I think I did my booking with my Budapest hotel 8 months in advance – had planned first to spend Christmas 2016 in Budapest, but changed for Marrakech a couple later. I love to visit big cities when they are out of season … I don’t think Budapest is out of season, so many tourists everywhere in Feb. Great for Budapest!!!!
The location is always important for me and of course the price. Have a limit on what I would pay for a hotel room in Europe and that is 100€. It’s getting harder and harder to keep that amount, but if travelling out of season and booking well in advance and with loads of research I will find quality, comfort, service and a great price.
I wanted to stay in district VII out of Budapest’s 23 districts. Budapest used to be divided into two towns: Buda and Pest. District VII is in the Pest bit, to the east of the River Danube. District VII – the Jewish quarter – boasts that much-searched-for blend of locals and travellers. You can get under the skin of the city and see what it’s all about.
What I didn’t know what that I choose a hotel that only had 2 min walk to all major public transport, Deák Ferenc tér – my feet loved me.
My door-to-door airport transport dropped me off on the corner of Karoly krt. and Király u. where my hotel is located because of Király u. is a very busy one-way street and he came from the wrong direction. No problem. 2 min walk no problem.
From the beginning of the 18th century, the main street of Teréz város has been the nowadays Király u. The street got its name from an inn called “To The English King” which stood at that end of the street where now the hotel is situated.
Carat Boutique Hotel ****
Király u. 6, 1061 Budapest
Phone: +36 1 235 4600
50 rooms – free wi-fi
My booking I did through booking.com (the website I use mostly) and with a fantastic breakfast buffet included I paid for 5 nights €260/$275/£220/2475SEK …. a brilliant price.
I got a warm and very friendly welcoming by the hotel … and all staff spoke English, also the housekeeping. Everybody made me feel at home and everybody had a smile for me.
Room 110 was located to the back of the building with a view over the breakfast room and a bit small for 2 people, but for me alone it was perfect. Very comfortable, spotlessly clean and great beds … fell in love with the pillows. I loved that the room didn’t have any carpet – wooden flooring. A very quite room – slept so good.
On the first floor, so I used the stairs and don’t have to wait for the lift. What I like about the lifts was that when they weren’t service they always went down to entrance floor automatically.
Also that a room card is needed to get into the lift area and the stairs.
… the breakfast is fantastic – there is even sparkling wine (didn’t have any) … loads of fresh fruit, french toast, cakes, great choice of cheeses and cold-cuts, different kind of delicious bread … hot items plus that the coffee is great.
In conjunction with the hotel, there is a lovely and very busy little coffee shop “The Fat Fairy“ (FB profile) that serves great coffee, lovely cakes and sandwiches from early morning to 20-22pm. That became my wind down place when I returned from my hours out and about.
My room was so warm the first days .. didn’t matter what I did with the temperature setting – but the night staff told me to open the window which I did for a night and after that, it was perfect, only needed to get the hot air out of the room.
Had a very nice and pleasant stay with great smiles and service. The hotel reminds me a lot of my little favourite hotel in Istanbul; a place that I feel at home, that look after me and that I return to time after time.
“Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile,
give him one of yours.
That breakfast looks so good. We got that kind of service in most of the hotels in europe. Thank you for sharing!
My pleasure!!!! Yes, breakfast in Europe is very good, maybe not in France, but it’s getting less and less included in the prices or there is a choice to get rooms without breakfast. In London, the breakfast on hotels are so expensive so I always take breakfast outside the hotel. Some hotel charge up to £30 per person for breakfast.
Many of our Europe trips are tours, so breakfast is included, and I’m sure they get group rates. Sometimes, breakfast is the best meals for us, because we have to pay for lunch and dinner.
I learn so much from you about travelling.
Meg, what a lovely thing to say! ThAaAaAnks!
Dear Viveka Gustavson,
My colleague send me your email.
I already read your blog. I would like to thank you for the wonderful writing about the Hotel.
I hope that you will come back at the nearly future and than we can meet personally.