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Casati Budapest Hotel vs K&K Hotel Opera I would love to read a review of the Casati

I have two hotels booked in Budapest, The Casati Budapest Hotel and the K&K Hotel Opera, both recommended by RS, similar in price. I can't decide which reservation I should cancel. I haven't seen a review on the Casati Budapest Hotel to help with my decision, has anyone stayed there? I would love to stay at the Kapital Inn (booked there last year, cancelled trip due to Covid) from what I can tell it looks like it's now closed.:(

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Casati, I actually stayed there many years ago when it was called The Hotel Pest. It was a bit rough then, but its been remodeled. The location is convenient, but the street around it is sort of ... well ... there are better. Just never liked that block much. There is a ruin pub next door that I think is closed now and the building looks like crap. Next to that is the Újszínház (New Theater) in what was once a Casino (in the 1930's). Beautiful architecture on the outside, I havent been able to get inside yet. https://www.google.com/search?q=ujszinhaz&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS935US935&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjz56KWobL1AhXfnGoFHUM-DKcQ_AUoBHoECAIQBg&biw=1407&bih=772&dpr=1.35

They got some bad press some years back because the director was sort of far right wing and the productions reflected that.

Back on subject. I would still choose the K&K. Either I think would work though. Both better located than the Kapital Inn. You might also check the Hotel Moments and the Callas House. Never stayed at either but they are well located and look interesting.

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And if you just want clean and basic take a look at Ambra Hotel. Someone else here just booked 12 Revay Hotel. I dont know anything about it beyond the street its on, but also looked interesting. Still, the K&K .....

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We loved the Hotel Moments. Beautiful modern rooms, bountiful included breakfast, and excellent location. We splurged for the penthouse suite… and it was still less expense than a standard Hilton or Marriott in any big US city like SF or NY. This was pre- COVID so cannot say what the current situation is. https://www.guestreservations.com/hotel-moments-budapest/booking?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlcenh-Wy9QIVrQ2tBh1SHQ-qEAAYAiAAEgIBWPD_BwE
We stayed at the K and K…generic tourist hotel. We were there with RS, and there was also a Road Scholar group there. It was fine, but not special like Hotel Moments.

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I would listen to Travelmom, she has good taste (she puts up with me). The best suggestion us to stay out of District V and Buda. District V is tourism central and while you do need to see it, not every day; and Buda is too far removed from from most things. The only exception is if you only have 1 or 2 nights, then a river front hotel makes some sense.

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Well, I do have good taste, but that wasn’t me. Lol!

And I have small experience in Budapest. I stayed at the K+K and it was wonderful - I had a group of 13 adults with me and I will forever bless the staff for being so kind. Ha! But not everyone has the parameters I did on that trip.

At least TravelingMom and don’t have quite the same nickname but it’s really close!

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We have stayed at Hotel Victoria twice and we love the view. It is not too far away because you just walk down the street to the subway station and you are in the heart of things in a few minutes.

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We stayed at Casati 3 years ago after it had been refurbished. The room we had was huge, and the staff were exemplary. Breakfast was the best we’ve had in Europe, an excellent selection. I would certainly recommend it and the location was around the corner from the Opera. Unfortunately we could not get into the theatre as it was being refurbished but they still put on a mini opera on the stairs up to the theatre.
If you have never been to Budapest I would recommend an evening dinner cruise , many of the prominent buildings are lit up. Enjoy Budapest, a city I would love to go back to some day.

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Just want to confirm that Kapital Inn did close. I got in touch with Albert, and he told me that he sold the B&B, which is now a private residence. I will always be sorry about this. Kapital Inn was a great place to stay, and Albert and Paul were wonderful hosts.

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Oh, oh, oh…I just returned Friday from five nights at the Hotel Casati Budapest! It was delightful and lovely! Where to even begin? From the moment I stepped in the door, they treated me as a special guest. I was relieved of my bulging backpack and treated to my choice of refreshments before being checked in. My room was large and so well outfitted with everything I could possibly need. They even provide a pillow menu should the standard pillows not be to your taste including buckwheat, goosedown, ergonomic foam, etc. pure genius! The bed was wonderfully comfortable too. I had in room Nespresso as well as 24 hour free access to the cappuccino machine in the breakfast room. Breakfast was a full on brunch including sparkling wine. Location was brilliant 1.5 blocks to the Opera metro station and 5 minutes to Deak Ter. Yes, there is an empty old building next door squished between the beautiful Art Deco new theater James E. Mentions but I found this strange juxtaposition of restored, beautiful buildings next door to derelict wreaks everywhere I looked in Budapest. It’s a quiet street one block parallel to Andrassy Ut. I slept with my windows open and was never disturbed by night noise. I felt safe as a female solo traveler coming home late. The staff are wonderful and caring. Two days before flying home, I went to two different Covid test centers for my requisite test. Apparently, Covid doesn’t exist in Hungary anymore as they both had shut up shop. I called a phone number to one and they referred me to a travel agent to find a test center. Feeling a bit panicked, I asked Gregerly at the front desk. He immediately got on the phone and secured me an appointment close by for the next morning. I enjoyed and would recommend a massage at the hotel. They have a lovely sauna and massage room in the basement. I had an early morning flight my last day. They arranged my taxi the night before and were concerned I would miss my breakfast. Very graciously they asked if they could pack me something to take. I declined but the next morning when I came down for my taxi, they whisked me back to the breakfast room where the ladies were beginning to prepare things to get me some juice, bread and fruit to take for the ride. It was so sweet! I can’t imagine this attentiveness in a large hotel and loved the intimacy of this boutique hotel. The hotel is staffed 24/7 with a small staff creating familiarity and linguistics coaching for me to master my please and thank you. When you are traveling solo for weeks on end, even small bonds like this can mean so much. I loved the Hotel Casati!

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Finally, where you will be staying.

Just past the boarded up wreck on the left is the hotel (the wreck was once a Ruin Pub, now just a Ruin). Spin around to see the building under renovation (old photo, the street along side it is closed except of the sidewalk). But if you look up that side street, those trees are on Andrassy ut, so you are close to things.
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