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“Authentic, clean and good for value”
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Hotel Kalvin House
Ranked #107 of 334 Hotels in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
Mississauga, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Authentic, clean and good for value”
Reviewed 6 August 2013 via mobile

I stayed one night at this place on a hot summer day. The hotel is well located, close to tourist favourites. As already stated in it's name, this place is a four floors of an apartment building, convented into an hotel. I liked the way it gives the feeling of historic apartment living in downtown Budapest. It functions fully like a regular hotel. Both girls at the reception are friendly, helping with everything. The room is neat, decorated with classical furnishing. There is a sofa seat and many drawers. The mattress is thin and uncomfortable. The a/c does not cool the room good enough. I felt warm in the middle of the night, though I set it to 21 degrees. My room was at the penthouse (4th floor), so the windows were diagonal with built-in blinds. I could not manage to open the blinds, so lacked the sunshine while the a/c was on. The bathroom is clean and big enough for easy manoeuvre. The breakfast is rich and served in a nice room. No a/c, so a bit warm in summer. Finally, this hotel is a good choice for a budget traveler, I can recommend for even longer stays.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Roskilde
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2013

Not much to say....really.

The hotel did not have much of a facade. The reception is located at the 1st floor. The rooms had old furniture arranged tastefully. I bet that not 2 rooms where similar to each other.
Our room was that shown here on Kalvin House' profile. It was simply like entering another era stepping trough that door. Breakfast is continenal.

My review can be summarized with the words nice, clean and simple......but in the coolest way.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Maine
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84 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2013

Great mid-level hotel, super-clean. Fabulous location. One block from Market, one block from major metro stop (bus, tram and metro all stop here), one block from famous street filled with restaurants that all offer outdoor cafe eating. Delicious breakfast included. Computer with internet available to guests. Some rooms are air-conditioned. Others have old European charm -- high ceilings, huge windows with tall wooden shutters, wooden armoires. Staff so very eager to help in any way, and English is understood and spoken.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Lapta, Cyprus
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2013

We were very impressed with the hotel.At first you wonder where you are going as the hotel is hidden behind a big oak door.The lift takes you to reception and then your holiday starts.The reception staff are really friendly and helpful.You are directed to your room.That is another pleasant surprise with antique furniture,parquet floor a proper bathroom with a bath as well as shower.The buffet breakfast is adequte with a selection of local smoked meats and cheeses as well as cereals,fruit and the usual breads and confitures.Fortunately we had taken our own travel kettle as there are no tea-making facilities.It would have been nice to have had a lounge bar in which to relax and meet other guests but the hotelis idealy situated near to a pedestrianised bar and restaurant area.There is plenty ofinformation about local sights and the various trips avalilable.We booked the hop on hop off trip which gives you 2 days unlimited sightseeing by bus and riverboat unblievable value at £16 per person. We really enjoyed our stay and found the hotel great value for money.Transport to and from the airport can also be arranged with the hotel.Well recommended to any one who wants a smaller friendly hotel within easy access to the beautiful sights of this incredible city.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Huntsville, Alabama
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2013

This place is a great value - great location, clean, beautiful building. The staff is very nice and also speaks English.

We arranged a car/van pick-up from the airport (for a fee), and the driver was safe and professional. We have a young child, and they were able to provide a car seat for her. The car seat was clean and the appropriate size. [We were a little surprised that there was no chest clip (though it was still a 5-point harness). Later we realized that this was the norm/standard in Hungary (compared to the US).]

Breakfast was a nice, varied spread with lots of filling choices (proteins, non-sweet carbs, etc.). There is a computer with internet in the breakfast room that guest can use for free.

We had a bright, spacious room on the fourth floor that had a room-size air conditioner (controlled with a remote). There was no extra fee for using it. Our room had a garden tub in addition to a shower.

The bed was comfortable and typical (same as our other pension beds on our trip) - mattress, bottom sheet, two pillows, and two duvet-covered individual-size comforters. They were also able to provide a "Pack 'n' Play"-style portable crib.

To get into the building, you are buzzed in. Then you have a key for your room.

When we checked out, we were able to use a credit card and were charged the previously-arranged rate.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

This four-story hotel two blocks from the Danube on the Pest side was recommended by friends who have been to Hungary many times, and we were not disappointed. It is an old building with an elevator. Ask for a room on the fourth floor if it is summer; it is the only floor air conditioned. We were in a large room right under the eaves and very comfortable. If it is not the summer, try a room lower down and facing the courtyard, away from the sun. The reception staff answered all our questions. A cold buffet is included with the room price, which was reasonable for the area. The large indoor central market is one block down the street. We found small gifts for home there and on the central street one block away. The Vaci Uta is three blocks away and afforded evening meals outdoors. Ice cream is everywhere and everyone seemed to be partaking. We loved the thermal baths too.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 July 2013

Wonderful welcome and helpful, english speaking staff. The room had a separate lounge area with TV (yes we did watch cartoons in Hungarian!) and bathroom with both a shower and bath.
In common with several European hotels, there are no tea making facilities in the room and it was only several days later that we discovered you could buy drinks and snacks from reception. There are also several small supermarkets nearby.
Excellent value for money. Well located for all the sights, clean and comfortable.
Do ask the staff for help as they are really helpful.

Room Tip: We were on the 4th floor which has restricted ceiling height at the edges. I think the rooms have r...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Kalvin House
Address: Goenczy Pal utca 6, Budapest 1093, Hungary
Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#60 Romantic Hotel in Budapest
#63 Family Hotel in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Kalvin House 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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