We will be taking a river cruise in November and want to stay a few days before to explore Budapest..any hotel suggestions we could stay at.thank you
To the best of my knowledge the boats dock on the Pest side and it would be the Pest side I would recommend for any first time visitor; especially those with limited time. I wouldn't worry too much about the proximity of the hotel and the dock. Lets say you stayed across the street from the Opera House on Andrassy ut ( this I the street that the French copied with their Champs-Élysées - or maybe it was the other way around ); my guess is a taxi would cost no more than $10 and take no more than 15 minutes in bad traffic to reach the docks. Since your time will be limited I think the best advice is to find accommodations convenient to your sight seeing so you can take full advantage of the time in Budapest. For that you might want to look at this: http://1drv.ms/1ajxHWQ
Pick out a few hotels and then write back and I will tell you what I know of the hotel, street, neighborhood and proximity to the sights.