We have just got back from a five night break at the hotel, it was a really nice place and I could not recommmend this hotel enough. We had a room over looking the park The Grand had lots of character the staff were great and helpful the spa facilities were really good. The massages were out of this world there is a male therapist in his late thirties maybe early 40s who was so good, if you can get him he was great all of the therapists were good but both me and my wife really thought this guy stood out.
We stayed only last week (first week of April 2012) and there appeared to be a mini heat wave which made the stay even better. The island and city all seemed to be gearing up to more activity from mid april onwards with lots of activities on the island still being closed when we were there however this did not bother us and it was nice and peacefull. We love walking and felt very safe on the island even in the early hours of the morning - there is a running track around the island and it seems to almost be in use 24 hours a day so we never felt worried about walking back from the city after a night out.
If the weather had been bad or if you didnt like walking it may be an issue but to be honest I would still have prefered to have stayed here and got a taxi than to have stayed in the main city. The hotel was so peaceful and quiet at night which was great to come back to after a busy day,
We avoided the buffet because of a previous review but the al a cart menu was very good, there was a lot of dark meat on the menu which suited me fine however my wife prefers chicken and fish so we eat at the hotel for two nights as she had struggled to find things she would like. however on venturing into the city this seemed to be more of a theme for budapest and not a reflection on the hotel.
The only downside was hiring bikes from the hotel, there were many places on the island to hire bikes from and they would probably be better to try, I am quite tall so dont expect to have a bike that is the right size however the bikes could have done with a service we had cycled for miles and I found a had a slow puncture several miles away from the hotel, if you are going off island on the bikes go down on the buda side as there is a better cycle track and you can then cross over to pest on one of the bridges further down.
If we ever go back there is no doubt that this is the first place we would want to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rest in surroundings fit for an aristocrat A stay at the Grand Hotel Margaret Island will leave you feeling like royalty from the turn of the 20th century. The fin-de-siecle architecture is as elegant as it comes, and huge windows offer stunning views over the Danube or the ancient trees of Margaret Island. If you’re after a little pampering – or indeed treatment for a medical condition – you can take advantage of the wellness facilities at the adjacent Danubius Health Spa Resort Margaret Island, fed by the mineral-rich thermal springs that emerge nearby. The sister hotels are linked by a heated underground tunnel, so you don’t even need to set foot outside. The hotel’s range of top-quality facilities and services, and its leafy location in the middle of the Danube, make it a popular venue for conferences, weddings and other events. Margaret Island’s lush parkland is perfect for relaxing strolls, while sporty types will appreciate the fact there are running paths, tennis courts, bikes for hire and a swimming pool within a stone’s throw of the hotel. Furthermore, the hustle and bustle of the city centre is a short hop away by public transport – you can even take the ferry there! ... more less
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