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Hotel Le Meridien Budapest, just like almost all of the luxury five-star hotels in Budapest Hungary, has been given a 4.5 rate out of 5 on average in the various online hotel guest reviews. The hotel has been awarded the Five Star Diamond Award by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences for the hotel's quality. It is a highly prestigious emblem of achievement, which only a few of the hotels obtain. Le Meridien Budapest received the Connoisseurs' Choice 2002/ 2003 from Resorts & Great Hotels. The hotel is also member of the Leading Hotels of the World. In 2006, Travel + Leisure selected Le Meridien Budapest, alongside with the neighbouring Kempinski Budapest, as one of the 500 best hotels and resorts in the world to stay at (listed in the T+L 500). And if it tells you anything, this was the place where George Bush was accommodated during his visit to Budapest in 2006. Go to the official website of Le Meridien Budapest to make your booking.
In one word: ideal. If you need to be very-very flexible with transportation, probably the best choice is Le Meridien or the neighboring Hotel Kempinski. Le Meridien Budapest is within walking distance from the Hungarian Opera House, the Academy of Music, clubs & pubs and many gorgeous attractions of the city, as well as the River Danube with breathtaking views to the Buda Castle on the Castle Hill, the Hungarian Parliament, which are part of the UNESCO world heritage. In other words, Le Meridien Budapest is situated in the very heart of the city (culturally & business-wise too), right next to Budapest's central square (Deak ter) where all metro lines come together in a single transfer point. Do not picture the square as a gray bustling little patch surrounded by concrete buildings though. The adjacent Erzsebet square next to Deak square features an artificial shallow pool with some greenery around it, where several people are lying in the grass, splashing their feet in the water, couples kissing, bikers taking a breath, and lots of young people coming and going to and from the concerts & exhibitions taking place in the underground bar called Godor Club ('The Pit'). The hotel is about a 30-minute drive from Budapest`s international airport, Ferihegy (13 miles/ 20.5 km).
There are a range of Art Deco guest rooms, suites to choose from. The style is elegant rather than contemporary or lavish Italianate. Blue and beige accents dominate the color palette. Thick carpets, mahogany furniture, warm earth tones, great fabrics & full size mirrors enhance the luxury of the hotel stay, whether it means working on a business trip or just having a few-day holiday with the family. King size or twin beds go with the rooms (all double), and as I have heard the old beds are just being replaced with new ones. Room sizes: Superior rooms are of 260-350 square feet (incl. small sitting area), Deluxe rooms are of 345-420 square feet (incl. work area with desk), Executive Rooms of 452-538 square feet (incl. work area with desk). Some of the rooms have a balcony overlooking either the picturesque Erzsebet ter or the quiet Deak pedestrian street (running into the busier Deak square). The bathrooms are traditionally fitted with marble (the heated floors and the sink tops). Moreover, the rooms have a separate shower and a tub - the marble bathtubs are comfortably deep, and long (no problem for 6 feeters). They come complete with bathrobes & slippers. There is high-speed internet access in the rooms (savvy visitors may prefer to use internet cafes nearby - see the reviews below). Complimentary fresh bottled water, flat screen TV, DVD player, air-conditioning, soundproof walls, safe, etc. The Diplomatic Suites have separate terraces having a great view of the Castle Hill, which is part of the UNESCO world heritage. The dining room seats eight. The hotel has got accessible rooms for those with limited mobility. 218 rooms, including 26 suites. Le Meridien Budapest also puts 'alarm clock' amongst its services, which sounds a bit out-dated for me, as I assume most of us use our cell phone for waking up. Perhaps I am mistaken. Taxes are not included in the price. You can get substantial discounts online.
You can relax in the hotel spa (a smaller indoor pool on the 8th floor) and enjoy the various massage services offered by the hotel. But don't forget that Budapest has got wonderful spa baths with healing qualities all over the city (in fact, all over the country I should say). The adequate fitness room is also on the 8th floor with big glass windows letting in a lot of natural light. What else? Of course, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, beauty salon, solarium. Let's not forget the outdoor tennis courts, the golf & riding opportunities nearby (Le Meridien is in partnership with Polus Golf & Country Club). In addition, jogging circuits run from the hotel to Margaret Island (Margit Sziget). Check the details with the reception, please. The exercise room, pool and basic facilities are free for hotel guests.
