Ratings of Hotel Le Meridien Budapest
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.
Location of Hotel Le Meridien Budapest
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).
Rooms in Hotel Le Meridien Budapest
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.
Pool and fitness in Hotel Le Meridien Budapest
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.
Dining in Hotel Le Meridien Budapest
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.
Family friendly Hotel Le Meridien Budapest
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.
Pet friendly Hotel Le Meridien Budapest
Small pets are welcome (extra charge).
Good To Know about Hotel Le Meridien Budapest
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.