Danubius Hotel Astoria

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Address: Kossuth Lajos utca 19, , Budapest, 1053, Hungary

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.3

An elegant Budapest hotel dripping with history and tradition.

I have a soft spot for the Astoria. The rooms aren’t the biggest or the best, but the whole place is infused with a yesteryear elegance that’s more intimate and more comfortably worn – more genuinely aristocratic, somehow – than at some of the larger historical hotels. I was surprised there are 138 rooms – it feels smaller.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.3
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

Nestled at the point where Kossuth Lajos utca meets the Small Boulevard, the Astoria is very well placed. You’re close to the Great Synagogue, and you can walk to the river in a few minutes.

Bedrooms

There are three main room categories. The superior and deluxe rooms have recently undergone redecoration, and are rather jolly with their red-patterned carpets and white-painted furniture. The standard Danubius rooms are slightly more drab.

Furnishings are classical rather than modern, as you’d expect. The windows are sound-proofed, so you shouldn’t have problems with street noise, and rooms vary somewhat in size – the deluxe are the largest – but they are all clean and comfortable, and have hairdryers, air conditioning and internet access points.

Public areas

The hotel first opened in the early 1900s, and there remains fin de siècle grace throughout: from the polished floors and dark wood of the smallish reception area to the marble columns of the café-restaurant. It's wonderfully atmospheric, if you like that sort of period character.

Eating and drinking

The refurbished Mirror Café & Restaurant is the hub of the whole hotel, and a popular spot for coffee or lunch. There are classic hanging chandeliers, marble-topped tables and gold-framed mirrors. The food is good, and features a fusion of Hungarian and international flavours. You can also just have a drink here.

Service

Generally good, although I’ve found that it can be difficult at times to attract the attention of the staff in the café-restaurant.

Who stays there

Tourists and business guests.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Atmospheric café-restaurant
  • Elegant
  • Central
  • No fitness facilities
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