The free, direct access to the Gellert Baths is the selling point for this hotel (The hotel and baths are connected by a bridge). The baths are a prime example of Art Nouveau architecture, with beautiful stained glass and mosaics (the only other baths that even remotely come close are Szechenyi baths around Varosliget, further afield). The hotel itself was a grand hotel in its hey day, apparently, the maharaja graced it with his presence, way back when. Now it offers rather basic amenities which are reminiscent of the days of the iron curtain. Little renovation has been performed: There is no air conditioning which can be a bit of a challenge for pampered tourists expecting more; the breakfasts are also quite modest and not worthy of writing home about. The bathroom is rather old in design but has a bidet. No sleek designer hardware here, this is not Germany, and that's okay. The location, however, is sublime and most major sites are walking distance. You get a view of the Danube or a view of lush Buda Hill. Szabadsag hid/bridge is right in front of the hotel, leading to Pest. Nagycsarnok, the Great Market Hall is at the other end of the bridge on your right (in case you decided to pass on breakfast options at the hotel or wanted to acquire your necessary souvenir sachet of a variety of paprikas). Vaci Utca, the ever-so-popular pedestrian street with its many restaurants, cafes, shops are past the bridge on your left. On the Buda side, you have access to most main tourist attractions such as Budavari Palota, Halaszbastya (Fisherman's Bastion), St. Matthias and so on. You could walk to the citadel on the buda side in 8 minutes. The rest of the Buda side attractions are about 20 minutes away. The Pest side attractions start at the end of the bridge with Nagycsarnok and Vaci utca 5 minutes away, Iparmuveszeti Museum is about 17 minutes away, Nagy Zsinagoga (the Great Synagogue) is about 20 minutes away. For places like Varosliget and Margit Sziget you can take public transit which is readily accessible with a streetcar stop right in front of the hotel. If you do not drive and don't want to spend too much money but still want to feel surrounded by history, this hotel is a fantastic option. I would definitely stay here again. The service was friendly. Cleaning staff did not speak English, which was a bit of a challenge, but they were highly motivated to make things work calling upon other staff to provide translation services. I have yet to meet a unilingual Hungarian so the more languages you speak the higher the likelihood that someone will understand you (many Hungarians speak German, French or Russian, if not English. The older generation, mostly speaks Russian). There is a convenience store right next to the hotel which sells everything from adaptors to sandwiches to toothbrushes to Scotch whiskey. I would definitely stay here again. Buy yourself a Budapest card as soon as you arrive and take advantage of all the wonderful sites around you.
- 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