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Where to Stay in Budapest
The Hungarian capital of Budapest is actually two cities in one. Split by the gorgeous Danube River, the west side is known as Buda while the east side is known as Pest. Buda retains a lot of its old-world charm. Home to one of the most significant sites in all of Hungary, Castle Hill, it's a great location for those who want to explore the city's medieval past. Buda also has a range of lodging options, including high-end international chains as well as small boutique hotels. Pest offers visitors easy access to some of the area's best restaurants and nightlife options. High-rise luxury hotels can be found in central Pest, while a large assortment of backpacker hostels and inns are spread throughout the region. For those looking for lodging near Pest's vibrant nightlife scene, search for hotels in either Liszt Ferenc ter or Raday utca. Both neighborhoods are known for their wide selection of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Budapest Hotel Tips
Summertime is festival season for Budapest. Hotels can fill up fast, and flight prices can skyrocket during the peak months of July and August. Still, the weather is extremely pleasant, making it a perfect time to stroll around the city's amazing architectural sites or walk along the majestic Danube riverfront. If you plan on traveling during this time, search for hotel rooms in advance. May and June are also comfortably warm, though both months can experience quite a bit of rain. Still, you can find cheap flights to Budapest and discounted hotel rates during this shoulder season, making it one of the best time to visit for budget travelers. The wintertime can be fairly bleak, and certain local attractions close down for this off-season. Still, travel deals are abundant, and the holiday season offers tourists unique shopping opportunities and cultural events.
Budapest Hotel Recommendations
If you're looking for a stay near Buda's top historic attraction, consider booking reservations at the Burg Hotel. Located on Castle Hill's famous Trinity Square, the hotel offers its guests convenient access to the 700-year-old Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion, a large terrace that provides amazing views of the Danube River. Rooms are quaint and comfortable. Each is equipped with its own private bath and modern amenities, such as satellite television and air conditioning. The multilingual hotel staff can assist with booking sightseeing tours, restaurant reservations and theater reservations.
Or stay in the posh central Pest area at one of the most luxurious hotels in the city, the Four Seasons' Gresham Palace. This ultra-modern, super chic facility is constructed in an Art Nouveau style. The hotel offers stunning panoramic views of the Danube River and the hills of Buda. Rooms are spacious, and some feature vaulted ceilings and private balconies. Bathrooms are outfitted in green marble and include both deep soaking tubs and shower stalls. The hotel also boasts a full-service spa as well as a restaurant that specializes in new interpretations on traditional Hungarian dishes.
Budapest offers travelers a variety of discount hotel options. One option that is popular among younger travelers is the Carpe Noctem Hostel. Centrally located in Pest, the hostel offers dormitory-style quarters and accepts parties of four or fewer. The owners are from England and Australia, so communication is not a problem. Amenities include free coffee and tea throughout the duration of your stay, orthopedic mattresses and air conditioning. The facility also boasts laundry onsite, a fully stocked kitchen and a collection of guidebooks.
There are many public transportation options in Budapest. The city's bus system transports passengers throughout the inner city and into the suburbs. In addition, 34 bus routes operate throughout the night. There are also 13 trolleybus lines, some of which travel near tourist hotspots such as City Park and Andrassy Avenue. Twenty-five tram lines operate throughout Budapest. In particular, Buda line 19 and Pest line 2 are known for their great Danube River views. Budapest also sports a three-line network of subways. The underground trains provide transportation to and from the city's center, making stops at popular tourist destinations including Heroes' Square. Taxis are also available.