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Reviewed 5 October 2007

After 18 months of travel in Europe and Russia, I have seen the best and worst of hotels, pensions and hostels. But in a short time I stayed there, Alex Pension ranks at the top of the list in pleasant surprises. A converted luxury home, this pension has the feel of staying at your rich aunt's house - very roomy, very clean and modern, and with a family hospitality.

I arrived late by train to Keleti and neglected to check my email where Alex had written to say he would pick me up from the train station. That mistake cost me a lot of money because while Alex was riding around looking for me with a sign with my name, I was trying to talk the Keleti train station taxi drivers down from a 140 Euro asking price to get to the pension. I finally agreed to pay 50 Euro thinking I had no other choice. Big mistake.

The pension was a bit hard to find and the taxi driver had to stop 4 times to ask directions (oh why didn't I check my email?). But when we pulled up, Alex's wife was outside to greet me by name worried that they had not found me. The house, I must say, was gorgeous from the outside and even more amazing on the inside. She ushered me into my first floor room which was a very good size and very nicely decorated - no dusty relics or moldy wood furniture - all very modern and clean but like home not like a hotel.

Even though it was very late she offered to cook me a nice Hungarian dinner while I changed and Alex arrived to explain his hour-long efforts to find me including asking all the taxi drivers if they had seen me. The food was fantastic and I settled into my comfortable room with wireless Internet. They both woke at 4:30 to get coffee and breakfast ready for me and and Aussie couple take me to the airport for my 7:30 flight. This is a BIG advantage to the location of this pension, no fighting the Budapest traffic which can be a nightmare. It's a quick 10 minute drive to the airport and no worries of traffic delays.

I didn't get to stay in Budapest long this trip but next time I am definitely booking my stay at Alex's.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 March 2016
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  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 May 2009
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  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled on business
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