Hotel Astoria - A Review (Budapest - Hungary)

Its time to head in the eastern direction and my first country to visit is Hungary and I visited its capital city Budapest. Before talking about how stunning and surprising this city was, let me begin with the hotel where I stayed in Budapest. Presenting Danubius Astoria - a heritage hotel with some very interesting historical events that happened here.


The building which houses the hotel, was built in the beginning of 19th C when it was the blacksmith Benedek Unger's shop. It was located next to city walls & Hatvani gate. By 1808, both were demolished and the site became the Zrinyi Coffee Shop and Inn. In the era, it was an important site where several political and literary meetings & discussions happened. In 1914 March, Hotel Astoria was built. With elevators & central heating system it was a very advanced hotel for the era. During 1918, this hotel hosted the then Count Mihály Károlyi who went on to become the Prime Minister of Hungary for a year until the country's political scenario became unstable. 

Today the hotel is a spectacular reminiscence of the past! What attracted me the most to the hotel, is that it is filled with several antiquities. Not just the carpets and chandeliers, but also several vases, sculptures, furniture, paintings, mirrors, copper brackets and so much more were initially bought to decorate the hotel in its hay times in the 1930s. Most of those have been preserved till date making the interiors, a very charming one! One of the most priced possessions is the vase depicting Nepoleon Boneparte, placed in the breakfast room. The antiquities in display are only a part of what was originally there. They are still under lock and key for the lack of space to display. Also their safety has to be taken care of - for eg., an antique clock placed in the reception fell down after a guest pushed it inadvertently. It is currently being restored.


The restaurant cum bar is open from 7AM to 11PM and serves a la carte menu to the room throughout. They can accommodate special requests as well, afterall they are a Michelin star restaurant. They did get some sauteed vegetables for Atyudarini's dinner. But do not get it to your room - to sit in the ambiance of the restaurant makes the stay complete. Even if you stay elsewhere, you could just visit the restaurant for a meal. This is more baroque in style with golden detailing all over the ceiling. The best part is the mezzanine floor with a few tables in it. These tables have seated a few writers and film makers when this was a Coffee Shop. Though the current architecture is not the same, its almost an exact replica. 

There are 3 types of rooms here - Standard, Deluxe and Suite. True to any heritage hotel, this too doesn't have all rooms of a type as a ditto copy, there are inherent differences... The most sophisticated and large ones are the Deluxe rooms. The Suite rooms are sometimes smaller but are separated into multiple rooms. There are a total of 138 rooms.
The rooms are spacious and the decor is a very authentic French Empire styled, even including the crystal chandeliers, high curtains and floor carpeting. Every requirement is well taken care of in a expansive, spacious way - may it be the coat hangers, luggage rack, cupboards. Rooms have the usual supplies of coffee, mini bar, toiletries, sewing kit etc. This one has a shoe shining kit. Dental kit is available on request. The bathroom has a bath tub, a perfect way to unwind after exploring Budapest all day. Quite amusingly, the bathroom also has a bidet! A culture to use a bidet is mixed in each European country. I've been to French houses with it and Dutch houses without it! In order to cater to the wider audience, this bathroom....... has a bidet!!!!

The breakfast is not complimentary but with a small payment extra. The buffet spread was impressive even for vegetarians - the salad bar was divine. A very comfortable baby booster chair was also given for Atyudarini.
One of the best features is that there's a metro & tram station just at the entrance of the hotel. The airport connection bus stops exactly in front of the hotel and the last stop of the bus is 1 metro stop from the hotel which is also walkable if you want to get into the bus at the terminus for more space, seating etc.
There are no pool or spa or sauna. There are 3 meeting rooms available as well, that can seat from 10 persons to 100 persons, so yeah, a very simple wedding with a small guest list can actually make this city a destination wedding place, and this venue for the wedding. Infact it was from one of its today's meeting rooms' balcony that Mihály Károlyi gave his speech to the general public!!!


To Get There:
On Google Maps: Hotel Astoria, Budapest
Nearest Metro Station: Astoria

To Book online: Hotel Astoria, Budapest
Room rates begin at €76 for standard double rooms.
Breakfast - €13 for guests
Hotel Ph no: +36-1-889-6000

My complete Budapest travelogue: Coming up soon....

P.S: I was invited by Budapest Tourism to experience the city for review purposes, however the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.

Bhushavali N

An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.

14 comments:

  1. What a beautiful looking hotel. I so much prefer these boutique style hotels with character. I travel to Budapest quite a bit, I’ll check this place out next time. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I really love staying in hotels with a history to them, and this Astoria looks very much a grand historical dame! The decor is beautiful and looks like rooms, facilities and breakfast are also great.

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  3. I absolutely love hotels that witnessed important historical events. The interior looks lovely. I sure wouldn't mind spending a few days here. When I visit Budapest again, I'll surely take a look

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  5. This hotel looks spectacular and I love that it has an interesting history to go with it. I'm so glad they are restoring parts of the hotel to its old splendor! I'd love to stay here if I ever make it to Budapest!

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  6. Its so much fun to stay at heritage hotels. We have loved our experiences too and looking at Danubius Astoria in Budapest, it seems like a perfect choice. Looking at the pictures and the description, I feel staying here would transport you to another era with all those antiquities. Nice that they have a choice to select from the rooms as Standard, Deluxe and Suite and best part is that it has good connectivity to metro and train.

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  7. There's something about Budapest that just steals my breath away. The architecture is just divine there, and that's evident at this hotel! All the antiquities and history embedded in those walls. Oh I would love to stay there! Wonderful review.

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  8. This looks like a beautiful hotel to stay in! I love the French Empire decor and the spaciousness of the hotel rooms. I would also love to eat here, seeing that they have a Michelin Star restaurant.

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  9. I am always in for heritage properties and this one looks beautiful through your captures. Looks like they have a wonderful collection of artefacts.Going through this article, i am reminded of the Amantha lantha resort nearby to the Bangkok airport that we had visited briefly for lunch. It was a treasure house of antiques very similar to Hotel Astoria !

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  10. I love finding quirky hotels on my travels! I visited Budapest recently in September - wish I would've known about this beautiful heritage hotel. I could spend hours looking at the antiques, I bet you felt like you'd been transported back in time. The food sounds great too which is a massive plus for me - can't beat a good breakfast buffet!

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  11. This looks like an interesting stay for Budapest. We're planning to return here, so I'll consider it especially given its vicinity to the metro. I laughed at the bidet comment; it's so common in many European countries, and really good to use too. Try it!

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  12. This looks like my type of hotel. I love the old world charm in the building. Budapest is on my bucket-list for a long time so this will be very useful

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  13. I love historic hotels and therefore this hotel is for me with those vintage style of decor. I can understand that people would consider a hotel a very modern one, if a hotel in 1900's have elevators and central heating system. Good to know that they have many varieties for vegetarians though we have to pay extra for breakfast. Also if tram and metro are at the entrance of hote, then I am booking this hotel only. Thanks for your honest reviews on Astoria, Budapest.

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  14. This is such a beautiful hotel and and it's amazing that they were able to preserve it. The antique and classic decorations just gives it a unique vibe and experience definitely making it wort the visit.

    With the incident you shared, it would be great if they can work on more on the security and safety of their guests.

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