Once the exclusive province of high-ranking Russian officials and party members, the Central can best be described as "Moscow Colonial." The exterior is an unattractive, uninspired, motel-style with boxy balconies and the hotel name in orange plastic block letters.

Rooms are actually decent. Beds are hard, some are sofa style, but at least there are headboards and dust ruffles. There is a satin comforter covered in white sheeting with a big center cutout opening, typical of this old-style hotel. Baths are spacious enough, tiled, and have tubs with wall mounted showers.

It is the apartments, once the epitome of Soviet luxury, that are the most fun. Number 102, two large rooms, has papered walls in a dark blue pattern with large mirrors and pictures. There are groupings of brocade-covered chairs and couches, crystal chandeliers, long drapes and sheers over many windows. This same fussy, Old-World look carries into the bedroom with one large floral brocade padded headboard and footboarded bed, with the sheet just draped over the top. Pillows are large and fluffy. The bathroom is gigantic, tiled ceiling to floor in blue with a single pedestal basin, WC, bidet, and long bathtub. The location is a bit out of central Pest, but the hotel could be fun for a family or group.

Street Address: Munkacsy Mìhaly u. 5-7
City: Budapest
Country: Hungary
Phone: 011 36 1 321 2000
Fax: 011 36 1 322 9445
Quality: Rating: 2 stars
Value: Rating: 2 stars
Price Level:  
Type: Hotel