Hotel Nemzeti Budapest Mgallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Close to the old Jewish quarter and the palace district and within walking distance of many top sights
- Plenty of original features; the fabulous stained glass ceiling is a highlight
- Rotating exhibitions of contemporary Hungarian art in the lobby
What To Know
- The building is built around a central courtyard. Most rooms face the courtyard; the front rooms face the busy street
- Free use of the sauna is available at the hotel and a public gym and running path are accessible nearby.
- It's located on one of the city's busiest boulevards; expect some noise
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Built in 1896 during Budapest’s architectural golden age, and restored in 2012, Hotel Nemzeti flaunts an impressive array of original features, including intricate stained glass ceilings, arched corridors and fancy stucco details. Its centerpiece is a grand Carrara marble staircase with wrought iron railings under a vaulted ceiling. A modern revamp introduced an ever-changing display of local contemporary art in the lobby, and the guestrooms feature bathroom doors designed by various artists.
Bed and Bath
While the public areas are all about preserving the building’s classic features, the guestrooms take a more modern approach. They come in two basic styles: a sultry mauve and indigo color scheme with flower print feature walls, and a soothing cream-taupe-lilac palette. The sparkling bathrooms come with wooden countertops, modern walk-in showers, Keiji products and designs etched onto glass doors by a number of local artists.
The lobby bar serves light snacks and sweet treats, as well as a selection of local wines and spirits. The hotel is particularly proud of its interpretation of the Rigó Jancsi, a chocolate confection named for a gypsy violinist who ran away with a Belgian princess. It was here in 1896 that the romance began and the cake, which is still popular throughout Hungary, was invented. A copious breakfast buffet is served in the dining room under an impressive stained glass roof. After a day exploring Budapest, relax in the small mosaic-tiled sauna.
In the Area
Bustling Blaha Lujza Square and the körút (“ring road”) are just outside the hotel. On the other side are two of Budapest’s hippest neighborhoods: the seventh district’s old Jewish quarter and the eighth district’s palace district. The neighboring streets are lined with cool cafés, tiny art galleries, local design shops and quirky ruin bars, derelict industrial spaces that have been converted into hip drinking dens. Nearby restaurants worth seeking out are Bock Bisztró, for its contemporary Hungarian dishes, and Fülemüle, for its Jewish-Hungarian specialties. The Rákóczi tér food market is well worth a browse, and the Hungarian National Museum, a short walk away, is a must-see.
How to Get There
OvernIght stay for business in this hotel.
Honestly : i was not impressed.
My regular SWOT observations below :
- S/strenghts : i can be short : Pricing is reasonable and rooms rear side are calm and the building self is classy.
-W/weaknesses : Do you have a minute ? Let's go : Upon arrival one thing hits you in the face : this place is not clean..Windows are dirty ( both inside and outside the hotel and in the elevators ) -Service bar/restaurant : Very friendly guy yet running like a rabbit since alone to do both bar and restaurant service... Rooms : modern and clean but... Bed comfort ( mattress ) not Accor standard ( soft) - No blackout curtains or blinds. @ 6 a.m. you're awake - breakfast : no butter available ( it took staff 30' to get some ??) Area of the hotel : mediocre..
O : Stop cheating on your customers - you guys are not 4* - not Sofitel and you're pretty close to be a disgrace for Accor Group. Some Ibis hotels are more comfortable and classy...
T : if the above persists - i'm affraid that this place will end up like the area where it is situated... ( hectic,dirty,ancient glory )
Lovely hotel just far enough away from the busy central areas but near enough to walk to .
Staff are friendly ,hotel is very clean and decor etc stylish .
Complimentary bathroom facilities were appreciated.
We stopped off at the bar before retiring and chatted on and off with the barman (Peter ?) who was very friendly and also very professional.
One aspect to point out is the bar area is way too hot and uncomfortable at times,other than that we would stay there again
Excellent hotel in the middle of Budapest. You can walk to almost everything. The rooms are perfect and the same is the service. Very kind staff - and very helpfull with everything. I will definately stay there again.
The hotel is very nicely designed, is excellent located and has very friendly and helpful staff. Unfortunately, even as a LeClub Gold Card Member, we did not receive an upgrade. We received a very quiet Courtyard room. The room was fashionable designed, but very small and narrow, even so is the bathroom. Luckily, the ceiling is quite high, otherwise we would have felt like in a Cage. The carpet, at least in our room needs an urgent shampooing, because it was quite dirty (pls. check with a wet towel). Breakfast was very good with a wide selection of choices and the Staff very friendly and helpful. As the Location is very good with excellent Access to public Transport, the hotel is still recommendable for short stays.
Nice hotel near to all interesting places in Budapest. Perfect service in hotel. Nice staff in the hotel. Also near to shopping mall and different kinds of restaurants. I really enjoyed my stay there and looking forward to visit again.