February 19, 2016

Review: Hilton Budapest

Trip to Budapest and Berlin in February

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to Budapest and stayed there for three nights. I stayed at both Hilton properties and then on my way back to Stockholm, I spent one night in Berlin. I flew with Lufthansa via Munich in economy class so I did not include any flight reviews but I was able to visit a few lounges along the way. From Berlin, I flew on SAS in economy class but with my Star Alliance gold card, I was able to visit the Lufthansa Senator Lounge in Berlin.


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View of Fisherman's Bastion, Danube River and Parliament Building from my room

Date of stay: February 13-14, 2016
Address: Hess A. ter 1-3, Budapest, H1014
Nightly Rate: 119 Euro King Hilton Guest Room (upgraded to an Executive Room)

Hotel Exterior


Hilton Budapest main entrance

Hilton Budapest

View of the Matthias Church and Hilton Budapest from the Fisherman's Bastion

Reception

Hilton Budapest reception area

Hilton Budapest lobby

Hilton Budapest

Carnival decorations made of sugar and chocolate created by the hotel's confectioner Szemő

Executive Room

Hilton Budapest Executive Room 319

Flat screen TV

Work table with wired and wireless internet

Coffee and tea making facilities

Bathroom

Toiletries by Peter Thomas Roth

Bathtub

Walk-in shower and toilet

Safe, slippers, flat iron and ironing board

Mini bar

View of the Fisherman's Bastion, the Danube River and the Parliament Building from my room

View of the Parliament Building from my room

Diamond welcome amenity consisting of a bottle of red wine (Icon), cheese, dessert and fruit

Executive Lounge

The Executive Lounge is located on the 3rd floor and is open everyday from 6am to 10pm.

Executive Desk where exclusive check-in and check-out is offered.

Executive Lounge seating

View of the Danube River and the Parliament Building from the lounge

Hilton Budapest Executive Lounge

Business Corner

Dining area

Dining area

All Day Snacks & Refreshments

Snacks and refreshments section

Fruits, nuts, cookies, mousse, etc.

Evening Service (6-8:30pm)

Evening service buffet area

Alcoholic beverages included whiskey, vodka, gin and Unicum (Hungarian herbal liqueur) among others

Selection of white, rosé and red wines

Appetizers included roast duck, salmon, and different type of salads among others

Cheese and salad

Soup of the day

Grilled vegetables

Spring Rolls

ICON Restaurant (6:45-10:30am, weekdays; 6:45-11am, weekends)

For my breakfast, I had a choice of having an extended continental breakfast in the Executive Lounge or an American buffet breakfast at the ICON Restaurant and I chose the latter.

ICON Restaurant breakfast buffet

ICON Restaurant breakfast buffet

ICON Restaurant breakfast buffet

There was also made to order eggs, pancakes, waffles, porridge and French toast

Business Center

Hilton Budapest Business Center

Fitness Center

Fitness Center reception desk

Fitness Center with view of the Parliament Building

CONCLUSION

After staying at the Hilton Budapest City on my first night in Budapest, it was time to stay at another Hilton property, this time at the Hilton Budapest located in the Castle district. This hotel is actually situated in a UNESCO Heritage site making it a unique hotel. I arrived at the hotel around 1pm and inquired if I could leave my things first and then come back but I was told that they could check the room for me and if it was ready, then they could check me in. The lady receptionist (I forgot her name) confirmed that the room was indeed ready and accompanied me to the Executive Lounge. Once in the lounge, I was told by Timea, a very friendly receptionist that they had upgraded me to an Executive Room with views of the Danube River. I wasn't expecting much but when I got into my room, I just couldn't believe my eyes as I had the most stunning room view I have seen in my life. I had breathtaking view of the Fisherman's Bastion, the Danube River and the Parliament Building! In the past, I enjoyed the view of the Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome during my stay at the Hilton Fukuoka; the view of the Gulf of Finland while staying at the Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa and most recently the view of the Old Town from the Hilton Stockholm Slussen but the view from this room was simply unbeatable! Needless to say, this is the best hotel to stay at if you want to explore the top attractions in the Buda side. My room was spacious enough and I also loved the Diamond welcome amenity I got although I did not open the bottle of red wine as I thought it would just be a waste if I opened it and consume very little of it as I personally do not drink alcohol. The food offering at the Executive Lounge during the evening service was more than I expected, matched with the excellent service of Mr. Tibor (a very popular guy at Flyertalk). It was my first time to meet him and after a few chats with him, I understood why everybody at Flyertalk loves him. The breakfast buffet at the ICON restaurant was extensive and the staff were very friendly as well. The fitness center with view of the Parliament Building was also a big plus. I really enjoyed my time exploring the city of Budapest for the first time but staying at the Hilton Budapest made it even more memorable. To all the staff of Hilton Budapest, "Köszönöm!"


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