Firstly location, it's a 20 min walk to the river, but there is a metro(underground) 30 seconds away that'll take you close to the centre, to parliament, in about 3 minutes, on the walk you can go various ways seeing many things you would miss if you were based in the centre, it's also only 5 minutes from my favorite bar in the world, Szimpla kert. So five stars for that.
Room, looked very nice, the highest ceiling in a hotel room I have ever seen. The bed was very soft, on night one we were too hot and asked for a change of duvet which was promptly sorted. It was very quiet but was not total blackout. The bathroom was clean but basic, there was no overhead shower. The mini bar was outrageously expensive. The TV was very good with hotel info and weather available via the opening page, WiFi was good and simple.
Staff, were not the friendliest, they would help if you asked but either it seemed they wanted tipping for the most basic task or were doing it as they had to. They were knowledgeable and did help but not with a smile. When you enter the hotel you do feel a little as you are being watched. Three stars.
Food, we didn't get breakfast as it was €19 each per day, we were offered on arrival we could have it for €12 if booked for entire stay, but still way above what I'd pay for breakfast. The three course meal for €12 was tried one one night, it looks very pretty and was nice but we left feeling as though we would be hungry again soon. But for the price it was reasonable. Three stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The centrally located Hotel Nemzeti Budapest Mgallery by Sofitel welcomes its guest from December 2012.Enjoy the artistic spirit of Budapest in this elegant 19th century building historically linked to the local cultural life. Near business district and major touristic attractions, the hotel offers memorable moments for its guests. Unique cultural and culinary experiences, contemporary designed rooms with every comfort of a 4 star upscale hotel including free internet access, coffee & tea facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Budapest Nemzeti Hotel Budapest
- Accor Budapest Nemzeti