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“Central location, very basic rooms and a bizarre elevator”

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Silver Hotel Budapest
Ranked #140 of 191 Budapest B&B and Inns
Ontario
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“Central location, very basic rooms and a bizarre elevator”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

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.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2014

This hotel was great. Essam, the manager and his staff were sooo helpful and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. When our hire car did not turn up, Essam organised another one immediately. My husband had Shingles when we arrived and location was great as a specialist clinic was around the corner so he got to see a Dermatologist the next day very quickly and cheaply and was given the treatment he needed. Everything was close by and buses and underground were near. Can walk to the Danube - 20-25 mins. and Heroes Square 15-20 min.
The rooms are comfortable and warm or cool depending on the weather. We felt it was a home away from home considering the circumstances. Would stay again if visiting Budapest.

Room Tip: All rooms are much the same I think
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

The Hotel was easy to find, less than one block from the M1 station. The location was good with the M1 station just 100 meters from the hotel and trams 4 and 6 a bit longer walk away at Oktogon. It was really easy to get from the Hotel to sights around the city with the travel card. There are a lot of restaurants around Liszt Ferenc tér just 500 meters away which was very nice on our first night as we arrived pretty late and just walked over there.

The breakfast was on the borderline between bad and acceptable. The breakfast staff was usually smoking on the balcony and items were run out for quite a while before the staff got to refilling them. This did include the water for the coffee machine.

The room was ok. The windows are to the common balconies surrounding the inner courtyard. There was also an occasional smell of sewer in the room, but not really often or bad enough to be a deal breaker. The lighting in the bathroom was pretty dim for shaving etc.

The Hotels has also a few oddities as for example to get to your floor in the elevator you have to press the floor number exactly five times. If you press it six times you have to press another four to get to ten for it to accept your input.

The safe is only at the reception and when we reclaimed our possession from there we were first offered quite a few items not ours so the staff does not keep too good records of what items are whose.

In summary: the breakfast is not worth much (do not pay a premium for it), location is good and as the price was right we were pretty satisfied.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Juiz de Fora, MG
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

The hotel has a good localization, near metro and the city park. The room is confortable and the crew is fine. The internet hasnt work inside the room. I'd think thats the problem on my stay. It's not a classy hotel, but it has a good cost.

Room Tip: The rooms nearest the entrance side has a netter internet connection
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Nice staff at the reception but the staff in the dinning room for breakfast was really awful.
About the rooms... The mattresses were a bit hard and the room was so HOT !! Don't know why.... The bathroom was nice looking but the sink was broken and the shower leaked a lot.

The breakfast was well provided but not so tasty... (bread, butter, jam, cereals, eggs, meat, cheese, milk, tea, coffee, ...)

So, if you're staying only for a few time, go ahead, but not for more than 4 nights !

Room Tip: Make sure (if you're a couple) to have a room with a double bed, not only two single bed...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2014

Where do I start? I have to confess that our trip to Budapest was a special treat for me and my twin sister's 70th birthday and we were hoping for something quite nice as my husband (the treater) has great taste. I knew it would be fairly budget, but I wasn't prepared for Silver City. We walked through the heavy double street doors (opened on a buzzer system) and the sight that greeted us was something similar to an old style galleried prison, without the safety nets. Reception was on the ground floor - a rather bleak lounge cum office. There was a rack of business cards advertising, among other services, strip clubs, "erotic massage" and escorts. I have to say that the reception staff were friendly and helpful. Our room (for three) was fairly spacious with a nice little balcony overlooking a pretty park square, however, there were only two chairs and no view when sitting down. A third chair was provided on the second request. My sister also lacked a bedside light, but nothing could be done about this as there was no socket. The beds though were very comfortable with good quality mattresses.The shower worked well and there was plenty of hot water, but no soap dish and the only toiletry provided was a bottle of orange liquid soap. There was a manky, fraying foam bathmat we just couldn't use. The bathroom door did not shut properly, let alone lock. First day, the room was not made up and we had to remind reception. Breakfast very basic: leathery scrambled egg, frankfurters, bread, thin jam, apple juice, nescafe and fruit tea bags only. Entry to breakfast was by way of a ticket system which had a retro Soviet vibe. The lift (an absolute necessity five floors up) worked well and I'm very glad the lift shaft was enclosed or I could have suffered from vertigo.
All this would have been disappointing but OK if only the hotel had been clean, but it had a distinctly grubby feel and housekeeping (as observed from the moping of the entrance) seemed slapdash. The hotel was more basic than expected, but would do at a pinch, although more attention to detail is required. It has an excellent location near the Metro. The area was fine near the hotel, but a few streets in the direction away from Andrassy Ave, the area became quite shabby with an edgy feel, especially at night.

Room Tip: We were on the fifth floor overlooking the main road and little park. I was not aware of noise and...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Horsham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2014

Friendly, helpful staff; clean, spacious room; easy to walk to city centre or right next to the metro; safe area; cute courtyard. Only thing lacking was there was no fruit at breakfast. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Silver Hotel Budapest
Address: Hunyadi ter 11, Budapest 1067, Hungary
Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #140 of 191 B&Bs / Inns in Budapest
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Hotel Class:3 star — Silver Hotel Budapest 3*
Number of rooms: 57
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