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
We came to Budapest a couple of days before a Viking cruise. The hotel (we emailed them in advance) arranged for a taxi driver to pick us up at the airport. (He met us after we left the baggage claim area, holding a sign with our name on it)
The front desk staff (especially a young woman, whose name I didn’t get) was very friendly, and helpful...we were quite jet-lagged, and she was very nice.
There is a restaurant literally steps away from the hotel (Alma & Korte) at which she made a reservation for us, and we were very happy with the food/drink/evening.
Our room overlooked the street, and was big enough for our needs. Our rooms were very clean. The window opened, and it was great to have some fresh air the next morning. There is a church right there, and the church bells rang around 9:30 Sunday morning, which wasn’t a problem for us. The bathroom was nice sized, and the toiletries were of good quality.
The breakfast that is provided was tasty and offered a good number of choices...enough to easily please the four of us.
We bought hop on/off bus tickets at the desk (which we didn’t have to arrange in advance). We were able to easily walk to the Hungarian National Museum, the Danube, St Gellert thermal baths, and the Public Market from the hotel. All of those places are within about a 20 minute walk.
The only cab that we took (and the front desk called for it) was to leave to go to our boat...and we only called a cab because we had a fair amount of luggage, which we just didn’t feel like schlepping for the 20 minute walk.
Budapest is a lovely city. If we ever return, this Hotel would be our choice for a second visit!!
We were ending a 15 day river cruise and spending a couple of extra days in Budapest. This hotel was the perfect way to end our trip. Very well situated on a quiet street with several restaurants very close. The staff was extremely helpful. The hotel was nicely decorated. It used to be palace and had a somewhat elegant feeling but a reasonable price. Brrakfast was wonderful.
very kind staff, excellent breakfast, good location, clean room... I was very comfotable resting during stay Hotel Palazzo Zichy. I was very satisfied. If I go Budapest again I would stay Hotel Palazzo Zichy.