Located on a back street parallel to Andrássy út, the Hotel Pest is particularly well placed for the Opera House, the ‘theatre district’ around Nagymező utca, and the lively café-bars of Liszt Ferenc tér. It’ll take under ten minutes to walk to the Chain Bridge.
The 25 bedrooms are spacious, clean and decorated in neutral tones. Most overlook the inner courtyard, which guarantees a peaceful night’s slumber, and they have air conditioning, minibar and internet access. The bathrooms are well laid out, with marble basins and hairdryers. I’ve certainly seen rooms with less to offer in the four- and even five-star categories.
The hotel is impeccably maintained throughout – from its ochre-coloured façade to the rooms themselves. There’s an appealing blend of old and new in its construction: the walls alternate between smooth modern plastering and portions of original 18th-century stonework. The cellar – complete with a medieval well – has been converted into a charming and airy glass-roofed breakfast room.
Eating and drinking
There’s a small bar. The hotel has an arrangement with a nearby restaurant, and can offer half-board packages if requested.
The hotel prides itself on offering a service that’s more personalised than that available in chain hotels.
Who stays there
Leisure and business guests (there are conference/function rooms available).
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
Pros & Cons
- Immaculately presented
- Large rooms
- No fitness facilities