We looked at the pictures on internet and in the brochures and were very excited to stay at one of the most stylish, genuinely Hungarian hotels. But reality was quite different from the pictures. We could even see that the pillars and parts of the house was kept safely together with strong plastic belts, like the ones you use to secure cargo.
The dominant impression is that the hotel is struggling the last few seasons before it will give up. It is conveniently located close to the river, at the Freedom Bridge, with a subway station and tram station just outside. Most of the staff are ok, the business center was very helpful (Anniko was a treasure!) There were wifi in the reception and they said it would be extended in the summer of 2014. But there were quite a few drawback to our stay. "Proximity to bath" may be true, but it is far from easy to find the way and to figure out how to navigate. There seems to be a tension between the public bath and the privately run hotel. Try it once and you will get it. There are much better baths in the city (try Szechennyi!).
There is however a very good health and massage center connected to the hotel: Santevita. We tried many of their services, including hairstyling, pedicure, Swedish massage (an Hungarian man was extraordinary good at finding and treating tensions in back and shoulders!)
Rooms are generally dusty and smelly. We got a "suite" (104) which turned out to be a bedroom with an office and an extra tent bed. Very big rooms, but not fresh! Second room had a terribly smelly bathroom (sewer system broken?). During our stay we tried four different rooms, of which the last one was said to be top standard (215). But it was shabby. Old AC was hanging on the wall, the new AC did not work properly, bathroom was dusty.
Breakfast is acceptable, even good if you are the first customer (around 7 am), but an ordinary street café would usually be better. We bought our own bread and freshly made orange juice outside of the hotel and just used their coffee, which was fine!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Art Nouveau style Danubius Hotel Gellert first opened its doors in 1918, and has long been an iconic Budapest landmark that has even featured in Hollywood films. Its stately building, at the foot of the Gellert hill, also houses the world-famous Gellert Baths, which include an outdoor pool with the original wave-generating device installed in 1927. Over the years, some famous names have stayed at the Gellert – including American presidents and European royalty – and the hotel retains the elegant atmosphere of a bygone age. Guests can enjoy superb cuisine at the Panorama Restaurant or Gellert Brasserie, and take advantage of wellness treatments and medical programmes at the adjacent Gellert Baths. Furthermore, the hotel is the perfect base for exploring, located next to one of Budapest’s most beautiful bridges and a short walk from Pest’s Great Market Hall and shopping streets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Danubius Hotel Budapest
- Hotel Gellert Budapest