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“A perfect little pension!”
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Villa Korall
Ranked #139 of 333 Hotels in Budapest
Reviewed June 27, 2012

I genuinely could not find fault with this gem of a pension. It really is excellent value for money. We came here for our wedding anniversary but chose a budget option as we had only recently returned from another holiday. I very much doubt that we could have been more comfortable if we had paid double or treble the price.
Our room was a reasonable size and had an immaculately clean bathroom. The shower was a good size with a powerful flow of water. The beds were very comfortable. Although our room did not have air conditioning it was equipped with a large fan. All of the public areas were spotless.
The price we paid would have been good just for the room but breakfast was included as well! There was a good range of cheese, ham, salami, tomatoes, cucumber, several types of bread, croissants etc. As if this wasn't enough you could have eggs and bacon freshly cooked any way you liked.
Sylvie gives everyone a warm welcome and takes the trouble to ensure her guests understand transport links etc. She said she only took over the Villa Korall six months ago. To her credit she seems to have maintained the high standards set by the previous owner (judging from previous reviews). It is a sign of a well managed hotel that standards were maintained when Sylvie took a couple of days off. The two young men that took over from her simply carried on providing the same exemplary service.
Although Villa Korall is not in the centre of Budapest the 139 bus runs frequently from nearby and only takes about 15 minutes to reach a transport hub in the city which was an easy stroll from the old town. Alternatively buses, metro or trams ran from there to the Pest side of the city. We thought that the quiet location of the hotel was a real bonus.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

I arrived at the Villa Korall on June 17th, and immediately I was impressed. I was greeted enthusiastically by Sylvie, the absolute legend of a woman working the hotel, and given a map of the city, directions into town and a perfect google map of the area so I wouldn't get lost. Even though I was early, my room was prepared for me quickly and I was given a cup of tea. I also explained to Sylvie my unique situation- I had come to Budapest for medical reasons, and was going to have surgery the next day. She was so supportive and caring, and helped me organize everything I needed to make my recovery speedy and easy- She stocked the minibar with ice to help with the swelling, she showed me the pharmacy and the grocery store and told me I could always ring down to reception and they would order food for me if I couldn't leave my room. My mind was put at ease- all before I even entered my room!

The room I stayed in was on the top floor with big windows overlooking greenery. The hotel is suburban, and the area is really nice and quiet- I could hear the ice cream truck go by! The room was perfect- A large big bed, a big bathroom with shower and plenty of toiletries and a minibar stocked full of ice and other goodies. It was pristinely clean. The room also has great WIFI access- so I could entertain myself on the computer. The TV also had an English Channel- TCM, so I got to watch The Last Samurai while recovering and other films. There was also both air conditioning and a fan, which helped since it was almost 35 degrees out. The room is serviced daily, which I didn't expect for the price paid.

The breakfast is another major selling point of this hotel. Loads of food, and Sylvie will make you eggs if you like. She is so eager to help and is a really lovely woman. For breakfast I had: cereal, yoghurt, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, cheese, orange juice and coffee. The breakfast room is very cute, nice tables and very comfortable. There is even a really sweet cat, Tomas who hangs out with you, which was nice as I was travelling alone.

The area near the hotel is not city central, but it easy and inexpensive to get into the centre. While I took mostly cabs in (around 2300 FLT) the bus is easy too. In the area you do have restaurants, shopping, pharmacies and a couple of salons, so it was plenty for me while I was getting better. The city is so close though, and the hotel is a rally nice place to come back to after a busy day out in bustling Budapest.

My experience could not have been better. I was nervous to stay in Budapest, as I am a young solo traveller, and, as I stated, I was having surgery there, but I felt so comfortable and at home in the hotel, and felt particularly attached to Sylvie and to Robert (the other worker, who was just as kind). Sylvie's English is impeccable, and she seems to really care about her guests. Honestly, it was perhaps the best accommodation and customer service I have received, and I have travelled quite extensively. During my previous visit to Budapest, I stayed at the Sheraton, and Villa Korall was better, and far less expensive. If you stay anywhere in Budapest, stay here. :)

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank seenysue
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

We spent 4 nights here and it was very comfortable and quiet. The hotel is in the suburbs but there's a city bus around the corner from the hotel and buses constantly come by. It took about 15-20 minutes to get to the subway station and into the city center. It was really no problem for me because the buses went back to the hotel late in the evening. The neighborhood is very safe even at night and a supermarket is just 2 blocks away close to the bus stop. The room was very simple, no frills but very clean and bright with a nice balcony. The staff was very nice and helpful. Breakfast was fresh and choices were plentiful. Eggs cooked to order were a real treat! Silvia, the manager, was a true gem. She speaks great English and was available to help when I had questions or needed taxi service to and from the train station. Bottom line- you will feel very welcome and well taken care of.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

Hotel is is my opinion a little bit hard to find without using sattelite navigation. Despite of that it is located in a really quet area, and if you get a room on the top floor you'll get a really nice view of the surrounding hills. Breakfast is good value and it contains various types of cheese, meats, cereals, yoghurt, milk, juice, cofee, tee, etc...
The hotel is really popular for transit because it's really close to the motorway to Viena and the parking is enough for about 5 cars. Hotel staff is nice and polite.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

Was initially worried about the distance from the city centre but the bus leaves from the end of the road and takes approximately 15 minutes to get to the main bus station in buda. We got a 10 ticket book that works out a bit cheaper and was all we needed for 5 days travel. Villa Korall is lovely rooms are very clean and have balconies. Breakfast was great and consisted of eggs cooked the was you like & ham, cheese, croissants and cereal etc. Overall great experience & staff are very friendly and helpful too.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Mc57
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

We spent four nights at Villa Korall after a long flight from Melbourne. We were collected from the airport and transported to the pension. The room was clean, the beds comfortable and the location quiet - great for the first night! The staff were warm and friendly with nothing being too much trouble. We found ourselves in a very pleasant suburban location with the supermarket and bus stop nearby. The buses, to the central metro stations, were regular with the trip taking about 15 to 20 minutes. The breakfasts were substantial and tasty. All together Villa Korall was an excellent base for our visit to Budapest.

Room Tip: Room not on street?
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank HelenOz2
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

Great place! We stayed for three nights in a single + triple room. Breakfast is great , rooms comfy and clean and people friendly! Would come back for sure!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Villa Korall

Address: Radoc utca 19, Budapest 1118, Hungary (Formerly Radóc u. 19)
Location: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #139 of 333 Hotels in Budapest
Price Range: $38 - $598 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Korall 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As a pleasant pension with familiar atmosphere located in the quiet green belt area of Buda, Villa Korall Bed and Breakfast is situated just 15 minutes from the city centre, whilst also enjoying good access to the M1 and M7 motorways, convenient to city centre by car and by public transportation, an ideal place to discover the city or relax after a busy day.The establishment has 8 rooms, each equipped with bathroom, cable TV, mini fridge, telephone and free Wi-Fi Internet. The staff speaks English and Hungarian only. Services include fax and photocopy utilities, safe, laundry service, organizing programs and excursions, guide and interpreter services,sale of postcards, stamps, closed parking lot for 5 cars,but parking is also available for free of charge on the street in a safe area. ... more   less 
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