Le Meridien Budapest: Opulence Rediscovered
Budapest, ah the beautiful Budapest. A city of two faces, Buda and Pest. Like two lungs beating together, simply separated by the spine of the River Danube. Buda is the more traditional of the couple housing the Royal Palace, whilst Pest is a vibrant, rampaging cultural feast offering the visitor every kind of entertainment, from Opera to late night clubbing. Restaurants and bars pepper the street and history oozes from the beautiful architecture. If you are coming to Budapest, be it for business or leisure, then there can be only on address to rest your head, Le Meridien Budapest.Luxury and Laidback Comfort:
The building is located in the heart of Pest with direct access to the main metro (underground) hub, Deak Ter. From certain rooms there are views of the breath taking St. Stephens Basilica (Budapest’s Cathedral). The view on an early morning as the fog dissipates across the square is more then words can describe.
The hotel is a landmark in itself, a prominent yet elegant v-shaped construction with sharp lines and classical touches. From this base there is little of Budapest that you cannot access easily, quickly and directly.
Appearances can be deceptive and first impressions count. Le Meridien blows both sky-high. The buildings exterior is out-done by its opulent yet tasteful interior - and the first impression is a classically tailored doorman, who’s graciousness, professionalism and down right good nature is a sight to behold alone.
The reception is well dressed with classic paintings and chandeliers that create a tasteful lighting. Courteous staff ease you through check-in and bell-boys assist you to magnificent rooms.
Rooms are luxuriously decorated, kitted out with every possible amenity, from computer dataport (high speed internet in deluxe rooms) to complimentary nightly shoe shine. Marble clad bathrooms host a shower and separate bath - ideal to soak weary bones following a day’s exploring of a city known as ‘the Paris of Eastern Europe’.
Hungarian Eating the 5-Star way:
Inside at ground floor level the vast glass domed restaurant reveals a delicious banquet of fine foods from breakfast to dinner. On certain evenings there are Hungarian themed events with as much Hungarian food and wine as you can consume for a fixed price (around £20 or US$37). A good introduction into the Hungarian way of eating.
The property boasts an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and bath. The pool is well kept and great to look at but its size makes swimming for fitness limited.
The hotel is historically listed comprising of 218 bedrooms including 26 suites.
They say that a hotel can greatly enhance your stay - if you want to see the best of Budapest then why not stay at the best as well?
An airport minibus is available at the cost of HUF 2100 per person (this service has to be arranged at the airport). The average cost of a taxi fare from the airport to the hotel is HUF 10,000. The Budapest public transport company has a widespread network, consisting of three metro lines, blue local buses, yellow trams and red trolley buses. Transportation services start around 4:30 am and run until 11:30 pm.
Le Meridien Budapest,
Erzsebet Ter 9-10 Budapest,
Tel: +361 429 5500
Fax: +361 429 5555
web site: www.lemeridien.com
Top 5 Hotel Amenities:
24-hour front desk and concierge desk
24-hour travel desk/Travel and tour desk (available at the concierge)
Business Centre and secretarial service
Disabled ramp and wheelchair access
Top 5 In-Room Amenities
24-hour room service
Bath and separate showers
Handicapped room capabilities
High speed Internet (in Deluxe Rooms)
The hotel offers a ballroom and six meeting rooms, with a capacity from 10 to 250 people, suitable for various types of banquets, conferences, meetings and seminars and offering the latest state-of-the-art, built-in audio-visual equipment and a fully equipped business centre.
Le Meridien Budapest is nominated for Hungary’s Leading Hotel at this years World Travel Awards.
By Ben Kilbey