It’s becoming increasingly common to find Budapest on just about every discerning Eurotrip itinerary for travellers of all ages. The Hungarian capital is one of the most exciting, unique and cultural cities in central Europe, with a diversity that demands more than just a few days of exploration. Popular for such longer term stays is the oddly located Adina Apartment Hotel, which stands on a leafy residential street a stone’s throw from Small Boulevard and Lehel tér metro station. It’s one of the few Adina Apartment hotels in Europe – the only in central Europe – but is well-appointed and offers some of the best value in Budapest for those seeking a nice balance of comfort, convenience and location.
The hotel may seem a bit out of the way given its rather plain location, but it’s quite central to everything a tourist or long-term visitor would want. The Lehel tér metro station is just a few stops from the central tourist area (and the coveted Jewish quarter – Budapest’s most stacked in terms of restaurants and ruin bars) or a 15-20 minute walk. The sprawling Neo-baroque Szechenyi Bath, one of the city’s most well-known and popular thermal destinations, isn’t a far walk either – which means the gorgeous City Park and some of the major museums are close by as well. The Dabube is also just a short stroll, making Adina an ideal, endearingly quiet, base for those who really want to explore everything the city has to offer.
A fully-serviced studio room is perfectly adequate for 1-2 people who wouldn’t need the family-friendliness of a one or two bedroom apartment. Design is unremarkable, save from pops of colour from plum-coloured throws on the comfy king-size. The space surrounding the bed on either size is generous while everything else is hidden away behind wardrobe doors – that includes the kitchenette which features a microwave, sink, toaster, fridge and two-ring stove.
The en-suite bathroom is moderate in size, preceded by a washing machine and dryer hidden tucked into a closet. Though it’s quite plain, there’s enough space here to match with the quality of the bedroom.
While there is no on-site restaurant, a buffet breakfast is still served for a little extra in a dedicated breakfast room. It’s an uninspired, after-thought of a spread though so guests are better off looking elsewhere for their morning feed, although it’s worth grabbing a free coffee from the lobby and taking some time to unwind in the large leafy courtyard opening up from the lobby.
Rounding out the on-site features is a large, attractive pool with a whirlpool tub, sauna and steam baths. It’s a exceptional and comprehensive facility compared to similarly priced hotels in Central Europe, as is the sprawling and well-kept fitness centre which overlooks the courtyard. With long-term guests the obvious target market here, dedicating a considerable space to these facilities is a wise choice.
With a deceptively convenient location and all the necessities well taken care of, it’s hard not to see the value in choosing Adina if your trip to Budapest is more than a few days, especially when rooms are availbale from around $120 a night. Those who expect the extra flourishes of a luxury hotel may feel a bit shorted, but if the necessities, convenience and comfort is all you need, then this is an easy recommendation for any type of visitor.
Rates for this hotel average at 80 euros for a one bed apartment, or 68 euros if you book 21 days in advance.
Adina Apartment Hotel Budapest
Address: Budapest, Hegedűs Gyula u. 52, 1133 Hungary
Contact: +36 1 236 8888
The writer stayed two nights as a guest of Adina Apartment Hotel Budapest.