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Funky Friday: A Hotel Suite Fit For Sookie and Bill (and Eric, Too)

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  Site Where: Dohany utca 64, Budapest, Hungary, H-1074
June 13, 2014 at 4:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

For all you hip and fashionable vampire lovers, and you know who you are, eagerly counting down the hours until the "True Blood" premiere on June 22nd, we think we may have found a design hotel — or at least a suite — just for you. The Soho Boutique Hotel in Budapest is an artsy modern boutique that invites us to give in to “enchanting temptation” and an “unforgettable experience.“ That sounds like a great selling point for their new “Vampire Suites,” not that we’re experts on the subject.

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Hotel Nerds Get Excited: The Grand Budapest Hotel 'Opens' Tomorrow

Where: Budapest, Hungary
March 6, 2014 at 5:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's the moment we've been waiting for forever. Well, actually only since last October but still, we're crazy excited to see Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel", which hits theaters in the states tomorrow.

The inspiration for the film has not been revealed, yet there's only one hotel in Budapest that could be a real contender--The Corinthia Hotel Budapest which was formerly known as the Grand Hotel Royal when it opened in 1896 and actually sports a similar facade to the fictional Grand Budapest Hotel. And naturally, the Corinthia is capitalizing on the similarities with a "Behind the Scenes' package.

The three-night stay includes a tour at the hotel, learning about the role it played in Hungarian film industry (it used to house a cinema), a walking tour of the city's most famous movie set locations, a day cruise on the Danube along with a VIP Grand Budapest movie screening from March 20 to April 9. Breakfast for two is also included. The package stars at a total of $1,150 for two people including buffet breakfast and is valid from March 20 to December 25th.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel, Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

Where: Budapest, Hungary
October 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE, 10.16.13: Variety is now reporting that the movie will open on March 7, 2014. And the movie poster is out too!

Director Wes Anderson made train travel cool again with his movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

According to IMDB, the film will be a comedy-drama about a hotel concierge working at a legendary hotel in 1920s Europe. The concierge embarks on a friendship with younger employee who becomes his protege. But that's not all. The movie also involves "the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century."

Ralph Fiennes will star as the Concierge along with a roster of bona fide starts just as Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Wilkinson, Mathieu Amalric, F Murray Abraham, and Bob Balaban.

Now the question is What hotel inspired this movie?

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Is The Casati Budapest's Coolest Hotel?

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  Site Where: Paulay Ede utca 31, Budapest, Hungary
May 21, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

While researching hotels in the Hungarian capital this past January, we came across the usual brands (InterContinental, Four Seasons, Autograph Collection). But amidst all the grand palaces and five-star spas, there was one small boutique hotel we simply couldn't pass over: the Casati Budapest Hotel.

The 25-room hotel is housed in an 18th century building in the center of the city, right near the Opera metro stop, making it perfect for tourists. In fact, the address is so central that, after arriving from the airport via taxi on our first night, we did most of our sightseeing on foot directly from the hotel.

But location and a cool name aren't all this hotel has to offer. You see, the rooms here are divided into four different themes, ranging from Classic to Cool to Natural to Heaven. Naturally, we chose 'Cool.'

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Boscolo Budapest Was Full of Bronzes, Busts and Balustrades

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  Site Where: Erzsébet körút 9-11, Budapest, Hungary, 1073
February 21, 2013 at 12:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

A stone bust carved into the facade of Boscolo Budapest.

It used to be called the New York Palace, and its most famous venue is still the New York Cafe. Then it became the Boscolo Budapest. Then in 2011, Marriott swooped in and annexed it to their Autograph Collection. Call it what you will—it doesn't really matter because once you walk inside, you start to realize why so many people have been making a fuss about this place for years.

We checked into the Boscolo Budapest at the tail end of our mini-trek through Eastern Europe last month, and boy, was it a welcome respite. Immediately upon arrival (and we got there pretty early, around 11am), the staff were totally welcoming, not only allowing us up to our room ahead of normal check-in time, but also upgrading us to a Junior Suite on the fourth floor. Like always, we were planning to request an upgrade anyway (it was Budapest, in the middle of January, after all), but they were one step ahead of us!

Of course, we were dazzled by the atrium-style lobby, which is encircled by five floors of gleaming portico arches stacked on top of each other, leading all the way up to a glorious skylit roof. But more on that later. First, our initial room reaction...

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You May Feel Spinny At The Bar At Budapest's Zara Continental, But It Won't Be The Booze

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  Site Where: Dohány utca 42-44, Budapest, Hungary, 1074
January 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Not bad for a hotel bar, right? Especially a hotel that cost you less than $100?

But yes, this is the Zara Continental Hotel in Budapest that we spent the weekend at for the princely sum of $65 per room, per night, thanks to a slamming deal on Jetsetter.com. The hotel is set in a former bath house - so there's Art Deco decoration on the outside, a huge fancy revolving door, and this stunning, also Art Deco, lobby.

