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Hotel Intercontinental, Budapest
Friday, January 7, 2011  
Widely regarded as the premier business traveler’s hotel, the InterContinental brand is working to build up its leisure business. That’s very good news for leisure travelers since these hotels are some of the finest 5-star properties in the world. When we arrived at the InterContinental Budapest, we were pleased to find that it was centrally located on the Pest side of the Danube River (Buda and Pest are actually two separate city/districts separated by the Danube). Our suite had huge picture windows with a spectacular view of the beautiful Danube River, Buda on the opposite side of the Danube and also the famous Chain Bridge, the oldest bridge in Budapest. It is easy to see why this hotel is consistently honored with the “Best View” award for its 180 degree view of the Danube.

We were informed that the 402 guest rooms and suites in the hotel have been completely refurbished within the past 12 months. A new outside terrace area overlooking the Danube has been added and can be accessed from either the bar or restaurant. The 842 sq. meter SPA InterContinental has been renovated and relocated as has Club InterContinental Lounge, the executive lounge. Our room has been updated with exceptional bedding, plush down pillows, and down comforters. New carpeting and drapes, a large flat-screen high-definition television and updated bathroom fixtures round out a very nicely-appointed and comfortable room. There is a scale, telephone, and a TV speaker in the bathroom plus a magnifying mirror attached to one wall. Each room has an electronic safe, a mini-bar/fridge, an iron and ironing board and hairdryer. Bathrobes with slippers are hanging in the closet. Another great feature is how quiet the room is. A couple with an infant was right next door, yet we never heard a peep.

Rickee takes in all that the Danube and Budapest has to offer from the picture window in our suite.
We were fortunate to have access to the Club InterContinental Lounge during our stay and consider it to be well worth the extra 60 Euro per night per room (approximately $84), especially when there are two per room. For that price, you have private check-in and check-out, dedicated concierge services and access to a roomy lounge with complimentary wi-fi Internet access and two Macintosh computers connected to the Internet. Private breakfast is served here and all-day complimentary refreshments and beverages are available. A Happy Hour takes place for two hours each evening featuring complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages and an impressive spread of hot and cold appetizers. The view of the Danube from the Lounge was spectacular.

The newly-renovated state-of-the-art Spa InterContinental offers massages along with a variety of body, facial and nail services inspired by Hungarian tradition. There is also a 24-hour fitness center fully equipped with Free Motion machines with built-in TV screens. A swimming pool, steam room and sauna are additional features.

A big advantage of Hotel InterContinental is its great location within walking distance to many of Budapest’s most impressive and historical sights, and just blocks from the famous Váci Utca shopping district. The hotel concierge will happily arrange excursions for you or provide a city map and directions. Hotel Intercontinental Budapest is definitely our choice as the best place to stay in Budapest!

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We are planning a river cruise from Budapest later this year and now we know where to stay! Thanks for the great review.
Sunday, December 23, 2012 7:42 AM  
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