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1111 Budapest, Szent Gellért tér 1., Hungary
24 April 2016
23 April 2016
눉No tea/coffee in the room. No air conditioning. Staff were indifferent. Felt processed by the staff not serviced. Dated bedroom.
눇Location, breakfast, spa facilities.
21 April 2016
눇Reviews of the Gellert show that there is a lot of variation in people's experience of this hotel, largely based on the cost of the rooms and the time of year of their visit. I can only speak of our own experience in spring in a 'superior double room with river view', which was just wonderful - and incredible value for money. The room was huge and clean, the beds exceptionally comfortable, the view over the Danube from our balcony was beautiful and interesting (and the double glazing kept out all the traffic noise.) Everything worked, and there was massive wardrobe space and even a small dressing room. Yes, the furniture (in an attractive late-Nouveau style) was old and a little worn - but you expect that in an old hotel, and for me it's part of the interest. The spacious building was fascinating - and even more so were the adjoining absolutely wonderful baths. Breakfast (included in the price) was sumptuous and catered for all tastes, and we also ate at the brasserie and cafe, which were excellent. And the position for visiting Budapest's many wonderful places of interest it could not be bettered: the frequent trams, buses, the Metro and ferries are all a few steps away (and for retired EU citizens like us are all free - a marvellous privilege, which we greatly appreciated). Furthermore, a short and interesting walk over the nearby Liberty Bridge brings you to the Great Market Hall and a large selection of shops. Others have listed the faults associated with its age that one can easily notice in this hotel; but we wanted a memorable uniquely Budapest experience, and the Gellert provided all this and much more. Yes, you can catch glimpses of Communist austerity - that's part of Hungary's history - and yes, the service (though perfectly polite and pleasant) is not particularly obsequious, if servility is what you're looking for: but the hotel was everything we ourselves wanted, and we loved our week-long stay.
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