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The general ratings of Budapest luxury hotels is averaging at about 4.5 - 4.7, and Sofitel Budapest hotel is no exception. Sofitel Budapest is a relatively young hotel (before 2005 it was a Hyatt hotel), and it seems a good alternative for those travellers who intend to have a superb river-view of the Royal Palace, the Chain Bridge etc. but at a more affordable price than other neighbouring five-star hotels such as Fours Seasons Gresham Palace has to offer. I couldn't find news on celebrities staying at Sofitel Budapest (maybe the popular German emo band, Tokio Hotel stayed here in 2007). To get the best hotel room prices for Sofitel Hotel Budapest Chain Bridge, you can easily compare major and minor hotel booking site offers in one single column: compare deals for Sofitel Budapest Hotel Chain Bridge now. You will see the hotel booking prices of more than one hundred booking sites.
Sofitel Budapest is one of the few luxury hotels in Budapest that offer a stunning postcard view of the Buda side of Budapest (especially spectacular when lit at night), part of the UNESCO world heritage. The hotel is centrally located in Budapest's 5th district, right off the River Danube on Roosevelt square (Roosevelt ter), offering breathtaking views of the Szechenyi Chain Bridge with the Roosevelt square, and the Castle hill on the opposite side of the Danube - all within walking distance (0.62 miles/ 1 km) that can be shortened by a classic cable car ride on the Funicular Railway: the Royal Buda Castle with its impressive royal palace, the white turrets of the Fishermen's Bastion and the majolica roofs of the Matthias Church. In addition to the panoramic view, Sofitel Budapest is conveniently close to the major shopping streets, cultural venues, restaurants and bars, and of course, the major public transportation facilities (it is a mere five-minute walk from the single transfer point of the three Budapest subway/metro lines). Sofitel Budapest is about 14 miles (22.5 km) from Budapest Ferihegy International Airport and approx. 2 miles (3 km) from the main railway stations. The number 2 streetcar stops right outside the hotel and it runs along the riverbank on the Pest side of Budapest.
Sofitel Budapest hotel has 350 rooms, including 54 suites on separate non-smoking and smoking floors. There are two river-view rooms with access ramps, lift, etc. available for travellers with limited mobility. There is ample closet & drawer space. The rooms feature a TV with video and music on demand, a radio, a minibar, 3 IDD telephone lines, high-speed Internet, WiFi, PC connection points, individually controlled air conditioning and voicemail, irons with ironing boards, a safe deposit box, etc. Wifi is available in both public and private areas for a surcharge. Hotel reviews written by guests are highly praising the supremely comfortable beds ('heavenly' 'divine' etc.), which have an additional feather padding layer over the deep mattress, plus crispy feather pillows. The bathrooms are marble-floored, there are bathtubs and shower cabins. The bathroom is equipped with a hairdryer, a phone, and a make-up mirror, in some rooms complimentary fluffy bathrobes and slippers. Sofitel Budapest has a special Sofitel executive floor called the Sofitel Floor offering extra comfort and services.
Sofitel Budapest hotel has a smallish pool, nor very spa-like. It is not recommended for those athletic travellers who wish to take their routine laps, but less sporty travellers have found it excellent. Besides the indoor swimming pool, there are two Finnish saunas, and a solarium if you wish to get tanned. There is a well-equipped gym with all sorts of high-tech equipment and weights. You can relay and refresh in the massage rooms.
The non-smoking, air-conditioned Paris Budapest Cafe restaurant offers a versatile menu consisting of French and Hungarian dishes (no more Asian and Mediterranean dishes). You can see the preparation process through the open kitchen in a theater style. There is a wide selection of fine Hungarian and French wines as well as a modern bar. The Terrasse restaurant is also international, non-smoking, air-conditioned. The hot and cold (and organic) breakfast is served here. Bibliotek Lounge (with a fake library) is a snack bar offering Malongo aromatic teas, infusions, coffee specialities and home-made desserts. The Paris Budapest Cafe Bar opens at 10 pm. It is designed in vibrant colours, featuring a contemporary zinc counter. According to guests' reviews it is a great place to unwind and people watch. The bar has a fascinating view of the Szechenyi Chain Bridge and the Royal Castle crowning the Buda hills.
