We have just returned having spent 7 nights in the hotel. It is well situated, clean, and the staff is trying to be helpful. However, it has some major design flaws, and I use the phrase " design flaws" literally. We arrived to the hotel early afternoon and noticed that the room was sweltering hot, and the ventilation system was blowing hot air. Not thinking too much about it, we turned the temprerature down and went out visiting family. When we came back, the temperature have not changed. We talked to the front desk where we were informed that the hotel does not have a ventilation system, in the summer there is air-conditioning and in the winter heating. Since we were there in October it was counted as winter. They suggested that we open the window. While it was somewhat peculiar that an ultra modern newly renovated hotel would not have a separate ventilation system, under the circumstances the suggestion to open the window sounded reasonable. What they forgot to tell us that there are three bars in the immediate vicinity which are open all hours of the night with their drunken clientele overflowing to the street. We were left with the choice of listening to their very loud and very crude "merriment", or trying to sleep in the sweltering heat. Neither was very appealing . The second design flaw concerns practicality being sacrificed on the altar of modernity. The room was small, but very pleasing to the eye. Until we discovered that the bathroom walls were fully constructed of glass. Use your imagination. I was probably less bothered by sounds and smells (remember, there is no ventilation system in the room) of bodily functions than most would be, but the fact that when my husband went to the bathroom in the middle of the night the whole room lit up like a Christmas Tree, did give me a pause. Again, we were left with two less than satisfactory choices: we could try to find our way to the bathroom in pitch dark (dangerous endeavor in a strange place) or wake up our mate a number of times a night.
So, if you are not planning to go to sleep before 2 or 3 in the morning, and/or do need to use the bathroom during the night this place is not for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- May it be a business trip, a city tour or relaxation, the new 4* boutique hotel of the Hungarian capital will give an unforgettable experience. Beyond the scents, flavours, sights, the silent tranquility, the tangible splendour and winged imagination, discover the seventh of all senses: Soho! Give in to the temptation and take a walk in the world of sensuality. ... more less
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