After crossing the pond in Norwegian economy, an eight hour layover at London Gatwick and a quick connecting flight on easyJet, Elizabeth and I finally arrived at the Hilton Budapest City around 9:00 PM local time. We planned to spend three full days exploring Budapest so I booked a four night stay using 160,000 Hilton Honors points.
The Hilton Budapest City was located just North of the city center on the Pest side of the Danube River. The hotel was also connected to the WestEnd shopping center, which had a large variety of stores, a food court and even it’s own subway station!
The Hilton had a small, cozy lobby with the check-in desk on the left and the hotel’s restaurant, the Zita Cafe & Terrace, on the right.
Oddly enough, there was another Viking River Cruise group staying at our hotel, just like the JW Marriott when we visited Beijing. If you get a chance, there is nothing better than chatting with old, retired Americans about their travels abroad.
Elizabeth and I were greeted by a friendly associate who did a fantastic job of checking us in. He thanked me for my Hilton Honors loyalty, explained the elite benefits, executive lounge hours, hotel facilities and even upgraded us to a King Executive room on the fourth floor.
The bathroom was located immediately to the right as you entered the room. It was rather spacious for a European hotel, and had a nice-sized vanity with a separate shower and bathtub. The bathroom came outfitted with Verbena & Lavender amenities which I thought were pretty high-quality.
The main part of our room consisted of a king size bed, lounge chair, desk/dresser combo and a television.
On the right side of the desk was a tea kettle and the mini bar.
There was also a small welcome amenity waiting for us when we entered the room. They gave us a large bottle of water, two individual bottles of red wine, and a couple of cake bite things (I’m not entirely sure what they were, but they tasted great).
The room as a whole was spacious, comfortable and well-equipped with basic amenities.
The Hilton Budapest City’s Executive Lounge was just down the hall from our room on the fourth floor. The lounge had a small reception area, a couple of couches, computers and a handful of dining tables.
The best feature of the Executive Lounge was it’s huge outdoor rooftop terrace. The weather was pretty chilly when we were there, but in the summer it would be great to enjoy a cocktail or two while the sun set. The Lounge was open from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM, seven days a week. Breakfast was served each morning from 7:00 - 10:00 AM, afternoon tea from 3:00 - 6:00 PM, and hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
Each morning the breakfast selection included cold cuts, fruit, pastries, three hot options, cereal, and a selection of coffee and tea.
The evening hors d’oeuvres service also had three hot options to choose from and a small salad bar.
There was a selection of cocktails, beer, wine and champagne available to drink.
The hotel’s fitness center was also located on the fourth floor. It was spacious and had modern cardio equipment, a smith machine, dumbbells and a couple of ancillary weight machines.
The Hilton Budapest City is a great hotel located within a couple miles of all of Budapest’s major sights. They’ve got a great staff, elite recognition and an awesome Executive Lounge. Considering this hotel typically runs pretty cheap, it could be the best bang for your buck in Budapest.
Have you stayed at the Hilton Budapest City? How’d your experience compare to mine?