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“Great Experience”
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Budapest Hotel
Ranked #9 of 131 Hotels in Sofia
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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“Great Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012

My wife and I chose this hotel on the fly while on the eve of our honeymoon to stay in for the final two nights I was with her. I journey to Bulgaria at least once a year to see my wife (she lives there), and on at least three other occasions, we have had to stay in Sofia, usually either directly after or directly before a flight at the Sofia Airport. The first two times will be written in in other reviews. This one is especially for the Budapest Hotel. Thus far, THE best hotel in Sofia in my opinion. As soon as the taxi dropped us off from the airport, the attendant crossed the parking lot to take our luggage for us with a smile. As soon as we entered the lobby, the woman behind the desk was all smiles and more than willing to help us out; no reservations needed. We ended up booking a deluxe room on the sixth floor. The bed was among the nicest I've slept on (it should be noted we were coming back from the Canary Islands where we had spent a week at a five star resort). The balcony while small offered a great view of Sofia and was quite peaceful.
Room service? No WAY you could tell this is only a three star hotel. We ordered a full dinner our first night there, and got creative; we ordered soups, hot pots, salad, cheese, bread, you name it. It was delivered to our room on a covered cart and the food looked like it had jumped straight off Wolfgang Puck's kitchen table onto the plates. It was cooked expertly and the flavors blew our minds. We did this twice while there and, both times, spectacular. Once again, delivered to our rooms with a smile. That never gets old, at least for me. If they're not smiling, they're not happy, and if they're not happy, why would you wanna stay there is my philosophy.
The room was very clean; one caveat, in our room, we had a chair that appeared to be stained on the edge of the cushion. With what, I don't know, but hey, can't beg for perfection every time, right? The bathroom was also pretty nice; full bathtub and shower and spacious counter top and sink.
I won't lie; the hotel IS situated right next to the tram tracks, and it makes its rounds every couple minutes. Most of the time it's maybe a rumble (which we sometimes mistook for being high-up airplanes), but sometimes you can hear the shrieking of metal on metal as it rolls by. But if you keep the windows and door closed at night, it shouldn't disrupt your sleep any; at least not mine, and I'm not a particularly deep sleeper.
The restaurant is small, but it's very cozy. It has a bar and a small buffet that seems to serve exactly what's needed. It's maybe only the size of my kitchen (the buffet), but I could load up on bacon, eggs, toast, bread, drinks, and fruit all day long if I had wanted.
If you want affordable, clean, and friendly, give this one a shot. I'd stay here any day of the week.

Room Tip: Air conditioning shuts off automatically when you open a window or balcony door. Rooms on the west...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

its like most things in life if you are happy with a clean hotel offering a friendly service at a good place then this will work for you. it id s a little way out of the city centre but cabs are so cheap, it really is not a problem. Good sized rooms, very clean bathroom, towels and linen. good lobby bar and a good breakfast

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

This hotel is primarily for business people, so is a bit more expensive. It's actually cheaper at the wekeends.

It's five minutes walk from the bus station, and about 15-20 minutes walk into the centre of town (not sure Sofia really has a centre). You can walk down Rukovski street though or get a number nine bus - the staff made quite a big deal of how difficult that was and recommended we get a taxi, not sure that's necessary. Did give us a useful map though.

Good buffet breakfast as you'd expect in a big hotel. Disappointed that croissants were cold.

You can't turn the air conditioning on if a window is open, as I found out to my embarrassment when we called for assistance.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

Located within easy walking distance to the central bus and train station. About two blocks east is Maria Louisa Blvd, which is the main road through the city. There are numerous buses, trams, mini-buses, trolly buses, also the metro/underground is almost ready (as of June 2012). Taxis are cheap (but only use OK Supertrans 973-2121), the staff at the desk with help you. The staff were friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean (we occupied three rooms on the fifth floor). The curtains are 'blackout' so the room is very dark at night (very helpful if light bothers you). The breakfast was fine (but water hot enough to make a good cup of tea was not available). The parking for the hotel was not good unless you want to pay to go to their underground lot. But most of the time there was at least one car parked in front of the entrance to the parking. Also be careful where you park (Sofia has a blue and green zone system that requires special parking permits - easy if you have a Bulgarian issued GSM/Mobile/Cell phone. The room was very quiet. The bathroom was clean, the shower was hot and the water was strong. All in all it was one of the best hotels I have stayed at in Bulgaria.

Room Tip: South side rooms face the main street, but on the fifth floor it was quiet.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2012

The hotel and the stuff are OK. (not more). the main problem is the distance from the center . The tram or bus are not so convenience . If you don't mind to use taxi you can get over ..
The neighborhood is not so heart-warming.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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Brisbane
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2012

In all my travels, I have never been greeted so enthusiastically as we were by George who spotted us walking down the street towards Hotel Budapest and walked the last 20 metres towards us to take our luggage from us. Hotel Budapest is very conveniently located with respect to the railway and bus stations, being a 10 minute easy walk from both. It is a little further from the main tourist attractions, about a 20-30 minute walk. The only negative feature of the hotel was that the tram line is so close to the hotel but we found it a very minor inconvenience and it didn’t interfere with our sleep at all. Reception was friendly and efficient and breakfast was lovely.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Novi Sad, Serbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2012

Hotel is some half an hour walkind to the city centre and only 5 min from main bus station. Locatation on a busy street but a little noise in room. Car park in front of the main entrance free of charge. Average room price 50 E bed and breakfast. We paid 56. For that money it was one ofe the best option. Rooms are modern, beds are comfortable, small lcd tv, clean sheets and nice bathroom with shower and all the ammenities. Breakfast nothing special but sufficient. It was just ok.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Budapest Hotel

Property: Budapest Hotel
Address: 92 A Budapest Street | ul. Kozlodui 4, Sofia 1202, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Sofia Region > Sofia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Sofia
#9 Business Hotel in Sofia
#11 Family Hotel in Sofia
#13 Best Value Hotel in Sofia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Budapest Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Named after the small street running throughout almost the whole downtown of Sofia on which Budapest Hotel is located and at the same time with walking distance to important transportation and business venues.The hotel consists of 31 standard rooms, 22 deluxe rooms, 6 corner rooms, 3 studios and a Presidential Suite. ... more   less 
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