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Review of Kalvin Apartments

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Kalvin Apartments
Ranked #175 of 651 Speciality Lodging in Budapest
Brisbane, Australia
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121 reviews
75 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Excellent Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2008

Had no problems finding this place. The owner is quiet, but really nice. He even did a load of washing for us! The location is excellent, near the metro, around the corner from shops, bars and restaurants and easy walking distance from the markets and the danube. The apartment itself was great, really clean, well renovated and had everything we needed. We got the room with AC and the place was very comfortable. The price for what you get is excellent. The frontage isnt the nicest, but it gives a good feel for what its like to be a local. Did see an elderly neighbour walking around in his jocks one day, but it was a great laugh for us! If you want a hotel with all the convenience of room service etc this isnt for you. If you are after an excellent, great value, really original place to stay, then this is the one for you!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Gringravitas
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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bangalore
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98 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2008

What a wonderful experience Kalvin Apartments was. The lead up to the place initially makes you wonder whether you have chosen right but once you get there and experience the place and the amazing hospitality and service provided, you needn't worry anymore. We had withdrawl symptoms after leaving Kalvin altho we just stayed there 4 nights. The apartment is beautifully maintained and very conveniently located. The staff are wonderful. We ran into a small problem - no fault of the apartments but the local municipal corporation was doing some repair work on the main gas line so hot water service was impacted for a couple of days. Altho we were informed of this by the staff in advance and were not overly worried about it, we came back one evening to find a note of apology and a lovely bottle of Hungarian dessert wine waiting for us from the staff. Would defintely stay here again and recommend it for anyone looking to have a hassle free stay in Budapest.

  • Liked — The service, hospitality and location
  • Disliked — The approach
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank travelolust
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new york city
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2008

We loved staying here and consider it an exception value.
The huge high ceilinged studio is spotlessly clean, well laid out, charming and comfortable. The location is great, across the street from the Metro, and a few minutes walk to the Danube, the Great Market Hall and many historic museums and sites. Yes, the frontage and elevators are not renovated but the apartment is wonderful and the neighborhood is very safe, adjacent to the historic center.
Special treat: there is a Delightful small bakery, just next door.

SO glad we didn't let the photos of the Szex Bolt give us the wrong impression. Its not even open in the evening.

Stayed May 2008
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2 Thank Darinka55
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Canberra
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30 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2008

Kalvin Tier Apartments were truly excellent! Very large and spacious, modern, clean and well maintained. 10 nights here made it very difficult for me to return home. In Budapest I would not stay anywhere else. The arrival can be a little daunting as the building is a little run down and the lift area dark however once inside the apartment you will be very pleased

  • Liked — The Large size and the overall value for money
  • Disliked — no complaints
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank AllanCanberra
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Sydney
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2008

As a 50+ woman travelling on my own for the first time I was a little concerned about the whole experience...when the taxi dropped me at Kalvin and I entered through the street door my anxiety levels rose!

Once I entered the apartment section however I was in another world. The service from the caretaker was fabulous, the apartment fully equipped, immaculate and absolutely secure. Just around the corner is a whole street of restaurants to choose from for dinner. In the same street there is also a supermarket to stock up on supplies for breakfast etc

I cannot recommend Kalvin highly enough. If ever I was fortunate enought to pass through Budapest again it would certainly be my choice of accomodation.

Enjoy the experience...life is too short to be put off by surrounds!

  • Liked — Ammenities, location, cleanliness, staff helpfulness
  • Disliked — The entrance to the building
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank HelenM08
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Lima
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2006

As described before, the entrance to the building is not so appealing. However, once you made it through the elevator you get into a really neat, all furnished appartment with everythng u need. It is just like being at home. I did my grocery shopping and every morning I had my own homestyle breakfast and then I was not back until late at night. The Metro Station is coveniently close and if walking is prefered, Vaci Utca (the main commercial street) is a few blocks away. Overall, a great experience. Gabor and Molnar, the flat managers are very helpful and handy with whatever needs you would have. Enjoy your trip.

Stayed November 2006
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3 Thank delcas123
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Newcastle, California
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34 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2006

When we arrived at the graffiti-stricken, locked, heavy wooden doors with no sign out front, we thought our decision to book a hotel on the internet was a mistake. But once we went through the battered doors, past the dark entry way, and up the even darker stairs (or elevator, if you are brave), we were led into this pretty little hallway that leads to a lovely, fully stocked apartment. Everything was clean and very new. Had more towels, soap, and other amenities than we were used to. Nice little kitchen and dining area, great bathroom, comfy beds, and tasteful decor. We were amazed at how nice it was. We paid cash ($60 euros a night). It was fun to watch the locals hanging out in the attached courtyard and on balconies. Seems like you are really living there - not just visiting. Had a very authentic feel. And you can always find your way back because the sex shop next door, aka the "Sex Bolt", has big neon signs all over town. When we got lost, we just asked for directions to the Sex Bolt and people would know what we were talking about. The uniqueness of Kalvin Apartments made for a great memory of our time in Budapest.

  • Stayed September 2004
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
7 Thank girlovestogo
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kalvin_apts_owner, owner at Kalvin Apartments, responded to this review, 8 May 2008
Yes, it can be a good point of navigation around Kalvin Square only because more shops of this type can be found in the city so if you try and find your way back to us it can happen that you will land at another 'sex bolt'. Just a short lesson in Hungarian: 'bolt' is shop; and sex shops in Hungary sell magazines and dvd's but do not house any suspicious activity and they close around 10 p.m. just like a normal shop. (In our building you can find the following shops: antiques, beauty saloon, bakery-confectionery, concert and theatre ticket office, real eastate office and the small 'sex bolt'.)
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Property: Kalvin Apartments
Address: Uelloi ut 11-13. | at Kalvin Square, Budapest 1091, Hungary
Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #175 of 651 Speciality Lodging in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Kalvin Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Self-catering 1-room studio apartments with kitchenette and free wifi internet connection in Budapest centre for short and mid-term rental. Main tourist sights and business locations of Budapest are within reach. The neighboring area (Raday Street in Ferencvaros) is famous for its cafes, shops and restaurants. Air-conditioned apartments are available on request. ... more   less 
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