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Ramada Plaza Budapest (the former Corinthia Aquincum, which is now called Aquincum Hotel Budapest) has been recognized among the "Best Hotel, Best Wellness Hotel and Best Food & Beverage Service" in the Best of Budapest Survey 2006 by Budapest Week. In February 2007 the luxury spa hotel received the Hungarian Tourism Quality Award. Independence Day celebrations of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary are regularly held here. International guest review averages have recently started to improve: TripAdvisor 4.5 (for reviews of 2012), Expedia 4.3 (3 reviews). Go to this hotel price comparison website Ramada Plaza Budapest to make your booking.
Ramada Plaza Budapest is about 15-30 min from the major Budapest sights, located on the Buda side of the Danube River, right at the northern tip of the beautiful Margaret Island (Margitsziget). The ancient hot springs of the island feed the thermal baths of the hotel. As Fodor remarks "although it's right on the Danube, the immediate surroundings are rather drab: a busy highway, the suburban railway, and the concrete Arpad Bridge." As for public transportation, the suburban train stops at the hotel and it takes you to the city centre in just a few minutes, or to Szentendre, a lovely little town near the capital. Ramada Plaza Budapest is about 15 miles/ 25 km from Ferihegy International Airport.
As Fodor puts it, and also some of the guests have noticed "Rooms in this huge, rectangular, red-brick property are fairly small for a hotel of this category, but they are sufficiently comfortable." Frommer's reviewer adds that " The rooms are cheerful, with soundproof windows and complimentary bathrobes. Although the hotel is pleasant, it is nowhere near as luxurious, elegant, and architecturally interesting as the Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal in Pest." Some of the 312 rooms provide a wonderful view of the Danube and Margaret Island. All rooms have a bathroom, minibar, individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite TV, pay per view movies, direct dial phone, radio, and PC modem. The bathrooms have a bathtub and a shower, a hairdryer, a make-up mirror, bathrobes and various toiletries. Rooms for guests with mobility are available. Rooms are equipped with single, queen or king-size, twin or double beds. Deluxe rooms have been newly refurbished featuring unique, custom-made artifacts, top quality fluffy duvets with double oversized feather pillows, complemented by an exclusive line of guest amenities as well as complimentary coffee and tea making facility. The newly renovated rooms of Ramada Plaza (Budapest Aquincum Hotel) were voted the "Number 2 Best New Hotel Room in Hungary 2006" (40 such rooms). The 8 suites have a separate living room, a bedroom and a bathroom, offering a beautiful view onto the Danube. Junior suites are equipped with King-size beds.
"This is a "thermal" Budapest spa hotel, which may not be in the top 5 Spa Hotels in Budapest, but it is definitely among the best ones.. True, not all guests (mostly couples on a romantic Budapest break) come for the spa facilities. Spa-related facilities that all guests can use free of charge include a swimming pool, a sauna, thermal baths, a Jacuzzi, a Kneipp pool, a steam bath, a hydromassage shower (in which you control the directions and strengths of the many jets), and a fitness room. This delightful, modern hotel is built on the site of a Roman spa, hence its Roman theme," writes Frommer's guide. In the Aphrodite Health and Wellness Center of Ramada Plaza (Corinthia Aquincum) you can choose from various massages: sport, aroma, revitalizing, Thai, lava stone or Tibetan sound massage, indulge in the aroma or ozone baths, try medical therapies like underwater jet massage, ultrasound, electrotherapy or mud pack.
Thermal & Recreational Facilities: the swimming pool is approx. 26 feet wide and 49 feet long (8x15m), there are two thermal pools (one is 33 degrees C/ 91 Fahrenheit and the other is 38 degrees C/ 100 Fahrenheit). The thermal water contains sulphur, calcium, potassium, sodium, etc. Get refreshed in the Finnish or infrared saunas or get exhausted in the fitness room (high-tech cardio, resistance equipment, weights, personal trainers). And don't forget: here you are pampering your body with the spa water that the Romans enjoyed 2000 years ago - calling this part of the town Aquincum (today Obuda district).
Apicius Restaurant offers healthy, trendy Hungarian cuisine with international highlights, prepared by our award winning master chef and his team. Frommer's reviewer writes "the chef has been named the best young chef by the Hungarian Society of Restaurateurs, and the Sunday wellness brunch is popular with locals. There's live piano or Gypsy music nightly." - served to perfection with Hungarian hospitality in a friendly ambience. The place to entertain business partner, friends and family. The Calix Bar serves international and special cocktails as well as snacks, spirits and cigars. The Iris Bar (night club) features ancient Roman atmosphere, live music and special beverages. It's open every night until 3 am with performances of dancers, singers, illusionists and acrobats. Wellness specialities are also served in the Aphrodite Spa Bistro.
