Hilton Budapest Castle District Hotel
Ratings of Hilton Budapest Castle District Hotel
Hilton Budapest Castle District, just like almost all of the luxury five-star hotels in Budapest Hungary, has been given about 4.5 rate out of 5 on average in the various online hotel guest reviews. As Graeme Harwood on Travel Intelligence puts it: “My favourite and first port of call whenever I return to Budapest, this Hilton must rank in the Hilton’s top ten. Even 007 lost his cool here; that is, Roger Moore, who in a moment of implausible generosity, gushed over “this wonderful hotel – the prettiest in Europe.” (Sir Roger Moore and UNICEF held a press conference at the Hilton Hotel in 2007). He also adds that the panoramic views of the hotel (overlooking the Pest side featuring the Hungarian Parliament, the Chain Bridge, the Gresham Palace, etc.) bar none and you can enjoy “the finest after-dinner walks in Budapest” – especially on a corporate affair. Go to the official website of Hilton Budapest Castle District to make your booking.
Location of Hilton Budapest Castle District Hotel
Hilton Budapest is not in the commercial centre of the city (which is Deak square). Instead it is located in the heart of the historic Castle District on the Castle Hill of the Buda side of Budapest. The Castle District is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The Fisherman’s Bastion and the renaissance Matthias Church are literally a two-minute walk from bed to turret or chapel, and you can easily take a pleasant walk to the many museums of the Castle District. Mammut Shopping Mall, one of the most successful shopping centers in Hungary, is about 10-15 minutes on foot. Landmarks on the Pest side (Parliament, Szechenyi Spa Bath, the Jewish District with the largest European Synagogue, the Central Market Hall, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes’ Square, or the pedestrian only shopping street called Vaci utca, etc. can be quickly reached by public transport in 15-35 minutes, or you can take a cab any time to enjoy the busy nightlife on the Pest side. If you wish to get around by trams or the underground, it is worth concentrating on one square to get your directions: Moszkva ter (Moscow square) on the red metro line and a major stop on the number 4 or 6 tram. The other square (Adam Clark) is at the foot of the Chain Bridge: here you can take the funicular railway up the hill, but it is more of a tourist destination than a real stop. The Castle District is basically built upon an underground cave system (like the digestive system of the Buda Hill, even featuring a wine tour). Consequently, private transportation is limited in order to protect the cave system from bearing too much weight: but Hilton Budapest guests have the privilege to drive in and out free of charge. Ferihegy International Airport is approx. 14 miles/ 23 km from the hotel (about 35 min drive).
Rooms in Hilton Budapest Castle District Hotel
There are 322 rooms and suites in Hilton Budapest Hotel in the Castle District. All rooms offer direct dial telephone lines, modem, voicemail, high-speed wireless internet access, color TV, pay per view movies, radio, minibar, safe, tea and coffee makers, iron and ironing board, individually controllable air conditioning, and of course, convenient working desks. Bathroom amenities include bathrobes & slippers. Hilton Guestroom Plus and Hilton Executive Plus rooms are overlooking the River Danube and the picturesque Pest side of Budapest. Executive guests have access to the Clubroom, where complimentary breakfast, snacks and drinks, newspapers, magazines and a dedicated team members’ service are available all day long. Steve Fallon on Lonely Planet suggests “choose anything on the 3rd to 6th floors (and we can guarantee that room No 518 will have you swooning).”
Pool and fitness Facilities in Hilton Budapest
No pool. The gym is fully equipped with a treadmill, stair stepper, rowing machine, weights and a universal weight machine, the fitness room also features a sauna where you can relax after your workout. Both the fitness room and the sauna are free of charge. Further amenities: solarium, beauty salon, hairdresser. Runners may enjoy the jogging paths through the medieval buildings of the Castle District: King Run is about 2 miles (3.6 km) & Queen Run is 1.2 miles (2 km) or can take the number 4 or 6 tram (about 15-20 min), get off at Margaret Island (Margitsziget) and run.
Dining in Hilton Budapest Castle District Hotel
The Lobby bar, as well as the Dominican and Corvina Restaurants provide a wide range of cuisine from light snacks to fine dining. The Corvina Restaurant is ideal for a Hilton breakfast, pleasant business lunch or informal dinner. The elegant Dominican Restaurant offers a breathtaking view on the Budapest city features while you are enjoying your superb international cuisine, especially seafood, and Hungarian specialties (including the popular goose liver). There is an outstanding selection of Hungarian wines (Tokaj wines included), contemporary piano music in the evenings and a spectacular stained glass ceiling around the clock. The recently renovated Lobby bar serves cocktails, hot and cold beverages, light snacks and specialty sandwiches, with live piano music in the evening. The Faust Wine Cellar, which was once owned by medieval Dominican monks, is an excellent site for tasting a wide range of Hungarian wines and appetizers (open from 4.00 pm to 11.00 pm). Don’t forget to pay a visit to Ruszwurm Confectionery and Cafe Miro if you are a coffee drinker and have a sweet tooth – both are in the Castle District, just a few steps from the hotel.
Family friendly Hilton Budapest Castle District Hotel
Let’s start with the magical atmosphere: slightly medieval surroundings, cobblestones, mysterious statues, real life cannons to play at knight and princess, orks and ogres with kids (mostly the fortified walls remained after the Turkish invasion, the Royal palace itself is of the 19th century). Baby-sitting service upon request, kids menus in the restaurant. Plus Hilton Budapest offers Saturday and Sunday Brunches with “all you can eat buffet” to the tunes of first-class live music. Complimentary champagne, orange juice and coffee is available. Half price for children between 4 and 14. As for household amenities, there is laundry, dry-cleaning, etc. services. Great children programs within 15 minutes: Margaret Island (Margitsziget) with green parks, bikes, carts, etc. or the playground and kid exhibitions at Millennial Park behind the Mammut Shopping Center on Moszkva ter.
Good To Know about Hilton Budapest Castle District Hotel
During the summer open-air concerts (BudaFest Summer Musical Festival) are held in the court of the former Dominican church, which ruins are built in the hotel.