negatives included two annoyances. First, the transport scam. Yes, unfortunately I have to call it this. I emailed the hotel to ask about taxis from the train station. They replied I had to be careful of Hungarian taxis, as there are lots of scams, especially from the airport and train stations. They recommended I use their cars, so I did. A very nice driver met me at the train station and drove the two of us less than a kilometer to the hotel for 15 Euros. The return trip using a Fo Taxi, which can be had by phoning the taxi company, cost less than 2 Euros. I feel like the hotel ripped me off. It was a Mercedes, but come on, was it worth 7 or 8 times as much as a normal taxi. And how much would a taxi scam have cost me? They should have been up front.
Second, although the room bathroom was beautiful, the apparently Italian designer neglected to create a usable shower. It was a lovely marble square, with two glass walls, a rain shower head built into the roof, and a silver drain cover on the floor. No shelf or anywhere to put shampoo or soap other than the floor. When you opened the glass door and reached across to turn on the shower, it sprayed most of your body and out the door. Adjusting the temperature so you could get in was tricky, and when you did get in, you invariably stepped right on the floating drain cover. In all fairness, the front desk staff had obviously heard this many times, and hoped it would be remedied by our next visit.
Nonetheless, I would stay again. Just take a Fo Taxi.
- 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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- Hotel Boscolo New York Palace
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