We stayed at the Astoria for 8 nights, 5 with a Nadfas group and 3 on our own, so we have gained an overall impression of the hotel. We would certainly recommend the hotel to those who like a period hotel in a very central location. Our room was on the first floor and overlooked the very busy Kossuth Lajos utca, but the effective double glazing shut out nearly all the noise. The room was spacious and had a good up-dated bathroom with the bonus of a bidet in addition to bath with shower. We did not find the air-conditioning noisy, only a very quiet hiss with the fan on slow speed and temperature at 20c. The only fault we found was that the carpet in the room was not vacuumed regularly: we noticed that two tiny pieces of paper which we had accidentally dropped were still there several days later. Maybe the hotel only vacuums a room when there is a changeover of guests, but we consider that the maid should have looked at the carpet. However, the bathroom was spotless.
We ate a three course dinner in the Mirror Room with two friends who live in Budapest and we considered the meal very good and the staff friendly. Also, when we needed a very light snack before an early start to the opera, the kitchen was able to produce some nice smoked salmon open sandwiches with a tiny salad which was exactly what we needed. At breakfast there was a very wide choice of food, though some of the hot food was strange to the English palate, especially at breakfast time, but typically Hungarian. Other visitors have commented on the unfriendliness of the staff at Reception. In practice we found them helpful and efficient, but there was hardly ever a smile. We think this is a hangover from communist times when life was tough and serious and people had little to smile about! Wi-fi is free in the lobby and this was very useful. There are plenty of sofas and armchairs in the lobby and on a small mezzanine floor overlooking it. The hotel has two entrances onto adjoining streets, both very close to the Astoria metro station which is on the red line. Travel on all public transport is free for those aged over 70. All in all we had a very pleasant stay here. Alan & Jenny
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fancy staying in a hotel with classic styling and a rich history right at the heart of Budapest? The legendary Hotel Astoria Budapest opened in 1914 as one of the city’s most elegant hotels, and – over a century later – it stays true to that original character. Guests have always been attracted by its sublime fin-de-siècle architecture and comfortable rooms. And its location: a 10-minute walk from prime attractions like the Hungarian National Museum, the Great Synagogue (the largest in Europe), the Danube promenade and the famous Váci Street. Furthermore, if you want to venture further, the metro station and tram line are just a few steps away. Looking for an event venue? The 4-star hotel – with its unique atmosphere – is the perfect choice for professional meetings, social gatherings and weddings. ... more less
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