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“Nice little hotel”
Review of Central Hotel 21

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Central Hotel 21
Ranked #68 of 335 Hotels in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 May 2012

My fiance and I stayed at this hotel for one night. The receptionist was very polite, helpful, fluent in English and patiently answered our questions. The reception is available at all times. There is no curfew and you even get an electronic key to let yourself into the hotel, so you don't even have to bother the receptionist. There is free tea and cheap coffee (about 0,80€) available at the reception as well.

We stayed in a double bedroom. The rooms are a bit basic, but have everything you need - a mini bar, an LCD television, a desk, a closet, towels, soaps, free WiFi. Both the bedroom and the bathroom are very clean and nicely decorated. The only problem is that the windows point to the outside corridor - a gallery, in fact, which means whoever passes your room can take a peak inside. You can close the blinds, but then you get no daylight. However, this wasn't a problem, as we spent very little time in our room during the daytime.

The hotel is about 5 minutes on foot away from the center and 10 minutes away from the Danube. We were lucky to have warm weather, so we took a walk around the block around 11 pm, and were happy to see that there are many stores and restaurants still open at that hour, so we had a bite to eat and bought some more stuff that we needed. The neighborhood is also very quiet, so nothing will disturb your sleep.

The bed was very comfy - plenty of pillows, so we slept very well.

Breakfast was very bang for buck - 4€ per person, and the menu was good too. The only problem is that the things there aren't marked, so you can't always tell what is what. For example, there were two large pots, you can't see what's inside, so you don't know which is hot water and what is hot milk. Minor inconveniences :)

The only downsides were that the WiFi signal was poor (but maybe we should have asked them to reboot the router, like the receptionist advised us) and that all the TV channels, except CNBC, were in Hungarian.

All in all, the hotel we were very pleased with our stay. Someone travelling on business would probably need a bit more than this hotel offers, but for a tourist visit, you can hardly find better value for your money. If I ever go to Budapest again, I will likely stay there again, and I would certainly recommend it to a friend.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gabor S, General Manager at Central Hotel 21, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2013

Dear Deich,

I thank you very much for your positive feedback.
We look forward to welcoming you back .

Kind Regards,

Gabor Szegedi
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Reviewed 15 May 2012

Don't get fooled by the look of the corridor. Room was stylishly designed. Room had mini-bar with some drinks(beer, soda and spirits). You can use wifi in the room and signal was good. Only bad thing was noise from the other rooms. You can hear almost everything... Location is good. There is restaurant street on the next corner and after that metro station. Staff was very helpful. EXELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gabor S, General Manager at Central Hotel 21, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2013

Dear iideetee,

Thank you for posting a review of your stay at Central Hotel 21 *** Budapest. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay, especially our rooms, friendly team, and convenient location. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit.

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Gabor Szegedi
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

Everything about this hotel was quite nice: the rooms are nicely decorated, the lobby was nice, it's fairly central, the shower was good, it was very warm given the freezing weather outside, and it was very cheap! The only negative thing I have to say about this hotel was that we could hear everything the people in the room next to us did. This ranged from stepping on the floor to having whole conversations at 4am. This was only a problem on the first night, but still wasn't quite conducive to a good night's sleep. The hotel is also quite well hidden, but the staff are very helpful in pointing you into the centre of Budapest. All in all, good value for money.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gabor S, General Manager at Central Hotel 21, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2013

Dear PPigeon,

Thank you for posting a review of your stay at Central Hotel 21 *** Budapest.

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Gabor Szegedi
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

Me and my partner stayed at this hotel on a 5 day break to Budapest. We did struggle to locate the hotel originally, we made our way to the street which the hotel was situated and walked up and down it several times before finding the hotel, please be aware that it is not signed very well from the entrance.
It was in the perfect location, very residential and made you feel like you were in the centre of Eastern Europe. Perfect bars and restaurants just round the corner, literally a 1 minute walk.
Easy transport links from the end of the street and really central.
Would highly recommend this hotel, it has a friendly, quiet, relaxed atmosphere and is centred in a street which is so typically Hungarian. Excellent !

Room Tip: Try and get a room which is on the street, the sound and atmosphere of the locals is brilliant! It i...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Gabor S, General Manager at Central Hotel 21, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2013

Dear Natalie H,

Thank you for posting a review of your stay at Central Hotel 21 *** Budapest. We are always most delighted to receive positive praise for our service. We very much appreciate your recommendation, and look forward to welcoming you back.

Kind Regards,

Gabor Szegedi
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

Great location, great rooms, friendly staff

highly recommended

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Gabor S, General Manager at Central Hotel 21, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2013

Dear adopted_key,

I thank you very much for your positive feedback.
We look forward to welcoming you back .

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Gabor Szegedi
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

My husband and I were in Budapest for a short trip so we chose this hotel since its very cheap and is located in a quiet place but near the city center. For 26euros per night we got a semi-apartment with 1queen bed (i love their bed!!!) and 2 single beds, kitchen (cooking utensils, pans, microwave oven) and big toilet (sink,bathtub,towels,soap). We asked for a double room but since all rooms were fully-booked that night we got lucky to have the apartment..or not? we stayed on room 36 and the heater was making loud noise all night. The next day we went to complain about it because we didn't sleep all night and in fairness to the hotel, the reception was very accommodating and helpful. We had our buffet breakfast in the hotel for 4euros per person and I can say its fair and decent. Its 5mins walk to bus and subways (a must to try) but i would recommend walking to explore and see the best of Budapest. With it nice location , affordability and friendly staff (though that heater problem really got in our nerves sigh..) i would still recommend this hotel and would love to stay here again but would ask for another room if ever I have to visit Budapest again.

Room Tip: *never take the apartment 36 - its on top floor by the right side or if you have no choice just dont...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gabor S, General Manager at Central Hotel 21, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2013

Dear cathy h,

We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback.
Our technical staff has attended to the problem regarding the heater.

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Gabor Szegedi
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

LOCATION- city centre, two stops on the tube from the epicenter of Budapest (Vorosmarty ter).

ROOMS- tastefully decorated, spacious enough, includes all amenities needed.

STAFF- very welcoming, helpful, good English spoken.

VALUE- excellent! me and my wife stayed 4 nights in mid December £105

The hotel made our experience of Budapest all the better: with its good location (10 mins walk to Kalvin Ter tube station), great value for money and friendly feel to the place our Christmas market break was one which we'll make again in the future, for sure!

A few pointers: learn a little lingo it goes along way!, mandatory city tax of about £2 p.n, change your ££ in Hungary e.g 297 forints to the pound in England and 355 out there! and try the palinka, its strong but very nice.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Gabor S, General Manager at Central Hotel 21, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2013

Dear EssexGooner84,

Thank you for posting a review of your stay at Central Hotel 21 *** Budapest.

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Gabor Szegedi
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Additional Information about Central Hotel 21

Address: Maria Street 10, Budapest 1085, Hungary
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Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #68 of 335 Hotels in Budapest
Price Range: £34 - £97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Central Hotel 21 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Central Hotel 21 *** is located in the city centre of Budapest close to the most visited sites (Danube, Market Hall, Synagogue, National Museum) and all parts of the city are within easy reach with public transportation. Shopping areas, theatres, restaurants (with reasonable prices) and cafes are in walking distance (5 minutes on foot). Each room is equipped with a pay-per-use mini bar, an LCD TV, Safe, a direct-dial phone, and the uniquely designed bathroom offers a hairdryer to the guests. Some of them have a view to the street the others to the yard inside. Complimentary high speed internet service is also provided. ... more   less 
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