Budapest is a super family friendly city, it's great value, has loads of activities suitable for kids and provides plenty of opportunities to learn as you go. When choosing a hotel to stay in, I definitely recommend somewhere centrally located so you can walk to the major sights or hop on the underground if little legs get tired.
We stayed at the Opera Garden Hotel & Apartments, just a few blocks away from the Opera House and Andrássy Street. This is what we thought.
It's about half an hour in a taxi from Budapest airport which ended up being around £25 – probably the most we paid for anything in Budapest! It took us a while to work out our bearings but when we did we discovered we were just 5 mins walk from the Opera underground station. We used the underground quite a lot during our visit as it was super cold but the hotel is walkable to all of Budapests sights, on our first day we walked up to Buda Castle which took us 45 mins with plenty to see on the way.
The hotel is on a side street so it’s not crazily busy and always felt very safe when we returned in the evening.
We were upgraded to an executive suite on our arrival which had two double beds, plenty big enough for a small family. The beds each only had one pillow so not that comfortable but they would probably have bought us another if requested.
They had a bathroom with just a shower, no tub and a few L’Occitane toiletries. They didn’t provide conditioner but were happy to bring me some when requested. The heated towel rack was gorgeous after freezing days in Budapest – never thought I would appreciate one so much! Strangely enough the mirror over the sink was too high for me to see in, I’m only just over 5 ft but have never experienced that before!
The room had a small kitchen with everything you would need to cook a meal, not that we really used it as eating out is such great value in Budapest but it was good to have for snacks. There was a fully stocked mini bar – not the usual extortionate prices and tea and coffee making facilities although no milk available which was disappointing.
Although the windows are soundproofed the blinds are definitely not black out blinds so be warned, you will be getting up with the sun and may struggle with daytime naps. The walls must also be pretty thin as there was lots of noise early in the morning.
The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant or bar area but they do provide a complimentary breakfast which had pretty much everything you would want. They cooked our choice of eggs fresh, the omlettes were absolutely delicious.
Breakfast is served in a small annex overlooking the front of the hotel, but the breakfast room itself felt very cramped. You access it by walking through an outdoor, internal terrace which made it a little difficult when it snowed!
The hotel also had complimentary tea or mulled wine in the evening at the bottom of the stairs – a lovely touch.
If you want somewhere to sit and enjoy a drink out of your room, there is a roof terrace with some swingy chairs, it was undercover when we visited and didn’t really offer any views, seemed like a bit of a wasted opportunity.
The executive room rate is between £150 and £200 per night but they have lots of packages available on their website. There are probably cheaper places to stay in Budapest if there aren’t any deals available.
Apart from the things mentioned above, we had a power cut during the stay which meant the heating kept going on and off, it took all morning to fix and sensibly they closed the lift but they didn’t actually contact us to tell us what was going on.
The staff were not super friendly, the breakfast staff in particular made us feel pretty unwelcome. The lady when we checked in (late on a Saturday night) was very friendly but none of the receptionists were able to help us with questions about the city beyond the usual.
Although there’s no pool, the hotel does have a small sauna and teeny tiny gym (two machines). We didn’t use either as they had really odd opening hours – a couple of hours in the morning and a couple in the afternoon. Wifi was free and good and strong throughout the whole hotel
Hajós u. 24.
Tel.: +36 1 301 9030
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