We are arriving in Budapest by train, spending the day and the night, then leaving the next day for Zagreb by train. Any suggestions for a Rick Steves' kind of place to spend the night?
Have you looked in the RS Budapest Guide Book yet? Always a good source for places to stay that we used when staying in both Budapest and Zagreb but I do not have that names of where we stayed any more. sorry. We liked both places. Happy travels.
One thing to keep in mind is that public transportation in Budapest is relatively quick, direct and easy; while taxi service is relatively inexpensive. This means the fact that you are arriving and departing by train should have little impact on your decision. You are spending about half the time it takes to do the stop any justice so you will want to select a location where you can really capitalize on your time in Budapest. To that end I offer this: http://1drv.ms/1Ji1bD4
Since you want the Rick Steve experience I suggest District VI or VII. That would be the yellow zone that extends from the red dot up and to the right. If your style is laid back and relaxed and you don't really care if you see all of the top 10, and if you have a few extra dollars, then I would suggest River Front. Maybe the Marriott or Intercontinental.
If you find a place that looks appealing, you can write and if I know anything about the hotel or the neighborhood I will pass it along.
I'm finding hotels in Budapest for like $110 and thinking OMG that's cheap (compared to other parts of Europe).
Is that considered high end? low end? or average?
From the sounds of it, Budapest seems to be very affordable.
That's 3 or 4 star depending on the location. Choose wisely ......
Check out the Brody House - very eclectic and in a great location. We walked everywhere - several Ruin Bars, ate walnut cake at the Cake Shop, ate at the Market Hall, and ate at Spinoza - we love local places and local food.....