When I arrived at the airport, it was late at night. Go to the BKK (transport) information booth, and get your ticket or pass for the 200E bus. I purchased the 7-day pass which has worked out just fine for me. You may want to do some research and find out if there is one that suits you better if you intend to use public transportation. The people at the information desk are very helpful, but it is important you know where you are going if you want info. When planes arrive, people tend to head directly to this one booth, and they appear to be very busy at those times, so be warned that there may be a wait if people in front of you aren’t sure what they are doing, where they want to go, etc.
The bus, you are told, is right outside the terminal to the left, and it is the only bus out there, so there is no confusion. Show the driver your pass or validate your ticket, and you’re done. From the airport, you will get off at the Kobanya Kispest (metro) station. From there you can catch the Metro to adjoining transportation or into the inner city (about 15-20 minutes). If you are going to the Hotel Sunshine, get off the bus, and find directions to get to the large shopping mall visible from the bus stop.
When you get to the inside of the mall, you have a couple of exit options, but you want to exit to the front side of the mall facing the main street (be sure to get a map of the area). Once you are in the mall, go to the left - There is an exit just before you get to the last store and it is on your right. You can take the elevator down or use the stairs,
Once you are outside in front of the mall, make a left and head for the street corner. There is a light there. Make a right at the signal and cross the street. Go one block (you will see a restaurant on your left) and make a left at the end of the block. About 75 paces (or the middle of the block) you are in front of the hotel on the right hand side of the street.
Check in for me was easy as I arrived late at night and my room was ready. I had tried to contact the hotel using the e-mail on its website “info@…” but because I had made my reservations through Expedia, they were not able to identify or help me - I was apparently dealing with a “corporate office.” If you need to contact the hotel directly use: email@example.com - I wanted to let them know I was arriving late, but was unable to make contact with them as I could not find a good e-mail address. There is also a better website than the ones I was directed to: www.hotelsunshine.hu - in English as well.
Once I checked in, it was smooth sailing from then on. Breakfast is served each morning at 7:30 am and cost 4 Euros extra. No fixings in the room for coffee, etc. The breakfast is well stocked with plenty of food and drinks though. There may be other eating establishments nearby or at the mall, but this was handy, cheap, and well worth it for me the entire time I stayed here.
The room is well appointed with a large bed - extra coverlet/pillow is stored in the closet if needed, shower/toilet/sink, entryway storage and closet as well as safe and desk. TV is available and there is an extension cord provided to plug in extra gadgets (bring your own adapters, but you can also get some from the hotel by leaving a deposit). The two-prong variety work in this area, but you need to figure out whether your appliances require a 3- or 2-prong adapter. I used two adapters, and they were sufficient for my needs.
A refrigerator is available in the room, but I believe all the power is turned off once you leave the room. Note: When you enter your room, you enter with a key which you must turn a certain way to open the door. Once you are in your room, you have to remember to turn the knob below the handle to insure that the door is locked. When you leave, you must also remember to turn the key and check to make sure the door is locked as well.
When you enter your room, you must put the key card attached to your key in a slot next to the door to turn on the electricity. Since you take it out when you leave, that means that all electricity is turned off in your room while you are away. Hence, the refrigerator may only operate as long as the card is in the slot. Not optimal if you plan to leave perishables in the fridge. Cold drinks may be cool when you come back to your room later in the day.
Wi-fi is available throughout the facility and works very well. I used it in my room and in the dining room and never had any problems.
My room (207) faced the parking lot, and there are several residences situated in and around the area as well. During the day, you may hear traffic noises and people going about their daily business if you open the door and/or window in your room. It is pretty quiet at night though. Occasionally dogs will bark and you will hear voices from parking but nothing that is too disturbing.
One concern I had was that on one night, people gathered on the balcony adjacent to my room and carried on a conversation for about 15 minutes - all of which I was able to hear very clearly in my room next door with my door/window open. A balcony outside your room is nice, but these are the kind of issues you might have to deal with. Fortunately it didn’t last long, but if they had been “partying,” it would have been a problem.
Ashtrays are provided on the balconies, and smoking is permitted on the balconies which can be a problem for people sensitive to smoke if their window or balcony doors are open. Smoking in the rooms (at least mine) are not permitted.
The staff at the hotel change periodically but are generally the same people. They all speak English and are very friendly and helpful with any questions you might have about the area and how to get around.
There is a big Tesco store in the mall nearby where you can purchase inexpensive fruit, snacks and drinks for your stay (be sure to bring a sturdy tote bag with you or buy one of theirs, their plastic bags have a tendency to break). I like to stop in the store when I come back in the evenings and buy a cold drink and maybe some ice cream to cool down. It’s been very warm out here lately.
If you want another kind of shopping experience, instead to going towards the mall when you head out to explore, take a left and go down about two blocks. On the right is locals market that has plenty of pastries, breads, fruit, veges, etc. It’s a good place to go to see how the locals shop and eat.
As many others have mentioned, the hotel is a distance away from the inner city, but the metro is just a short walk away and you can be in town in no time at all. I was in town for 6 days, so I purchased the 7-day pass. I have used it every day, and it has certainly been worth it because not only do you have access to the metro, but you have access to the buses and trams as well. So, do your homework and download some maps of the metro, bus, etc.
Budapest is a great walking city, but you will want to use the public transport system to get to some of the harder to reach places. I absolutely love this city, and this hotel made my stay here very easy, enjoyable and non-problematic.
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