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Budapest Hotel opinion -- Four Seasons, Parisi Udvar, Marriott, or Hotel Intercontinental?

We are planning for mid-October, arrive on a Sunday evening and leave sometime Wednesday late morning via train to Vienna.

Of course the Four Seasons will be the higher priced by far. Budget is not the concern -- location, nice rooms (not cramped), cleanliness, and service are the key criteria. About 20 years ago for business I stayed once at the Marriott and once at the Intercontinental and thought both were fine, and a good location for the sights we plan to see.

The Parisi looks beautiful; it is a bit further from the river bank than the other 3 I list.

Thank you!

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Yes ( oh my goodness, my bad.) Thank you; I have updated the topic.

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The Marriott and the Intercontinental are the best located for your two day stay. The Marriott is a tiny bit better, maybe. You walk out the door the view to Buda is there and so is the 2 Tram. Out the other side of the hotel is 3 min from Vorosmarty ter and the metro. It's hard to beat for those things you can see in 2 days.

But if you can afford $800 a night for the Four Seasons, you are probably hiring a driver for the duration, so maybe the location isn't that important.

The Parisi is the new luxury place in town. It's really stunning inside. It's not much cheaper than the Four Seasons, and the location might be a bit far for a short trip unless you use your driver.

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Thank you E! For the time we are going and the rooms of interest, the Intercontinental is much cheaper. Yes, crazy, but the Marriott costs almost as much as the Parisi.

Question for all -- I am a member of Bonvoy and IHG Rewards (likely to join the Ambassdor club for the yearly fee) -- does either program swing a decision?

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I haven't stayed at either the Marriott or the Intercontental, I've been in the lobbies at both and based on that they seem okay. Nice thing with either is location if you plan out your trip just a little. Half day Market Hall to Parlament using 2 Tram. Half day Jewish Pest using 2 and 47/49 Tram. Half day Andrassy ut using M1 Metro, Half day Buda using 2, 47/49, 19/41 Tram.

You can see a lot in a few days from that location.

Maybe someone who has stayed at one or both and knows something more useful will chime in.

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Thank you again E. Yes, I agree based on my visits nearly 20 years ago. They are a great location to walk to many things on the Pest side. I recall taking a metro (yet unlike any metro I have even seen) to get to Heroes' Square. Even the Bastion, Castle, and St Mathias on the Buda side are walkable via the Chain Bridge. It's too bad I cannot find the convenient bus to the Statue Park; I assume they have stopped running it.

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Steve--you mean to Memento Park? I checked my old trip review and here's how I got there: M4 to either Kelenfold or Ujbuda kozpont (I got off there but realized that Kelenfold is further along the bus route so makes better sense) exit and the bus stop for 150 is right there, take it towards Budateteny and exit at Memento Park stop--about 30 minutes. I just verified that bus 150 still runs by going to the BudapestGO app--I made excellent use of that while in Budapest in May.

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Thank you Christa. My mistake for misnaming the place. There used to be a bus dedicated to going there, which was so convenient. I forget the name of the hotel now, it was on the Pest side (maybe a Novotel or Sofitel), the bus departed just outside that hotel.

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I can't compare the four you mentioned but we did stay several nights at the Intercontinental last week and were very pleased. Our room had a great view of Buda Castle, the restaurant on the terrace was pleasant and the service was fine. You can easily walk to restaurants, parks and other attractions, We took the #2 tram just out front (and other lines as well) to the Central Market and to the Parliament Building. A short walk took us to the M! Metro to Szechnyi Baths,

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Thank you E (again) and Pamheld!
I needed to filter the TripAdvisor link, and that brought up the Clark and Moments

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If you are looking upscale, then the Budspest W Hotel is my choice. Opens in 30 days, but I snuck inside the other day. It's freaking stunning in one of Budapests most iconic old buildings across the street from the Opera House. Starts at $500 a night. Its about 100m from where i stay so I suspect I will be visiting the bar frequently.

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Sounds nice. BTW, do you know when they expect to re-open the Chain Bridge to pedestrians? I heard this fall.