Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Ibis Budapest Centrum
District IX, Ráday utca 6, Budapest, Budapest, 1092, Hungary See on Map
Near the National Museum and right on the hopping café and nightlife zone of Ráday utca, this nine-story chain hotel is good value for those who want to burn the candle at both ends. Rooms are unremarkable but fine if you only plan to sleep and then hit the sights, and friendly, willing staff raise the hotel above its peers.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Request an inner-facing room to avoid street noise.
Small, clean rooms are done up in orange and turquoise hues that are reminiscent of a U.S. circa-1970s motel.
If you're looking for a room with a bit more personality, as in other Ibis hotels, the staff have been allowed to come up with concepts for a couple of the rooms at this branch. The aeroplane room might appeal to kids or fans of flying.
Bathrooms have showers, not baths, and are small but clean.
The lobby area itself is pretty bland, but the cheery, capable staff are a highlight of staying here.
There's no restaurant, but the breakfast is not bad, and reasonably priced.
The front-desk staff double as bartenders at the attached lobby bar, where microwaved snacks are available around the clock.
The hotel is fairly well-located in a buzzing district, although it's not quite in the prettiest tourist heartlands. But it is right by Kálvin tér metro stop and a number of other public transport options.
Splurge the pennies you have saved on accommodation on a smashing tasting menu at Costes Restaurant (1-minute walk). Or, at the other end of the scale, satisfy your burger cravings at Buddies Burger (3-minute walk).
Try the craft beers at the aptly named Jonas Craft Beer House (11-minute walk) on the riverside. Nearby, check out music club and bar Musikum (3-minute walk) for live performances. Or head to the Jewish Quarter for more good bars, including DOBLO Wine Bar and Shop (15-minute walk), which does what it says on the tin, with style.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Reliable, affordable, and central--three words that won't set the world on fire hospitality-wise, but are actually very valuable qualities in a hotel in a new city. Good for those on city breaks who plan to hit the city hard and just need somewhere to sleep and refuel at breakfast.