Buda Castle Hotel
Uri utca 39, Budapest, Hungary, 1014
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds, History, Sightseeing
Expert review of Buda Castle Hotel
Opened in summer 2008, this is the new kid on the Castle District’s block. I like its style: while contemporary in design, it is never brash, and feels nicely in keeping with the character of the old town and the 15th-century merchant’s house it occupies. Its four-star-plus status is perhaps questionable – it doesn’t have a restaurant or bar – but there are plenty of nearby options for eating and drinking.
On a quiet street in the Castle District, and therefore ideal for those who want to be surrounded by the history of the old town. It’s around 15 minutes from the centre of Pest (by taxi or bus 16 to Deák tér); you can also ride up and down the hill aboard a funicular railway.
I’ve always liked the design of rooms in hotels owned by the Mellow Mood Group – their designers tend to go for soft but rich notes (beiges, coffees, chocolates) that are both contemporary and soothing – I guess ‘mellow’ accurately captures the spirit of the approach. The rooms here are larger than average, have laptop-sized safes, air con and free WiFi; there are three suite categories alongside the standard superior rooms.
It’s easy to walk past the hotel – a pair of flags wave above its arched entrance, but otherwise it melds with the façades of all the other medieval burghers’ houses along this street. The stone-flagged reception area stands in front of large glass doors leading through to a central grassed courtyard; the whitewashed walls give way to the bare brickwork of the original vaulted ceiling – a good example of the well-balanced meeting of old and new.
There’s an airy, open breakfast room just off the lobby area, and overlooking the courtyard. No restaurant.
Respectful but friendly.
Primarily tourists who want to base themselves in the slightly more laid-back surrounds of the Castle District.
More information on Buda Castle Hotel:
- Price from:
- Uri utca 39, Budapest, Hungary, 1014
- High-Speed Internet, Room Service
- Castle District