I'll set the benchmark for this review by saying that I do have high standards and on my last visit to Budapest stayed at the 5* Buddha Bar Hotel, that was very good, but only got a 4* rating. On this visit I wanted to try the other end of the accommodation spectrum and sample one of the many B&B's.
The location of Butterfly House is excellent, not only is it in the centre and within easy walking distance of most attractions, it is also very close to the tram and metro stops. The location is also tucked away from the main tourist streets close to the university and has some interesting pedestrian areas close by with good value restaurants & bars.
The accommodation is spacious, very clean and comfortable with up to date ensuites. There is no lift, so if you have difficulty using the stairs this one is not for you.
Breakfast is what I would call local continental. It has been well described in previous posts. What I particularly liked was lots of local and home made products like the egg bread, jams and pancakes.
Hospitality - this is where the Butterfly House excels. The hosts, Andreas and his wife go out of their way to meet your every need, whether it be recommendations of where to eat, booking cut price tickets, getting taxis etc., nothing is too much trouble.
Value - given the location and the quality of the service their prices represent good value.
What I would change (these are meant to be constructive suggestions as Andreas & co have only recently taken over)- The WC deoderisers are way too strong for a small space and on entering the ensuites the smell gave them a 'cheap' feel and a bad first impression. Make sure that there is fresh bottled water in every room daily and as an American lady recommended, a box of tissues. These are all low cost add ons that do make a big difference.
What exceeded my expectations - When I asked about where to eat locally, I did not get the usual restaurant names and locations on the map. Andreas, stopped what he was doing and took me on a personal tour of the area. Also he does not live in, and I arrived on a late flight that was delayed, so arrived in the early hours. Not only was he there to greet me, but the greeting was warm & generous.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in a grand building in the heart of the city, right by the Danube, a stone's throw away from the famous pedestrian walking street Váci utca. Within walking distance, you can visit Hungarian National Museum, the popular Gellert Bath, the Great Synagogue and Budapest's new SoHo - the Jewish District, Raday Street, Liberty Bridge, Grand Market Hall, or take a romantic stroll along the Danube. Experience Hungarian hospitality in the numerous bars and restaurants of the neighborhood. Almost all of our rooms offer picturesque views of the Danube, Liberty Bridge, Gellért Hill, Fővám Square and Grand Market Hall. ... more less
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