An August 2002 trip
to Budapest by SailorGrrl
Quote: Budapest has immense cultural riches and is undergoing a Renaissance, but the changeover can still be seen everywhere, as graffiti-covered architectural treasures are refurbished into riverside casinos.
Hotel | "Art'otel"
The bathrooms are extremely modern and aesthetic as well, which is almost unsettling as there is some nice art above the commode. There is an excellent complimentary breakfast each morning with fresh baked goods and a wide variety of hot and cold foods, but do get there early to be sure of snagging croissants and a good place to sit. There is a fine dining establishment and art gallery at the "back" of the hotel, and the bar area near the registration desk serves light fare and desserts in between meals. No gift/necessities shop on the premises, although there is a drug store and a small sundries shop just south of the hotel out the back entrance, within a block or two. Bring someone who speaks Hungarian for that trip, however. The staff are so friendly that a staff member may volunteer to acompany you if you are, say, looking for infant formula. We were staying on a discounted rate, the quoted room rate is probably higher, but discounts also abound for this hotel.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2003
Art Otel Budapest
BEM RAKPART 16 19
Restaurant | "Nancsi Neni"
Portions are large, and the food is Hungarian traditional - little salads of salted cucumbers, great things done with meat and onions or chickens and paprika, cherry soup if it's the right time, plus very decent and often reasonable wines.
Note: You will need to position yourself strategically to avoid cigarette smoke if it bothers you. This is Hungary, and a LOT of people smoke, especially around meal time, and in outdoor restaurants especially this is not considered rude or unusual.
Nancsi Neni Vendéglöje
Ordogarok ut, 80
Budapest, Hungary 1028
+36 1 397 2742
Attraction | "Parliament Building"
The white neo-Gothic turrets and arches of the Hungarian Houses of Parliament (Országház) were designed by Imre Steindl and were to be built for the millennium celebrations of 1896. However, the building was finished in 1902. So with this tradition, please do not expect anything in Hungary to run on a very precise schedule - however, the Parliament is a huge and beautiful building.
The building has 691 rooms, a few huge halls, and over twelve and a half miles of corridors. The central dome is 96 meters high, and you will see it on the tour (and the crown jewels, and the statues of former rulers of Hungary in a circle about the dome hall), along with the former "upper house" and various waiting rooms, magnificent stairways, and smaller working hallways. The whole tour lasts 20 - 30 minutes and should be part of your tour of the general area of Pest in which Parliament is situated.<
Hungarian Parliament Building
Kossuth Lajos Ter, 1-3 District V
Budapest, Hungary 1055
+36 1 441 4904
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