We stayed here for three nights in December 2013. Immaculate hotel. Bedroom and bathroom clean and smart. Unusual sink in our bathroom - no plug hole - just a shallow basin into which, you kept the water running to get washed - very unusual and arty. Reception staff were really friendly and helpful. Fantastic reception lounge with 10foot long linen covered sofas and complimentary tea and papers. We went specifically for the Christmas market which was all of 200metres away. Just round the corner from Anna Cafe. Do make time for an afternoon cake, coffee and brandy. The hotel is opposite the Marriott and 100metres away from the Intercontinental. The number 2 tram is just 100metres away and tickets can be bought from the small mini market a couple of doors away from the hotel. The number 2 goes up past the Parliament building and down to the large Central Market - both well worth a visit. You can buy tickets for the Red Bus and Yellow Bus city Hop On Hop Off buses from the reception desk in the hotel. The ticket also includes a boat trip (1hour) on the Danube. The Zenit is about 100m from the Chain Bridge. Catch the no 16 bus which crosses the Danube and then climbs the hill opposite to the castle on top. St Matyas' church is well worth a visit next door to the castle. Don't catch the no 16a bus, unless you want an adventure - it doesn't go back down the hill, make sure you get the 16 which will take you back across the Chain Bridge. When you get off, back on the Pest side, walk towards the Parliament along the river bank and you will come across a memorial to the Jews who were executed during the war. It's really poignant. It's a collection of shoes, made out of iron, in the 1940s styles. They represent the shoes left behind when Jewish residents were lined up and shot, and then thrown into the Danube. Some of the shoes are children's. very moving. Take the Red bus tour and hop off at Cafe New York. An incredibly beautiful cafe - Venetian chandeliers, frescoes on the ceilings, gold and opulence everywhere. It's part of the Boscolo Group who always do things well. Whether you want a full meal, an ice cream or just a coffee, you will be treated the same way - as a valued customer. To sum up - the hotel is so well worth staying at, it's location is excellent, explore Budapest - it's fantastic. Oh and finally - make sure you pack a good appetite - the Hungarians are very generous and seem to know nothing about portion-control. Enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the historical city centre of Pest, Hotel Zenit Budapest Palace is 50 metres from the river bank of the Danube. It features a restaurant serving international cuisine and a wellness area with a fitness room and a sauna. Free Wi-Fi is available. The soundproofed rooms come with air-conditioning and modern furnishings. They feature satellite TV, a safety deposit box and a minibar. Each unit also contains a private bathroom with a shower or a bathtub. Zenit Budapest Palace Hotel offers optional show-cooking buffet breakfast, where you can enjoy freshly prepared omelettes. Ironing and laundry services are also provided. Public parking is available for an extra charge. Major city attractions are located in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. Many cafés and restaurants can be visited in the Váci utca, the elegant pedestrian shopping street of the city. Deak Square, the conjunction of 3 metro lines (M1, M2, M3), can be reached within 500 metres. The St. Stephen's Basilica is 1 km from the property, while the Opera House on Andrássy Avenue is 1.5 km away. ... more less
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