This compact, colorful hotel is located in a narrow web of old streets inside the inner ring road. Its pink façade and decorative tin roof distinguish it from its equally decorative but more dilapidated neighbors. Having visited a number of so-called Art hotels in Europe, I am generally leery of this category; usually it means a mishmash of bright colors and sterile modern furniture. This one, however, is tastefully decorated and well-run.

The small two-story lobby is hidden behind a stand of marbleized pillars studded with porcelain knobs, with a string of diamond-shaped lamps hanging overhead. On one side is a small traditional reception desk and on the other is a modern lounge area (or pause area, as it is much too small for lounging).

Spacious guestrooms are pleasantly decorated in commercial furnishings with laminated desks, half paneled walls, gray tones and a black, bentwood-style table and chair set made of aluminum. They also have small TVs and minibars. A few have high ceilings, most have showers only, and all are quiet as the hotel is away from busy streets.

A sauna and three-machine fitness room are included free of charge. Breakfast is served in a V-shaped bar on the front corner of the mezzanine floor. The staff is friendly and efficient, giving the hotel a warm personal touch that independent travelers will appreciate.

Street Address: Kiralyi Pal utca 12
City: Budapest
Country: Hungary
Phone: 011 36 1 266 2166
Fax: 011 36 1 266 2170
Quality: Rating: 4 stars
Value: Rating: 4 stars
Price Level: $$$$
Type: Hotel