Perhaps it was the time of year perhaps it was the type of visitor but this hotel didn't have any kind of 'buzz; about it. The breakfast room was full each morning of my stay but the pool area, bar and restaurant were deserted, from late afternoon and through the evening. Budapest has a number of attractions and good eating establishments, so the Hotel President has significant competition but if nobody is eating in the restaurant then something is wrong, particularly as it sits on top of the hotel and enjoys a fantastic panorama and the weather is good !
My single room was modern, clean and although on the small side, perfectly adequate for my needs. I didn't use the 'Pay TV' service but probably would have if I'd stayed in during the evening as the English speaking channels were CNN and BBC World news Breakfast wasn't amazing, usual continental style affair but without the usual 'egg chef' or toaster. I would have liked to have found English tea as well but perhaps I'm just a bit fussy. The service from the reception staff was good and they all spoke excellent English and dealt with taxi's and specific direction enquiries in a pleasant manner.
The Hotel is a 10 minute walk from central Budapest ( head out the main door, turn left, left into Bank utca then right at the tram stop onto Bajosy Zsilinszky. This road leads you to the Basillica, central trams, "hop on hop off" city tour buses and main shopping/eating stretch.
I recommend the city tour ( "Hop on Hop off ), orange/green tour buses as they offer excellent value at 5000 HUF ( £15 ) for two days ( do as much as you like on each day ) and includes a boat trip down the Danube, a beer and Goulash soup. Don't miss the 'Citadel' which offers amazing views over the city.
Avoid getting the hotel to book you a taxi as they seem to be on a commission. Ring for your own and agree a price with the driver before you disembark ( or pick one up outside the hotel ) if they don't have a meter.
Unless you have no choice, wait until you get to Budapest to exchange currency. I got 300 HUF to the pound from a UK Post Office, saw 275 HUF to the pound at the airport in Hungary but got 350 HUF to the pound from a Budapest Exchange bureau ( mine was behind the Basillica )
The airport is modern and efficient with good transport links. The cheapest way to get to Budapest central is via the bus and metro route but the ticket stamping authentication required on the metro can be a bit hit and miss and at least one of my friends who choose this route ended up with a fine from a rail official who appeared to be on the take.
I used the City Shuttle minibus, their kiosk is right by the baggage reclaim. 5,500 HUF for a door to door trip and return. Don't forget to ask the hotel to book your return trip 24 hours before departure, if you use this option. Also pick up one of the free City street maps when in the baggage reclaim area.
Budapest suprised me with it's beauty, sophistication and general appearance. Its a wonderful city with much to see and a lot of it within walking distance of the hotel. The open top bus tour takes you to the key sites, let your feet take you to the back street bars and restaurants !
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