Hotel Palazzo Zichy and Hotel Continental Zara - is anyone familiar with these hotels and locations. I don't want to choose a rundown or unsafe place. The Zichy is 5 min from the National Museum in the 8th district and the Zara is near the Great Synagogue and metro Blaha Lujza. Thanks.
It's pretty hard to find an unsafe neighborhood in Budapest. Both locations are safe. Neither location is well suited to evening strolls. For that get close to the St Stephens pedestrian zone, Vaci utca or Andrassy ut. They are all alive in the evening and can be very enjoyable. If you open Google Map and GET DIRECTIONS and set the Zichy as one point and then select some of the principal landmarks as the other point you will see metro or on foot that you are 15 minutes to the nearest (the Market Hall) and nearly 40 minutes to the furthest (the Parliament). The average is going to be 20 to 25 minutes. The Zara is right on the M2 line so it is somewhat more convenient. I haven't stayed at either so no comment on the hotels themselves. Basically, not the area I would suggest my friends and neighbors stay as I think you can get competitive rates in nice hotels in a better location.
Thanks for taking the time to answer so promptly. That information is really helpful as we want to be able to get around easily in the evening on foot and explore the neighbouring restaurants, cafes etc. I'll check some more options closer as you suggested. Donna
If you find something else let me know and if i know anything about it or the neighborhood I will let you know.
We were ther a couple of years ago and stayed at the Andrassy Mamaison. It was nice. It is on Andrassy Ut in the embassy area. The metro, yellow line, I think, is just a few steps away and it goes all the way down to the river area. It's a straight line only, so you cannot get messed up and can get most anywhere you want.
Friday I visited the building that houses the Opera Hotel Apartments (on O utca). This place always gets great reviews. Seemed solid but unimpressive from the outside. Very Good location, nice pizza/cafe with a few sidewalk tables and a 5 euro breakfast menu. Same building also houses the laundry service we use. The laundry service is top notch in every regard.
Thanks to the last 2 writers regarding places in Budapest. I can see that there are better options than the first couple of checked out. I will take note of the metro locations and thanks James for the info on that 5 euro breakfast - much cheaper than any hotel offerings. Donna