Kalmar Panzio

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Address: Kelenhegyi ut 7-9, Budapest, 1118, Hungary

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.1

A Budapest guest house brimming with character and easy on the pocket.

I’m a big fan of this unique guesthouse; if there’s better-value accommodation to be found in Budapest then I don’t know where it is. The place has heaps of colour, both in its look and its history. This turreted mansion was once the home of 20th-century Prime Minister Pál Teleki, and there’s yesteryear grace in the décor.

Location
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
3.5
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
5
90%
Bedrooms
4.4
90%
Public areas
4
90%

Location

Up a quiet street on the hill behind the Gellért Baths. It’s a slight climb, but otherwise the location is excellent. Bus 7 and trams 47 and 49 run to the centre of Pest in a few minutes.

Bedrooms

There are 10 rooms, each kitted out with antique furniture and with rugs on polished wooden floors. All are different in size and layout but always spacious, and have large windows and high ceilings; those at the front have the best views. This certainly isn’t a guesthouse for those who like modern styling – it’s very much of an earlier era – but the facilities are good (including air conditioning, WiFi access and facilities for making tea and coffee). Studios have kitchenettes and there’s a massive apartment. Rooms are arranged over three floors, but note that there’s no lift.

Public areas

The mansion is surrounded by a garden which guests can use.

Eating and drinking

You’ll get the chance to chat to other guests each morning, gathered around the single dining table where breakfast is served.

Service

All fine, although the staff on duty during my stay did not speak English.

Who stays there

Leisure guests, and some business people.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Sporty types
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Great value
  • Old-fashioned elegance
  • It's a bit of a steep walk up to the hotel
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