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Hotel Astra Vendeghaz
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Hotel Astra Vendeghaz
Ranked #201 of 342 Hotels in Budapest
Wollongong, Australia
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Perfect location!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2010

The hotel seemed fairly basic but the room was absolutely massive with a huge bathroom. Big windows overlooked a little courtyard which was very quaint. The best part of this place is its location. It's accross the river Danube from Pest, but at the foot of the Fisherman's palace, which is a marvel.
Other sites are easily accessible from a nearby train station, with a train stopping at each of the cultural highlights. In Europe Budapest was by far my favourite destination with amazing architecture and sculptures around every corner.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
Geneva, Switzerland
Level Contributor
146 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2008

This is a pleasant, very clean, old fashioned hotel convenient to the river, old castle area and centre of the city. It's a little hard to find because it's on a side street with a tiny sign so make sure your arrival taxi knows the address. Although very dated the rooms are comfortably furnished. It's a bit like staying with your Great Aunt Millie - heavy furniture, old fashioned draperies and bed covers, old style bathroom. Some reviews complained about the rude staff, but we think that is a western misapprehension. We found the staff to be very helpful and efficient, but, as with all Hungarians, they tend to be very formal so they are not falling over themselves smiling or ingratiating. The rooms open onto a central coutryard which would be charming if the cleaning ladies didn't use it to beat out the carpets every morning. I'm not sure how comfortable it would be in the winter as the rooms open directly into the outdoor courtyard. I would recommend it as a reasonably priced hotel, old fashioned, charming and conveniently located.

  • Liked — Unpretentious, old fashioned and well located
  • Disliked — Hotel room cleaning activities in the central courtyard in the morning
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ChristineMargaret
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reno, nv
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2008

Miniscule soap provided (we purchased our own). Only hot items in buffet were toast and coffee. Heater/AC had a mind of its own. Buzz in/out procedure inconvenient. Cash only o.k., but if pay in Euros, only paper currency (no coins) accepted. Older desk person very unfriendly almost to the point of rudeness (probably due to language difficulties--not his fault). Good location. Room very clean.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Buffet.
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank bm196
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barcelona, spain
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2008

We stayed here in August for for 4 nights. The hotel was comfortable and cosy, specially our room trat seems a dinig-room, with wood-ancient furniture, but lovely and cosy. Breakfast was quite good, except the omelettes... they don´t know how to cook this!
The recepcionist, Mark, was efficient and hepful. Best of all is the location, near Batttany Tér tube station, and at one stop to the Parliament. Excellent. If we are going to visit the city again, Astra will be our hotel.

  • Liked — lovely and cosy bedroom
  • Disliked — dusk is at 5.00 am and should have more curtains!
  • Stayed August 2008
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank sonyBarcelona
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London, UK
Level Contributor
17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2008

We stayed here for three nights this July and were quite satisfied with the hotel. The oddest thing though - the pictures on the website somehow make the rooms appear smaller than they really are.

We had a room on the first floor (it's pictured on their website) but when turned up we were told that it wasn't really a room but a suite! (The price we had booked was right, but somehow they hadn't mentioned this great selling point!) So we had a big bedroom which would have been fine just by itself but also a sitting room and an enormous bathroom.

The room was clean and tidy, the furniture was lovely - some of the most characterful we've seen in any hotel - and the bed was comfortable.

The hotel's location was good for the centre of historic Buda, being just at the foot of Castle Hill and not so far from the Szechenyi Bridge.

The staff we met were helpful and polite but seemed strangely nervous whenever we asked them things, which made us a little uncomfortable. This, too, was a little odd because their English was just fine and they got us tables at the restaurants we asked them to book.

  • Liked — Big, characterful room
  • Disliked — Odd staff.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank elstrach
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Redlands, California
Level Contributor
50 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2008

We stayed three wonderful nights at Hotel Astra in April 2008. The hotel is situated in one of the most perfect locations in Budapest. It is in the Buda Castle District right below the Fishermen's Bastion, Matya's Church, and the Palace. It is a very charming, quaint hotel dating back to the 1700's. It has all the modern conveniences, but the wonderful ambience of old Budapest. It was very clean and inviting. The breakfast was delicious each morning. We were traveling with another couple, and we both loved our rooms. We were in a beautiful spacious room with gorgeous furnishings - an antique bed, armoire and table. It had a huge bathroom with another little room with a closet and refrigerator. We were very impressed. We were greeted by a very nice girl, Agnes, who was friendly and helpful in giving us suggestions for restaurants and places to visit. The night that we arrived, she told us about a very nice restaurant right up the hill near Fishermen's Bastion. It was quite a hike - up many steps, but well worth it. The restaurant was Fekete Hollo, which means black raven. They had the most delicious Hungarian goulash, and wonderful singers who serenaded us!! We ate at a couple other great restaurants, which were in walking distance from the hotel. One was A La Carte, and the other was the Polo Pub - both had very nice atmospheres, and delicious food. Every place that we visited was in walking distance from the hotel. Budapest is not a small city, but we enjoyed walking everywhere. One day we walked across the Chain Bridge and caught a "hop on, hop off bus", which is great for going to places not as easy to reach - like the Citadel, where the views of the city are amazing. Budapest was one of our favorite cities on our Central - Eastern European trip, and staying at the very charming Hotel Astra made it one of the highlights of our holiday. We would definitely stay there again - and hope to return someday!!

  • Liked — location and rooms
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank ClaudiaAB
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shropshire
Level Contributor
49 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2008

This is a really tough review to write...mainly because had i paid a different price i think my idea of this hotel would be a lot better.

I ummed and ahhed alot about which side of the river to stay on and which hotel to pick and in the end went for the Astra because it was smaller and the pictures on the site looked amazing - even if it was at the top end of my budget. We paid 99 euros a night including breakfast, and stayed 3 nights.

The staff were very helpful, and the position of the hotel was great - 10 mins walk to the chain bridge and funicular but near a supermarket and betthany ter metro/tram point.

You enter the hotel using a buzzer which gives you entry into the courtyard. nice and safe and very quiet. Recpetion is small but ok - only thing i would say about the reception area is that it reeks of cigarette smoke.

Sadly it was the room that disappointed. it was on the ground floor, and although it was very spacious it felt a bit...well...lacking. yes there was a bed, and wardrobe and tv and a mini bar but it felt a bit dated. The bed was odd...a double bed frame but with two single mattresses and duvets with a double throw over the top. No hairdryer in the room... and the bathroom had a shower fitting from the bath taps but no peg to put the shower handle on. All little things that had i been paying 70/75 euro's a night io wouldnt have minded.

I guess its becuase i'd compared staying at teh astra withthe hilton in the castle district (looked amazing from the outside if in a more awkward position) for 90 euro a night and the carlton hotel which is about 3 mins from the chain bridge and was 80 euro i think.

breakfast was ok - plenty of rolls and cereals.

As i say would i stay again? - yes but i think i'd negotiate a cheaper rate. that said i can't comment on what the other rooms were like so maybe we just got the oldest one.

  • Liked — small size
  • Disliked — Price
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank laneycakes
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Property: Hotel Astra Vendeghaz
Address: Vam utca 6, Budapest 1011, Hungary
Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest > District I / Buda , Várkerület
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #201 of 342 Hotels in Budapest
Number of rooms: 12
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