There are Family rooms for 4 and free baby cots available upon request. Kids under 12 years of age can stay (in existing bedding) free of charge. The retaurant has high chairs and children's menus. Babysitting services can be arranged at the reception. The separate smoking and non-smoking floors may ensure a better stay for families with children. There is a laundry service too. The Margitsziget (Margaret Island) with a huge recreation park, fountains, etc. is only a 10-20 minute walk, just as the Castle District with the Royal Palace on the Buda side. If you take the yellow line (5 min walk from the hotel to the nearest stop - Deak ter or Vorosmarty ter are both good), you can easily get to the Zoo, the Szechenyi Spa Bath, etc. Lots of great programs in the neighbourhood. For a good playground, walk towards Erzsebet ter (Elisabeth square, just next to Deak ter). Check out the extras offered by the free Sofitel card.
Pets are allowed.
The Finnish sauna is co-ed and nude, as one of the English guests pointed out warning fellow travellers from the UK. The swimming pool is not a spa: it is a small but nice pool, peaceful and relaxing for leisure travellers. There is a casino in the hotel if you wish to gamble (53 slots machines, 23 table; open until 6 am).
Review Summary of Hotel Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge
Splendid city views (especially at night) from the river side rooms, so it is worth spending a bit more for the extra atmosphere. Many of the reviewers found the rooms fairly quiet and emphasized the affordable five star hotel prices compared to the neighbouring Four Seasons, Intercontinental or the nearby Marriott. Some of the travellers found the breakfast unsatisfactory, while others found it just perfect. So let's say it is a draw. Great advice: get a Sofitel card in advance (online available on the official site), which is free and gives you extra, e.g. late check-out, free access to the gym, etc. - recommended by many other visitors. The beds are several times praised ('very comfortable' 'most comfortable ever'). Front desk services are not unanimously great according to visitors. But again, most guests were very satisfied with the overall services. The black sheep of the hotel is room 811 (it is just below the air-conditioning unit & gets more noise than other hotel rooms in Sofitel Budapest). By the way, one of the TripAdvisor reviewers wrote "For the best views, request a room which ends with the numbers 19 or 20, e.g., 119, 219, 320, etc. " Another guest warns that "The high speed internet is VERY expensive at $33 per day." Just like the rest of the five star hotels in Budapest, Sofitel is also occasionally criticized for charging extra for bottles of waters in the room, or not having a coffee/tea-maker in the room. Very few of the luxury hotels in Budapest have in fact. Lastly, some of the hotel staff are doing their best for you, doing that extra mile, while others may be a bit surly. I suggest helping the hotel nwith improving their staff: if you should happen to bump into an abrupt bellboy or front desk admin, give feedback.
Expedia reviews about Hotel Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge
"Hotel staff was not helpful for local travel advice."
"Great location, beautiful EuroDeco furnishings. No airconditioning in entire lobby,elevators, and outside area of rooms. It was very hot and humid I could hardly breathe, but the rooms had a/c."
"Donﾕt expect much in the way of food. Very poor restaurant. But the concierge more than made up for it with her helpfulness."
TripAdvisor reviews about Hotel Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge
"We could not fault this hotel. When we first arrived our room was not available. We were upgraded to a suite which was of course more than appreciated. Probably the best accomodation in our 6 week trip around Europe. Service was excellent."
"Just back from 4 nights stay in this hotel,staff very friendly and helpful. Our room although not overlooking the Danube, was very spacious, warm, and very clean, the bed was turned down every night. The room was serviced daily. The breakfast in the hotel was nothing short of superb, with every taste catered for. The bar/restaurant had a very relaxed atmosphere and once again the staff where very good. The lesiure facilities on offer within the hotel had everything for a swim and a good sauna. I loved the fluffy robes and slippers in our room and the good selection of toiletries. All in all it made our stay in Budapest even more pleasurable. We would stay again without hesitation."
