The capital of Hungary, Budapest, is deservedly considered one of the most beautiful capitals of Eastern and Central Europe. This city is surprisingly rich in museums, outstanding architectural monuments, festivals. There are first-class shops and fine restaurants. It is as crowded as its western brethren, and offers no less exciting holidays.
Budapest is two interconnected cities: Buda on one bank of the Danube and Pest on the other. Abundant in thermal springs, it is not in vain considered one of the largest spa centers in Europe. Budapest is best visited in the summer. At this time of the year he is especially beautiful. Numerous restaurants in the city open for visitors their cozy patios, people gather in the squares to chat and relax. Even a simple walk along the Danube embankment can bring extraordinary pleasure. In addition, summer is not at all the peak of the tourist season, so many hotels offer discounts at this time. (The exception this year will be the period between the 2nd and 6th of August, when the Hungarian stage of the Formula 1 Grand Prix will be held in Budapest.)
Once the last bastion of old-fashioned hotels, with walls and upholstered velvet, today Budapest can compete in the modernity of its hotels with cities such as Paris and Berlin. Hotel Boutique Zara Budapest is located in the heart of the pedestrian area with many shops literally a few steps from the Danube. The hotel has 74 rooms equipped with LCD televisions, high-speed Internet access and – which is especially nice – invites guests to choose pillows convenient for them. The price for a double room in July is $ 168 per night, including breakfast. During the next stage of the Formula 1 Grand Prix (August 2-6), the price per night will be $ 272.
The four-star Atrium Hotel is the new jewel in the Budapest collection. Opened in the very center of the city only in May 2007, this 57-room hotel offers guests bright, elegant interiors, tastefully selected furniture and a bright courtyard. The price for a night in a double room will be at least $ 163, with longer stays discounts are provided. Price for a single room – from 136 dollars per night.
Official room rates at the Artotel Budapest Hotel start at $ 269 per night. However, using the special offer from the company to which it belongs (Park Plaza Hotels), the room can be rented even for $ 118. The walls of the hotel are decorated with more than 600 paintings by the famous American artist Donald Sultan, who developed a peculiar design of the hotel – a mixture of Baroque with modern trends in architecture. Artotel is one of a group of five hotels located in Germany and Hungary. It is located in the center of Budapest, on the very bank of the Danube.
Hotel Danubius Gellert Of course, adherence to tradition is not at all a flaw. The four-star Danubius Gellert Hotel is one of Budapest’s top attractions. It is located at the foot of Gellert Hill, not far from the Danube, directly opposite the Freedom Bridge. Here are the famous thermal springs. Hotel guests can enjoy warm baths, saunas, and much more. There is even a special terrace for women only, where you can sunbathe without attracting anyone’s attention. The hotel and baths were opened in 1918, a popular wave pool was added a bit later. The price for three nights at the hotel on super offer will be $ 322 per person, including all taxes, breakfast and bath services.
The Astoria Hotel, owned by the same owner as Danubius Gellert, is another old-style hotel. Its somewhat old-fashioned atmosphere recalls the bygone twentieth century. The interior is made in the Empire style, the walls are decorated with a decent collection of paintings. The price for three nights will be from $ 538 for two, including two breakfasts and two lunches in the hotel restaurant and travel expenses from the airport.
While in Budapest, visit the Kiral baths (19th tram, or buses 60 and 86), located in a 16th-century house, and the equally ancient Rudash baths (buses 5, 7, 8 and 86, trams 18 and 19). They can compete with the modern Szechenyi baths (trolleybus 77 or metro) – one of the largest baths in Europe.