Leonardo Hotel, Budapest, Hungary
As a treat for a weekend away, my boyfriend and I took a two night, three day break to Budapest staying at the Leonardo Hotel (formerly part of the Ramada group).
I had made the reservation for the hotel via Hotels.com at a fantastic price on a room only basis. Upon arrival on a Saturday afternoon, we were pleased to receive a warm welcome from the staff before being handed our room card for the suite on the 6th floor. Pleasantly the room was available slightly earlier than the usual check-in time of 3pm which was much appreciated after our trip to the country. We were offered room number 617 which was an upgrade from the standard double room that we had originally booked.
The room offered a spacious suite with a full sized wardrobe, safe, king sized bed and seating area as well as a spacious bathroom (including towels and a range of toiletries) and flat screen TV. The room was clean, tidy and more than adequate for the two of us for both nights. The room also has large windows bringing in a lot of natural light. During the day whenever we were at the hotel, it was nice to enjoy the room and the bed was very comfortable to sleep in. At night-time, the side lights next to the bed offered a relaxing atmosphere and the ideal way to unwind after a long day exploring the city.
It also had air conditioning which was useful given that on this particular weekend the weather was 29-degrees (although we do love the warm weather so no complaints from us) and a fridge for storing cool drinks as well as the bottled water which is available in the room each day. Yet another benefit was that the Leonardo Hotel also offers WiFi which was essential for us as travellers to be able to check out directions and the things to do during our trip.
The hotel itself is in a quiet, residential area not far from the city centre. There are shops in the local area and a pub opposite the main entrance as well as a small park in a square behind the hotel. Whilst this isn’t a central location, there are attractions within walking distance such as the Holocaust Memorial Centre and two metro stations are equally around a 8-10 minute walk from the hotel.
As a four star hotel, it offered everything that I would seek from a hotel as a traveller. Unfortunately I was unable to make use of features such as the gym however we did sample ‘Hummus Bar‘ a restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel which serves a range of fresh and tasty food throughout the day The staff were consistently helpful, pointing out directions on a map and searching for addresses and booking details when we misplaced them. On our final day, the reception team were happy to store our luggage in their luggage room which was a highlight for us as we still had a full day to explore. Should I return to Budapest, I would be happy to stay at this hotel again and would confidently recommend it to others.