As it was a hostel, I booked a quadruple room with an en-suite so that we didn't have to share a room with anyone. The room was basic but clean, we had two beds and a bunk bed, the only real complaint was that the top bunk moved about a lot. It was a hostel so I didn't expect air conditioning, however in August it is hot in Budapest, and we had a room facing the road so it was noisy to have the windows open. There's also a church down the road who's bells go off every quarter, but this wasn't too bad.
The receptionists were all very friendly and spoke good English, however at times there were hoards of backpackers clogging reception up at times (but it's a hostel so to be expected). Thankfully when my group of 4 checked in it was fairly quiet. There was a very good bar at the hostel with reasonably priced drinks and a friendly bartender, a good starting place for a night out.
I found the breakfast absolutely awful even for hostel standards. Tasteless rolls with some jam, ham or cheese, very dry croissants with a little chocolate and some off tasting bread for toasting (the toasters there didn't seem that reliable). There was a boiler full of tea (not boiling water with tea bags at the side, ready made tea) which was so weak it tasted foul. There was a coffee machine which was decent but it was hidden away and we only found it on the last morning. There was also a lack off staff at breakfast to replace items which had run out.
The hostel is located near enough to the centre of Budapest, and a 20 minute walk from the Keleti train station or one stop on the metro (though the metro stations are notoriously difficult to find, there's hardly any sign posts at all). A short walk south brings you to the region of Budapest with the cheaper restaurants and bars, then things get more expensive towards the centre. The hostel can also organise excursions, we used them to book the Gellert Baths (expensive but I'd highly recommend it!).
On the whole, the hostel is ideal if you want somewhere cheap and adequate to stay which is fairly central but don't really eat breakfast or book the room without breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marco Polo Top Ho(s)tel in downtown Budapest, is open all year round. Located in the heart of the city, offering the services of a 2 star hotel with its en-suite double TWIN rooms and providing organised and tidy 12-bedded dormitory rooms.Marco Polo’s excellent city centre location provides great access to public transport. Famous Budapest sights and great nightspots are also nearby. Our twin and quad rooms are bright and comfortable and have telephone and TV, plus en-suite bathrooms.As for our dormitories, we’ve yet to find another anywhere that even comes close. Each 12-bedded room is divided into 2-bunk areas with their own lockers. Each dorm is next to HAS a dedicated bathroom with two sinks, showers and WC's. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marco Polo Hotel Budapest