We stayed for 4 nights at the BO18 Hotel Superior in District VIII of Budapest during Easter 2012. The hotel offers 4 star quality and service, despite it's 3 star rating, and was excellent value for money. We arrived late on Easter Sunday to find a welcome drink and a small easter egg on our pillows - it was these small, but very welcome and appreciated, touches that made the hotel a pleasure.
Hotel staff were very helpful and offered assistance with transportation - including booking a taxi for us at short notice so that we could get to Parliament for the early morning tour which was confirmed last minute.
The free (and fast) wifi helped clinch the decision to stay here and didn't disappoint: it's essential for travellers to be able to surf the Internet for travel advice and maps, as well as to keep in touch with home for emergencies - so this was a great offering from the hotel.
Breakfast was fantastic - plenty of choice in the buffet including cooked and cold options, and champagne for the more adventurous. Coffee was plentiful and delicious and I'm picky about that so it's saying something!
The room was clean and very spacious, with a well stocked minibar and tea/coffee facilities. Bathroom was excellent - again, spacious and very clean, shower was connected to bath taps but had excellent pressure. We were located at the front of the hotel and whilst the street was generally quiet it could get noisy late at night with revellers coming back home from drinking in the city centre but we had the window open for some fresh air. The only disappointment with the accommodation was with the comfort of the beds: the mattresses were quite hard and the pillows were thin, so it was difficult getting a comfortable night's sleep.
The area of the hotel (District VIII) does take some getting used to - it's relatively run down and there are lots of deserted buildings. This was off-putting at first but we gradually felt more confident walking back to the hotel later at night. There are major redevelopment works going on (nb. the building works did not cause any disturbance), including the newly opened Corvin Mall only a few yards down the road - which was very handy. I'm sure the situation will improve over time. Other reviewers indicated it was safe, and we certainly weren't bothered by anyone, so don't let this put you off either. The hotel is slightly out of town but then most of the hotels in Budapest aren't central, including much more expensive places. Use the metro system to get to the city centre by taking a metro from Corvin-Negyed (by the Corvin Mall) to Deak Ter. You only need the Short Section Metro ticket as it's only 3 stops: ticket prices were less than £1 per person one way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bo18 Hotel*** Superior, the newest 3 star category hotel in Budapest opened its doors in the first half of May 2011. It is located in the VIII district of Budapest, close to the recently opened Corvin passage and the Corvin shopping mall. The location of the hotel, which is easily accessible both by public transport and private car, is a security for a silent, undisturbed stay in the immediate neighbourhood of the bustling Budapest city center. Our hotel is waiting for the quests who wish to discover Budapest or arrive for a business stay with 45 rooms, three star premium services and with a buffet breakfast with champagne. Our friendly, elegant rooms, our inner garden and lobby bar established according to the latest design, our wellness corner and the outstanding niveau of our services are guarantees for an unforgettable Budapest relaxation. ... more less
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