We are staying for 4 days in Budapest before river cruise. Hotel from cruise that is offered is the Marriott Courtyard mid city centre and this includes all transfers. I would prefer to stay in Andrassy Ut area. Know it is no problem to get in from airport. However berth for river cruise most likely will be on Buda side near Varkert Bazar. How challenging would this be to get to? Which location should I choose.
No challenge with taxi or are you asking about walking? Just use one of the map web sites and plot both points.
We stayed at House Belatage on Maria Utca, after our Viking Cruise last December. It was a great location for walking to sights and in a quiet area of town. It was only a few blocks to the Metro one way, or you could walk in the other direction down to the Danube and Great Market.
We were actually dropped by bus at the Marriott, because the ship could not sail into Budapest...a problem with low water levels on the river. But we were all bussed to the Marriott and made arrangements either to stay on there, take a taxi to a different hotel or the airport. We took a short and inexpensive taxi ride with our luggage to House Belatage. For the rest of our stay, we walked and took the subway.
As to choosing hotel location--- is being on Andrassy Ut closer to St. Istvan's Basilica and able to walk more easlily to sights including to the river promenade more desirable than being Rakoczi near Great Blvd. Is Marriott Courtyard in a rougher neighbourhood at night though safe.
End of Andrassy ut: http://www.ucityguides.com/images/top10/andrassy-ut.jpg
I always suggest people stay near Andrassy ut from the lower numbers up to the Oktogon. Its just about as close as you can come to the center of everything and the environment is enjoyable morning, noon and night. I am so biased on this that when it came time to purchase our home we bought in that same area and many years alter we have no regrets.
Now, if its your third or fourth visit then I suggest you try new neighborhoods, but by the you know the metro well, you have seen all the main sights and its time to experiment with things that peek your interest.