We will be extending a river cruise trip in December, and would appreciate any recommendations for a well located place to stay while visiting Budapest for a few days. Thanks in advance.
There are a lot of really nice hotels in town and they very from some of the worlds best five stars (Travel & Leisure always rates the Four Seasons as being in the top 3 in Europe) to some nice boutique hotels to some pretty basic but clean digs.
I am fortunate enough not have had to rent many hotel rooms in town. I've stayed at the K&K a half dozen times. Its a 4 star for about 125euro a night last time I checked. For me the location is pretty darn perfect. Across Andrassy ut is Casati Budapest Hotel which was very nice four star and again very well located. And I have stayed at the Art O'tel in Buda which was a major disappointment and not well at all located.
A couple of others that have good reputations that I think are very well located are the Carat Boutique Hotel and ROOMbach Hotel Budapest Center. Ground Zero for sight seeing in Budapest is the intersection of Kiraly utca and Karoly krt. Here it is on Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/YSxMk8Xn4bq Now you might say that the K&K Opera is a few blocks from there, but it still works because the M1 metro line is just one stop from that point; and the M1 is a simple easy metro ride. Almost fun because its the oldest underground on the continent of Europe. So its history too. Or you can walk down Kiraly utca (great street), or down Andrasy ut (the street that the French modeled the Champs-Élysées after).
When you find something you like if you let me know I will tell you what I can about the neighborhood, location, etc.
A few years back, I stayed at the boutique Hotel Victoria. It's on the river a short walk from the Chain Bridge overlooking the Danube, the Parliament and Pest, as well as the Chain Bridge. What's remarkable are the panoramic windows that give the most spectacular views of the city and the river.
I've visited Budapest twice now and find that I really like the area near Fovam ter and the Liberty bridge--2 minutes from the trams and metro station, the Great Market is right there and it's a busy yet not hectic area, quiet at night. Both times I stayed on So utca just off the end of Vaci utca, a pedestrianized street. The first was at the Boutique Hotel and the room was incredibly tiny, so in May I stayed next door at the Residence Baron and my room was huge and lovely--I could see the Danube--excellent breakfast and helpful staff.
The Andrassy area would be appealing, too, but I got off to a good start with Budapest in this area and now it feels too comfy to change.
Dumb name but we stayed at the La Prima Fashion Hotel and loved it! It's well-located, just a stone's throw from the river, and an easy walk to everything. Nicely decorated, rooms that are quite large for Europe, and the prices are very competitive. Breakfast comes with the room...that's important to me!