You may not have noticed, but Budapest Airport is one of the few international airports that is completely devoid of a handy hotel. You have to travel quite a distance before you can find a place to rest your head. I had managed to find a very cheap flight to Slovenia but which required an overnight stop in Budapest. I finally opted for the Platanus because it was the second closest hotel to the airport, and also on direct tram and underground lines to the city centre. It had the added advantage of being relatively cheap.
Unique Quality: The hotel offers quite a range of services, including hairdresser, massage, conference centre and swimming pool. I used none of these as I arrived late and left early. Room serive is available, but only so long as the restaurant and kitchen were open. They also seemed to close earlier than advertised on quiet nights. The room was comfortable. A TV offered a range of fare, but the sound was lousy! there was a lobby bar downstairs and a reasonably stocked and priced mini-bar in the room. Staff were helpful though, and efficient.
In short a handy place to stay if you need to escape quickly. But no life in the area.
Rack rates are quite high but I got an internet deal for €38. 24 hour reception, bureau de change available.
Directions: Underground Blue Metro Line (M3) at Népliget stop, Tram 4, 6
Nice comfortable hotel. Romms with sanitary, shower, frige, TV set - all that should be included when the hotel is 3*.
Unique Quality: Breakfast was without limitation, I mean self-service, U can eat as much as U want.
Personnel is also polite. When I was staying there (2 years ago), I needed to go to Siofok (Balaton lake) and therefore needed a train time-table. I asked at the reception and they found for me an English-speaking guy who checked a time-table and put me down some trains with their departure and arrival time . But I wanted to adjust this travel with our group's shcedule in order not to miss any sightseeing and other events. But the shcedule was permanently changing according to the tourists' wishes. And I asked several times for the trains updates. Poor that guy.... Anybody "in his shoes" would wish to kill me :)))) Maybe he was really willing (I'd understand him, I must say). But he did not show it up :)))))
i d really appreciate some further inforation regarding Platanus hotel in Budapest, if anyone ever stayed there (i m concerned about the location precisely)
Hi! The hotel should be basically all right. The neighbourhood is not what you would call the nicest but it's safe, and within very easy access of the downtown areas by the Metro which is a short walk away.
I have just got back from the Hunguest Platanus. If that is the same one, the hotel itself is nicer inside than it looks on the outside, the food was nice too. It is a 5 minute walk to Nepliget tube, which like most of the metro stations in Budapest, had a few people sleeping rough, but we have seen much worse and they are unobtrusive. Its about 8 minutes on the tube to Kalvin ter which is near the street Raday, very good for restaurants, or a walk along the main road from the tube the Grand Market, or another 2 stops to Deak Ter, where you can change lines and get almost anywhere in the city. It wasn't a problem for us as we are not really night birds, but the last tube from town is about 11.20pm. If you miss that the only option really is a taxi, which aren't very expensive. There is a night bus but it doesn't go near down town Budapest. We took the tube most days to the Szechenyi thermal baths (the stop after Heroes Square on the yellow line) or the tube to Kalvin ter then the tram to the Gellert Hotel for the baths there. We enjoyed our stay, hope you do too. If you want to know anything else just let me know.
Just a quick note about the nightbus: there are nightbuses going to the center. Actually the M2 and M3 underground lines have a substitute nightbus each and the tram 4 and 6 also. They are also crossing each others way sometimes.
thank you very much for your precious help, i really appreciate it
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