Szent Istvan Park, Lower Quay, Budapest, Hungary, 1137
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Couples, Singles, Great views / scenery, Nightlife, No fuss, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of Fortuna Boathotel
You can’t get closer to the Danube than sitting on top of it. This is the place to choose if you’re looking for something a bit different. Used by the trade unions for river cruises during the communist period, the boat was fully overhauled in 2000 and now offers comfortable accommodation. Some rooms have great views, and it’s centrally located.
Anchored at the southern end of Margaret Island. It’s a shortish walk down to the Parliament building.
The Fortuna has 42 rooms in the three-star range; all are air conditioned, with TV, telephone, desk, minibar and en suite bathroom (with shower). Even the standard rooms are perfectly comfortable in size, but if you want to maximise the elbow room then choose one of the four superior rooms or three suites. These also guarantee the choicest views over the river rather than the shoreline. In addition, there are 14 ‘hostel’ rooms in the hull with little portholes and sinks (but shared showers and loos).
It’s smart enough, and clean, with lots of wood panelling and green carpeting.
The Lord Nelson Restaurant serves Hungarian and international cuisine. It has round tables, a wood-panelled ceiling and maroon carpeting – which perhaps makes it sound slightly plusher than it actually is; large windows make the best of the river views. You can also sit on the upper deck if the weather’s right.
The service is generally fine.
Tourists after something different and students taking advantage of the cheap ‘hostel’ cabins.
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- Szent Istvan Park, Lower Quay, Budapest, Hungary, 1137
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