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Continental Hotel Budapest
Ranked #39 of 342 Hotels in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
New York
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30 reviews
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“Great Hotel in Budapest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013

Continental Hotel Zara is a great hotel. Roomy, comfortable, and first rate accommodation and service for family. Central location but away from super touristy locations. It's central to the river, downtown, and next to Jewish quarter where you find great restaurants. Breakfast offers wide selections (some of the best we had in Europe), indoor and garden seating. Will return here when we come back to Budapest.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Zoltan_Geher, General Manager at Continental Hotel Budapest, responded to this review, 3 January 2014
Dear xish,

Firstly thank you for your high scores. Also thank you for the title of your review, as a General Manager I couldn’t wish more. I hope your parachute will fly back with you from New York to Budapest in the close future!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

The rooms are modern and clean. The beds are big, however, with a double bed you get two really tiny duvets. The towels are very old and in desperate need of replacement. The breakfast is ok, nothing memorable. The staff is very helpful and friendly which makes a big difference. About 20 min walk to the city center.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Zoltan_Geher, General Manager at Continental Hotel Budapest, responded to this review, 3 January 2014
Dear sempre¬¬_gelato,

I’m very happy that you like our lobby very much. As you wrote, it is really impessive, since it is the art nouveau heritage of the former Hungaria Spa. You believe or not, I do admire it every day. I hope, although you have some criticism as well, you will return to us if your travel brings you back to Budapest.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

For a citytrip hotel , Zara turned out to be an excellent choice.Rooms are clean and fine, Location is very good for city trips by foot, the breakfast is impressive in its huge supply of about everything.The breakfast area is too small, however, so it is a bit cramped in there.
The Spa is actually too small.Make sure you bring swim suits.It does provide some wellness aftera day of walking , but do not expect too much and the personnel does help with towels if you, like us, did not bring the suits.Do not forget to step outside to take a view of the city.
The city is obviously still in its pioneering phase, which makes it fun if you know where to look.
do not forget the Terror villa. it provides an understanding about dictator systems.
make sure to taste the local wine and champagne!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zoltan_Geher, General Manager at Continental Hotel Budapest, responded to this review, 3 January 2014
Dear R0ka,

Your review is like a summary of a guide book, you have good eyes to find the quintessence of Budapest’s message, both good – local wines and champagne - and said side with House of Terror. Thank you for your nice comments about rooms, breakfast and wellness. On the other side I’m very sorry that you found our breakfast restaurant too small even if I think the size of it is optimized. It happens sometimes that all of our guests are coming down to eat at the very same time. I do apologise for that.

Best regards,
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2013

Fantastic stay in Budapest. Hotel is very comfortable and the spa on the roof is great after a day of sightseeing.
I would definitely stay here again. Location is also good, great bars and restaurants in the area. The TripAdvisor city guite helped find some real gems local to the hotel.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zoltan_Geher, General Manager at Continental Hotel Budapest, responded to this review, 3 January 2014
Dear marknortje,

Thank you for your nice comments about our spa, and about the location of the hotel. I hope you will really give us a chanche in the future to serve you again. I can promise, to get your second excellent review we will do our best again!

Kindest regards,
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2013

Visited Budapest for pre Xmas break. Hotel was excellent and extremely good value. No views as located just out of town centre but easy to walk everywhere - 20 minutes to centre. The staff are very friendly and welcoming. Breakfast was very good, buffet style (except coffee not quite to my taste). Also a very good restaurant.
Would recommend the hotel and Budapest is charming.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zoltan_Geher, General Manager at Continental Hotel Budapest, responded to this review, 21 December 2013
Dear Liz K,

Thank you for all of your comments about the staff, and about the restaurant and breakfast. Also thank you for your recommendation for other travelers. Good to be recommended.


KIndest regards,
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2013

We stayed for three nights. On arrival we were quite late but great reception and found our deluxe room (135) was rear courtyard and really you could ask no more. We were told we had been upgraded to a deluxe but that was put right as we had already booked a deluxe. Unfortunately this did not lead to a room higher than deluxe. We loved the room and it was as good as anyone would expect or hope for, tea/coffee, very modern bathroom, good security, loved the beds and the duvets and pillows, very quiet and very resting. The breakfasts we found were excellent, plenty of choice. The hotel has a classy feel from when you enter the revolving door. The area itself feels like old eastern block but it has many bars and restaurants within an easy walk. Expect to pay double the price within the hotel bar to outside which in itself is nothing unusual. Walk to Vorosmarty Square was no more than 20 minutes, the river about the same. We used the free walking tour and then gave a good tip, it was well worth it. The underground was easy to use and close to the hotel. Would definitely return to this hotel if we were to revisit Budapest.

Room Tip: The courtyard rooms are very quiet in freezing December.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zoltan_Geher, General Manager at Continental Hotel Budapest, responded to this review, 21 December 2013
Dear BuchananPlymouth,

Thank you very much for your high scores, and also thank you for your detailed and commendatory comments about the room and the breakfast. You are right, the outskirts of the hotel needs more development, but you should know, we are in the very middle of the old jewish destrict by the dozen of old and scheduled monument buildings, wich very seriously ties all facilities. And truth to tell, the unique ruin bars have a really big magnetism. I hope you will return once at the summer time as well.

Kindest regards,
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

We were looking forward to our stay at this hotel given the recent reviews - we weren't disappointed!

Check in was efficient and we were upgraded to a deluxe room - nice.

The room was really good - comfortable big bed, big bathroom with a decent shower. The only minor gripe was that the quilts in the room were a tad on the small side and singles - personal preference but I prefer a double sized big one, but doesn't everyone.

The breakfast was great - no problem getting a table and always a good selection of foods on offer. Nice sitting in the bar / lobby with a regular piano player and even a singer on one occasion.

The location of the hotel is really good - central enough to walk places and near the metro line if you prefer. Some good eating places nearby as well as some of the famous ruin pubs.

All in all a great stay in a lovely hotel - even better when I think how much we paid per night !

Room Tip: Upper floor - very little street noise
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zoltan_Geher, General Manager at Continental Hotel Budapest, responded to this review, 3 January 2014
Dear 186349Richard,

I was very satisfied to read your positive review. Many thanks for it! Lucky you for the good deal or the value for money was too good?

Kindest regards,
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Additional Information about Continental Hotel Budapest

Property: Continental Hotel Budapest
Address: Dohany u. 42 - 44, Budapest 1074, Hungary
Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest > District VII / Jewish Quarter
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 342 Hotels in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Continental Hotel Budapest 4.5*
Number of rooms: 272
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Continental Hotel Budapest 4* Superior symbolizes the past and future, the traditional Hungarian hospitality and refinement of detail and personal service of our age. The building reflects the elements of the art nouveau style and the modern unique design characterizing ZeinaHotels, in the heart of Budapest. The 4 star superior, 272 room hotel - offering standard, deluxe and executive rooms plus suites - will revive the spirit of the legendary accommodation keeping its name and historical facade. ... more   less 
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