Continental Hotel Zara

Dohany utca 42-44, Budapest, Hungary, 1074

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Continental Hotel Zara

By Adrian Phillips, your Budapest expert

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#13 of 30
expert-rated hotels in Budapest
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Location:
4.2
4.2
Bedrooms:
4.3
4.3
Eating/drinking:
4
4.0
Public areas:
4.1
4.1
Leisure facilities:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Singles, History, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Continental Hotel Zara

Stylish new hotel centrally located in the Jewish District.

The Continental Hotel is the second in the Zara chain to hit Budapest – newer and bigger than its sister (the Boutique Hotel Zara on Só utca), and with a restaurant and swimming pool. It’s sleek and well designed, with a style that blends Art Nouveau and Art Deco influences.

Location: 

Located on the slightly tatty Dohány utca in the Jewish District, the hotel is just inside the Great Boulevard and near the Great Synagogue. It’s central enough, but if you don’t want to walk to the river then you can take the metro two stops from Blaha Lujza tér.

Bedrooms: 

There are 272 rooms, each with polished parquet floors and elegant chocolate colours – indeed, the main wall features padded brown squares that look like a bar of Bournville. The facilities are good, including free WiFi, hairdryer and laptop-sized safe. Some overlook the courtyard and others the street.

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Public areas: 

The lobby is lovely, with its doorway of beaten copper, its shiny marble flooring and its arched ceiling of coloured glass. A glass wall at the rear overlooks a pleasant courtyard, with basket chairs to relax in during the summer.

Eating and drinking: 

The ARAZ restaurant has a terrace, and serves traditional Hungarian dishes alongside modern international choices. It has an adjoining cocktail bar. Elsewhere there is a similarly swish café area on a ballustraded first-floor gallery above the lobby.

Leisure facilities: 

The hotel’s fitness centre is very good, with a range of cardio machines. The wellness centre has massage rooms, a Jacuzzi and a pool beneath skylights in the ceiling. There’s also an atmospheric outdoor swimming pool on the roof.

Service: 

Good.

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Who stays there: 

Business and leisure guests.

Pros: 
Well styled
Good facilities
Cons: 
Dohany utca isn't the prettiest of streets

More information on Continental Hotel Zara:

Price from:
£33
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Dohany utca 42-44, Budapest, Hungary, 1074
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool

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