The French cuisine of the oak paneled Le Bourbon restaurant in Le Meridien Hotel is said to be excellent. The restaurant offers a special French cheese trolley (10 varieties of French cheese delivered from Paris on a weekly basis). But, needless to say, there are also Hungarian dishes: it is well worth checking out the so called "Hungarian Night" where you can enjoy Hungarian food in addition to a folk music show (Hungarian folk programs are quite dynamic, loud & unique). The Atrium Cafe, topped by the stunning stained-glass dome, is an all-day dining place. You can expect home-made French patisserie and English high tea, Hungarian and international delicacies, exquisite desserts, and even live music on certain occasions. There is a casual yet elegant bar, the Adria Palace Bar with cocktails, 28 single malt scotch whiskeys, fine cigars, and high-quality Hungarian music almost every day (jazz, e.g. the highly recommended Pecek/Lakatos Trio). Mind you, smoking is allowed in the bar.
There is a babysitting service (extra fee charged), children's program, children's playground, medical services, laundry service, dry cleaning, ironing service, car rental, video rental etc. But make sure that you let the staff know what you will need: "Some of the services and facilities above may not be available on a 24-hour basis or without advance request." All kids under 12 years old can stay free of charge when using existing bedding, plus all children under 2 years stay free of charge for cots.
Small pets are welcome (extra charge).
Gift certificates are not accepted. Check cashing services are not available with personal checks. The Alcohol Policy of Le Meridien Budapest follows the Hungarian regulations: "Alcoholic beverage service is restricted to those 18 years or older with valid identification." Connecting rooms are available and need to be requested. Tour Desk, Fax/Photocopying, Ticket Service. Private parking is possible on site (reservation is needed, fee applies). 220 AC Power.
Review Summary of Hotel Le Meridien Budapest
All in all, most of the guests are very satisfied with the location, the design & the room, and the overall services, but some of the guests felt that the hotel staff can be unflexible or less supportive than they expected in certain situations. As Forbes says (Robin Cherry) "Although not all of the communism-hardened residents have lost their Eastern European sangfroid, the staff at Le Meridien is definitely on the friendly end of the spectrum." Nevertheless, many reviews show 'wonderful' or 'excellent' staff ratings. One more thing: the charge for internet access was 'ridiculously high' according to several guests. Although Le Bourbon Restaurant has been voted best French Restaurant in Budapest several times, One of the best piece of advice I have read from fellow travellers was to try the Dio Restaurant (say 'dee-oh') or other restaurants, internet cafes in the neighbourhood to save a few bucks & see, feel, taste more. Take a walk on Andrassy, simply beautiful.
TripAdvisor reviews about Hotel Le Meridien Budapest
"I would absolutely recommend this hotel....The Atrium Bar, which is a relaxing place to "thaw out", has a super ambience and bar tenders who are attentive and very pleasant...We didn't take breakfast at the hotel..(at 27 euro each, we found better value in the countless cafes and restaurants.)"
"Strangely, the bathroom only had 2 of each type of towel. We were 2 people and have always had extra towels available at hotels. I am sure we could have gotten more if we had asked. Also, soaps were never replaced or replenished during our stay."
"The king bed, that had two separate duvets, was not up to Starwood standards... I have since learned that they are due to upgrade the beds within the year at all Le Meridiens."
"the lobby is full of smokers, and sitting in the bar area or lobby had that smell constantly reminding us we weren't in NY anymore."
"The hotel is well situated... We walked everywhere, but for those who choose, the transportation with buses, trollies, and subways are all close by and inexpensive."
"During my last stay, my wife came from London to visit me and even though I had informed the Front desk, the hotel didn't mention in the first place of an extra charge for her breakfast (20 euro without VAT), which I discovered later on at the check out. I complained, mentioning that I wasn't informed about that, but the hotel management firmly stressed that with my rate, breakfast wasn't included. Honestly, I wasn't expected to be treated like that: I have spent several weeks in the hotel (at least four or five), paying 169 euro (without VAT) per night and having food almost every night at the Restaurant or using room service."
"The Budapest Meridien stands out for its architecture, its design, its facilities and the quality of service, in particular front desk, bell captain, driver, restaurant staff. Executive rooms are spaceous, have good facilities (internet: wireless or LAN cable, huge Philips flat screen TV, with interactive menu, great beds, comfortable bathroom"
"The furnishings both in our room and throughout the hotel were smart and stylist. Most impressive, was the excellent standard of service from all the staff. They were attentive, polite, smiling and really charming! We enjoyed our staff enormously."
