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“If you like to step back in time you wont be dissapointed - I loved it!”

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Danubius Hotel Gellert
Ranked #102 of 336 Hotels in Budapest
Reviewed 5 March 2010

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.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 February 2010

we visited for one night and rented the Max Schelling room on the 4th Floor, overlooking the Danube. Beautiful view of Budapest.
Room was exceptionally large. but there was no sofa.
Disappointed that one had to pay extra for TV and internet.
Enjoyed the artistic and varied breakfast buffet.
Took advantage of complimentary pool and hot pools/spa. Very comforting.
Staff were very courteous.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2010

After a previous occasion when a turn of fate landed us in the Gellert Hotel for one night, we could not wait to return. After a few years we did and found it quite as exciting as expected. From the pleasant and helpful reception staff to the rooms and breakfast the overall picture is that of old world charm -- kind of what you would experience visiting a beloved and loving grandmother.
Access to the adjoining thermal baths is included in the rate and one can simply slip on your gown and take the elevator directly to the baths. The pleasure presented by the waters of varying temperature, steam room, sauna and relaxation areas is somewhat tainted by the attendants who seem to hate every person that enters. However, one does not have to rely on their assistance to such an extent that it should matter much.

The five days spent there was not enough and we are already thinking of going back.

Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2010

Horrible.

I'm a veteran of American hotels. When I checked in the rude man at the counter gave me a paper to fill out. Normal. But on this paper it stated that if something went missing from the room I was not holding the hotel responsible. I told him that I had never had to fill such a thing out or in my many years working in hospitality had never had to ask anyone to fill such a thing out. He didn't believe me.

Then, as I was in a new country, I discreetly asked him the normal tip for bellmen. He looked at me and literally said, "You worked at a hotel front desk for eight years and don't know how much to tip?" I was taken aback. I would never, whether early in my career at a hotel/motel or later at a five star place, have ever said such a thing to a guest.

In short, he was a jerk.

When I got to my room - which I reached by elevator while for some reason the bellman took my three bags via another route - I found the zipper pocket was open on one bag. It had not been prior to my arrival at the hotel.

The behavior was rude and ugly and I high-tailed it out of there the next morning.

As for the room, it was clean and simple which is perfect for me. But an unsafe feeling is not something I'm willing to tolerate.

Don't go there.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 January 2010

The exterior with its Art Deco stonework - now being strapped up for safety - dominates the skyline with its domes and flourishes. The entrance hall is calm, relaxed and has the feeling of old world grandeur - all woodwork and tradition. The Art Deco stained glass, the sanitorium-like wide corridors, the amazing Gellert Baths (so many of them, inside and outside, all temperatures) and certain key staff (concierge, doorman, housekeeping) make this place special to me. The pokey lobby bar, the poor business centre and the seriously old-fashioned furnishings and plumbing may not appeal to all; but they are the Gellert too! Staffing has noticeably been trimmed, and things less managed than in the past. I've been eleven times now - and find I still love the place. IT ATTRACTS A CERTAIN GELLERT TYPE OF CUSTOMER, WHO COMES BACK AS A LOYAL FRIEND.
Breakfast is okay or good - usually. Rooms always cleaned well, though the bathrooms are really antique. The Espresso coffee shop, with piano music in the afternoons, is still lovely in a old[world Hapsburg way, although the staff can be a bit brusque. The brasserie food has improved a lot over the last 2 years (more adventurous and better quality). Reception staff (almost all male) very knowledgeable and switched on (but can be over-defensive if you complain). The access to the baths via private lift is something special; in winter the thermal baths are great, and in hot weather the outside pools are a paradise. It is well-located by main tram and bus routes. In many respects it beats all the other hotels hollow; because it is unique. It exudes style, allbeit one from years ago. It is 100 years old now, being built in 1918. The place blatantly needs investment; yet to refurb would somehow destroy it. It is good value because it has flaws.
If you accept that this is a time-warped place, and you like things being kept traditional, then this is the place for you - warts and all!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled solo
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3  Thank MichaelH62
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Reviewed 18 January 2010

The thermal baths underneath are just great, otherwise, the hotel does nothing to jump from the ordinary.

Stayed: May 2007, travelled on business
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Reviewed 9 January 2010

We stayed here for 2 nights after a Danube cruise. I always wanted to stay at one of these old grande dame hotels and the Gellert did not disappoint. Walking onto the lobby, you can imagine all those upper class tourists making this hotel part of their European vacations. After being warmly greeted, we were brought up to a room 322. A beautiful, nicely appointed room with fine reproduction furniture with a lovely view of the Danube (which is not blue). Plenty of room to lay everything out in the bathroom as well. Back down in the lobby the is a desk to buy trolley tickets and there are several lines outside the door to the right. There is also a money exchange, but you might do better at a bank. Do not forget to don a robe and check out the thermal baths downstairs and outside. The mosaic work will blow you away. We had a fine lunch on the outside terrace, and it might surprise you to know in Hungary the goulash is more of a soup and it was delicious. Everything you want to see the castle, Parliament, the zoo etc. is easily from the trolley lines outside. Staying at the Gellert was an experience I'll never forget!

Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Szent Gellert ter 2., Budapest 1114, Hungary
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Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest > Gellert Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#21 Spa Hotel in Budapest
#46 Family Hotel in Budapest
#75 Luxury Hotel in Budapest
#83 Romantic Hotel in Budapest
Price Range: £67 - £164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Danubius Hotel Gellert 4*
Number of rooms: 233
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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