A city of almost 2 million, Budapest, Hungary is a great European cultural and financial center that offers a fantastic selection of hotels. When choosing where to stay in Budapest, note that the forint-to-dollar exchange rate works in the dollar’s favor, and many hotels come at an exceptional value. For this reason, our ‘where to stay’ options do not include a section for budget hotels. However, you will find some hotels that cost less than $50 a night in the 3-star hotel section. The hotels are organized by star rating, with the 5-star hotels listed first. In compiling our list of ‘where to stay’ recommendations, we have given priority to centrally located hotels offering free WiFi.
5-Star Hotels in Budapest
One of the best hotels in Budapest, this 5-star hotel is a short walk from the Chain Bridge and features elegant, modern décor. Rooms overlook Fashion Street or have views of Pest’s fin-de-siecle architecture. Rooms come with free WiFi, 24-hour room service, individually controlled climate settings, complimentary shoe-shine service, and a pillow menu.
Restaurant Giardino offers Hungarian and Mediterranean cuisine year round, and the Fashion Lounge is open during warm months. The Kempinski SPA offers a complete fitness room and an Asian-accented spa facility. Providing the luxury and service Kempinski hotels are known for, the hotel also furnishes one of the most elaborate breakfast buffets around.
Believe it or not, you can actually stay inside the Buda Castle in the famous Castle District! The New York Times listed this hotel among the top 100 hotels in Europe, describing each suite as a “living museum.” Each of the hotel’s four styles of suite has a living room, bedroom, bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen; and the prices may surprise you. A free high-speed internet connection is provided in all rooms. Serving Hungarian and international cuisine, the on-site St. George Restaurant and Café features Colonial and Oriental-Hindi décor. The hotel furnishes several tours, including a helicopter tour and a wine tour, and in-room massages.
Opened in 1896, this hotel exudes a classical ambiance with its marble floors and sweeping staircases. The hotel’s Royal Spa is even older, and it has been faithfully restored to its original grandeur. Teréz körút, a main street, is just outside the door, and it’s about a half-hour walk to the Danube.
The 414 rooms and 24 apartments each come with complimentary WiFi, a seating area, and a Queen-size bed or larger (twin beds are also available). Amenities include a fitness center, 15-yard-long pool, two restaurants, two bars, and a café.
4-Star Hotels in Budapest
Near the Opera House and Andrássy Street, this apartment hotel is located on a pedestrian street in a neighborhood filled with shopping and dining options. Coming at a good value, each of the 35 rooms and apartments comes with a separate bedroom and kitchen, free WiFi, Art Cool design air-conditioning system, sound-proof windows, and a complimentary shoe shine. Amenities include a sauna with Jacuzzi, fitness machines, a rooftop terrace, and bike rentals. For the most quiet night’s sleep, ask to be put in a room away from the elevator.
Located in the Palace quarter and a five-minute walk from the Hungarian National Museum, this hotel is housed in a 19thcentury palace, and the rooms, halls, and reception combine detailed ornamentation with modern décor. The room price includes unlimited in-room WiFi, use of the sauna and fitness center, a breakfast buffet, and unlimited coffee and mineral water in the lounge. Rooms, some of which are on the small side, have air conditioning and soundproof windows. The staff is especially accommodating.
This hotel stands out for its value, location, and friendly staff. Offering 175 modern rooms with wood flooring and individualized air conditioning, it is a short walk from the Chain Bridge. This hotel is located in the Belvaros – Lipotvaros district of Budapest, and within walking distance to Vaci Utca, Kalvin ter and Hungarian National Museum.
The Eurostars Budapest Center offers spacious rooms geared towards the requirements of families and kids.Note that complimentary WiFi is offered in the rooms but it can be quite slow. Amenities include a small but modern gym, sauna, , an interior patio, and a breakfast buffet.
If you really dislike the colors pink and purple, this is not your boutique hotel. Opened in 2010, it is located 200 yards from the Danube on the Váci utca pedestrian street.
The 36 rooms, which are reasonably priced, come with air conditioning, safes, minibars, and hairdryers. The price also includes breakfast and in-room WiFi.Amenities and services include 24-hour room service, a selection of tours and programs, and the Cosmo Resturant, which serves Italian cuisine. The fact that the hotel does not have a gym or a spa may make discerning guests question the 4-star rating.
3-Star Hotels in Budapest
Opened in 2009, this hotel has 12 rooms, some of which overlook Karoly Boulevard, and the English-speaking staff is professional and hospitable. Each of the well maintained guest rooms features free WiFi, air conditioning, and a private bathroom. A continental breakfast is offered for an additional charge at a nearby café, and the Chain Bridge is roughly 20 minutes from the hotel by foot. Note that the entrance is off putting but that the hotel, which is located on the building’s third floor, is otherwise warm and inviting.
Opened in 2011, this hotel may be a little way out of town (it takes roughly 40 minutes to walk to the Chain Bridge), but it offers attractive and functional rooms for an excellent price. Further, the inviting staff often provides insider recommendations in the area. Budapest’s metro runs regularly, and there are several stops near the hotel.
Each of the 45 rooms comes with free WiFi, individualized air conditioning, and a full-length mirror. Complimentary champagne is served with the continental breakfast. The reception and the hotel bar offer 24-hour service. Other amenities include an on-site restaurant that serves lunch and dinner, Finnish and infra saunas, and a multifunctional gym machine.
This hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Chain Bridge and close to most major sights, however, the immediate neighborhood does not offer many restaurants, bars, or shopping options. The rooms are smartly decorated and come with free WiFi and air conditioning. The staff is very friendly.
Amenities include a sauna, fitness facility, and cocktail lounge. A continental breakfast is provided for an additional charge.
About a 25-minute walk from the Castle District, the Easyhotel provides functional rooms near the main street, Teréz körút. Ideal for the budget traveler, each of the frugal rooms comes with central air conditioning, a pay-to-view television, and a private shower. WiFi is offered, but it costs almost half as much as the room; better to visit the Starbucks down the road.
The hotel is a 5 to 10-minute walk from the West Railway Station.
Written by Mattie Bamman for EuropeUpClose.com