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Zara Hotels Opens a Second Hotel in Budapest

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  Site Where: Dohány str. 42-44, Budapest, Hungary, H-1074
June 16, 2010 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

Budapest's increasingly hip VII district got a new upscale boutique hotel this week. Forget nearby youth hostels or three-star duds such as the King's Hotel, next time you hit the Jewish district, consider looking into Zara Hotel's second Budapest location, The Continental Hotel Zara (the first is an established four star property, opened in 2006, near the Danube river).

This former bath house has been wonderfully restored by local owners and boasts an indoor rooftop pool (and hot tub) next to a outdoor roof garden, 272 rooms (everything from simple singles to suites to 35 "deluxe" rooms), a full service restaurant (Araz) and two courtyards. Five conference rooms and a gallery round out the find.

The entire hotel reflects one of the owners' Jordanian roots, with subtle Arabic design touches throughout.

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Go East! in Europe For Good Deals And Great Culture

November 5, 2009 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's hard to believe that one of our favorite parts of the world, Eastern Europe, has only been easy to travel to for the last twenty years – that's how long it is since the Berlin Wall fell, and that's also the reason why Marriott is celebrating with the Marriott's Go East! Package, with specials in five major eastern European cities. We like these deals because they're not just a bed and some food – they also feature some little touches to help you get to know the Cold War historical sides of the cities.

In the city where it all happened, you can stay at the Berlin Marriott Hotel with a Go East! package for €199 ($290) including a double room, breakfast, the Berlin Welcome Card and tickets to the very cool Berlin Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie. At the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel in Romania (pictured), the deal starts at 660 Lei ($226) and gets you a double room, breakfast, 20% off any other food and drinks during your stay, and two tickets to visit the city's Parliament Palace.

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Hilton Budapest Is a 'Safe Bet'

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  Site Where: Hess A Ter 1-3, Budapest, Hungary, 1013
April 3, 2009 at 11:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Every so often we feature a hotel review from one of our readers that we feel should be shared with the rest of you dear hotel guests. These reviews are highlighted because they are timely, about cool hotels in cool places and are relatively level-headed. Think you can submit one just like this? Send it in. This one comes from reader E., who tell us his overall reaction to the Hilton Budapest was "huh, I don't really have much to say about it, whether pro or con."

There are two Hiltons in Budapest: the Hilton Budapest and the Hilton Budapest West End. The West End property is located on the Pest side of the city, while the Budapest property is located in the Castle District on the Buda side, at the top of the hill within the UNESCO World Heritage site. The hotel is next door to the St. Matthias Church and actually incorporates remains from centuries-old structures that used to occupy the site.

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The Four Seasons Budapest Soothes and Relaxes But Still Needs Free WiFi

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  Site Where: Roosevelt Ter 5-7, Budapest, Hungary, 1051
March 23, 2009 at 4:19 PM | by | Comment (1)

Every so often we feature a hotel review from one of our readers that we feel should be shared with the rest of you dear hotel guests. These reviews are highlighted because they are timely, about cool hotels in cool places and are relatively level-headed. Think you can submit one just like this? Send it in.

This review comes from a longtime HotelChatter tipster who recently saw the swankier side of Budapest. Enjoy.

Four Seasons Gresham Palace is on the Pest river front, right opposite the historical Chain Bridge connecting the two parts of the city. A gorgeous Art Nouveau building, it is beautifully lit up at night and worth a stop even if you are not staying here to admire the lobby and have a drink in the cosy bar. Next door is the Sofitel, InterContinental, and a little further down the river the Marriott, all of them in various degrees of awful boxy concrete hotel architecture.

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A Design Hotel With a Designer View in Hungary

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  Site Where: H-1013 , Budapest, Lánchíd , Hungary
March 19, 2009 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

We are suckers for a room with a killer view.  We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

Now that Design Hotels is now Design Hotels, Made by Originals, we're having a hard time coming up with witty one-liners about the hotel group — we tend to stumble over lots of syllables, so let's just get right to this week's Killer View: check out this awesome view from the Lanchid 19 Hotel in Budapest, a member of Design Hotels, Made by Originals (oh, alright; that wasn't so hard).

This property is located by the Danube riverbank, with only 45 rooms and three suites — all of which have a totally different look.

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With Rooms For One Euro, Who Cares About Conversion Rates?

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  Site Where: Eotvos utca 25/a, Budapest, Hungary, 1067
September 8, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

You'll pay close to $900 just to fly to Budapest (coach, natch), but it will only cost you less than two dollars to spend the night there.

That is, of course--there's always a catch, isn't there?--you act quickly.

In honor of the first birthday of its Budapest property on October 1, easyHotel is offering rooms that night for just one euro. (One euro!) But with just 59 rooms, expect it all to go very, very quickly.

The hotel is located on the Pest side of the Danube River and is a short walk to Hero's Square. This being easyHotel, you'll pay extra for things like watching television, housekeeping services and Internet access, but at just one euro (one euro!) for the night, we think you can afford to the splurge. Heck, go crazy and order up some extra towels!