on April 1, 2002
Normally, my budget does not let me stretch to a 5 star hotel. However, I was fortunate to take advantage of a special opening offer advertised on the Hilton website, which gave a 50% price reduction on the room rate along with two additional perks, a free Budapest card and a complimentary dinner. Things got even better when we arrived as we were offered a free upgrade to executive rooms.
The hotel opened in early 2001 and is integrated into the West End Centre shopping mall. Indeed the hotel has its own entrance into the mall.
The guestrooms are extremely comfortable and tastefully furnished, with all the facilities you'd expect from a Hilton Hotel.
The buffet breakfast included in the price was very substantial with a good selection of items, both hot and cold.
The restaurant is also of a high standard. Normally, we seek out local restaurants in preference to eating in the hotel. However, the complimentary dinner coupon allowed us to sample the fare on offer. The menu offers Hungarian and international dishes. I plumped for Hungarian whilst the rest of the family opted for international choice. Everyone was more than satisfied, but I think I got the better deal. My starter of Piritott Libamaj (Foie Gras) with toasted brioche was truly delicious and my main course of traditional Csirke Paprikas (Chicken Paprika) is the best I've eaten outside of home cooking. My desert of Tokaj mousse, while very nice, lacked a strong Tokaj flavour (perhaps the chef only held the bottle over the mousse :-)). We drank Chilean Chardonnay with the meal, a good choice.
Service was very good and efficient throughout our stay. I'd certainly return again if I could afford it.
N.B. The address of the Hotel is not the fashionable shopping street in downtown. That is Vaci Utca and not Vaci Ut as here.
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