Have you ever wanted to stay in a palace? A stay in the St. George Residence All Suite Hotel Deluxe might be as close as you can get. It’s actually a 14th Century merchant’s house which was converted into an inn in the height of Budapest’s importance in the 18th Century, but the sumptuous decor and extensive marble floors give a very palatial feel. Very high ceilings, bright chandeliers and a light palette give the room an airy feel and there’s plenty of space. The room included a kitchenette: great for long stays.
The bathroom boasts a full length bath with a headrest and Keiji toiletries including bath salts. The one down side I found was there was no holder for the shower head, leading to a one handed washing in the morning. Not the end of the world but an unusual omission.
Breakfast was an interesting experience. The actual breakfast part is nice enough: a pleasing array of cereals, breads and fruits. The interesting part was the addition of a menu of hot dishes for an additional €5 each which just seemed a little… odd. We ordered some eggs each and can assure you that the food itself was delicious – it just seems strange to charge extra for the hot food when the breakfast at other hotels don’t.
The weather was a little inclement which was a pity because the courtyard would have made a delightful dining area – there’s a huge old tree along with a cannon and while there are umbrellas we decided we’d prefer to eat inside.
After breakfast we had a wander around the building. On the top floor is a lounge area with a table tennis table and comfortable chairs which looked very convivial, complete with stuffed deer and exposed rafters. On the ground floor just outside reception was a large waiting room complete with an old heater of the type you see in Versaille or Schonbrunn.
A suit of armour stands guard at the entrance, but it’s when we venture downstairs that we see the cool banqueting hall and bar which really pushes home the medieval credentials of the hotel. It really does evoke scenes from the Middle Ages.
Pros and Cons
Would I Go Back?
If I needed to stay in comfort in Buda, this is where I would stay. You just can’t go past the sumptuousness of the decor and furnishings – there’s marble everywhere!