The hotel is located right off Vaci Utca - probably the biggest central tourist street in Budapest - filled with souvenir shops, restaurants, bars, etc - very populated and filled with both Hungarians and tourists. The street the hotel is on is literally a few steps away from it, and extremely calm and quiet, which makes it a great location. Close enough to the action but no noise. It's convenient to the underground subways, the bridges to Buda and many of the attractions in Pest are in walking distance. It's a very safe neighborhood as well. The hotel is stylish in design but the rooms are very small. That's probably the only downside. Otherwise very functional - good internet connectivity, closet space, minibar, nice sized bathroom, air conditioning (sort of), and modern furnishings. Really commensurate with a boutique hotel in any major city. The hotel is very basic though -not a luxury spot - a lobby, a breakfast room and the guest rooms. Nothing else - no bar or restaurant. There's plenty nearby.
Breakfast is included and they provide a very ample selection of offerings - breads, cheeses, cereals, meats, fruits - pretty much anything you'd think of for breakfast. The staff is very nice and helpful even with limited English. I reccommend you utilize them to call for taxis whenever you want one as the taxis definitely overcharge by running a fast meter in Budapest if you take one off the street (I learned the hard way).
Take one of the free walking tours when you're here - yes - they're really free and they're incredible - better than ones you pay for. You just are asked to tip at the end and the amount is up to you. The guides are knowledgeable and really provide you an incredible tour. You can find both companies that do the free tours on trip advisor. The castle district is incredibly beautiful, and the Jewish Quarter (walkable from the hotel) is fillled with history. You should also try one of the baths - very calm, historical and unique to Budapest. The portions of food in the restaurants are pretty large, and the food is heavy but really good - not a place to count calories. It has a similar feel to Prague but the city is much bigger. People speak English but most of them very basic - take a map and use it - it will be much easier. The underground system is extremely simple - I was not going to use it but it was so easy to navigate and takes you everywhere you need to go - just beware it closes down around 11:30p, so it's taxis after that (or night buses if you're brave).
Overall, I'd return to Bohem Art Hotel for the price, location and overall good experience - I'd reccommend it for a few days if you like a boutique style property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The brand new Bohem Art Hotel in the historic downtown of Budapest offers the style of a hip hotel with the feel of a contemporary art gallery. Thanks to its excellent location - just a few steps from Vaci shopping street and the Danube - our guests can experience the unique atmosphere of Budapest. The hotel offers a rich buffet breakfast and free Wi-fi in all the rooms and public areas. Our cozy and stylish rooms all feature different artworks from modern and young Hungarian artists. ... more less
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