We stayed at the Bo18 Hotel for a week whilst researching our city guide to Budapest and loved it. It’s well located in a historically important part of the city, the staff are superb and the breakfast is amazing.
Here are a few photos and observations that we made during our stay; at the bottom of this review is a video that’ll give you a further idea of the hotel.
Location – The Bo18 Hotel Superior is a twenty minute walk from Budapest Keleti railway station, where many trains arrive from Vienna and Prague. The surrounding neighbourhood – including the Corvin Passage – was where the 1956 uprising against the Soviet forces was fought most fiercely, and you can still see the bullet holes in the walls of the house directly opposite the hotel front door.
Reception - We’d made our reservation months earlier but were expected as if we’d spoken to the staff the day before; we were checked in very quickly and took the spacious lift (it can fit eleven people in it!) to our room in the 6th floor.
Other services that reception here provide are printing your boarding passes (this is great because if you forget to do this and you’re flying on the cheaper airlines like Easy Jet or Ryanair then you can expect a charge of up to £100 for printing them at the airport!), selling postcards and stamps, arranging tours, and there’s a laptop for use, for free, in the seating area there. There is also free tea or coffee on offer in the afternoon and evening.
There’s a shoe cleaning machine by the lift too, and a TV showing either Eurosport or World News. Internet access is easy to access, free and very fast throughout the hotel.
Our Room – Ours was a large room; we stayed for a week and never felt cramped at all as there was ample storage space for our clothes – a chest of drawers and two wardrobes – and bags, and for us to move around. The decor was stylish, modern and very comfortable.
Our garret-style windows on the southside of the room looked out over central Budapest, a view of roof tiles and brick chimneys topped by the freedom statue of Gellert Hill. We also had another window facing east through which the rising sun shone early in the day.
For seating, there was a table and desk underneath the TV (wall mounted and with over thirty channels, one of which was in English), a huge beanbag and another easy chair. There was a safe, mini bar and each time the room was cleaned (it was a daily service but we only had it done twice during our stay) fresh apples were left for us.
The highlight of our bathroom was that the floor was heated, the toiletries were made by Yves Rocher and that the bath was large enough for two and lit by a fluorescent green, hidden light.
We had a look at a standard room on a lower floor, it was laid out much the same as ours yet was a little smaller, and the bathroom had a shower instead of a bath.
Breakfast - This is a breakfast to pamper yourself with. If you’re in town for a spa weekend, this will set you up nicely for the day! Firstly, there is free Prosecco, and it’s unlimited. Two bottles at a time are laid in ice, one dry, one medium sweet, and you help yourself to it.
On weekends there is a chocolate fountain, with pieces of peach and cherries to dip, although we also dipped the croissants and made decadent sandwiches from the cherries and brioche.
There was a full range of salad, cheese, cold cuts, fruit, pastries, cereals, juices and biscuits. The scrambled eggs were excellent, not too dry or loose, excellent, and they were kept in a separate serving container than the sausages, which is important for vegetarians.
You sit at your table and, if you wish, you can look out the window at the building opposite, which is still pockmarked with bullet holes from the 1956 revolution. It keeps the dining table conversation sane and measured, at the very least. All in all, this is a superb breakfast spread, with something for everybody, from meat eater to fruitarian and vegan.
The Gym, Sauna and Jacuzzi – Downstairs from reception there is a small gym and then a larger room with two types of sauna, a jacuzzi that’s large enough for five and a solarium, all of it free to use for guests.
Here’s a short video that we made during our stay. It’s not meant to be a glossy promo film, more an honest look at what you might experience yourself if you stayed at the hotel.
In Summary – The Bo18 Hotel Superior is a superb place to stay. The staff are first class, the room is excellent, the bathroom is amazing and the breakfast has something for everyone. It’s also very well located and great value. We’ve stayed in three hotels in central Budapest and this is the only one we’d recommend to our friends and family. We’d say without hesitation, if you’re in Budapest, do stay here!
To discover more, please visit http://www.bo18hotelbudapest.com