The Hotel although 4 star has fairly basic rooms - I stayed in a basic single and had basic furniture to go with it. Having said that the room was clean and had every basic neccessity needed on a short 3 night stay. For those who cannot do without the internet its there if chargeable. TV, hairdryer, no safe in room though. I wasn't bothered because I only used the room to rest, sleep and change - the hotel itself was a wonderfull step back in time to an art deco era. Nearly 100 years old now the public areas are well maintained and the high ceilings, wonderful wood panelling and art deco signage gave an instant feel of being in a time gone by. I felt like Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and thouroughly enjoyed the warmth of hospitality, the wonderful breakfasts and the grand halls, corridors and elegant entrance lobby.
Being a resident of the hotel, with my breakfast included in the price paid I was aso priveledged to be able to use the wonderful spa & thermal baths - this was something extra special and the beauty of the wonderful baths and elegant changing rooms was something to be savoured. Limitless use of this wonderfully relaxing facility made my short break one of the most relaxing I can remember.
If you like modern faceless boutique hotels with all the benefits of modern technology and equaly modern decor (you could be anywhere in the world) then the Gellert may not be for you. If you are willing to allow yourself to relax, take a step back in time and go with the wonderful flow of caped doormen, extremely polite bell boys and great reception and restaurant staff - then allow yourself a few days of pampering in this wonderful unique hotel - a great base and very convenient for the city with much to see within a good walk.
I will certainly be back for another restful break when I need a warm comfortable haven to unwind in with a real feel of the past.
- 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