What We Love
- Top location on the Danube, overlooking the Chain Bridge and the castle
- The Corso restaurant serves a lavish Sunday brunch
- The spa features an indoor heated pool, a sauna, a steam room and a 24-hour gym
What To Know
- Babysitting services are available, and there's a kids corner at the Corso restaurant
- WiFi is $28 per day or free for IHG Rewards Club members
- Though located in a historic district, the hotel is in a large concrete building
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Within striking distance of Budapest’s iconic Chain Bridge, the InterContinental Budapest is a classic five-star property on the banks of the Danube. The neutral guestrooms feature deep red accents and Art Deco–inspired furnishings, and all come with a work desk, tea- and coffeemaking facilities and a bathroom with a tub. Book a river-facing room for views across the Danube to the castle. The Corso restaurant serves Hungarian specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and dishes up a lavish champagne brunch on Sundays. Head out to the terrace in the summer months to sip wine from some of Hungary’s finest vineyards. There are plenty of top spas in the city, but to unwind without leaving the premises, hit the wellness area for a dip in the heated indoor pool, or to relax in the sauna or steam room. The gym is open 24 hours.
In the Area
The hotel is within walking distance of two of Budapest’s hippest neighborhoods: the Seventh District’s old Jewish quarter and the Eighth District’s palace zone. 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. 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
Stayed for two nights prior to going on river cruise. The room we were allocated on the 7th floor seemed to be as far away as possible from the lifts. My partner has mobility problems and the young man helping with our luggage recognised this and contacted reception, we were then transferred to a disabled room on 4th floor. The service we received was second to none. So a huge thank you from both of us.
By the way the cakes they serve in the coffee shop are delicious - naughty but nice.
We spent 3 nights here and have no complaints. Paid a bit extra for a river facing room which is a great sight. Everything went very smoothly. I was surprised to get free wifi since the big hotels, not content with high prices, seem to go for paid wifi which is, of course, out of order. Talking of high prices, breakfast is 33 euros which is almost what I paid for my first car. It was a blue Ford Anglia van that cost £40 and it started less and lees reliably until I gave up on it. The hotel is unlovely, which is most obvious when you look at it from Buda. In fact a bit monstrous when compared with the most impressive classical buildings in the city. Maybe the planning people had a bad day. We took the hotel car back to the airport which, at 32 euros, was a good decision.
The location is spectacular and in any case hardly beatable, if you want to sleep with the view on Buda castle and the Chains bridge. The hotel is right on the river front.
But the venue is weak in main hospitality services you expect to find in a 5 stars: at check-in when I asked that my room be as far as possible from the lift, the receptionist insisted that I accept the pre assigned room which "was very close to the lifts" nonetheless (I m Ambassador Platinum member with the chain program) I accepted it because of his insistence, but it was directly across the lifts, and my profile is states "quiet room only" which are never close to lifts and passages.
I had to go down to the reception to get it changed, so after 20 mns I finally had what I asked upon arrival. Not a 5 stars service to me.
My room was facing the castle hill, and the view is by far the best you can get in any hotel in Budapest. That is really the biggest perk if you stay here. Truly spectacular day and night
Room size was around 30sqm, with a huge window across the entire wall, and a seating area under the window with a small couch directly next to it. What an experience to wake up in the morning serve yrself a coffee from the in-room Nespresso machine and see the sun rising on Buda castle!
To bad that the coffee machine capsules are not of Nespresso brand (the machine is Nespresso) but of a much lower quality ersatz (A very unfortunate way of saving money in a 5 stars hotel).
Internet is free of charge and works well.
Luckily I stayed only 1 night, and certainly would have not stayed longer after finding that the room carpet was not cleaned for days and was littered of small debris, so was the couch and the bathtub too !
This was the same situation on the main floor. See the pictures.
Breakfast is served on ground floor. Service is fast and professional, much better than at reception.
However quality of the food is low and Danish and French pastries are tasteless and seem industrial. Coffee was just ok.
I have paid a hefty 207 euros for a night with bkfast and got it discounted by 20% after showing the cleanliness issue at reception. Definitely not an Intercontinental hotel at the standard you expect it to be and by far not worth that price. For lowet budget you can find much better hotels in the city without compromising on quality and services.
A summary : cleanliness 2/5, Service 3/5, breakfast quality 3/5.
Our tour group booked this hotel and when we walked in our room in the evening, the view from our window was across the river at the buildings lit up. Words cannot describe how gorgeous it is. Conveniently located on the river and only a few blocks from the Christmas markets we wanted to see. The service was exceptional in the hotel. Would definitely stay here again and recommend it.
This is a top class hotel with the best position in Budapest. It is worth paying the extra for the stunning views of the Danube.
The staff could not be more helpful or obliging and I have not had a better breakfast anywhere.