We have just come back from Budapest, though the city itself cannot compare with beautiful Vienna, which we also visited.
Budapest still has a heavily sovietized, rusting, and dirty feel about it, and even now 25 years after the fall of the eastern bloc, no one smiles or seems in the slightest bit interested in visitors. In fact, the many Hungarians I met couldn't be less helpful. We were shortchanged by a food seller at Keleti station, and with the sort of sour flourish reserved for mug tourists. Be careful outside the hotel, as large gangs of swarthy tramps assault you for 'cigars'. It cannot be just a post soviet attitude, because other parts of the old eastern bloc are really clean and bright looking, for example Dresden and Leipzig!
The hotel was very comfortable, the beds excellent, and the rooms clean. The breakfast was the best I have tasted, although the staff looked constantly miserable and irritated at having to help customers and need lessons in smiling. I have been a waiter myself, and even I know that one cannot always blame the visitor.
This is a great hotel in an emergency, but I would recommend that Budapest be merely a stopover on the way to the incomparably better Vienna!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novum Hotel Golden Park is centrally located in the heart of the business district of Budapest, close to many sights and directly opposite of the train station Keleti pályaudvar. The Syma Hall, the Puskas Ferenc Stadium and the Aréna Plaza, one of the largest shopping centers in Central Europe, are only a few minutes' walking distance away. The impressive building of the Golden Park Hotel is over 100 years old and has a wonderful facade. It offers elegant rooms with soundproofed windows. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Park Budapest
- Hotel Golden Park
- Golden Park Hotel Budapest