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Expo Congress Hotel
Ranked #112 of 333 Hotels in Budapest
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“Not impressed”
Reviewed 16 June 2011

We were travelling with a group and the hotel was pre-organised and knew that the location was not ideal for our needs. Unless you plan on going to an exhibition, I would not recommend this hotel for it's location. There is nothing in the local vicinity and is around a 15-20 minute taxi ride into the city centre.

Four of us arrived at the same time, all prepaid and booked in several weeks before but took over an hour to check us all in.

Breakfast was probably the most basic I have experienced for an alleged 4* hotel, little choice and not particularly tasty. It's served from 7.00am until 10.00am - make sure you have finished eating at exactly 10.00am or your plate with food still on it will be cleared! Don't expect the breakfast area to be overly clean, several times there was food debris from the evening before still on the floor.

The bar downstairs was poorly managed, they ran out of lager twice and didn't have any gin for 3 days, it was always difficult to find staff to serve you and the bar was often left unattended.

The sky bar was a nice place to have an evening drink but again the bar man gave the impression that he really didn't want to be there?

The only good points to mention are the rooms are a good size and very clean and the free wifi.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2011

well situated hotel at the expo center of buda pest , 6 km from city center. Spotless room and bathroom. Helpful and kind staff. Very tasteful breakfast and breathtaking sky bar. Free available parking at the hotel.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Jaipur, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2011

I had travelled for UTAZAS fair 2011 to Budapest in March 2011. Had a wonderful stay with sumptuous Breakfast. Very clean and nice rooms, Very close to the Fair centre at Budapest. Wi-Fi was free, which is a great relief to the business traveler. To sum up a great hotel for all those attending the fairs/exhibitions at the Budapest convention centre.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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Oradea, Romania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2011

Stayed at this hotel for New Years Eve, a three night stay with friends. The hotel is new and very clean. The rooms are spacious and have everything you need. The bathrooms are well kept by housekeeping, witch is wonderful. In three days we never saw, or been bother even once by the housekeeping staff, but they did their job impecably, wich I think is a great plus especially if you're a business traveler. I found the location to be great. I thought it we be far from the town, but with the car you're in the center of the town in 10 min. The free parking is definetely a plus. The breakfast is great, great variety to choose from. We have also tried their restaurant in 2 of the night. The food is great and the services is lovely. The bar at the last floor is a good place to enjoy a drink at the end of the night and it is opened late. Overall a great hotel and I know where I'm staying next time I come to Budapest

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 October 2010

Very nice hotel with nice rooms and fantastic view from bar at 12th floor.
Stuff is also nice, breakfast heavy continental and delicious. Lots of parking spaces. Need to pay deposit 60eur in case you are spending on your room account. Great value for reasonable price. Recommend.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Joensuu, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2010

We stayed at the Expo Congress Hotel for an week. This was our first visit to Budapest. We found an awesome offer on Hotels.com which was "stay four night, pay for three" and even that was -50% off. The hotel is pretty new and has all the services and ammenities that an visitor might require.

There is an restaurant at the bottom floor, which is bit expensive but serves quite nice food. Most of the time during our visit it was completely empty. In the morning the buffet breakfast is avaible there (normally included with the room price).

On the top floor you can find the gym, baths (including an yakuzi, finnish and turkish sauna) and the Sky Bar. There is also the possibility to enjoy the scenery on the big balconies or sunbathe.

One big challenge is getting to the centrum and back from the hotel. There is an bus-station opposite the hotel from which you an take an local bus (number 100) to the closest Metro station (Pillango Utca) which is on the M2 line. If you catch the bus it will take about 15-20 minutes to get to the centrum (Deak Ferenc Ter). To get back to the hotel I would suggest that you go to the last station on the M2 (Örs vezér tere) and head to the bus station next to it. There you can find the same bus (number 100) which will take you to the hotel. On weekdays the bus drives the route every 30 minutes until 21.30. On saturday the last route is driven at 14.30 and not AT ALL on sunday.

Get an Legenda Pass to move around Budapest using the metro, trams and busses (you can buy a three day pass at the hotel and an 7-day pass at the dock! http://www.legendapass.com

There is an big shopping centre at Örs vezér tere which is an great place to eat, find souveniers and spend some time and forints.

Here are some of the positive and negative things listed:
The GOOD.
- Pretty good value for money (especially outside the tourist season).
- Excellent breakfast that will keep you satisfied long in the day.
- Impressive ammenities. Especially the yakuzi and sauna will help you recover after a long day.
- Spacious and clean rooms with excellent beds.
- Good air conditioning which can be manually adjusted.
- High speed WiFi (up to G-specs)
- Free parking.

The BAD.
- Service isn't always very nice. Especially the people working at the reception should get their attitudes checked. We are paying customers even if we are travelling on budget!
- Location is a bit challenging. It takes some time to get around.
- Elevators are exceptionally slow. When larger groups are checking in at once you might want to consider using the stairs.
- TV has only 2-3 english speaking channels available.

Conclusion: maybe not 4-stars, but 3++ ! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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expodirector, General Manager at Expo Congress Hotel, responded to this review, 14 April 2011
Dear Guest, thank you for your comment! We are starting a hotel shuttle service running to downtown and to different other locations, which will make it easier to get around in the city. I hope you will enjoy this service on your next trip to Budapest!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 August 2010

Nice clean hotel, parking is Ok, breakfast very good, the only think is that they asked me a deposit (extra) 60 euros in order to open the mini bar of my room. Public transportation is close about 1 km.

  • Stayed August 2010
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Property: Expo Congress Hotel
Address: Expo ter 2, Budapest 1101, Hungary
Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #112 of 333 Hotels in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Expo Congress Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Expo Congress Hotel looks over the Budapest Exhibition Centre, East of the centre of Budapest. The hotel offers a bar, sky bar and restaurant and 160 standard and superior guest rooms designed for the modern business traveler. For visitors wishing to see the sights of the city, the downtown area is easily accessible by bus or metro in less than 20 minutes. ... more   less 
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