Everything started fine here, we arrived at a reasonable time in the afternoon which meant we could get a parking space. From that point on it is most definitely first come, first served and it can get a little silly with people parking in crazy places within the gated area. When we arrived at reception we found they did not accept Maestro card despite comments to the contrary on our booking website; you can pay by Visa or MasterCard but with a 5% charge. To be fair the receptionist did encourage us to pay cash for that very reason but remember any withdrawal charges and the currency exchange rates before you do this from the hole in the wall (available on the opposite side of the road). We had a room right on the corner of the hotel and cannot complain about the cleanliness throughout our stay, it was excellent; the bed was also very nice and comfortable. We even had an accident where a glass was broken; the staff were there within minutes with dustpan, brush etc.
The bathroom provided some challenges to the weary traveler with nowhere to put your own shampoo or shower gel within the shower cubicle (if you didn't want to use their provided items). The cubicle itself was of a fancy modern-type with closing doors over a lip, unfortunately no matter how careful you were it leaked like a sieve necessitating towels on the floor to soak everything up. Finally there was a sensor tap, rather than a conventional one in the basin - this was extremely annoying as it kept switching itself off every time you wanted to use the sink with a flow of water.
The amount of windows in the room also had good and bad points; Good = plenty of light and extremely well fitted; the road noise was completely negated. Bad = the curtains were poorly fitted, next to useless and let in far too much light, this required much modification and support by anything we could find and press into service. Wi-Fi was fine and reliable throughout our stay. Other things that could be improved here include the utilities available, for example there are no tea/coffee making facilities or even a safe available within the room – in fact there was a charge of €3 a day just to use a safe. Let us go a little further . . there was a sheet by the door amply illustrating what charges applied for, well, just about everything really (maybe a little bit much).
At the end of our first day, and as we were tired, we decided to have our dinner at the hotel restaurant which was a bit of a mistake on two counts. Firstly the food (Italian) itself was average, nothing more and secondly the relaxing ‘ambience style’ music was not exactly relaxing being more of an irritating and repetitive thump. Breakfast was a little better with both hot and cold continental choices being available. The Citadel is worth the 20-25 minute walk up the hill from the hotel for great views over the city and river.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gold Hotel Wine & Dine is an attractive, new hotel with caring staff in central Budapest. We offer premium hotel rooms, 2-bedroom apartments, restaurant, terrace, meeting room, parking, garden & free WiFi. Make your stay more pleasant with half board & wine tasting. How much are you conscious? Our restaurant serves healthy foods, our eco hotel rooms are environment friendly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gold Hotel Budapest