"My husband and I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in April! I lived and worked in Budapest many years ago and still travel there frequently to visit friends and have stayed in numerous hotels there so I am quite familiar with the city and quality of hotels. I just love the city and can't get enough of it. This was the first time we stayed at the Sofitel and it will not be the last time. We paid 1500 Swedish kronor per night. We had a double room with a view of Chain Bridge. The whole experience was fabulous and worth every kronor we paid. I got a Sofitel card in advance based on information that other reviewers had posted. As a result, we got two free drinks in the bar and even had a free desert waiting for us in our room the first night (Strawberries and chocolate cookies) and we were able to get a late checkout. The breakfast buffet had everything you could think of. I just can't say enough about our stay at this hotel. It was really relaxing long weekend. Couldn't have been better!"
"Wanting to spend a european city weekend, this turned out to be the best choice - clean, spacious room with adjacent sitting area, one of the most gorgeous views at affordable prices - looking directly over the chain bridge, with the steep elevator in the backbround and the palace. Looking out one could feel the city on the move and see the gardens and the river. The evening lights made the view all the more impressive. What was also great was that this part of the twin-city is much more lively with most of the pedestrian ways, shopping, cafes and cathedral all within walking distance. Food and service in the restaurant was very good. Sevice in general in the hotel, as also in the friendly city was very pleasant. If I were to spend another weekend in Budapest, I would happily stay there again - especially on the 6th floor. By the way, in spite of being on the main street the rooms were fairly quiet."
"The Sofitel is right on the river, within walking distance of several attractions (chain bridge, pairlament, shops and restaurants). It is next door to the Intercontinental and accross the street from the Four Seasons. Not too far from the Mariott. The service is good and faster than other hotels of its type. The breakfast menu is plentiful and varied. There was not, however, any particular distinguishing mark that left me wanting to go back. I would venture to say it is about the same as the other hotels mentioned above. If you are coming from the US, expect to pay for more things than you are used to. Except for the one (1) bottle of water for your first day, nothing else was complimentary."
"The good points: Location on the Pest side is perfect. Lobby and atrium are impressive. Good design, nice lightening and relaxing spirit overall. Executive lounge [note: now called the Sofitel Club] on the top floor is a chilling place that offers beautiful views. The bad points: Service is average. We had booked a river side room and were given instead a river view room which makes a big difference. Worst cleaning and housekeeping ever: toilet never cleaned in 5 days, shampoos and shower gels hardly replaced, room kept untidy and messy. The decoration of the rooms has no style and has nothing to do with the fancy, innovative design of the common areas. Hotel pricey, OK for 5* hotels, except this hotel does not deserve a 5* rating and is in no way a luxury hotel. In short: Better than The Mariott and Hilton (which are both tasteless) but far under the 4 Seasons next door. Would I go back to the Sofitel on my next visit to Budapest? The answer is probably yes, but I will keep my expectations as low as possible."
"I am a Tour Manager and my group of 38 stayed for a night in this hotel on the 7 Oct 07. The rooms were large and very comfortable with great views of the Danube River. (Worth upgrading to Danube View Rooms!). The hotel has a great location on the Pest side and close to shopping and restaurants. The food in the restaurant is good without being fabulous but be warned it is on the expensive side. There are plenty of restaurants near the hotel if you do not want to dine at the hotel. The breakfast was good quality with some variety. A warning--be careful when crossing any roads in Budapest as the drivers are not the best in the world. In my opinion they generally drive to fast for the conditions and are somewhat unpredictable. A young man was knocked down outside the hotel just crossing the road on ped crossing."
"Stayed here from the 20th to 23rd sept,we were a party of 21,all the tours and restaurants were pre booked with Buda tours who did a fantastic job.The hotel was great,excellent location and service. The rooms were very comfortable and clean.We had a river view room with a view of the chain bridge.The only thing i wasn`t fussed on was the breakfast,more hungarian style than continental.Budapest is a beautiful city and is well worth a visit before the Euro comes in as things are reasonably cheap."
