Last year Timothy and I went on a backpacking adventure to Eastern Europe and the Balkan countries, we started our trip with a night in the InterContinental Düsseldorf before boarding the overnight Nightjet onwards via a brief change of trains in Vienna to Budapest.
Budapest is the capital of Hungary and I was amazed by its beauty, you could clearly see the city had a rich history and there is a lot to discover. Out hotel of Choice was the InterContinental Budapest located along the Danube riverbank right next to the famous chain bridge, Széchenyi lánchíd, and just a short walk away from the beautiful, Országház, parliament buildings.
The hotel itself was built during the 1980´s when Hungary tried to attract more foreign tourists by building some western standard luxury hotels, this can still clearly be seen from the hotel exterior being a big concrete block however inside it has been well taken care of and is up to date to modern standards and expectations.
The RoomBuda Castle and old town on top of the hill at the opposite bank. As the view was breath-taking both day and night we never closed the curtains of our room so we could wake up and see the beautiful view as soon as we opened our eyes. https://youtu.be/t–QlpqB0ic
As we booked a Club Room we had complimentary access to the wonderful and spacious club-lounge, which is located on the first floor also sporting a panoramic view of the bridge and the castle. The lounge was subdivided into a number of smaller areas, you entered the lounge in an area where there was the welcoming desk, here your check-in and check-out was also handled, far away from the hustle and bustle of the main lobby. Beyond the entrance you had a small areas with some sofas and small coffee tables before you entered the room with the bar, buffet and dining tables. All the way at the end, after walking up some stairs, you had some more seating in a glass wrapped panoramic setting which of course where the first to be taken.
The Spa, Pool and Fitness
The spa, pool and fitness area was located on the first floor, next to the lounge. You had the usual offer of massages and beauty treatments available (at extra cost) as well as a fully equipped fitness area and an inside pool. The inside pool was really inside inside, there were no windows allowing natural light to enter the room, making it feel like you where swimming in a bunker. But the pool was nicely decorated with some nice loungers alongside to relax, during our entire stay we almost always had the pool for ourselves as there where not much guests using it.
I will definably visit Budapest again in the future, most likely combined with exploring a bit more of the rest of Hungary. I also liked the Intercontinental in Budapest and will probably stay there again next time I’m in town.