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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

A hotel on Margaret Island that’s serious about spa treatments.

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Expert overall rating:3.6 (out of 5)

One of Budapest's best hostels in an unbeatably central location.

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There’s been a boom in hotels since the fall of Communism 20 years ago - and, indeed, since the country joined the EU in 2005. The latest arrivals have been boutique and ‘fashion’ hotels, but in truth the city now has the full spread - from luxury Art Nouveau palaces through ubiquitous conference chain hotels to characterful pensions - and so there should be something to suit your taste and pocket. The star rating will usually give you a good idea of what to expect, although there are occasional discrepancies (such as the lack of a swimming pool in a top-rated hotel in a historic building). As you’d expect, the most desirable spots are in the very centre (particularly along the river) in Districts V and I; however, Budapest is a compact city with a decent transport system, and so it’s possible to expand your search a little beyond the tourist heartland.

Things to consider before booking

  • If you’re visiting during high season or while festivals are being hosted, it’s well worth booking ahead.
  • Hotels are a good deal pricier during summer months. High season falls between about May and September, although some hotels lower prices in July and August when the heat is at its most stifling and locals head for cooler spots.
  • Prices also increase during special events - the Hungarian Grand Prix in August, for example, sees rates rise dramatically.
  • Most of the bigger hotels offer regular short-break deals and discounts for longer stays. Many participate in the ‘Budapest Winter Invitation’, an annual discount deal between October and March where you book three nights and get a fourth free.
  • Note that a 3% Tourist Tax and 20% VAT is payable on rooms; check whether these have been included in the quoted price.
  • A buffet breakfast (of cold meats, peppers, tomato, bread and cereal) is usually included in the room rate, but this will sometimes cost extra (particularly in some of the higher-end hotels).
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Every year I visit, stay in and review Budapest hotels for my various guidebooks. When making my 30 selections for Simonseeks, I’ve assumed that most people will be considering Budapest for a short break and will therefore want to be based close to the centre. I’ve included a range of accommodation types - from elegant and expensive hotels like the Four Seasons Gresham Palace to the best of the city’s hostels.

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.

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