On a recent trip to the gorgeous capital city of Hungary, I stayed at The Hilton Hotel on Budapest’s Castle Hill. The 5* Hilton has been recently renovated and actually still is being refurbished. Parts of the hotel were screened off and what they had in store looked pretty great.
The Hilton Hotel’s Location
One of the major attractions of staying at The Hilton is that it’s uniquely placed on Budapest’s Castle Hill. There are few hotels in the vicinity and so the hotel has an exclusive spot right in the area you want to do a lot of sightseeing in. It also means it’s lovely and quiet at night. No traffic noise, no 1am drunken singing outside your room window. For me, that’s a major plus.
It’s really easy to get over the Danube river to the rest of the city, a 5-10min taxi ride means you’re as close as you need to be to the restaurants and bars of Budapest. Or you can get the Castle Bus number 16 from just a few streets away (you buy tickets in the post offices). It travels between Deák Ferenc tér in Pest’s centre (M1, M2, M3 metro lines, trams 47 & 49) and Széll Kálmán tér in Buda (M2, red metro line, or tram 6). It runs every 5-6 minutes during the day.
A note about taxis
Always get the concierge at the Hilton Hotel to order a taxi for you, it will be MUCH cheaper. I overheard reception telling other travellers not to even jump in cabs waiting outside the hotel, because they would charge a lot more. On a taxi ride back from the city to the hotel, we got the usual “where are you from?” and as soon as we said we’re from the UK, Aftab saw the taxi driver change the tariff, right in front of his eyes. Our taxi fares differed in 00’s of £’s from journey to journey.
My room at The Hilton
We stayed in the newly refurbished double rooms and boy, did they impress! The rooms were nicely done out, massive comfy beds with plenty of fluffy pillows…but I’m not going to start off with photos of the room.
Nope, because they are unlikely to be the reason for your stay (lovely as they are).
You will stay for the view…
The view from the room
Now do you see what I mean? The view from the hotel window is probably the best city view I’ve ever had. The parliament buildings look beautiful across the Danube river. I spent a good while staring out and looking at all the detail. It was mesmerising.
The room itself
OK, finally time for a look around the actual rooms. Like I said, the bed was huge and very comfy. The room was a good size with plenty of space to hang clothes in lit wardrobes, lots of mirrors for getting ready to hit the city and a nice big flatscreen tv if you wanted to have the news on.
The only thing I was kicking myself about was not finding the tea making facilities till one of the last days. Can you see the little window on the right hand side of the unit under the TV? There they are! D’oh!
The bathroom was really good. It had:
- A bath (which I totally used, and loved…it warmed my cold bones up after a particularly chilly Hungarian day!)an illumination mirror
- An illuminated big mirror (so handy)
- A smaller illuminated magnifying mirror (it was good enough for me to realise my fave foundation wasn’t quite the right colour!!)
- A big shower
- Fab Peter Thomas Roth toiletries (love love love that brand! never seen it before in a hotel)
Fab rooms, I think you’ll agree?
Now…back to that view!
Take a virtual look around my room & Castle Hill
Read my recent blog post about wandering on Castle Hill for all the gorgeous photos of architecture on the hill. It’s a really beautiful place, so we counted ourselves lucky to be staying right in the heart of it.
You can also take a look around my room at The Hilton Hotel here:
The Hilton Hotel is part of Jet2’s Luxury City Breaks collection . I could see why they’d included it. It had already earned it’s 5* rating with the room and the view, in my opinion.
Breakfast with a view
Even the dining room at The Hilton has an impressive view…
Breakfast is pretty much what you’d expect- a varied mix of different sausages, eggs, yoghurts, salads and breads…with some dim sum too, which did look good. You can order a la carte and I opted for French toast one morning. It wasn’t bad. I’ve had much better, but it wasn’t bad.
One food group (as I like to call it) that Hungarians really seem to master is cake. They do pastries oh so well.
I sat in the in the lobby bar, using the WiFi (it’s fast and free throughout the hotel and rooms) and had a pot of tea with a fantastic little pastry. Actually, do you call this a pastry? The actual pastry was dark chocolate. Well, whatever…it was delicious! They had lots to choose from and I could have happily sat there for hours, watching tv…drinking tea and eating cake.
In the evenings, the lobby bar fills with people…but not too much. It’s a nice cosy atmosphere with champagne flowing and they do a fab gin & tonic.
Dining at The Hilton Hotel
On our first evening in Budapest, we all dined at The Hilton Hotel…
The food was pretty good. Excellent in places (my fish was beautifully cooked), but rather mediocre in others (maybe it’s the heaviness of Hungarian food that we just weren’t used to)…so I’ll give it a “good”.
As we wandered back through the hotel…we spotted a lovely gingerbread scene that had just been set up. Take a look at the Budapest travel vlog above to see the whole thing. The detail was breathtaking.
I loved the pub in particular…
So, would I recommend staying at The Hilton Hotel in Budapest? Absolutely. It’s a beautiful hotel in a fantastic location. The new rooms are gorgeous and the views from them are outstanding. If you’d like another’s view of the hotel, then check out Aftab’s blog post.
I’ll leave you with this view from my hotel window at night. An utterly mesmerising view of Budapest’s parliament buildings and the Danube river. Staying at the hotel is worth it for that alone.
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£455 is the usual price for 3 nights at the Hilton Budapest including flights (time of year impacts price).
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I’m yet to show to around the rest of the beautiful city, the Christmas Markets, a wine tour, the ruin pubs and lots more! Keep your eyes open on this blog and on my YouTube channel for more of a look around Budapest.
* Please note that my stay (and the rest of the trip) was provided by Jet2 for review purposes. My opinions, as always, are all my own.