"We stayed two times in August at the Sofitel Budapest. There was a brief trip to the Balaton inbetween. Both times we had a pleasant stay. The rooms are small but nicely appointed. Great water pressure makes for a great shower. The first stay we didn't have a view of the Danube but the second time we did. The beds are really comfortable. Unfortunately we couldn't use the spa the first time because it was down for repairs. The second visit we did visit the spa. Very nice facility. Overall the location was excellent. Most sites we were able to walk to or take the local trasport - Bus, Train, taxi. OK now for the things we didn't like....The hotel staff while pleasant was not overly helpful. Some can be quite rude. I approached the concierge one afternoon and in an abrupt voice asked what I wanted and didn't even look up at me. Whats that all about? So I just stood there until he did. If you don't like what you are doing find another job. After all its tourists that keep hotel jobs going, no? Perhaps its an issue with not understanding English, but I at least tried to speak a little Hungarian at times. There is the other extreme where the bell man actually greet you when you enter the hotel. As for the breakfast, which runs about 24 Euros - forget it! Its not worth it. The scrambled eggs were undercooked, as well as the bacon too. When we entered the restaurant for breakfast the hostess immediately wanted to know how we were paying. Go figure? We were a little distured by this, but then we were seated. She sat us in the busiest area of the buffet, not happy about that. The selection was just OK. I would recommend going to the local McDonalds and getting breakfast or cappacino instead. You'll enjoy it more and save quite a bit of dollars. While I do recommend this hotel to others I hope that someone either on the Sofitel Budapest staff sees this and takes note of some of the staff and breakfast issues."
"The location was perfect, right next to Chain bridge, and walking distance to the Main sites. The hotel staff were very good and helpfull, and the rooms of high standard, I must add that the beds were very comfortable! We booked a river view room, and requested a higher floor room, which gave great views of the Chain Bridge, and Castle Area, which was even better when lite up at night, its worth the extra cost to book river view rooms. Overall, after seeing the other Hotels, this was the best choice for location and price, the four seasons, and Intercontinental are close by, but more expensive. We did not eat at the Hotel,but I can say that it would have been fine, the Hotel bar was always a good place to start off the evening. If I returned to Budapest, I would only stay at this Hotel."
"This was our third stay in Budapest, having tried first the Kempinski Corvinus (too stuffy) and the Arthotel Buda (wrong side of the river) we decided to push the boat out and stay in the Sofitel in an executive floor room. First the hotel is situated directly opposite the castle, but on the Pest side of the river, so the views are fantastic. All rooms face outwards, so there are none with "views" of the inside atrium, which is from floor to roof. However just one warning : don't stay in room 811 and refuse it if it is given to you. The noise from the airconditioning plant on the roof in front of you was overwhelming - not just through the vent in the room but also the one in the bathroom. However the hotel changed our room the next day without complaint and very quickly to the much quieter 817. As always the Sofitel experience was remarkable, with the most comfortable bed in any chain hotel I've ever stayed in, a separate shower, room to put clothes, enough hangers and pillows etc and very good customer service. You aren't on top of a metro station, but the number 2 tram stops right outside - for going up and down the Pest riverbank - and it is a short walk either to Deak Ferenc Ter or Vorosmarty Ter for the metros. All in all a very good hotel and would stay there again without question."
"There is a dark, contemporary, European feel to the lobby and atrium area, but that's a positive. The rooms are renovated and comfortable. Bathrooms are small but nicely appointed. The breakfast buffet is very good. The hotel is at an excellent location, at the foot of the Chain Bridge, on the same plaza that also houses a Four Seasons. Lots of rooms have river views towards the Buda side of the Danube. The main pedestrian shopping area is behind the hotel, and it's a short walk across the river to the main historical attraction, the Castle/Palace, and a short walk along the river to Parliament and the antiques area. For travelers who want a nice place to stay but don't want to pay Four Seasons prices. Although we recommend that you visit the Four Seasons lobby, which is beautiful, and spend some time in its piano lounge where you can have drinks and dessert."
"We stayed at the Sofitel Budapest for 3 days in July, 2007, and found it to be a great bargain in a great location. The hotel is located on the Pest side of the river near the Chain Bridge, with excellent views of the Danube and Buda (as long as you book a Danube-view room). Although we had a first-floor room (which is actually the third floor of the building) we still had a wonderful view, which was particularly enjoyable at night. For the best views, request a room which ends with the numbers 19 or 20, e.g., 119, 219, 320, etc. The restaurant/bar is adequate, but nothing to brag about, although they do offer a nice breakfast buffet."
