Not exactly romantic but a good value
Posted Apr 29, 2012
This hotel was a great value for our one-night stay: the staff were friendly, the room was clean, and the breakfast was fantastic.
The only downside for us was that it's a bit out of the way: from the main train station (which itself is not really central) you have to ride the subway one stop and then a (usually crowded) tram for 2 stops. That's not too far, but considering that the transit ticket machines in Budapest are frequently broken, which in turn means that you have to stand in a long line to buy tickets, the journey can be pain in the butt. Walking instead of taking the tram is possible, but the walk is along a pretty smoggy, crowded road. The neighborhood is not awesome, e.g. we passed a guy sniffing glue from a bag on our way to the station -- but urban poverty is just a part of Budapest as the pretty buildings, and we didn't expect squeaky-clean environs. We felt safe there, in any case.
We found one nice restaurant nearby -- the Ypsilon Cafe -- other than that, you probably have to ride downtown to go out to eat. There is also a grocery store nearby.