Park Inn by Radisson Budapest
Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

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.

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