Cinnaminson, New Jersey
March 13, 2005
We found the first and only Etap in Hungary with help from the signs along M1 road that we took from Austria. The hotel was at exit 14 (14km away from Budapest), right across the highway from a large TetraPak plant.
The rooms are the same price whether there is one, two, or three people – 33€/night. We were given a very small room typical of Etaps with a double bed and a bunk bed right above it with a rather narrow ladder attached. There is also a corner sink with a mirror, a corner half-desk with a TV above it, and a door to the toilet/shower, which is really a toilet/shower since, when you take a shower, water is everywhere in the bathroom. It’s really about halfway between a Portapotty and a toilet in an airplane, and it makes you feel about as comfortable.
Parking is in front and back, and you can park right underneath your windows. There are no room keys – the guy at the reception desk, who speaks decent English, gives you a code to enter once you prepay for the room. They take credit cards. If you want breakfast, there is a large area with tables in the lobby near the entrance that costs 3.50€/person. There are three floors and no elevators, and all the doors are painted bright red.
From journal Travels in Hungary - Budapest, Part I