I stayed for 4 nights in March and enjoyed a wonderful vacation here. 2 comfortable chairs by the window encourage you to spend time watching the river traffic which I found totally absorbing. Even while resting on my bed in room 41, I could see the Chain Bridge. The room was spacious, and newly fitted. End rooms benefit from having a side window which opens and they are slightly larger than the centre rooms. Lots of different room lighting options to discover and very good wifi in the room. I could hear the trams trundling past below but not a problem for me.
I travelled in by public transport after lots of research on the excellent BKV (public transport) website. It was straightforward and a very interesting introduction to Budapest. I purchased a single ticket for the 200 bus at Relay newsagents at the airport and then a 7 day travel pass at the metro station, Kobanya Kispest for onward travel to Batthyany ter. I strongly recommend the travel pass for the convenience because unlike other cities which allow you to change transport within a time limit, here you need to buy new tickets when you switch modes. It can also be used on the BKV passenger boats on the Danube, routes 11, 12 and 13. The hotel website also has very good links to anything else that you want to know.
So many highlights on this trip so here are a few. A trip on The Childrens Railway, travelling up on the cogwheel railway from Varosmajor and returning by chairlift. I went to a ballet performance at the Opera House and a guided tour of the Parliament Building, both easily booked online in the UK. Afternoon tea is also served for free in the beautifully restored music room which is located just through reception.
I also enjoyed the art of Victor Vasarely at the nearby museum on the Buda side, the architecture of the great Market Hall and the western railway station, Nyugati P which is also the home of the grandest McDonalds imaginable.
Having read of numerous tourist scams in Budapest, nothing untoward happened to me throughout my stay but I did avoid the touristy Vaci Utca area in Pest. I look forward to returning to Hotel Victoria, surely the best price/quality ratio available and did I mention the stunning river view and music salon?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly renovated Hotel Victoria is located in the heart of historical downtown of Budapest, on the Buda side, directly on the riverside of the Danube. As the facility is equipped with large panoramic windows, one can enjoy the spectacular view of the city from all rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Hotel Budapest