"I had been warned that the Hungarian welcome wasn't too friendly but we found the staff at the Softiel more than accomodating. The reception area is really quite stunning, with the atrium, water feature and glass lifts. We upgraded to the conceriege floor for about Eur50 supplement. This meant we could use the lounge throughout the day for snacks and drinks (most alchohoic ones included) and also have a buffet breakfast there. This was well worth it as breakfast in the restaurant was Eur24 each. Our room overlooked the Chain Bridge, which is an amazing sight at night. As I had mentioned my husband's birthday when booking we received champagne and chocolates in the room on arrival, which was a really nice touch. Beds were so comfortable it was very hard to get out of it to see the sights!"
"The hotel is located on Roosevelt ter, between the Gresham Palace and the Intercontinental, at the foot of the Chain Bridge on the Pest side of the Danube. It doesn't get any more central than this without losing the Danube view (the Kempinski and Le Meridien properties are closer to Deak ter, where the subway lines intersect and the walking tours begin, but for me the river view comes first). ... The rooms are generous in size, contain all the expected amenities of a top hotel, and the buffet breakfast was quite good. Everything was spic and span and well-maintained. Oh, and then there's that view--spot on the Chain bridge, with the Parliament building, the Gresham, and Castle Hill lit up at night like a postcard. I've stayed at the Intercontinental across the street on a previous trip, and it is an excellent property as well, but the view from the Sofitel is more magical. Overall I found the Sofitel to be a top notch hotel, and would choose it again for a future trip to Budapest."
"I was going to stay at the Four Seasons when some friends of mine told me they just got back and they recently stayed at the Sofitel and they loved it. The Jr. Suites at the Four Seasons were about double the price for an Executive Club level junior suite [note: now called Sofitel Suite] so I took my friends advice and booked the Sofitel. The location is great. It's actually just 2 buildings down from the Four Seasons. I did walk into the Four Seasons and it's a glorious and beautiful hotel. In fact, I ate dinner one night in the restaurant there and it was excellent. However, I was happy with my room. I booked a Jr. Suite online on their website. The best rate was 230 euros ($310) per night for a suite with a River view. The view was amazing from my room and the room was very big. I was on the Executive Floor as well. It looked like the hotel recently went a renovation as everything in my room was brand new including the big oversized bathroom. I had a couch, chair and desk with high speed computer access. The high speed internet is VERY expensive at $33 per day (5900 HUF). Ouch. Everything else was great. The AC worked very good and it was a new system. The bed was very comfortable with an additional feather bed on the mattress. Extremely comfortable. I ordered room service a few times and they were quick (while the food was nothing to write home about). They had a nice big 42' LCD TV in the room as well that was great. Everyone at the hotel was very friendly. The concierge was great!"
"A fantastic hotel - cool, modern interior (notice the WWI plane suspended from the ceiling), spotless throughout, and ideal location on the Pest side of the river, within easy walking distance of all of the major sights. Prompt, professional service. The highlight of our absolutely enormous room (a superior room, I think): the huge window offering a postcard worthy view of the Chain Bridge and Castle District on the opposite side of the Danube - especially spectacular at night. Our room featured a large flat-screen television, huge, uber-comfortable bed with a lovely folk inspired bedspread, and a sitting area overlooking the river - a perfect spot for breakfast in the morning. Like the bedroom, the bathroom was enormous, with marble fittings and nice toiletries. Check out the cool bar area with futuristic circular white sofa. Also, be sure to stop by the Four Seasons next door for drinks or lunch - the art deco decor is well worth it."
"In fact everybody on the staff, from bell boys to waiting staff to housekeeping, were efficient and friendly. When we got to the room, we were dying to see if the beds were as comfortable as others were saying and yes, my god they were - the mattress toppers were so dozily divine that we ended up taking a couple of unscheduled afternoon snoozes! The atrium design of the lobby is pretty amazing, there's a great vista of the ground floor when you look out over the upper balconies. ... All in all a wonderful hotel experience at the Sofitel!"
