My wife, son and I have just arrived back from 4 nights in Buddha Bar Hotel. The hotel is lovely but definitely over-pretentious - all the corridors and rooms are clad in black or dark red material but instead of being 'trendy' it gives the place a dark, somewhat creepy feel. The rooms are very very high tech but the basics dont work - for example in both the rooms we had, the walk-in showers leaked across the whole bathroom floor,so you every time you took a shower you spent the next 20 minutes mopping the whole bathroom up afterwards. The TV's are linked to bluetooth so for some reason come on several times of their own accord during the night. I also drank a bottle of water in the room on arrival, after a long hot day travelling, thinking it was complimentary, but it turned out it was 8 euros (£6). I told the receptionist immediately of my mistake and was told I wouldn't be charged but when I checked out it was on my bill. WHen I queried it I was told, quite rudely, "you drank it you pay for it". Also, the breakfast room is so small that there is a bun-fight every day to get a table to avoid being sat either outside in the street (literally) or in another room. It took over 45 minutes for my scrambled egg to arrive on two of the four occasions, due to the volume of people ordering. The hotel bar is always empty as the prices are extortionate, especially when you can have a beer in a local bar for less than £2 a pint. There is only one person on check-out each morning so we had to wait 20 minutes to check out, thus keeping our taxi waiting. On the plus side the staff are generally friendly, the food is very good when it arrives and the location is 5 star. The place is spotless too. It is a very nice hotel, so don't be put off by this review, but it tries too hard to be trendy and forgets to do some of the basics, thats all. Give it a go and see for yourselves.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Not just another hotel, it's a lifestyle..." Is the motto of the brand new, fantastically located, truly unique 5-star Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace. Dashing luxury and pampering comfort awaits at the 2nd hotel of the world-wide famous, trendy Buddha-Bar concept hotel. It boasts an excellent setting at the foot of the Elisabeth Bridge, in a charming historic building from the 19th century, at the corner of the capital's number-one pedestrian shopping street, Vaci utca. Faithful to the brand, a number of exciting dining venues comprehend to the entire Buddha-Bar experience that is a feast for the senses. The owners of the Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace are Sameer Hamdan and Zuhair Awad, owners and CEOs of Mellow Mood Group. ... more less
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