Baby-sitting services are available on request.
Small pets are welcome at the Ramada Plaza Spa Hotel (now Hotel Aquincum Budapest).
The parking lot of the hotel is not free for hotel guests. Margaret Island (Margitsziget) is just a few minutes from the hotel offering further fitness and recreational facilities such as a rubberized running track, tennis courts, a race swimming pool, a huge park with a couple of cafes and bars, and even an open-air theatre and an iny-tiny zoo. You can rent bikes or carts (hilarious, especially with kids), buy pretzels and beer, etc. Margaret Island is truly a great favourite among Budapesters.
Review Summary of Ramada Plaza Budapest Hotel
It seems that "By far the best thing about the hotel is the spa", "spa and pool facilities are beautiful." As for location, the hotel is about 15-25 min from the city centre, as one of the guests pointed out "Initially, we all thought that the hotel was "too far away" from the sight-seeing action. However, after learning how to travel on public transportation, (the rail line is almost outside of the Aquincum's door!) we began to realize how close we were to the heart of both Buda and Pest!" Another couple writes on TripAdvisor "We had been a little concerned regarding negative comments on trip advisor about "rundown areas" and the hotel being too far out of city centre. Not at all, whilst it was not an affluent area there were no problems with the location. We felt completely safe and with the exception of grafiti, cleaner and more presentable than many UK suberbs." Still, if you wish to stay out late at night, please count with taxi rides (the last suburban train, or HEV in Hungarian, leaves at 11:30 pm). By the way, one of the guests warns future prospects that the parking lot in front of the hotel is not free of charge for hotel guests. Standard rooms might be smallish as well as the bathrooms. Breakfast is rated excellent by numerous guests. And talking about dining, reviewers added that in-house restaurant and minibar prices can be quite expensive (my note: almost all luxury hotels got this footnote from guests). Staff is complimented as friendly and helpful.
Expedia reviews about Ramada Plaza Budapest Hotel
"We spent 12 nights in the hotel (with a 4-month-old infant) and had a pleasant overall experience. We requested a room with a view of the river Danube on the front (rather than views of drab housing on the back side). The buffet style breakfast is well worth to be included in your stay. The spa and pool facilities are beautiful; there are 3 pools (cold, warm, hot) plus a hot tub under a giant skylight. There is an extensive choice of massage and bath treatments. A few caveats: (1) The parking lot in front of the hotel is NOT free for hotel guests, and hotel staff did not volunteer this information when we arrived. (2) Wait staff in the restaurant recommended us a glass of wine with lunch; we didn't ask about the price of a glass and it turned out to be extremely expensive. (3) It was unclear whether smoking was permitted in the lobby and usually there was a lingering odor of smoke."
"The Corinthia Aquincum Hotel, where we stayed on our first-ever trip to Budapest, was just the beginning of a completely wonderful experience. Initially, we all thought that the hotel was "too far away" from the sight-seeing action. However, after learning how to travel on public transportation, (the rail line is almost outside of the Aquincum's door!)we began to realize how close we were to the heart of both Buda and Pest! The staff is patient and accommodating. The rooms are magnificantly clean and comfortable. All around it was a 10+ experience."
"Good value for money when not in high season. Nice pools with thermal water. Excellent breakfast. 5 mins from the tram to the subway and 5 mins from railway to downtown."
TripAdvisor reviews about Ramada Plaza Budapest Hotel
"I was expecting to have a very pleasant stay at this hotel given the description on it's websites but in fact I was quite disappointed with it. For this class of hotel: The room was small (even tho it was a "superior room"). The bathroom was tiny and not very clean. The complimentary products supplied in the bathroom were very basic. I stayed there for a week and in my opinion the bathroom was cleaned properly only twice in that time. Showering resulted in the entire bathroom being flooded. The room facilities were not as described on the reservation papers or websites. For instance flat screen TV, was actually a normal old type. The choice of channels is limited most are in Hungarian. "FAST" internet connection was slow and extremely expensive, so if you are a business traveler who wants to work in the evening forget here. Wireless in the lobby has to be paid for also at the same price. The quality of the guest information folder was not very good. The breakfast was ok but I was shocked to see a waiter rubbing the tongs for the bread in the palms of his hands while standing around chatting to colleagues. In spite of the numerous staff on the floor it was difficult to get a cup of coffee. The staff on the whole were friendly and well presented. Service was quick and efficient and the food in the restaurant was quite good. Drinks were pretty over-priced tho. For tourism the location is not ideal for someone who wants to walk through the old city in the evening unless you don't mind a taxi ride each way. The hotel taxi to the airport costs about twice what other companies charge for the same service. The pools are nice, if a little over-rated. Here again I was not impressed by the cleanliness. The gym is well equipped, I used three different machines, the fourth I wanted to use was not working. A pair of slippers to use the pools will cost you 5 Euros."