"Thought the design of this hotel was amazing - really fabulous atrium (see the candid photo section) with a suspended old-fashioned aeroplane and with the whole atrium lit bright pink at night. The room was fairly small but an incredibly comfortable bed. There was a special feather padding layer on the bed which gave it a lovely softness and very comfortable pillows too. Very clean bathroom. Reception staff spoke very good English and were welcoming. My room didn't have a particulary good view and it's worth asking for one of the rooms with stunning views over the Danube and across the river to the castle and Chain Bridge."
"This was my first time in Budapest and chose the hotel because I got a weekend get-away deal. ...I also loved the feather bed, comforter, and pillow. I slept great! Everything else was overpriced (internet, movies etc) as you would expect at this type of hotel. While you get the complimentary use of robe and slippers they are skimpy on anything else that's complimentary like water bottles or the in-room tea and cofee. They did have a hot pot and cups in the room so bring your favorite tea. Also don't ask the concierge for help if you're looking for something off the beaten track. She sent us to the normal tourist-trap locations with the prices to match. It's not the Four Seasons but it was comfortable, very clean, and a great location."
"The Sofitel is in a great location to see the main attractions in Budapest. Clean, spacious with great views over the Danube (pay the extra - its worth it!) the only downside is the "hit and miss" attitude to customer service. Some of the staff couldn't do enough for us but others were really abrupt and saw us as an inconvenience... The pool area is good for a morning swim and relax or to sooth those aching feet after walking the castle area. Make sure you take one of the free street maps at reception, Budapest is a bit of a maze in places! The breakfast buffet was excellent but make sure you get it as part of your deal (EUR24 is a bit much in my opinion!). We ate in the hotel on evening - there was nothing to suit my vegetarian needs on the menu but they happily made a great cheese salad and mushroom pasta meal for me, it is a bit expensive compared to eating out and, to be honest, there were so many more great places to eat. Go into The Gresham just a few doors away for a coffee just to see the magnificance of the place - its stunning!"
"my husband and i stayed at this hotel from 2 - 4 march for a romantic weekend. my husband booked a danube view deluxe room [note: now called Luxury Room]. the view was definitely worth it, chain bridge etc and at night time when the bridge was lit up it looked magical. the hotel was really nice and the concierge and reception staff extremely helpful. we spent both afternoons relaxing in the sauna and swimming pool ( for the english it is important to note that the sauna is mixed and nude - bit of ashock for me when i first walked in !!). i had a wonderful full body massage which lasted an hour and cost around ｣30. the standard of decor at the hotel is really good and let me tell you about the bed!! my husband and i have a huge bed at home with tempa mattress etc and the only part of the holiday we never look forward to is the bed as it is never as comfortable as our own. the sofitel bed is the first bed that i couldnt wait to get into at night. there is a deep mattress covered with a luxurious feather overmattress , feather pillows and crisp clean white linen that is changed daily. it was soooo comfortable. we didnt eat at the hotel as we are never that hungry in the morning and felt that the 24 euro charge was a bit much. we found a lovely cafe - anna cafe - around the corner where we ate fresh omelette, freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee for about ｣6 each. i must also recommend the 'pava' restaurant in the the gresham palace four seasons hotel and the salam bombay indian in between the four seasons and the sofitel - wonderful food. i know not very hungarian !! but i could not face any more goose liver, wild boar and pike perch. overall this was a friendly comfortable and clean hotel and one that we would recommend and stay at again."
"Budapest is a beautiful city. The Sofitel is a beautiful Hotel, in the inside because from the outside it looks like an old soviet building in the middle of the wonderful architecture of Budapest. The Sofitel is a luxury modern Hotel. All facilities including a Casino for amateur. Facilities inside the rooms are amazing, flat tv and comfortable bed. Sofitel standards. Once again I had to face a wall at the reception, smiling is not in the job description here : It has nothing to do with welcoming eastern people. A part from that, an overall good opinion. Not that expensive for the quality."
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