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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
December 1, 2003
The rooms are of a high standard and spotlessly clean. While small, the rooms lack nothing and are very comfortable. The bathrooms are lovely and have the all-important heated rail - so useful when hand-washing!
Breakfast is served from 6am and is a buffet - the best hotel brekkie we had on the holiday!! Eggs, sausage, cold meats, bread, cheese, fruit, yoghurts, cereal and great coffee (and tea)!
Staff are friendly and helpful and can give advice on eating out, transport, etc.
The location is fantastic - ideal for the metro system yet within easy walking distance of many major attractions.
From journal Express Budapest
April 7, 2003
They give you an apartment instead of a studio for the same price if you stay a minimum of 2 nights, which we did. The apartment came with finished wood floors in the bedroom and tiled kitchen/bath floors--non-slip, high quality. The apartment has a shared bath and kitchen with another adjacent apartment, which can each accommodate up to eight people. The door to the bathroom wouldn't open completely because of improper clearance of the door bottom. The front entrance to the apartment couldn't be locked, but the individual apartments can be locked. So the bathroom and kitchen cannot be secured from the outside.
Fortunately it was low season during our visit, and the bath and kitchen was all ours. The hotel reception is on the fifth floor after being buzzed in. There's also sometimes a man in the booth right inside the front door entrance off the street. The Hotel Baross name on the brochure didn't match the name plate on the hotel, Hotel Panzio, because it is owned by Panzio. The bathroom didn't have a shower curtain, so water got all over the floor.
An all-you-can-eat breakfast is included for the hotel stay. Breakfast hours are from 7 to 11am, and they serve scrambled eggs with too much salt, deli-sliced meat, sliced cheeses, bread rolls and sliced bread, yogurt, cereals, cocoa, coffee, orange juice, tomatoes, and cucumbers. You may also ask for custom-cooked eggs. The staff is friendly and helpful. This hotel looks newly built, but unfortunately will probably fall to disrepair in several years time just because it's that type of culture/society. The hotel is conveniently located near train station Keleti; Budapest district 7; Metro M2 (red line) station Keleti pu; bus stops lines nos. 7, 7A, 78, 73, 173 at Keleti; trolley bus nos. 73 or 76; and the terminal in Bethlen Gabor street, right next to and above a Pizza Hut restaurant.There is 24-hour Internet access available at the hotel--30 minutes of use for HUF 400; 24-hour Internet access is also available right next the the hotel, as well as a 24-hour McDonald's restaurant. Ask the hotel to recommend a wash-and-fold laundry service that is one metro stop away. There's a supermarket near the laundry service, as well as a pastry shop right next to Kaiser Szupermarket's rear exit that has a very limited selection, but is really good.
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From journal BUD - Buda grows thru Pest
February 9, 2003
The free breakfast usually included eggs, sausages, bread or toast, coffee, cereal, and yogurt. The staff directed us to a fabulous and cheap authentic Hungarian restaurant down the road, where all of the staff eats. We had liters of beer, soup, salad, and Hungarian goulash, which for two people, with the tip, came to about $17. I've thought of that meal many times, it was SO good.
From journal 5 days in Budapest
February 6, 2003
We had a small room with double bed, private bath, cable TV, refrigerator, and tiny freezer. Hot breakfast was free in the dining room. Internet use was also free. The staff and guests were wonderfully friendly. There were also inexpensive rooms where backpackers stayed very reasonably. Make a reservation before arriving - they are busy. I made the reservation through the internet site, Holiday Hungary.
From journal A Flash back to Communism!