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Which hotel

Would you choose Meridian, Sofitel chain bridge or iberostar grand. Iberostar being the most expensive?

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Hello egit,

From a location perspective, each property is about 600 meters away from the other - all in the heart of the city on the Pest side of the river. So, from a location perspective all are solid. Immediately I would place Sofitel at the bottom, because I'm simply not a fan of the Sofitel here due to their rooms (a bit old) and the attached casino that makes the hotel feel "chintzy" to me.

Of the three, the LeMeridien is the most proper hotel in my opinion. A great property, with nice amenities and solid all the way around. This would be choice. The Iberostar Grand is a new property located on a dead-end street and across from a park. Nice setting and new. I have not stayed there, but have had lunch and was satisfied. Although I walk past in often, I have not stepped inside a room.

LeMeridien is my choice of these three.

Jeremy

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You might also consider the Palazzo Zichy. Stayed there and it was very nice and in a quiet area. With in walking distance of the river if you don't mind about a 20 minute walk.

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I looked at the Zichy but decided I would like to be more central.

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Hello egit,

I must agree with Jeremy's overall assessment, the Le Med is a very nice property and I am sure you will be happy.

Even more so since as Jeremy described that they are all close in proximity to each other. You really cant beat how the Le Meridian is situated fantastically for sight seeing with the #16 bus which will take you up to the castle area and access to the main metro hub of the city literally feet from the hotels front door.

Additionally if you add in the copious amount of great dining options nearby and it is a winner IMHO.

Just a tip if you an get a room on an upper floor which looks out over the park Erzsebet ter it will offer you a marvelous view of the dome of St. Stephen's Basilica, especially at night when it is lit.

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That sounds lovely. can you recommend any restaurants near by for breakfast and dinner.

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How long will you be staying?

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Four nights

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Hello egit,

For just some coffee and maybe some small bites just a short stroll by Szent Istvan Bazilika (St Stephen's Cathedral). In the square, you will find the California Coffee Company, an American style cafe with bagels, muffins, panini, coffee you get the picture. Also near the hotel about 10 minutes walk but worth it is Jegbufe a real takeaway type of operation but very good pastries and such also very nearby is Auguszt Cukraszda on Kossuth Lajos utca good bread items and pastries and I am not positive since I have not stopped in recently but friends mentioned they are now serving a more full type breakfast also.

For a more more full type breakfast you may want to consider Cafe Vian at Hercegprímás street 15 although the Gozsdu court location might be closer by just a few minutes. Very solid option for a good filling breakfast. www.cafevian.com/english/our-coffee-shops/

Another option just a short walk away is the Cafe Gerloczy which serves a full style breakfast a little more expensive but still solid, many are huge fans of it myself not so much so.

Some dinner ideas near the Basilica is Evidens Bistro a modern Hungarian restaurant and a very good and solid kitchen in my book... highly recommend it. Very good value for your money and the portions are substantial.

Also nearby is Kispiac a meat lovers paradise try the roasted pork knuckle or lamb or duck (well you get my point) if you decide on this have your hotel call and make a reservation it is a small place and can fill up but is very good and very inexpensive for what you get.

A little further afield and a bit more upscale is Cafe Bouchon a nice warm, welcoming, place with a strong Austro/Hungarian influenced menu with a solid kitchen, medium prices, good wine list.

If you're looking to splurge and want a really special meal you may want to consider Fausto's, Rosenstein or the newly re-opened LouLou Restaurant all 3 are top notch and will rival any restaurant serving their respective styles of cuisine you will find in Europe at almost 1/2 to 2/3 the cost of other major cities. Just MHO

All of these can easily be searched out on the forum so you can see what others think about them. I am sure others will chime in to give you other ideas but these should get you looking and your mouth watering a little bit.

Best

SEBESZ

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Have you asked the Meridien for the price of their breakfast. if it's not included?

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10. Re: Which hotel

Thank you for you suggestions can't wait.

Yes breakfast at hotel is 25E each.