Budapest is Hungary’s capital, crossed by the River Danube and its famous 19th-century Chain Bridge which connects the hilly Buda district with the flatter Pest area. There are many reasons to visit the city including its incredible history which dates right back to the Stone Age. The Danube and its impressive and ornate Buda Castle are now UNESCO World Heritage sites and there are Roman, Gothic and Turkish influences throughout this charm-filled city which has created some architectural masterpieces including The Great Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe? with its breath taking arches. Hungary also has over 1,000 hot springs like the Széchenyi thermal baths, where outdoor pool temps reach about 38 Celsius, well worth a visit! Another wonderful place to see is Margit Island on the Danube, just a short bridge walk away from the city, but with a whole different feel where you can enjoy a peaceful bike ride, jog or take in a concert in the outdoor theatre. For me though, one of the main reasons to visit is my love of fine wines and in Budapest wine is an art form, famous for its vineyards, you must visit the deep and weaving cave labyrinth under Budapest’s castle district for a wine tasting you’ll never forget.
A great place to base yourself whilst discovering this vibrant city is the refined and luxurious Dobrentei Artist’s Apartment, situated in one of the best areas in Buda. The apartment is set on the banks of the River Danube, close to the Varkert Bazaar and a short walk to the Elizabeth Bridge which takes you to the hustle and bustle of down town Pest and Vaci Street – the Bond Street of Budapest. The apartment also lies just across the road from the newly refurbished Rudas Turkish-style baths (the oldest in Budapest) and the perfect place to unwind in after a hard days sightseeing. The 2-bedroom apartment itself has been fully refurbished by international renowned artist and sculpter, Marcus Levine, and features walls and spaces adorned with his impressive nail sculptures and paintings as well as views of the park to the rear and the Gellert monument, the Church and Palace. Renovated to a very high standard, this apartment could comfortably sleep eight, but the owners prefer to limit it to four (plus travel cots if needed) to ensure you have a very relaxing and comfortable stay. The apartment itself is refined and spacious with very high ceilings and double doors leading into each room. It benefits from dual heating: heated flooring and two modern ceramic stoves which make it very toasty in winter, but the high ceilings keep it cool in warmer months. In terms of sleeping, the apartment features a king-size master bedroom with en-suite shower room and a second bedroom with twin beds plus a family bathroom with tub. The fully equipped kitchen features a glass breakfast table with leather chairs, cooker, hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, kettle and toaster. The living room enjoys a widescreen TV, cinema surround sound system with DVD, CD, MPEG and radio as well as contemporary furniture throughout. Finally, there is a quirky ‘Ying Yang’ room to relax in with glass computer table and chair. Towels, bed linen, broadband wifi internet, tea and coffee making facilities are all included in your stay. On the ground floor of the apartment building there is a Spa complete with sauna, Jacuzzi and treatment rooms for massages and body treatments (note: as the Spa is a separate business fees apply). Directly outside the apartment you will find a bike rental park where you can hire a bike for the day which is a great way to see the sights and sounds of this great city or if you’re travelling by car there is handy free parking outside the apartment.
Although the apartment is self-catering, the owner, Otto, always leaves a bottle of delicious red and white wine for his guests as part of the welcome pack and should you need to stock up on provisions there is a grocery store next to the building entrance. If you fancy a break from cooking however, there are plenty of local restaurants and bars close by as well as a wine shop and a cafe at the end of the road which serves light bites, coffee and beers.
The apartment is centrally located with trams (which also connect to the underground) departing from the front and side of the apartment block which can take you to the Circus, Amusement Park, Hero’s Square, the Opera House, Buda Castle and Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the Russian Statue park, Budapest Cathedral and much more. In terms of air travel there are currently two city airports Ferihegy 1 and Ferihegy 2a and 2b which take around half an hour to get to from the apartment and there are direct flights from London which take around 2.5 hours and start from as little as £50. Should you wish to hire a care during your stay there is a car hire outlet in the grounds of the Marriot Hotel which is just a ten-minute walk away.
So if you fancy experiencing the magnificent and unique city of Budapest for yourself and want a refined setting and great location from which to do it, you really should consider Dobrentei Artist’s Apartment in Buda.
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