A major goal of this Budapest visit was to find at least one small, affordable hotel in an attractive historical building. Based on previous experience, this seemed a lot to ask; most mid-priced Budapest hotels are in functional modern buildings. The Anna, however, achieves our goal. It is in a small two-story baroque building painted clean white and jolting Hapsburg yellow.

Large oak doors open to a spacious lobby with a large reception desk, gleaming tiled floors, and yellow-hued walls. An arched doorway leads to a long lounge area with a small bar at the back. The hotel consists of two older structures connected by a long modern one, all painted bright yellow. The apartments are in the older buildings, while the standard rooms line the modern part. Alongside is a tree-shaded courtyard that also has a few parking spaces offered free of charge. At the far back is a spacious two-story breakfast room crowned by a large chandelier.

The hotel's three apartments consist of a cluster of rooms with high ceilings, parquet floors, Persian rugs and good quality traditional furniture. The standard rooms are uniformly square with simple, spare furniture, green carpets and brightly colored floral fabrics. Tubs are reserved for the apartments, while guests in the standard rooms make do with showers. All have small TVs and direct dial telephones. One room has a special bath equipped for disabled guests. The staff was a bit reserved at first, but soon warmed up.

The hotel is located on an obscure side street just off Rakoczi Utica between the Astoria and Blaha Lujaz ter M2 underground stations, but it is certainly worth the effort trying to find.

Street Address: Gyulai Pal 14
City: Budapest
Country: Hungary
Phone: 011 36 204 53 4913
Fax: 011 36 1 339 72 82
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Quality: Rating: 3 stars
Value: Rating: 3 stars
Price Level: $---
Type: Hotel