"We stayed two nights in this brilliant hotel in mid November. Excellent rooms, service, food and facilities. The reception is beautiful and the hotel on the whole has a very relaxed atmosphere. By far the best thing about the hotel is the spa. It's fantastic and must be visited. Sauna, Jaccuzzi, Steam Room and 3 swimming pools. Extremely relaxing! A couple of minor nagging issues (1) we were half board and the choice of food was very limited. What we had however was excellent and (2) we were approached by escorts in the hotel nightclub which in some ways just did not fit with the general feel of the hotel. But I would say if you are going to Budapest definately check out this hotel. You wont be disappointed."
"We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in November 2007, shortly after it had been rebranded as a Ramada Plaza. Overall I was very impressed with the hotel. We knew the hotel was a little out of the centre but we got a great deal with myvacation.co.uk and the facilities looked good and so opted to stay there. From the airport we used public transport to get to the hotel - bus, blue metro, red metro and green HEV - and it was straight-forward and only took 1 hour and worked out very cost effective as we brought our travel cards for the whole stay at the first metro station (you can't buy them at the airport) which we used to get to and from the airport and for all our travel in Budapest. To get into the centre each day from the hotel was easy and took around 15-20mins and due to doing lots of walking (and the cold nights) we were never out later than the last HEV train at 11.30pm to get back to the hotel! Our rooms appeared as though they had just recently been given a more modern feel than the pictures we saw on the internet - furniture appeared new and the room had a slightly contemporary feel to it with the style of bed linen and head-boards (that brown suede look and neutral colours). The bathroom was suitably sized with a good warm shower over a bath. There was a nice selection of toiletries and most importantly it all looked and smelt clean. We used the spa on all nights and it was very relaxing after a days sightseeing and never too crowded, even at the weekend. It was particularly nice due to the cold temperatures outside! There are 3 different temperature pools, a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam rooms and other facilities (- bathrobes are provided in the rooms). Breakfast was excellent with a huge selection of food available, both hot and cold, and there was always plenty of tables to sit at and the staff were attentive without being intrusive. We did not eat at the hotel in the evening as we felt the prices were slightly higher than average so I cannot comment on the standard of the food. One night we ate at a nice restaurant called Trofea a few stops from the hotel on the HEV line at Margit-Hid if you don't fancy going too far - although we did book as it always seemed very busy. I would recommend this hotel to others who donﾕt mind a short trip into the main city centre. I would still be impressed with the facilities even if I had not got such a good deal but if I was paying full price I would probably opt for somewhere closer to the city centre."
"I stayed for 3 nights in November 07. After alot of research, I chose the hotel based on its 5 * grading, good price and Spa/Wellness Facilities. Good tip is to get the Airport Minibus direct to the hotel for 15.00 euro return . You can get this at arrivals in the airport. Taxis are over priced. The hotel is out of town with 2 -3 changes on HEV, and metro to get to centre. Not worth the hassle. The room was quiet nice - nothing special - all expected facilities. Bathrobes a nice touch, bathroom basic enough. Crazy priced minibar - 6.00 euro for a packet of crisps e.t.c !! 21.00 euro to watch a movie in the room. The swimming pools & thermal pools are very nice but can get very busy on the weekends as it is open to the public. One week before I travelled, I contacted the Spa to pre book treatments for myself & my husband , I thought this would be enough advance warning but unfortunately, they were booked out. I tried repeatedly when I arrived and I finally managed to get one 20 minute massage for myself only. This was the only slot available for the whole 3 days. For a hotel that advertises its Spa/ Wellness facilities it was very disappointing - I think there was only one therapist. We had lunch in the Spa on day 2 - very very expensive - and not very tasty . 3 euro for a bottle of water. Breakfast was excellent. Staff were friendly and helpful. We also got a late check out without being charged but really had to push for it. I wouldn't go to this hotel again - way over priced, too far out of the city, and I feel is only good 3-4* but definitely not 5*."
"Me with my wife stayed at Aquinqum on October 2007 on an executive room. The experience was great with this hotel. The staff was very friendly and helpfull. We arrived early in the morning at the hotel because of our flight and been offered free breakfast which by the way was exceptional. Room was spacious and clean. On the day we left we were offered a late check-out until 4pm without charge as our flight was at 9 pm. The location is not central but this is not bad as Margrit island which is nearby offers plenty of time for relaxation as well as quietness. The great public transportation system of Budapest can get you downtown in no more than 15 minutes and with minimal cost. Highly reccomended!!!"
"Not that near to the centre of Buda - or Pest - but you can easily get on to Margaret Island from here. Plus, do see the Girls with Umbrellas in nearby Obuda - and the Roman remains (beneath the flyover!). Hotel is modern, good facilities, good breakfast - but the great thing is the thermal pool..."
