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BUDAPEST APARTMENTS (**** + ***): Staying in a in a self-catered apartment in the heart of Budapest is a favourite choice for many travellers, looking for more privacy and space as in a hotel. The four and three star « Club Apartments and Rooms » have got plenty of real advantages. All are located in the heart of Budapest (in Wesselenyi, Hollo Street, and Veres Palne streets): a short walk to the Danube, the most important tourist sights, the famous historical and shopping sights, not to mention the business areas (banks, leading companies headquarters, etc.).  

The four-star category includes the « Club Studios Lux » (from EUR 35/two guests), a brand new studio apartment, and the « Club apartment suite » (from 60 EUR/two guests), nicely appointed with dishwasher, full-equipped kitchen, and washing machine with drier function. It is situated on Veres Palne street: close to Vaci main shopping street. Still in the city center, the « Club Apartment Lux» (from 50 EUR/two guests) offers same level of equipment. Those apartments have separated bedrooms and living rooms, with kitchen and bathroom.  

The three-star category features the fine « Club Rooms » (from 29 EUR/two guests):  the «Wellcome Apartments Twin A & B » (from 39 EUR/two guests) and the beautiful « Elite Apartments and Suites » (from 48 EUR/two guests). Same very central location as the four-star apartments: the «Club Rooms» are in Veres Palne street, and the «Wellcome» / «Elite» lodging stands in Wesselényi and Hollo streets. 

There is air-conditioning, free Internet / WIFI and PC in the «Club» category; «Elite» Apartments and Suites have WIFI, but no PC. Rooms come with a fully equipped common kitchen, microwave, refrigerator, toaster, coffee-maker and TV. Cellular phone rental on request. 

Payment by cash only, upon arrival. 

Those apartments are ideal to feel oneself home in Budapest. 

BUDAPEST APARTMENTS: Veres Pálné utca 7, 1053 Budapest 
Contact: Dora Draganel 
PHONE: (36-1) 209-9215         FACSIMILE: 209-9214  
MOBILE: (36-30) 639-3246 (for emergency), 488-0878, 397-5665 
Skype: lodgeinfo 
MERCURE BUDAPEST BUDA (***+ / ****): Practical and well located on the Buda side, one tram stop from Moskva square and a short walk to the Castle area, this huge chain hotel offers a high level of services. From the warm reception staff, till the quick and efficient cleaning ladies, this is an ideally very good valued hotel for business travellers (tourists might find it lacking some charm).  

The recently refurbished 390 rooms vary from ***+ to ****: depending if you get the great view on the opposite park and Castle Hill, or the dull « panarama » on the neighbouring South railways station... We therefore recommend you the « Castle View » rooms on the « Executive Floor »: with more confortable rooms, tea and coffee facilities, and complimentary Internet access via a minimalist « Business Center ».  

All rooms feature aircondition, safe deposit box, minibar, radio, sat TV, pay WiFi, and a small though very nicely appointed bathroom. 

Excellent breakfast, with a rich selection of cold and hot meals, and plenty of fresh vegetables. 

Indoor swimming pool (free for hotel guests) and sauna (at extra fee). 

MERCURE BUDAPEST BUDA:   Krisztina Korut 41-43,   1013 BUDAPEST 
PHONE: (36-1) 488.8100           FACSIMILE: 488.8178 

CITY CENTRE APARTMENTS (**): Since 1994, this serious private company has been catching its success by recommendation: its name circulates among well-informed travellers. For many reasons. First of all, contrary to most of the tourist apartments in Budapest, those at City Centre Apartments are properties belonging to the company and, therefore, 100% under control. Which means that maintenance, cleaning and safety are guaranteed. Completely refurbished, altered and newly furnished, they are run just like a hotel. Almost every room has a private bathroom and a fridge. Every apartment has a well-equipped kitchen, telephone and satellite TV. Well-situated and safe parking facilities are available nearby. 

Settled inside a fine choice of buildings, all located between the pedestrian Vörösmarty Square and the international Keleti railway station, close to the metro, the apartments are exceptionally located in the whole centre of the city. Should guests require breakfast (which is available in some apartments only), lunch or evening meals, cafés and restaurants are a pleasant one or two minutes walk away. Which is the second great advantage offered by City Centre Apartments. 

Last but not least -few companies act that way- the multilingual staff employed by City Centre Apartments is ready to meet guests directly at Keleti, and provide them an escort to their apartment. If arriving by plane, a Volan taxi (which is one of the three reliable -and cheapest- companies in town...) can be ordered for an hassle free pickup to the main office, or directly to the apartment for which the reservation was made. This is the ideal way to save time and money. After half an hour only, guests are quietly installed and can start enjoying Budapest. 

Cheap by their rates (from approximately US$ 9/person/night in the simplest triple, till US$ 32 in the best-equipped single) the apartments are not cheap by their standard (there is a large scale of discounts, available only when booking via their homepage).They can, of course, accommodate budget tourists, families and groups; but also businessmen who, for a flat rate of US$ 5 per day, can see their room equipped with a fax machine and/or an answering machine! Acting like in a first class hotel, indeed, the friendly and much available staff can book sightseeing tours, river boat cruises, excursions, organise folklore evenings, or whatever guests may like. 

Payment can be made cash or credit card (EuroCard, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and JCB). 

A most precious address in town. 

CITY CENTRE APARTMENTS:   Szentkirályi utca 5, H-1088 Budapest 
TELEPHONE: (36-1) 317.1456,       CELLULAR: (36-30) 251.6121 (mobile) 
FACSIMILE: (36-1) 414.0084 




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