Just back from a week in Budapest in this terrible so-called hotel.
We were given a "room" on the 3rd floor which actually was a standard flat, including kitchen, living room turned into a bedroom, second bedroom, ... The place was clean and huge but...
a) There was no airco which forced us to leave the windows open not to die (+42°C), which in turn made it impossible to sleep before 1:00AM (Vaci Utca is the busiest pedestrian street of Budapest).
b) Since the windows did not have proper curtains, anyone from the opposite buildings could look at us on our bed and...daylight woke us up at 4:00AM.
We complmained the next day and were given a very nice room on the ground floor. This room was just perfect but unless we complained we probably would not have been given it. My advice ask for or the following rooms: 7, 8 or 9 (ours).
As for the restaurant, it is clearly a rip off. While we had our only meal there, the first one, complaints about the invoice came from two tables. Check places like La Coppola instead.
Finally, when my credit card receipt came in, I realised we had also been ripped off on the hotel bill. Price indicated when booking was 273€ but they converted this into Forints (Hungarian currency) at an incredible rate which resulted in a cost of 338€ on my credit card, thus almost a 25% increase.
Nevertheless, considering that this hotel is located in one of the most convenient areas of Budapest, is cheap, and may even be a nice place to stay if you get the proper room, I would recommend:
- a) make sure to get one of rooms 7, 8, or 9
- b) make sure to pay in euros
- c) stay away from the restaurant
If not, run away.
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