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Continental Hotel Budapest

Centrally located and affordable luxury hotel in Budapest's Jewish Quarter
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Key Details

Rating: 4.5

Starting Rates: $131.00

Phone: +36 1 815 1000

Official Website: Hotel Website

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Description

Location

Address: Dohány u. 42-44

Location & First Impressions

Front and exterior of Continental Budapest Hotel
Continental Budapest Hotel / Booking.com

When traveling to Budapest, you’ll need a place to stay. Overall, the Continental Hotel Budapest is in the Jewish Quarter, close to the Great Synagogue. Likewise, it’s centrally located to the main tourist attractions.

It’s a four-star hotel that offers 272 rooms and suites. I immediately felt transported back when I arrived, and the feeling stayed with me during my entire visit there. Learn more in my Continental Hotel Budapest review.

Check-in Experience

Continental Hotel Budapest Lobby
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When I arrived to check in, the staff were pretty busy. However, they all stopped to nod or greet me as I walked to the front desk. Upon arrival, I waited a few moments until the receptionist was finished with another guest.

They asked for my name, and she found my reservation quickly. After getting my keys, they also provided me with this handy timeslot for when to attend breakfast, which I thought was very interesting.

Room Options

Alt-text: Continental Hotel Budapest breakfast time guide
Kyle Kroeger / ViaTravelers

There are 272 rooms spread over six floors, each decorated with heavy black doors, brown tones, dark wooden furniture, and more. The standard rooms are regularly sized, and most have shower-bath combos.

However, there are six Junior Suites, which are bigger and have separate showers and bathtubs. You’ll also find a small balcony. They all contain safes, mini-bars, and complimentary tea/coffee makers.

Elegant Suite Accommodation at Continental Hotel Budapest Room
Management / Continental Hotel Budapest Room

I chose the standard room with a double bed, though I was upgraded to a junior suite. Still, I thought it was slightly cramped. Though there was a writing desk and chair, there wasn’t much room to move around. Still, I had an excellent view!

Elegant hotel room with modern amenities at Continental Hotel Budapest Room
Management / Continental Hotel Budapest Room

Here is a summary of the different room options available for accommodation:

Room TypeBed OptionsOccupancySize (m²)View
StandardDouble bed or 2 single beds2 Persons18-20City/Courtyard
DeluxeDouble bed2 Persons20-25City/Courtyard
SuiteDouble bed + extra bed on request3 Persons35-40City

Property Amenities and Facilities

The facilities are quite good for this four-star property. I’d say the best thing was the rooftop swimming pool. It also had poolside loungers and beautiful views of the city landmarks, including Buda Castle and Palace.

You’ll also find a smaller indoor pool on the seventh floor. This is where the fitness room, saunas, and whirlpool are. On the second floor, there’s a massage spa area.

Likewise, you’ll get free WiFi, free parking, free room service, access to laundry services, and an onsite bar/restaurant. I was impressed at the modernized hotel, especially seeing how it looks from the outside.

Dining and Cuisine

The Continental Hotel Budapest has a restaurant called Araz. During my visit, I experienced the best meals ever. Plus, the dining room offered a decadent style; you saw gold and black everywhere. The menu was printed on a gold card, although it was challenging.

Here, you’ll get various Hungarian and French dishes, and I would recommend the trio, which includes a rich dessert, wild boar stew, and goose liver.

If you’re not ready for a three-course meal (and the price), the Gallery Café and the Roof Garden Courtyards offer snacks and light foods.

Unique Selling Points

The sheer style and grace you’ll feel when you walk in sets this hotel apart from all the others. You’re instantly relaxed, even though you’re likely in a strange, new place.

I’ll also say I was surprised to learn that all the rooms were wheelchair-accessible. It’s hard to imagine because of the old-time feeling.

Surrounding Area

Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary
Kyle Kroeger / ViaTravelers

Continental Hotel Budapest is on a dingy, small street. However, a quick walk will get you to the Dohany Street Synagogue. There are many places to go nearby, including Szimpla Kert, Astoria, and Blaha Lujza ter.

If you don’t want to eat at the onsite restaurant, you can choose from Cirkusz, Laurel Budapest, Bors GasztroBar, and Grumpy, all within walking distance. Many Budapest attractions are nearby, including Neverland, E-Exit Escape Games, the Amazing Metal Art Gallery, and more.

Comparison to Other Nearby Accommodation

HotelStar RatingDistance from ContinentalGuest RatingPrice Range
Continental Hotel Budapest4-star4.5/5 (TripAdvisor)$97 – $189/night
Promenade City Hotel4-star0.1 miles4.5/5 (TripAdvisor)$88 – $159/night
Bo18 Hotel Superior4-star0.1 miles4.5/5 (TripAdvisor)$94 – $193/night
Cortile Hotel – Adults Only4-star0.2 miles4.5/5 (TripAdvisor)$101 – $218/night
La Prima Fashion Hotel4-star0.2 miles4.5/5 (TripAdvisor)$90 – $190/night

Is Continental Hotel Budapest Worth the Price?

I’d say the Continental Hotel Budapest had a decent value for money. It’s not cheap because it’s a four-star place. However, breakfast is affordable if you want it, the rooms are beautiful, and there are many amenities to enjoy.

Since I was upgraded to a suite, I do think that was an outstanding value addition to focus on. However, this hotel could be out of some people’s price range.

Though the rooms seemed a bit cramped for a four-star hotel, I would return here because of the beauty and tranquility I felt. Likewise, I’d recommend it to everyone I know.

It’s best to stay in the low season to get cheaper rates, and you might also want to book the room on a Saturday or Sunday for the best prices.