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Soho Boutique Hotel
Ranked #83 of 335 Hotels in Budapest
Reviewed 29 October 2012

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.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

We have just returned having spent 5 nights at this hotel and can say that it was a very clean and tidy the bedroom was compact but big enough for 2 the staff was very helpful and when we asked for a extra pillow it was in our room on our return the breakfast is buffet style but the food was very good and in plentiful supply being in a central position it is ideal for discovering the city which we did we found very good restaurants a very short distance away we would stay at the same hotel if we went again without hesitation

Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
6  Thank bobcBudapest_Hungary
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Reviewed 14 October 2012

We just spent three nights at this hotel, in a junior suite which was large and well equipped. Despite its central location on a busy street (Budapest seems to have few traffic free areas) it was quiet at night, and the excellent large bed gave a good night's sleep. My only quibble with the room was the curious bathroom arrangement : the sink was integral to the bedroom, behind a wall with no door, and the toilet/shower room sounded like an echo chamber. At the end of your stay there will be no toilet secrets between you and your partner! The staff were very friendly and all spoke English (just as well, as my Hungarian was limited to the word for thank you). They helpful in recommending restaurant and how to get to places,and arranging services like taxis. They fixed me up with a massage, done at the hotel, which completely sorted out my back problem! The breakfast was good and there was a wide variety, but as previous reviewers have commented, the layout is cramped , so getting to the food is a bit of a scrum. The coffee machines are slow to deliver, and led to a lot of international confusion and frustration. But the coffee, once you managed to get it, was very good. Overall, we were very pleased with our stay and would go again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank lapasionaria
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

This hotel was just perfect for me - I was in the center of Budapest - I could go anywhere on foot.
The hotel was clean, not noisy, the service was very friendly and the breakfast was really excellent a huge variety of food (also healthy stuff). I can really recommend it.!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled on business
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3  Thank Dreamteamspain
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

We stayed at this Hotel for 4 nights, the Hotel is very modern, super clean and welcoming, it is located 2 minutes walk from Metro station and Tram #6, on your way to the Metro there's also a great Change Place with excellent rates and service. Our Room was very cozy, I wouldn't call it small and we felt very comfortable, more than enough for a young couple like us touring the city. Breakfast was very nice, enough to sustain us until late afternoon :) the pillows were quite small, but it didn't bother us much... All in all, if you are looking for a comfortable Hotel in a very convenient location - you won't be disappointed. Also, don't forget to visit New York Cafe just around the corner !

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Danny K
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

We arrived at Soho Boutique hotel after a 9hour train journey from Slovenia so needless to say we were tired and hungry! The family in front of us were being told that they had overbooked the hotel and that they were being sent somewhere else in a taxi. They demanded a drink whilst they waited, no-wonder if that had happened to me I would have done the same thing. However, we had confirmed our stay in advance so thankfully they had kept a room for us. We were on the 6th floor. Only thing to mention regarding reception is that I don't like receptionist wearing jeans. I dont think it is professional in terms of their 'look' but they acted professionally and were very polite, perhaps being from London we are more formal. We got to our room, quite small but enough for us to chill out in because we were really there to sight see. The room is modern and very boutique. The shower door wasn't great, unless you get it at a specific point (which you don't know until after your first shower and there is a swimming pool on the floor) it leaks and runs out the shower. Also our toilet door was very nearly about to fall off it's hinges. When you go to a hotel you shouldn't need to worry about general maintenance, this is what you should worry about when you are a home owner or in your own home so I ended up worried each time using the toilet that the door would in fact fall off...not great. One of the bulbs had blown in our room when we arrived however when the cleaner came the next day she changed it. Other than that I enjoyed our stay. I would highly recommend visiting New York Cafe, its the best restaurant I have ever been in. Oh, the breakfast at Soho...it's a bit cramped by being laid in one main area and a little area. Hard to get coffee and juice when it's busy because the drinks are so near others sitting eating breakfast. My suggestion would be to move it into the large room at the back and have a '1 way system' to help with the flow. The items were great, I love french toast so stocked up on that and the waiters who cleared were very happy and friendly. Would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Sophie R
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

We popped in here for a drink as non-residents.

Greeted by a shocked bar maid who just handed them over and didnt say a word!

We sat in the bar area just talking and having a drink, and we were then approached by the manager saying we will need to settle the bill at the end. (of course what were we going to do?)

They don't seem very catered for non-residents looking for a drink or bar in this area.

We paid, and had a stack of invoices and receipts!

It all seemed awkward!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Soho Boutique Hotel

Address: Dohany utca 64., Budapest 1074, Hungary
Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest > District VII / Jewish Quarter , Erzsébetváros
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#58 Romantic Hotel in Budapest
#58 Luxury Hotel in Budapest
#73 Business Hotel in Budapest
#73 Family Hotel in Budapest
Price Range: £37 - £538 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Soho Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 76
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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