Hotel Palazzo Zichy
What We Love
- Free use of the sauna and gym
- The proximity to the Danube and all of Pest’s fun diversions
- Guestrooms are stylishly decked out
What To Know
- WiFi is free
- The hotel only has a café and lobby bar, not a restaurant
- There’s a surcharge for parking
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Set in Jozsefvaros, one of Budapest’s most desirable neighborhoods, and close to both historic sites and lively nightlife, the 80-room Hotel Palazzo Zichy was once the abode of famous Hungarian nobleman, Count Nándor Zichy. The mostly black and white rooms are stylishly decked out. There’s no on-site restaurant, but you’re within walking distance of great eats, and inclusions like free mineral water and coffee, access to the gym and traditional wooden sauna provide solace at the end of a day spent exploring the city.
In the Area
Take advantage of the hotel’s proximity to the storied Danube by boarding a river cruise: cradle a glass of wine on a one-hour evening journey aboard the Danube Legend, which floats past some of the city’s most acclaimed sites, including Buda Castle, the over-the-top ornate Parliament and the famous Chain Bridge, which looks particularly magical at night strung with lights. Cityrama, meanwhile, hosts guided tours of Castle Hill (including a funicular ride to the top) followed by a Danube one-hour cruise. Or, experience the water without going anywhere on one of the city’s famous moored bars, like Spoon Café, a three-storey boat that offers cultural programs and upscale dining.
How to Get There
The hotel was perfect, the location allowed us explore the city on foot. Facilities were excellent, rooms quiet and very comfortable. The shower was nice and big. All the staff were friendly and very helpful, offering good local recommendations. We stayed for 3 night and really enjoyed it.
We stayed here for 3 nights as we were on a city break. The hotel is very modern, tastefully decorated and clean. There is a lovely reception and bar area to the right which really captures the mood on an evening. The restaurant for breakfast was well managed and the service and food was good.
We had a superior room. The rooms were a bit larger than normal, clean and modern. There is a flat screen tv, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar and safe (located in the wardrobe area). Also tucked away are robes, a hair dryer and toiletries. Nothing else you could need! Good comfy beds and great black out curtains, so no light floods in in the morning.
Only slight negatives were that the room had a few minor scuffs and scrapes, and got very warm on a night (even with the aircon on - it doesn’t blow cold or very far). Also no English TV channels (bar news). However, there is a Blu ray player which is connected to the internet for Netflix etc. Nice touch.
The hotel staff are polite and friendly, reception efficient and made our stay that bit smoother. The surrounding area is good, with a few bars and restaurants within walking distance. The tourist part of town is about a 25 minute walk away - it is a little further away (a few different routes). Expect to do plenty of walking! Good Hungarian restaurant across the road as well.
We used the 100E bus from the airport which is cheap and direct. It stops at a main metro area which is only about a 5 to 10 minute walk from the hotel.
I’d give the hotel 4.5 out of 5 if I could. Enjoy Budapest!
The architecture of this 19th C. palace (small, city palace) is beautiful. Our room was spacious, and overlooked the small, quiet square with the statue of Count Zichy Nandor and the Jesuit church. The amenities are lovely, we wound down a busy day with glasses of Palinka in the bar area adjoining the lobby. The breakfast buffet is very bountiful. Its location is quiet, but just a few blocks from the National Museum, Kalvin ter., etc.