Expedia reviews about Hotel Le Meridien Budapest
"Great location. Impecable friendly service. Be sure to ask for a city taxi not hotel or other private taxi on street as can be up to 4 times cheaper. Nice restaurant recs from concierge but don't expect local bargains from them and expect their recs to be pricey but very good. Make sure to splurge on Dio nearby. Forget american type breakfast anywhere nearby."
"Service is very stiff, with an annoying tour of the room upon check in. Cleaning staff doesn't understand the meaning of "DO NOT DISTURB" and woke us repeatedly on several days. The public areas of the hotel are the nicest."
"The location is wonderful, rooms are comfortable and the front desk staff is very professional and helpful. Our only complaint (and it is not negligible)relates to cleanliness. The vacuuming and dusting of the room was at best spotty"
"hotel close to all the important sites...literally walking distance.restaurants, great shopping...but eat at the local restaurants to save a few dollars."
"The hotel needs to really train up their staff in terms of how they interact with guests. The breakfast buffet was cold, food items were not in stock and the staff was not willing to accommodate requests for seating from guests."
"Not only was this a beautiful hotel with an excellent, helpful staff, this hotel is perfectly located close to many tourist sites and also right at the convergence of three metro lines. And even though it was close to all these potential noise-generating locations, my room (at the back of the hotel) was very quiet."
"From the time of arrival until departure, we were supported at every turn by a young staff who were most willing to assist with our needs, from helping with luggage to the suggestions of the concierge for really great restaurants. Its location outside the main transfer station for the Metro made it extremely convenient."
"The room was a good rate, but their business center charge is outrageous. There's a little store with Internet access for 1/10 that price right around the corner. They charge dinner prices for breakfast buffet. Definitely get out of the hotel for food and Internet!"
"The Hotel charges ridiculous rates to connect to the Internet (20 euros to 'rent' you an ethernet cable for 24 hours). When asked if you can use your own cable the response was elusive and not helpful. If you have your own cable, you can use the connection for free."
"This hotel's location is excellent for shopping and dining, and the concierge is always able to accomodate your needs."
Fodor's reviews about Hotel Le Meridien Budapest
"The rooms were large but nothing special - just a typical nice hotel chain type room. We did have a great view over the park. What made this hotel for us was the service. The staff was helpful, friendly, and informative. They seemed to really care that you had a good stay at their hotel and city. Would definitely stay there again."
"Liked the hotel very much. Great location, nice rooms. Only drawback: sometimes didn't pay much attention to detail in terms of room amenities."
"We loved this hotel. Beautiful decor, centrally located, - the metro was at the front door - great facilities ,and staff was so friendly and helpful. After staying here, I would not consider staying anywhere else in Budapest. It was perfect."
Yahoo travel reviews about Hotel Le Meridien Budapest
"it is a 1 minute walk to all three metro lines! the rooms and the service was great, all the people there were very nice."
"Service - excellent. Famous Hungarian hospitality and charm at its best. Couisine is a major plus. Delicious meals. Heated pool - lovely."
"Staff went that extra mile to make us feel comfortable."
"We recently spent three weeks in central Europe and this hotel was the best place we stayed during that time (including suites in Munich, Prague and Vienna). The room itself was spacious and well appointed, and everything worked perfectly. Maid service was impeccable and well-timed to our comings and goings. The concierge service was top-notch as well, and we came to rely on them to help plan almost every activity, which they executed just about perfectly. The food was wonderful, as was the bar service."
Virtual Tourist reviews about Hotel Le Meridien Budapest
"This is really my favorite hotel in Budapest. I don't like the breakfast here as it is too much, except for Sunday brunch. I prefer their business lunches or dinners as the chef I have meet and he is from France. The food is really good here. The staff can be very helpful if you have a personal relationship with them.......that means you tip them."
IgoUgo.com reviews about Hotel Le Meridien Budapest
Simply the nicest hotel that I have ever had the privilege of visiting, Le Meridien caters to their clients' every needs without seeming stuffy or too formal... All the staff have a much better command of English than other luxury properties I visited in Budapest. The fitness center has a medium-sized weight area that should meet the needs of most travelers, a fabulous though small recreational swimming pool in an atrium setting... Like more and more luxury hotels internet access is available in guests' room ... Either way the cost is prohibitive, particularly when compared to prices in the internet cafes merely a block away from the hotel.
Go to the official website of Le Meridien Budapest to make your booking.
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