Location is what really makes or breaks a hotel like Silver, since the hotel's rooms, facilities and services are otherwise on the mediocre side, yet the convenience of being in the heart of Budapest, two blocks from the 4-6 tram line and minutes from the metro, compensate for this. The hotel is located on the top floors of a 19th century apartment building, so you're sharing the main entrance with local residents. To get up to the top floors, the hotel has a dedicated elevator in the building's courtyard. But be warned, that it can be a challenge getting up to your room on the fifth or sixth floor of the building.
The elevator fits no more than two people, or one person with a piece of luggage. The main oddity, however, is the fact that in order for the elevator to function, you have to press the button for the floor that you are heading to six times. For instance, if you are going up to the sixth floor, you press the button six consecutive times. The problem is that there may be a problem with the elevator's sensors, as you can stand there pressing the button continuously and it won't register. The doors of the elevators will close, but you will remain on the ground floor. It took me several tries, most nights of the week, to actually get the elevator to work. Additionally, if you are coming back to your room at night, expect to wait in line to get up.
The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast, which is more or less average, in terms of what you could expect at many Hungarian and Eastern/Central European hotels. They had cold cuts, cheese, sausages and scrambled eggs with paprika, as well as homemade, fried doughnuts during one of the mornings when I ate there. Strangely, you have to obtain a meal voucher from the reception located downstairs in the courtyard of the building and then give this to one of the attendants in the breakfast room. But rather than giving you a set of meal vouchers when you first check-in, which you could then use each morning, you have to remember to request one each night when you get back to the hotel, for the next morning. I tended to forget to do this, so I usually had a short trip down to reception and then back up each morning.
Silver Hotel's rooms are quite small and very basic. They are, however, air conditioned, so you should be fine in the sweltering summer months. The WIFI internet access is available free of charge and works well.
So, if you're looking for a classy, romantic getaway, this may not be the place for you. But if you just need a clean, basic place to sleep in the centre of historic Pest, as well as a quick, free breakfast in the morning, all at a fairly reasonable price, then Silver might do the trick.
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