Every once in a while, you hit the hotel jackpot, and that’s exactly how I felt about staying at the Hilton Budapest. This place has it all: a prime location, insanely good views, helpful staff, comfortable rooms, thoughtful touches, and importantly, the ability to earn or redeem points! Read on for a full review of my recent award stay.
STAYING AT THE HILTON BUDAPEST HOTEL
HILTON BUDAPEST LOCATION
I don’t use the term “unbeatable” lightly, but there’s no other way to describe the location of the Hilton Budapest. It’s just steps—and I mean steps—from Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church, some of the city’s biggest attractions. It was great to be able to pop over for a few minutes when the sun came out to see the colorful tiles in the church’s roof bring the square to life. And when I (very unfortunately) cracked a camera lens outside the castle, it took just a few minutes to go grab another one and pick up shooting right where I left off!
And then there are the views. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be scanning the Danube in search of the stunning Hungarian Parliament building the whole way from the airport into town. I wasn’t sure exactly where it was until I opened my hotel room window to a perfect view! Of course, Parliament isn’t the only view you’ll get from the Hilton Budapest; I also had a tower of Fisherman’s Bastion to admire!
The Hilton is located on the Buda side of the river, which has a reputation as the ritzier side; where Pest is more urban, Buda is quaint and full of charming lanes to wander down. If you’ve read my Budapest itinerary or my latest Budapest trip recap, you may have noticed that I spent most of my time in Pest, but don’t let that deter you from staying in Buda. The Hilton Budapest is just an easy walk down to the river, where you can cross the iconic Chain Bridge. Getting between the two sides is a breeze and takes no more than 20 minutes on foot!
HILTON BUDAPEST ROOMS
There’s something to be said for simplicity, and the Hilton Budapest says it well. Rooms at the hotel are clean and modern, and while there’s not too much going on in the way of design details, that’s okay—after all, you’ll be spending the whole time staring out the window at Budapest’s magnificent views. A comfortable king-size bed and the prospect of watching Parliament light up at night convinced me to ditch my plans for the evening and hang out in the room, and it was the perfect place to relax after a long day of exploring.
While a twin room was all I could find at the time of booking, the hotel upgraded me to a king room that was very spacious. I also found a welcome note and local marzipan chocolates in my room, which didn’t last long…
HILTON BUDAPEST LOBBY AND PROPERTY
The Hilton isn’t just near Buda’s spectacular architecture—it’s part of it. The hotel incorporates the ruins from a medieval Dominican cloister dating back to the 13th century, and it envelops the beautiful churchyard, too.
Also within the Hilton? Faust Wine Cellar, a great place to sample Hungarian wines in an authentic setting. It unfortunately wasn’t open the night I was there, but I’ll definitely be visiting on my next trip back!
HILTON BUDAPEST DINING
The Hilton boasts a few options for dining, including LÁNG Bistro & Grill. The views are, once again, a highlight here, with 16 panoramic windows overlooking the city. There’s also a lobby café and bar with Parliament views where you can grab a coffee, pastry, cocktail or glass of wine.
Between the views and the chocolate in my room, though, I didn’t even make it out of my bed for dinner! I opted for room service vegetable soup and mashed potatoes instead, and I was perfectly happy with them.
One of the best parts about the Hilton is that it’s an absolute steal in both cash and points. I normally like to pay for hotels I can afford so that I can earn points to redeem later on ones I can’t. But when I visited Budapest, I was at the end of a long Eurotrip that had already eaten into enough of my finances! I chose to use 40,000 Hilton Honors points to cover my stay, and considering standard Hilton awards can range from the mid 20,000’s to 95,000 per night, the price in Honors points seemed more than reasonable for a hotel as nice as this one was.
For more on earning and using points and miles to travel for free, visit the 52 Cities free resource library or check out my points and miles masterclass! And for more on Budapest, see the recap of my latest trip, view the perfect three-day itinerary for first-time visitors, or read about my experience at Széchenyi Thermal Bath.
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