Excellent value base giving easy access to all of Budapest. We combined a Jet2 seat sale from Leeds with a discount on Hotels.com and Resort Hoppa to produce the perfect low cost 4 day City Break.
On arrival we were offered a smelly room on the 5th floor which we declined. The helpful receptionist then gave us the keys to a 3rd floor apartment which was spacious and had a fully equipped kitchen, tv in the bedroom and living room and a large fridge freezer! Breakfast was a bit hit and miss - usual continental fare with cheese/meats/cereal and pastries + scrambled egg and budget hot dogs.
The hotel is directly opposite Keleti Palyaudvar station, which is a fantastic structure built in 1881. More importantly, you can buy a Travel Ticket at the Metro station here which gives you 72 hours access to all of the public transport - we mainly used the M2 Metro which covered most of the places we wanted to go in Budapest. Trains are about every 4 minutes and you can travel anywhere in just a few minutes - just flash the pass at the train inspectors as you go down the underground. Bargain at about £20. Used trams to connect to a few places in Buda but usually found the buses to be heaving so we avoided.
Hotel area is a bit seedy - the whole of the railway frontage is undergoing renovation. There are some nice bars and restaurants nearby though - about 3 doors down from the hotel there is a sports bar which sells perfect Dreher chilled beer (it's famous) for less than a pound a pint. A bit further on we found the Hussar restaurant which produced brilliant Hungarian food at bargain prices - the head waiter speaks perfect English and recommends whatever is on special offer, but they have a have a large a la carte menu. One of the more famous restaurants (Carmel - Hungarian Jewish) was nothing like as good ie overpriced. It was supposed to be non Kosher but we were told we couldn't have smoked goose because the Rabbi wouldn't bless it and the goulash soup was thin and watery.
One restaurant I would heartily recommend is the Alfoldi Etterem which was superb. The goulash soup was delicious - a meal in itself and you get these fresh scone like things to go with it as well as superb bread. We had trouble polishing off the main course after the starter and couldn't manage one of the superb sweets on offer. It was very cheap as well! If it's full when you get there you can find a number of reasonably priced restaurants nearby.
One thing I will mention is the Budapest Miasma - we first smelled it in the declined room at the hotel and then at several points while touring the city. Somebody needs to look at the drains!
The hotel is very popular with youth groups so could be a bit noisy at night.
A shopping must is the central market (near the river) which has a selection of delicious sausages and cheeses and lots of little cafes upstairs serving Hungarian specialties. We will have to go back as lots of things we didn't have time to see. We actually came back with lots of spending money which is unusual.
Met 2 women at the airport on the way back who had stayed at the same hotel and walked everywhere. It took about 45 minutes to walk into the centre so you would have to be very fit and get up early!
- Also Known As:
- Baross Hotel Budapest
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Baross City Hotel is located next to the international railway station Keleti pályaudvar and offers comfortable rooms for tourists visiting Budapest. ... more less
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