Review: Park Inn by Radisson Budapest

I  am currently at the Park Inn by Radisson Budapest hotel property — a fairly new hotel property which opened approximately two years ago.

Below are some photographs of the room to which I was assigned — as well as the exterior of the hotel property itself. Please read the captions for additional information.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

The front entrance to the hotel property. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

The reason why this photograph is blurry is because I realized that a bus load of passengers has just pulled up to the front of the hotel entrance — and I did not check in yet! I checked in just in time. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

The bed was reasonably comfortable. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

This chair was so small and so low to the floor that I thought it was designed for children. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

The desk area and a photograph of the Chain Bridge. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Closer photograph of the desk area with flat-screen television and items for preparing coffee or tea. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

If you like coffee and flavors of tea such as strawberry, rose hip and raspberry, and green tea citrus — as well as condiments such as honey and lemon juice — are you in luck! Unfortunately, I do not drink coffee or tea. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photographs ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

This closet door was interesting in that the handles were cut out of the doors. Photographs ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photographs ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

I automatically consider a towel in the sink to be dirty. I have never seen that before. Also, what is with the partial shower enclosure? Why do a number of European hotel properties do that?!? Photographs ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

My most significant complaint about this hotel property is as I was already in the shower, I assumed that the dispenser had some of that liquid soap and shampoo; but only a squirt was left, which was not enough with which to do anything.

There was no more shampoo or soap in the dispenser in the shower — but I found out too late while I was already attempting to shower. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

There was no more shampoo or soap in the dispenser in the shower — but I found out too late while I was already attempting to shower. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

I did not feel like calling housekeeping to refill this; but it should have been checked. This happened to me at a hotel property in Munich, which is why I do not like these dispensers. Give me the packaged amenities any day. Good thing this was not a Marriott property in the United States — otherwise I would have been reminded with an envelope to tip the housekeeping staff.

Here are the views from outside the window of the room which I was in:

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Outside view from the room looking towards the northwest. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Outside view from the room looking towards the north. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Outside view from the room looking towards the northeast. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

I stayed at this hotel property using 9,000 Club Carlson frequent guest loyalty program points, which is why I paid seven dollars to top off my account during a “flash” sale back on June 27, 2014. This means that I essentially paid seven dollars for the night. It was well worth it.

The employees behind the front desk spoke English — one of them taught me to say thank you in Hungarian, which has delighted local people whenever I thanked them — and they were helpful with any questions I asked.

Here is a tip: if you stay at this hotel property, exchange your currency at the Tesco “mini-mall” just a block north. There is an exchange counter inside which had the best exchange rate I had seen in Budapest; and it was not crowded.

The main reason why is because this hotel property is several subway stops on the 3 line north of the city center; so it is not convenient to the tourist attractions and the bridges which cross the Danube River — despite this hotel property being a few blocks east of the river where it is not accessible to the river. It is reasonably quiet — unless a really noisy truck happens to pass by; or unless you hear a woman wearing shoes with high heels passing by.

If you are looking to be away from the tourists who concentrate around the center of Budapest, this is a good place to go where local people live and work. It is a clean, modern and sleek hotel property — but the room to which I was assigned was rather basic.

I would recommend staying at the Park Inn by Radisson Budapest hotel property if you do not mind being several subway stops from central Budapest — but only if the room rate is a bargain; or if you redeem 9,000 Club Carlson frequent guest loyalty program points.

7 thoughts on “Review: Park Inn by Radisson Budapest”

  1. Santastico says:

    The room reminds of some Novotel hotels I stayed in the country side of France. Clean, Ikea style furniture and reasonably comfortable for a good night of sleep. That is it. It is not the type of hotel I would spend time “enjoying”. Regarding the soap dispensers it seems an European thing since that is the only place I’ve seen those. Tip: always check if you have all you need before using the bathroom. That includes opening the faucet to make sure there is water before filling your hands with liquid soap. 🙂 It seems a non sense but I learned that lesson on the hard way when I found myself with my hands full of soap and no water to wash it off.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I thought you were kidding about no water, Santastico!

      I must admit that that is an issue I have never encountered in my travels…

  2. Robert P says:

    I was thinking about staying at the L’Art Hotel by Club Carlson. It is more points, but better view and Rick Steves dug it

  3. Ben says:

    Good review, thanks. Never know when you need a hotel like this; clean, minimalist, etc.

    That said, I can’t imagine going to BUD and not staying at the IC.

    That view is second to none (OK, maybe it’s on par with IC HKG), and it’s quite reasonably priced.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I guess I look at it this way, Ben: the view is definitely nice from that hotel property — and I did get to see it…

      …but for what I paid for lodging in Budapest, I did not believe that it was worth the premium. I even thought long and hard about staying at the Marriott hotel property just south of the InterContinental hotel.

      The room rates were good in comparison to hotel properties located elsewhere in Europe; but I got to enjoy the view anyway.

      As always, opinions will differ on this — and that is good…

  4. Joey says:

    I’ve grown to like Park Inn by Radisson hotels! They’re basic, affordable, and clean. I normally travel to see the destination and used to stay at hostels (mostly for the company especially when travelling alone.) I stayed at the Park Inn in Sochi during the Olympics and absolutely loved it. The fact that this one is more in the outskirts is a plus for me since I don’t check out the nightclub scene anymore and prefer to at least get a glimpse of how the locals live & work.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I am neither a nightclub person nor a drinker, Joey.

      The hotel was definitely a good — albeit minimalist — place to stay…

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