Let me begin by saying I cannot fault this hotel in any way.
Staff - In particular, Andras at the reception/concierge desk was incredibly helpful. I've seen that the manager of the hotel reads these reviews, and if you read this, give that guy a pay rise. He was a tremendous help in welcoming us to the hotel and assisting with our lost luggage (British Airways lost our case en route).
Food - Breakfast was delicious, and the staff were courteous and eager to help. No sooner had a glass of OJ been finished, more was offered. We also had dinner in the Icon restaurant which was a real treat. I strongly recommend the crayfish and coconut soup.
Room & location - As well presented as you'd expect from the Hilton chain, but the view we got from room 275 was incredible. Perfect views of the parliament building and the Fisherman's Bastion next door. Straight out of a guide book! Speaking of guide books, this hotel is frequently referenced as having the best view and location of any hotel in the city. They are correct. I like my photography, and was quite comfortable nipping out at midnight to take some perfect night-time shots of the Chain Bridge and Parliament building from Fisherman's Bastion, which is a minute's walk from the hotel entrance.
Other details: When you get to the airport arrivals, look for the Airport Shuttle Minibus counter. They will arrange a transfer to your hotel and it'll work out much cheaper than a taxi for only a short wait of about 10 minutes. However, I strongly advise only getting a single ticket. Booking a return pickup can be subject to delays, so you have to go relatively early. Instead, let your hotel conceirge book you a taxi for the return journey. Here at Budapest Hilton, they do so with a fixed rate, and send you there with their own driver (so you aren't going to get screwed by a taxi driver!) and add it to your bill for convenience. We got to enjoy the city for an extra 2 hours by doing things this way.
In a nutshell: This is a tremendous hotel, and you'd be well served choosing it for your hotel stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Budapest - Castle District Hotel Budapest
- Budapest Hilton