Detailed review by Cecko
The Intercontinental in Budapest is located right on the Danube across from Castle Hill and the Royal Palace. With the Chain Bridge and the Parliament just steps away, theres no shortage of superb sightseeing opportunities. The Váci utca shopping street, Central Market Hall and the Gellért Baths are also nearby.
The hotel itself looks like it was pretty modern back in the 70s and its five star rating is quetionable. The rooms are nicely equipped with a comfortable bed, flat screen TV, Ironing Board and mini bar (5 EUR for a 0,33 liter bottle of Water).
The "high speed" Internet Connection costs you an extra 25 EUR per day and brings you back to old days where signing on gave you engugh time to take a shower.
The hotel offers some nice amenities such as a fully equipped gym, in-door pool, thai massages and a sauna. However, when in Budapest I would recommend trying out one of the many public baths instead.
I have only been staying on the back side of the hotel where the rooms definately do not give you the WOW effect, but that might be different on the Danube side. The view on the Danube side definately comes with a price tag. While rooms on the backside start at 135 EUR per night, the rooms with a nice view easily start at double that.
Starting your day at the Intercontinental is definatly a nice experience, which again comes with a price. The breakfast buffet that ranges from made-to-order omlets to roasted salmon and miso soup will really leave no stomach empty. This can be expected for 30 EUR!
The service is a bit of a gamble! Sometimes you are lucky and sometimes you are not...it's as simple as that!
All in all I would recommend this hotel to anyone on a business trip (if the company pays :P) as it is really centrally located. For your average weekend getaway I would rather stay at the NH Hotel, which is located close to Margret Island and offers the same service as the Interconti.