When our taxi reached Kapital Inn, in the heart of Budapst, Albert our host, smiling and baseball capped (he studied in Boston for 6 years), grabbed our 2 HEAVY bags and sprung up the stairs to the travel oasis he has created.
Kapitol Inn was easily the most comfortable environment of the 11 locations we stayed during our trip to Italy and Austria. The rooms are beautifully appointed with all modern conveniences. The breakfasts are ample and appealing. We were the only guests, and had free access to the kitchen, and the lovely outdoor common area with flat screened TV where we sipped tea and luxuriated while watching the Royal Wedding.
Upon our arrival Albert took out a map and laid out a perfect walking tour of the city with expert guidance on the essential sites, restaurants, and attractions. We managed to drop by the magnificent Opera House and saw Tosca, performed by an outstanding, all Hungarian cast.
Budapest is on a scale where power walking, and a few quick rides on the ancient metro, allowed us to cover the major sites in 2 days. Everyone speaks English, since no visitor is expected to even attempt Hungarian, which is apparently derived from Finnish! In between our excursions, and before and after our day, Albert would enthrall us with the history, politics, and current struggles of the country.
One experience Albert practically pleaded us to try, was the ornate public spas that house huge hot baths and saunas and other life giving properties. Budapest sits on hundreds of thermal springs and public bathing is the major social activity of the citizenry. Once we saw the Spa, with its Seurat-like tableau of bathers, we would have gladly partaken if time and schedule allowed.
We vowed to Albert, that we would be back…
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kapital Inn is a boutique B&B located inside an elegant 19th century building in one of the finest neighborhoods in the heart of Budapest. The owner is a professionally trained Hungarian chef and former executive of an internationally renowned 5-star hotel. We own the entire top floor of this building and it includes a private 600 square foot roof-top terrace. ... more less
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