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The Danube River splitting Budapest, Hungary, into Buda and Pest, viewed from Gellért Hill.

The Danube River splitting Budapest, Hungary, into Buda and Pest, viewed from Gellért Hill.

Selecting a hotel you’re going to spend a week of your life in can be challenging–will it have the atmosphere you want? Be close to the things you’ll enjoy the most? Have the comforts of home, but still be a unique experience? And it makes matters a lot more complicated when you’re headed to a country where you don’t speak the language.

Our trip to Budapest was booked through the Formula One event booking for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix. Since English is the official language of Formula One, we were confident that we’d find English speaking staff able to help us no matter which hotel we chose, and we certainly did. No question was to trivial and the staff did everything they could to assist us no matter what we needed to know.

We selected the Hotel Izabella Budapest for a number of reasons. I’d done a ton of historical research on what I needed to see for the writing project I was working on, and while the hotel didn’t turn out to be where I thought it was, it did turn out where I needed it to be! I guess that’s what happens why you rely on instinct when you’re looking at a list of 40 or so hotels and are feeling dizzy instead of confident about making your choice so you can book your package.

The hotel is conveniently just a five-minute walk to Andrássy Avenue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was on my list of things to see. It’s also just a few minutes to the station to catch public transit, which we did use one morning.

But of course, location is the least of your concerns when you’re staying for a week. It’s all about the accommodations and Izabella’s were perfect. I’d initially been drawn to the hotel for the inner courtyard that every suite opens onto–very convenient if someone in your party is a smoker. However, it surpassed my expectations and we spent many hours outside each evening just discussing the day and trying not to be too curious about the thirty or so other apartments and their guests. It came to be our oasis in a new land.

Inner courtyard of the Hotel Izabella Budapest hotel with the magnolia tree in bloom.

Inner courtyard of the Hotel Izabella Budapest hotel with the magnolia tree in bloom.

Another key reason I’d selected Izabella was for the spacious suites it offered. The apartment was a nice size, with a well-equipped kitchen and dining area, along with a living room, bathroom and bedroom. I loved the full king-sized bed with quality linens and pillows. There’s nothing like a good sleep to ensure a vacation goes smoothly.

Hotel Izabella living room area.

Hotel Izabella living room area.

Hotel Izabella dining and kitchen area.

Hotel Izabella dining and kitchen area.

While I thanked the staff at Hotel Izabella with gifts of some of my books when we left, I’d like to thank them again for making our stay in Budapest an enjoyable one.

 

If you visit:

Mamaison Residence Izabella Budapest

Izabella u. 61 1064

Budapest, Hungary

Tel.: +36 1 4755900

Fax: +36 1 4755902

Email: reservations.izabella@mamaison.com

Website at: http://www.mamaison.com/budapest-residence-izabella.html

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