Budapest: Bargain hotel with incredible views from the rooftop pool

Budapest is cheap, especially where accommodation is concerned. When we started looking for a suitable hostel, we quickly realised that we could afford a fairly decent hotel for only slightly more than the price of a hostel elsewhere. Result.

I really recommend the hotel we stayed in, which features a balcony that I could happily stand on, staring off into the distance, all day. Plus, Budapest has some very cool hostels, perfect for those who want to explore the ruin bars all night.

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With a massive rating of 9.9 out of 10 on Hostel World, A2 Design Hostel is a great place to stay in the city. The design is really something to shout about as it’s much easier on the eye than your average hostel. Plus, they even have Grand Budapest Hotel themed cushions. They’re definitely onto a winner with me. The hostel is in a central location, and guests even get a welcome drink on arrival. Beds from £15 per person per night. 

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We stayed in the four-star Hotel Belvedere, and for the price we paid it was a really great option. The rooms were good and the receptionists were helpful, including when we needed a 3am taxi to the airport. The best part of this hotel by far, though, is the rooftop pool and balcony. With views right over Buda and across the river to Pest, I could have sat and watched the world go by all day. I could even see Parliament, which is one of my favourite buildings in the world (as you will definitely know if you read my Budapest city guide)!

The view from the pool. Photo by my travel buddy Jess Atkinson

The view from the pool. Photo by my travel buddy Jess Atkinson

It was so lovely to be able to stay in a hotel after hostels of varying quality. The only downside is that it is quite a distance from the main attractions of the city. It’s a half-hour walk, or a few stops on the very affordable subway network, so it isn’t much bother. Taxis are fairly inexpensive after a night out in the bars as well, so there’s always a way to get back for a well-earned sleep.

And if that’s not enough, breakfast is included. I’m sold. Standard rooms for two, including breakfast, are from £50.

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Not only is this hotel right in the heart of Budapest, but it’s also a landmark in itself. The Four Seasons is on one of my favourite streets in Pest, closer to the river than the beautiful Basilica. With an infinity pool, spa, gym, restaurants and in-room dining, you won’t need to leave too often. Plus, only hotel guests are eligible to enjoy an incredibly exclusive meal for two on the stage of the Budapest Opera House, subject to performance schedule.

I'm in love with this building. Image credit: CN Traveller

I’m in love with this building. Image credit: CN Traveller

Danube River-View rooms boast superb views of the Danube, the Chain Bridge, the Buda Hills, the Royal Castle and the Fisherman’s Bastion. Some of these rooms also feature a step-out balcony. At £421 per night when you book over a month in advance, I’ll have to keep dreaming for a while. 

 

Have you been to Budapest? Where did you stay?

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5 Comments

  1. Lucy
    February 17, 2016 / 10:03 am

    Budapest has been almost top of my list for a few years now and If I don’t go to Euro Disney this year I’ll be off to Hungary. This hotel seems great, I don’t know what more anyone could ask for!

    ox Lucy // theonewithlucy.blogspot.com

    • February 17, 2016 / 12:36 pm

      It’s a fantastic country, and I definitely recommend a visit (but also very jealous of your potential Disneyland trip)!

  2. Life of Gibbers ✈️
    February 23, 2016 / 11:59 am

    I love Budapest! I traveled with a group of friends and stayed in the Casa De La Musica Hostel, didn’t realise how cheap the hotels were though! Thanks for this 🙂

  3. The Sunday Mode
    February 23, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    The Four Seasons looks incredible! I’d love to stay there one day. I’d actually love to visit Budapest myself one day, it’s just so far away!

    http://www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

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