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Old Monarchia Hotel
Ranked #151 of 195 Budapest B&B and Inns
Reviewed 1 December 2012

I'll keep this brief, but I could go on forever about how bad this place was.

* This is not a hotel- it's more like a pension. There is no reception, you just get a key and are sent around the side. No one will clean your room etc.
* The staff are the most unfriendly and unhelpful I have ever experienced. Many of them were clearly drunk during the day.
* Unless you get a ground floor room (7, 8 or 9) you will be in for disaster.
* The only redeeming feature is that you are ideally located.

On our first night we were put in room 15 on the 2nd floor. It is the worst room I have ever seen. The room had not been cleaned before we were shown it. The toilet was full of excrement still and even after flushed the entire room smelt of sewers. The wall had holes in it. The boiler was in the bathroom with loose electric cables. The was a used plaster in the bed. The mattress was covered in blood.

We stupidly stayed in the room but on the second night the toilet flooded and was leaking all over the bathroom. We complained and thankfully a woman who worked at the hotel convinced one of the male staff, who seemed unconcerned, to move us. We then went to room 9 on the ground floor. This room was actually fairly good, despite some faults. But I would not recommend this "hotel" to anyone.

Room Tip: If you decide to brave this place, you should only accept a room on the ground floor. Either 7, 8 or...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

Just back from a week in Budapest in this terrible so-called hotel.
We were given a "room" on the 3rd floor which actually was a standard flat, including kitchen, living room turned into a bedroom, second bedroom, ... The place was clean and huge but...
a) There was no airco which forced us to leave the windows open not to die (+42°C), which in turn made it impossible to sleep before 1:00AM (Vaci Utca is the busiest pedestrian street of Budapest).
b) Since the windows did not have proper curtains, anyone from the opposite buildings could look at us on our bed and...daylight woke us up at 4:00AM.
We complmained the next day and were given a very nice room on the ground floor. This room was just perfect but unless we complained we probably would not have been given it. My advice ask for or the following rooms: 7, 8 or 9 (ours).

As for the restaurant, it is clearly a rip off. While we had our only meal there, the first one, complaints about the invoice came from two tables. Check places like La Coppola instead.

Finally, when my credit card receipt came in, I realised we had also been ripped off on the hotel bill. Price indicated when booking was 273€ but they converted this into Forints (Hungarian currency) at an incredible rate which resulted in a cost of 338€ on my credit card, thus almost a 25% increase.
Nevertheless, considering that this hotel is located in one of the most convenient areas of Budapest, is cheap, and may even be a nice place to stay if you get the proper room, I would recommend:
- a) make sure to get one of rooms 7, 8, or 9
- b) make sure to pay in euros
- c) stay away from the restaurant

If not, run away.

Room Tip: DO NOT get any other room than number 7, 8 or 9.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Dominique B
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Reviewed 3 May 2012

My wife and me wanted to take a look at Budapest. We decided shortly and ran into this location. The main importance for us was that it was in the center and not too expensive. But next time we will read the reviews more carefully.
When we came to the "hotel" (some rooms in a normal house above the same called restaurant, where you also get the key for your room. The guy who gave us the key for the room - after waiting more then half an hour although we came by 4:30pm - was the only one speaking enough english to understand what we wanted there. The room was ok. The shower has no curtain, but the bad thing is that the water needs hours to drain off. So after the first shower we had water everywhere from the bath, the toiliett (in the same room) and in the entrance. The next day we wanted to tell somebody about the problems, but by 11am we couldn't find someone to talk with.
The door handle also was not fixed and after we got back this day from our tour through the city, the room was not cleaned. Luckily we stayed only two nights. Not more, no more!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank August59
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Reviewed 30 September 2011

'Hotel' very centrally placed and the room itself was spacious and clean when we arrived. However there were several lamps missing, the shower could only be used by holding the shower head. the tv didn't work, hot water was not always available, and our room was never visited by a cleaner in the 5 nights we were there. The owner also runs the restaurant below, plus another about 200 yards away. We think he had the 'hotel' just to get more cash. But renting the room was very cheap (late Sept) so we just used it as a base. We never used the restaurant as it didn't look too clean. Look in some of the smaller side streets to find better value.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Old Monarchia Hotel

Address: Vaci utca 79, Budapest 1056, Hungary
Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest > District V / Inner City , Belváros-Lipótváros
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #151 of 195 B&Bs / Inns in Budapest
Price Range: ₹ 1,791 - ₹ 2,336 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Old Monarchia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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