Continental Hotel Budapest
The resort is situated near the Great Synagogue at Budapest’s Jewish quarter, and conveniently positioned for the primary tourist attractions. The only drawback is that Dohány utca is a relatively gray and tatty road.
Style & personality
Past the classical façade faithfully restored to its 19th-century roots, the resort has a sensuous quality for its styling. Maybe my impressions are colored by the fact that there have been bathrooms here, however I do feel there is something ‘spa-like’ concerning the airy lobby, with its turquoise roof panels and courtyard water characteristic behind a glass wall in the back, though a palette of gold and chocolate at the guestrooms and restaurant oozes decadence.
Service & amenities
The facilities are amazingly great for a property. Perhaps pick of this group is a rooftop swimming pool complete with poolside sun loungers and magnificent views into Buda Castle Palace and other city landmarks. There is also a tiny indoor infinity pool on the floor, along with a whirlpool, saunas and a fitness area, although the second floor includes a massage region. You’ll locate a business corner at the pub bar that overlooks the reception, where it is possible to use the printer and computer absolutely free of charge. I discovered the staff to be unfailingly professional and helpful (especially in the restaurant; see below).
The 272 comfy rooms are spread over six floors in a number of seven classes, each decorated at exactly the identical luxuriant design with dark-wood furniture, thick black doorway and tones of brown, gold and silver. Standard rooms are medium in size, many with shower-baths (even though a few only showers), although the six Junior Suites are bigger, and have separate tub and shower, and a balcony. All rooms have mini-bar, safe and complimentary tea- and – coffee-making facilities.
Food & beverage
The resort’s Araz restaurant is worthy of particular mention because throughout my trip it served up among the best meals I have had in Budapest. Such as the guestrooms, the dining area includes a decadent livery, with gold disks dangling from the lights and also a principal column coated in a mosaic of black and gold — really, the menu is published on gold-coloured card (making it hard to read, really, but that is a minor complaint).
The kitchen prepares a collection of very excellent French and French dishes; I will highly recommend the trio of goose liver, the wild boar stew with bread dumpling, and some of those richly indulgent desserts (one of them a Tokaj mousse and a dark chocolate ganache — it is no wonder that the restaurant is a favorite place for patisserie apprenticeships). And the ceremony was like any I have experienced in Hungary, the waiter (dressed in black with a gold tie, obviously) careful, friendly and knowledgeable about the food — really, I had been so impressed I am taking the unusual step of giving his title: Attila Csighy.
A three-course dinner with wine is very likely to cost approximately HUF9,000 (#21) per individual; there is also a six-course degustation menu with wine Tuesdays (pre-booking just) and tasting wine dishes every last Thursday of the month (again, pre-booking just). Buffet breakfast costs $15 a individual, and there is also a relaxed pub on the mezzanine over the lobby.
Value for cash
Doubles from $150. Breakfast excluded, priced at $15. Free Wi-Fi. The hotel is not inexpensive, especially to get a four-star. However, as I’ve stated, it punches above its weight in this class, and the outcome is elevated occupancy (and costs). In May and June, rooms could quickly hit $200, and you will never spend less than $150.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
There are just two disabled-friendly rooms at the typical class, and all regions of the resort are wheelchair-accessible.
Baby cots and other children’s facilities can be found, and you will find some connecting rooms (both involving standard and deluxe class rooms).
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