Across the river on the Buda side of town, the controversial Hilton-Budapest sits atop Castle Hill, in the middle of some of the city's most historic buildings. The outcry that arose when plans for its construction were unveiled one can only imagine, given that the hotel was built into and on the ruins of a 13th century Dominican church and a 16th century Jesuit college. Even though we might have been among the loudest protesters, the final result is successful.

The hotel's striking bronze-tinted exterior panels reflect the image of the picturesque and ornately carved Fisherman's Bastion, one of the city's most visited monuments. Care was taken during construction to maintain the site's historical integrity. The street side façade incorporates the remains of the Jesuit school while other elements of the structure fuse with the Gothic remains of the church, creating in one part of the building a charming area where operas, concerts and ballets are performed during the summer.

Guest rooms are nicely furnished with mini-bar, color-TV, phone, hair dryer, lots of fresh towels, 24-hour room service and, nearly always, a superb view. As is the case with most hotels, the cheaper rooms tend to be small. All the usual facilities are available and typically include a fitness center, sauna, cocktail bar, a variety of restaurants with menus for every taste, garage parking, meeting rooms, a uniformed doorman and, of course, souvenir shops. While not members of the warm and cozy category, it offers excellent accommodations in a convenient location.

Street Address: Hess A. ter 1-3
City: Budapest
Country: Hungary
Phone: +36-1-889-6600
Fax: +36-1-889-6644
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Quality: Rating: 4 stars
Value: Rating: 2 stars
Price Level: $$$$
Type: Hotel