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5 nts Prague: Hotel Kampa Garden vs Aparthotel City 5? 4 nts Budapest?

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Oct 5th - 14th are my tentative travel dates. Hello folks. I posted last here a few years ago and am finally going to Europe, solo. I was thinking of visiting Prague and Budapest this time around. I was torn between Sweden or Denmark or Norway (I'd be going in October) but thought it might be really cold there then and not as much light as in the summer. Never been to Scandinavia but I'd prefer to go in the heart of the summer.

Then I thought - Hmmm, Germany or Amsterdam - great museums and cool history, but decided in the end that Prague and Budapest would be the best bet for me. I researched "cheap" hotels a bit and narrowed it down to 2 for Prague...

Hotel Kampa Garden vs Aparthotel City 5 in Prague. It's hard to trust reviews but they both seem to be well liked. Hotel Kampa Garden is $84.50 night vs. $75 a night for Aparthotel City 5. Any help here with these? Pros and cons of each?

Why I'm going? I like to go to museums, take long walks through cities, see the historical sights, eat great, inexpensive food and see movies at night (with english subtitles) if there are any available... At one point I thought it would be most fun to go to Munich (instead) for the BMW factory tour and museum (I'd love to see this one day) and then to Stuttgart to see the Porsche factory tour and museum. It's still in the back of my mind to go there instead of Prague but at the moment, I'm pretty set on the Czech Republic.

I was thinking of doing 4 nights in Prague and 3 in Budapest but bumped it up to 5 and 4. I was going to leave on a Wednesday night from Maryland and spend Thurs-Tues in Prague, then Tues - Friday night in Budapest and head home on Saturday morning back to Maryland.

Unless I only need 3 nights in Budapest and can get home a day earlier to do laundry and chill. Any thoughts regarding the amount of nights to stay in Budapest? I found the Ibex Budapest Centrum for $67 a night. Seems like a pretty good deal for a single room in a decent hotel. Anyone stay here?

This part of Europe seems less expensive than I'm used to paying for the level of hotel you get. I don't want to use Priceline but prefer to just book directly with a hotel. Then if there's an issue, I can leave a couple days early and it's less messy and problematic. Sometimes I decide to change my plans half way through a vacation and leave a city early to check out somewhere else or a city in the country near where I am. If you pay everything in advance this is more difficult to do.

I cut and pasted lots of stuff on Prague from that long thread on Fodors and will do the same for Budapest.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you have on the hotels I picked and on the time per city I've allotted. At one point I thought of adding in one more place like Vienna but now I'm not sure if that's such a good idea even if I add another day or so. Lastly, I'm guessing it's best to fly into Prague and out of Budapest?

Seems like airfare is around $1100 RT flying into Prague and out of Budapest, about the same as if I fly in and out of Prague. Is it better to wait on flights till later in the year? I just went on Kayak.com to check and that's what I found.

Cheers,
Steve
Gaithersburg MD

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