After checking out the reviews online for the Danubius Astoria, I decided to write one of my own from a different perspective. I am an avid traveler so I stay in many hotels. After awhile they all become a blurr. Either decent and clean or someplace you'd never recommend.. In Budapest at the Astoria, I found something that I call OLD WORLD FLAVOR. Yes it is clean, yes the elevator is narrow and slow, yes the staff is a bit stiff and forma but somehow the Crystal and smell of well kept highly polished old wood is inviting It"s AUTHENTIC. When I visit an old city like Budapest I want Ambiance and flavor. I don't want to hear hip hop in the lobby I want Beethoven playing softly in the back ground. Yes, It has been revamped but it hasn't missed a beat. I think it must have looked the same back in 1914 when it opened, just newer and more shine back then..
Our room was comfortable old style beauty with modern additions, like a hairdryer and makeup mirror. (oh yes) There was a big door between the bedroom, closing off the bath room. You didn't feel so exposed which made it ever so much more private for unmarried guests like myself and my friend Kate .A real shower with plenty of hot water. Pardon me my friends, but you don't always get that in eastern Europe. Our bellman was sorely shortchanged y me for his tip. I can only plead a lack of currency IQ. When I asked him if that was enough, he smiled and said "perfect madame whatever you wish to give is much appreciated". We saw him down in the lobby so often and he was always happy to offer advice. When I realized that I had given him $1.33, I about died of embarrassment. So of course we gave him more to make up for it, he kept saying " it's ok, no problem". In the US we may have not had a very pleasant an experience.
WI FI is only available in the Lobby which is an inconvience but the Lobby is attached to a beautiful Cafe and restaurant.how fabulously charming and decorated in that old world style, piano player teasing the ivories in the corner. Some guest with a little too muchliquid enthusiasm signing along. Now that's pleasant!!! Kate and I had tea and sweets there every evening. Pleasant memories..
Our one unsatisfactory experience was breakfast. There was a waitress that was snooty and rude so we left and went next door to Mickey D's, yep right next door.This is a great location. because he Hop on/ Hop off sight seeing bus is right across the blvd, The under ground is directly in front of the hotel The Jewish Ghetto sits just two blocks down the blvd and a block over. Go see the beautiful Temple it is a story of constant persecution of the Jews.The history is sad and uncomfortable but truth is the beginning of change. Persecution is still happening there today, but in a very suttle way. The area it'self is filled with great little pubs and restaurants . If you like history like I do you will give the Astoria a 2 thumbs up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fancy staying in a hotel with classic styling and a rich history right at the heart of Budapest? The legendary Hotel Astoria Budapest opened in 1914 as one of the city’s most elegant hotels, and – over a century later – it stays true to that original character. Guests have always been attracted by its sublime fin-de-siècle architecture and comfortable rooms. And its location: a 10-minute walk from prime attractions like the Hungarian National Museum, the Great Synagogue (the largest in Europe), the Danube promenade and the famous Váci Street. Furthermore, if you want to venture further, the metro station and tram line are just a few steps away. Looking for an event venue? The 4-star hotel – with its unique atmosphere – is the perfect choice for professional meetings, social gatherings and weddings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Danubius Hotel Budapest