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Budapest Museum Central
Ranked #111 of 342 Hotels in Budapest
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England, United Kingdom
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“a chilled hideaway in a busy city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

This hotel is very small - it only has 5 rooms! which means it is very personable, private, and relaxed. Owing to this it seems best suited for couples or small families.
The hotel is quite strict on noise level at night due to the fact it is part of a residential apartment block and the fact that its aim is towards a relaxed stay - so if you are going to Budapest for a stag or hen do then don't stay here.

The hotel is in a courtyard apartment block right opposite the museum, a very short walk from the underground station. The reception is manned 24 hours which makes it easy if you arrive at night. There are several doors to get into the building, all of which have buzzers linked to reception who can let you in. Once checked in you get keys for all the doors so it's easy to get in and out.

The room is fairly standard and spacious, the bed was very comfy, cupboard space, en-suite bathroom, TV, and a complementary bottle of Hungarian white wine on arrival which was a nice touch. The window in the room is double glazed (as well has having the original window on the outside) which helps keep out the noise from the main road outside. You can still hear a bit of noise come through when the windows are shut - but nothing which stopped us from sleeping well each night. There is air con in the room which is great for night time if you don't want the window open.

The hotel is in a perfect location - it is near Rudas street which is full of cheap restaurants, bars and pubs. In the opposite direction of this street is the centre of Budapest, again with lots of restaurants (but at a higher tourist price!).
The location of the hotel makes it easy to explore a lot of the city by foot and it is easy to navigate to and from. Nestled between the downtown ruin pubs, river, and the city centre, it is the perfect location.

The fact that this hotel is small and in a central location is a bonus. There seem to be lots of the the big name hotels in Budapest, however they are all very big and generally located very centrally - some amongst bars ect, so could be very busy and noisy!
If you want a quiet place to lay your head and have a more personal experience then head to this hotel.
Enjoy :)

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On a side note: be careful of the public transport ticketing system. The various tickets they have on offer can be confusing and there are ticket inspectors at all train stations! We even saw a few get on the bus a stop before the airport - who then caught out tourists who had the wrong ticket!
The public transport system is very vast in Budapest which makes it great to get around - just make sure you have a ticket and validate it - otherwise you will get caught out and fined.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

We chose this hotel because it was quiet and having double windows we could close off virtually all noise which is great in a central city location. Having 2 double security entry doors it did feel safe and there was someone at the desk 24 hours so always helpful. The room was spacious with a high ceiling and very comfortable yet simple. The wifi worked better by the window but once discovered all went well. I agree the front sign was very small and we wouldn't have worked out the entrance except we had a local host who helped us find it. Our only problem was one rude and noisy guest who was loud in the corridor on our last night which kept waking us up - it was very late and we had an early flight so not a great last memory however this was unlucky and we would definately stay there again.

Room Tip: Nice to look over at the museum from the balcony - especially at night with the lights.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

Budapest Museum Central is a gem. It is on the 2nd floor of an apartment building. There is a gated entrance, which you need a key for, or to be buzzed in, so it is perfectly safe. Some other reviewers say that is is dark - this isn't the case. If you arrive at night, it seems dark once you are inside the initial corridor, but they have motion sensitive lighting, so it soon brightens up as you walk in!

There is a lift, but you have to walk up three or four steps to the lift door, so this hotel would be unsuitable for wheelchair users.

The hotel is located about 5-10 minutes slow walk from the Liberty Bridge. There are a number of bars and restaurants within easy reach. I would suggest turning right out of the hotel, as there is more within a quick walk that way. There is also a wonderful falafel place right outside the main entrance - highly recommended.

The reception staff are very helpful and polite. They all speak impeccable English (which put our Hungarian to shame!) and are able to answer questions and book tickets on your behalf.

There is a bottle of wine in the room, and you can get teas/coffees from reception in the morning. You can also buy snacks and bottled water, etc, from the reception.

I was apprehensive about finding the hotel, but it's easy enough. Look for the big brown door next door to the falafel restaurant. It really is directly opposite the museum too. (Pictures attached).

There are only about 5 or 6 rooms in the hotel itself, so it is very quiet and feels really intimate. It is also a bargain for the price. We had a room facing the Museum, and I would recommend to all. We will definitely stay here again when we return to Budapest. Enjoy your visit to this fabulous city!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the museum overlook a busy room, but the double glazing keeps out traffic noise. Court...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here for 4 nights in October 2012 and it was perfect for me. I was travelling alone and was looking for a central base in order to explore a city I had never visited before. The position near The Kalvin Ter station was easy to reach and it turned out that this particular part of Pest was right near a whole bunch of bars and places to eat, as well as being a good base for branching out to all the other places around. My room was clean and spacious, and had large windows looking out over the museum. The staff were all very smiley and friendly and I would definitely look at staying there again if and when I get to return to Budapest.

  • Stayed October 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

We had a very good week in Budapest, and we liked to stay in Budapest Museum Central Hotel. It is a little hotel, but with nice and clean rooms and a very helpful staff, if you ask for help and advice about your stay in the city.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

We arrived by metro and the hotel is just a short walk away. Very welcoming atmosphere, comfy beds and a nice big room. Great value budget hotel in great location. Only suggested improvement would be to the signage out the front.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Property: Budapest Museum Central
Address: Muzeum koerut 39, Budapest 1053, Hungary
Location: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest > District V / Inner City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Best Value Hotel in Budapest
#58 Family Hotel in Budapest
#70 Romantic Hotel in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Budapest Museum Central 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Budapest Museum Central is located in the heart of historical center of Budapest directly across from the Hungarian National Museum and many of its rooms have spectacular views onto the Museum. Visitors cannot find a more central location: less than a 5 minute walk from the famous shopping area of Vaci Street and within walking distance from the worldwide famous Gellert Thermal Baths and the romantic Danube river embankment with an amazing view over Budapest Castle district. The rooms are newly renovated and all equipment and furniture are brand new. All rooms have work area with free Internet access, Sat TV, air conditioning and sound proof windows. The Studios have also Jacuzzi hydro massage and kitchen. Our English speaking staff is ready to welcome you! ... more   less 
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