Majestically situated on a corner of the street of the same name, this former Esterházy mansion is now a state-run hotel. The crusty, chipped exterior is still being restored and painted a two-tone mocha and white. This is a hotel for Old-World ambiance. The Hungarian dictionary defines Délibáb as "mirage" and mirage it is—until you enter.

Colonnade balconies, window friezes, ornate pediments, cornice brackets, arched doorways, wrought iron window grills and fencing, and stone balustrades are framed by old locust trees in full bloom. Large, classical windows are decorated with carved stone and plaster faces amidst cascading garlands.

Too bad the rooms don't measure up. You get a clean but uninspired room. Decor is best described as "Moscow tacky." The newer rooms come with plain paneled headboards on beds and some of the beds are together, but baths are still not quite dreamy. Each double gets two towels, the kind K-Mart sells. On the other hand there is TV with three English and three German channels.

Street Address: Délibáb u. 35
City: Budapest
Country: Hungary
Phone: 011 36 1 122 8763
Fax: 011 36 1 342 8153
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Quality: Rating: 1 star
Value: Rating: 2 stars
Price Level: $$$-
Type: Hotel