"Fundamentally, other negative reviews are true. Here were my experiences in 2 days: Very poorly trained people ... how can you ask someone working at a "5 star" SPA for a towel and they suggest you go back to your room and retrieve one from there? ABSURD! Overly priced food and services ... I had 1 solo dinner, which was very average, for nearly $50 (1 appetizer, 1 entree, 2 beers). A Coke at the bar poured from a 6oz bottle was nearly $6. Bottled water in room was $8 each. Cuban cigars were more expensive than the fine to smuggle them in from duty-free at airport. Mediocre rooms ... beds were lumpy with concave shape and room service did nothing more than drag sheets and pillows back into position. Beyond wierd! Overall, I was there for 2 days and only had 1 solo dinner. With Euro to USD conversion at 1.36, my stay cost over $400 for essentially very few amenities. I could have done better with blind sample from Hotels.com Referring to this property as '5 star' is insulting to a real property that strives for a hi level of customer satisfaction. Do not book this property ... pick another Spa."
"We stayed at the hotel for 3 days and it was a really good experience. The hotel is out of the city centre, however by public transport you get there very fast and cheap. The hotel is in front of the Margeret Island which is a really nice place to spend a day/afternoon. Breakfast is excellent, a large choice of drinks and food. One of the best experiences was going to the hotel spa. There is a great choice of wellness treatments. Try the lavastone or a Thai massage and relax in the thermal pools afterwards. The rooms are clean and good-looking. The staff is very helpfull also with giving information about the city, restaurants, museums,... If we go back to Budapest we will surely stay there again."
"My wife & I stayed 7 nights over Easter. We had been a little concerned regarding negative comments on trip advisor about "rundown areas" and the hotel being too far out of city centre. Not at all, whilst it was not an affluent area there were no problems with the location. We felt completely safe and with the exception of grafiti, cleaner and more presentable than many UK suberbs. The station was a few minutes walk from the hotel, the trains frequent and only 10 minutes to the centre of Budapest. The hotel was excellent, clean and well maintained. The spa was wonderful, relaxing and clean. The restaurant was good,service and quality of food being well above average, although a little on the expensive side. We found within a few minutes walk of the hotel 3/4 restaurants that were very good with reasonable prices. Budapest was a fascinating city and we will certainly return staying at the Corinthia Aquincum Hotel."
"Just returned from a three day city break in Budapest. This hotel provided an excellent base from which to explore the city. Whilst it is some distance from the centre public transport or taxi will get you to the main sites with ease. Our room was very comfortable , clean and well serviced. Mini bar prices including mineral water very expensive. Buffet breakfast was superb - something for all tastes and diets! Public areas beautifully maintained,providing a relaxing place for coffee or pre -dinner drinks. We found the thermal spa and gym absolutely brilliant and not at all crowded. The hotel staff were efficient , helpful and friendly without being ingratiating. Our return taxi trip with Budapest Transfer, which was very reasonable , made the Airport/Hotel journey effortless! We (two couples) were delighted with our stay at the hotel and would recommend it to travellers on a break to Budapest."
"Stayed here with my wife for four nights in early November for my 40th birthday. Although the hotel was a fair bit out of the city centre, on the Buda side of the Danube, at the North end of Margit Island, the excellent transport links made light of this. When we did walk into Pest, it took about an hour to reach the main square at Deak Ferenc Ter. We found our room to be clean and functional with all the usual trimmings you would expect to find in a hotel of this standard. The spa and pool looked very appealing from the bar, but that was as near as I got to using these facilities! Staff were courteous and helpful when called upon. The cost of our trip included breakfast which I found to be exceptional and which really set you up for the day. We also ate a buffet dinner in the restaurant one night, which was good value for money. To sum up, I would in all likelihood stay here again if I was to visit Budapest in the future and I would recommend the hotel to friends and family."
"We booked this hotel online for a short break. When we arrived we upgraded to an executive room at a low cost! The bed was big enough for my partner and i not to notice each other all night! Had a view of the Danube which was lovely. We ate breakfast in a private room. Conitnetal breakfast was provided and hot items could be cooked to order. The food was lovely with something for everyone. The spa was gorgeous! Both myself and my partner had a hot stone massage which was so relaxing that i wanted to go back to bed! Pools heated to different temps so one to suit everyone. The jacuzzi was lovely but slippy so be careful! The Restaurant: The food was lovely, traditional Hungarian cuisine. Had wine recommended by the waiter which was also lovely! Try the Goulash! Location The hotel was situated on the Danube so had a lovely view. Quite a walk out of the city centre though so use the trams! I wouldn't hesitate to stay in the hotel again. It was lovely and a great setting for a romantic break!"
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