Continental Hotel Budapest
What We Love
- Restaurant serving tasty French-meets-Hungarian cuisine
- Attention to historic details combined with modern design sensibility
- The charming café in the gallery above the lobby
- The density of rom kerts (ruin pubs) in the immediate vicinity
- Read about where to eat and drink in Budapest
What To Know
- Two-night minimum stay is required for all rooms except the Executive Suite
- Central location means that plenty of bars and restaurants are steps away, but street noise is sometimes audible
- The rooftop pool is closed during winter months?
- The neighbourhood is still a work in progress, so if you need a spit and polished location, this might not be the one for you?
- Rooms are located in two buildings; the “spa” building has extra-high ceilings?
- Valet parking £16 per night
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Continental Hotel Budapest, you’ll be centrally located in Budapest, steps from Team Escape and MindQuest. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Blaha Lujza Square and E-Exit Escape Games.
Make yourself at home in one of the 272 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Don’t miss out on the many recreational opportunities, including a health club, an outdoor pool, and an indoor pool. Additional features at this Art Deco hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the area shuttle (surcharge).
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel’s 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and express check-in. This hotel has 5 meeting rooms available for events.
How to Get There
I visited Budapest in November with my partner and stayed at the Continental for 4 nights. We arrived on 5th November and had a nice welcome from the reception staff, check-in was quick and the staff spoke very good English (just like most people who met). When we entered our room is was very hot! We noticed that the AirCon controls showed a temp of 22 degrees and wouldn’t go down. Upon calling reception we were told that the AirCon is turned off throughout the hotel on 31st October and isn’t turned back on until the summer!! Really annoying as this wasn’t mentioned when booking. The window also only slightly opened so there was no air and reception refused our request for a fan. It made sleeping very difficult and uncomfortable!!
Apart from this the hotel was nice, clean and very well located. It’s close to the ruin bars and the main streets. Without traffic it’s only 20-25 mins from the airport.
We booked a standard double room for three nights based on the position and positive review. The anticipation grew 5 days before our arrival when we received an offer, from the hotel, for an upgrade to a superior room for an additional €10 per night.
First rule? Check the website!!
On arrival check-in was very friendly but the Superior room was actually VERY small, so much so that my side of the bed being furthest from the bathroom, meant that I had to sidle between bed and desk in order to get through. On checking the website it appears that we paid an extra €10 for an additional 1 square metre plus bathrobe and slippers. One bathrobe was torn. We accepted the size of the room as we were only going to be there to sleep but unfortunately there was little of that as the pillows (we think they were foam filled) were so uncomfortable that both my wife and I spent more time awake than asleep.
Reception staff were great and immediately offered to change the pillows for ones filled with feathers. When I mentioned the disappointment and lack of value in the upgrade, there was no hesitation in offering us a complimentary upgrade to the next size of room.
The hotel itself is conveniently positioned if, like us, you enjoy walking around. There are many places to see in the vicinity and the centre is approximately 20 minutes away. It is eclectic in design as it incorporates, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and some modern design features but they all blend together well. The bar is comfortable and a pleasant place to be for a coffee and cake or something stronger, depending on your mood.
We didn't sample "The Hotel's exceptional ARAZ Restaurant" for anything other than breakfast as we like to sample different culinary experiences for light lunches and full on evening meals when in foreign cities. However, if we ever return we will also go elsewhere for breakfast. It was simply awful. The hot drinks come from machines or very large heated containers and they are quite simply not nice. I went for the full English on day one and I don't know how to best describe it. The fried eggs were so shiny that they looked like those that you'd get in a childs' toy kitchen ... plastic. That opinion didn't change when cutting into it. Although the shine made it look as if the yoke would be runny, it was actually solid. That was the worst but the rest wasn't great. The fruit was tasteless and the toast took forever to make so I ended up with a croissant which was not bad at all. To make the experience even worse, the acoustics were such that we could not hear each other across a small table as the noise of chatter and the scrapping of chairs on the bare floor made it impossible. The closest comparison is a railway cafeteria during rush hour.
The hotel is nice, if you read the website carefully when selecting room options, the staff are friendly and efficient but the restaurant, that we experienced, should be avoided at all costs. Would we return? To Budapest, yes but to the Hotel Continental, I'm afraid not.
Stayed here beginning of November for 2 nights, good hotel in a good location, foyer of the hotel is lovely, rooms a little bit small but well equipped and fine for a few days, bed comfy......
loved the Jewish quarter, Szimpler Kert ( the ruin bars ) was a great place to go in the evening, short walk from the hotel, had a wonderful meal in Klauzel Café Restaurant, again short walk from hotel , food was stunning! then went to the La Bodequita Del Medio Havana Club ( again near Hotel ) which was a fantastic night, live Cuban band playing all night and salsa dancing.
Sunday night did a candlelit dinner cruise along the river which was good, food was good and had a nice evening, all in all a great trip with a good hotel.