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Expo Congress Hotel, Budapest – Hotel Review

Expo Hotel Budapest

Hotel Name: Expo Congress Hotel Budapest
Star Rating: ****
Location: Expo Congress Hotel Budapest, H-1101 Budapest, Expo tér 2.
Rooms: 120 standard rooms, 36 superior rooms, 4 disabled access rooms.
Top Tip: Make sure to check out the Sky Bar and enjoy a few drinks relaxing with a nice view.

Expo Congress Hotel

Expo Congress Hotel Reception
Expo Congress Hotel Reception

If you’re looking to go for a short city break and admire amazing views and stunning architecture, Budapest, Hungary is a great choice.  Expo Hotel Congress is situated not far from the city centre. A short 16-minute tube will get you there in no time. There are a total of 160 stylish rooms at Expo Hotel Congress. All rooms feature nice designs and consist of the basic hotel facilities.

Other services available at the hotel include;

  • Sky Bar
  • Expo Brasserie
  • Lobby Bar
  • Spa and Fitness

Location:

Budapest is well known for its beautiful buildings and stunning architecture. There is plenty to see and explore around Budapest. With the hotel being situated not far from the city centre, you’ll be able to relax and unwind in a quiet location in a more local less-touristy area.

The quickest way to get to the city centre is via the Metro which is situated right near the Puskás Ferenc Stadion – a short 24-minute walk.

Budapest Parliament Building
Budapest Parliament Building

After checking in at Expo Congress Hotel, we explored the local area and came across a Burger King not too far from the hotel itself. We decided to grab some food from there and explore more areas. Due to our arrival time in Budapest, we didn’t manage to explore the city until the following day.

Due to the location of the hotel being situated a little out from the centre, you will be required to use public transport to access the main attractions – but don’t worry, if you pick up a 24-hour or 72 hours Budapest card, you’ll be able to travel on the Metro, Trams and Buses using your ticket.

The Superior Room:

Expo Congress Hotel Superior Room
Expo Congress Hotel Superior Room

Upon arriving at Expo Congress Hotel, there was no queue so we were able to check-in within minutes. We stayed in the Superior room on the 9th floor with a front-facing view towards the Castle and Parliament in the distance. The Superior room accommodates up to two people in single beds or a double, upon your request.

Expo Congress Hotel Superior Room ft. TV and Travel Phone
Expo Congress Hotel Superior Room ft. TV and Travel Phone

After stepping inside, I was very happy with the room. It was pretty spacious and stylish and consisted of the usual hotel room facilities.

  • LCD TV
  • Spacious Safe
  • Free Fast WIFI
  • Climate Control
  • Minibar
  • Walk-in Shower
  • Tea and Coffee Facilities

What was very handy that I’ve not come across in other hotels during my travels, is the travel-buddy phone they provide to guests. In your room, you’ll find a smart-phone docked with interesting Budapest attractions and guides along with more hotel information. This makes your trip more enjoyable knowing you don’t need to worry about your data usage on your own smartphones.

Expo Congress Hotel Travel Buddy Smartphone
Expo Congress Hotel Travel Buddy Smartphone

I’m happy to say, the hotel came equipped with the basic needs for a short city break stay.

Dining at Expo Congress Hotel:

Expo Congress Hotel has a bar and a restaurant. The bar is available on the 12th floor and is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 17:00 till 24:00. Whilst you can’t order major food and snacks, you can take advantage of the happy hour promotion and great prices for an evening drink with a lovely view.

Expo Congress Hotel Restaurant
Expo Congress Hotel Restaurant

The food available in the morning at the Expo Congress Hotel restaurant concluded of the usual all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast. You can also request the breakfast to be delivered to your room for a small cost.

Stuffed Chicken at Expo Congress Hotel
Stuffed Chicken at Expo Congress Hotel

The dinner menu was quite interesting. I opted for the stuffed chicken with pasta, it was pretty nice and needed after a long day of exploring.

Amenities & Entertainment:

The hotel has various spa facilities which include, a sauna, steam bath, jaccuzi, relaxing area and sundeck terrace. Other facilities available in the hotel include the fitness studio, which consists of various machines, dumbbells and access to the sundeck terrace. Both are open from 7am to 10pm.

Expo Congress Hotel Lounge
Expo Congress Hotel Lounge

All facilities and services:

  • Free WIFI
  • Restaurant and Bar
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Fitness Centre
  • Sewing service
  • Ironing service
  • Shoeshine service
  • Porterage
  • Complimentary Luggage Room
  • Late check-out until 3 pm for EUR 25 / room

Pros:

  • Quick and easy check-in and check-out
  • The room was very spacious and comfortable
  • Breakfast can be delivered to room
  • Safe is spacious, big enough for a laptop
  • Beds were comfy for a short stay
  • Location is slightly good, not too far away from the city centre but will require public transport
  • Stylish wall-art and designs
  • Travel buddy phone – Extremely handy!
  • Bathroom has a walk-in shower
  • Nice view looking towards the Parliament building and castle
  • Good choice of food available at the restaurant
  • Variety of drinks available at the Sky Bar

Cons:

  • Some food was a little too cold to enjoy
  • Water wasn’t complimentary and carried a €2 price tag
  • No swimming pool at the hotel
  • No Instagram account specifically for this hotel, which is a lost opportunity to connect with the guests staying at Expo Congress Hotel

The wrap up:

If you’re looking to explore Budapest for a few days and not be situated right in the centre with everything going on, but still a short metro ride away, then Expo Congress Budapest is the ideal hotel. All rooms are very stylish and easy to access via lifts or stairs. The staff at the front desk are ready to help if you have any issues during your visit.

Disclosure: My stay was hosted by Expo Hotel Congress, Mellow Mood Hotels, but all views are my own and reflect my stay accurately.

Duration: 2 nights, Monday 4th December - Wednesday 6th December 2017
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Vienna House Andel’s Cracow, Luxury Hotel Review

Vienna House Andel's Cracow Exterior 2

Hotel Name: Vienna House Andel’s Cracow
Star Rating: ****
Location: Pawia 3, 31-154 Kraków
Rooms: 159 rooms and suites
Top Tip: Try out the Italian Chardonnay at Oscar’s bar. If you’re into your pasta, give the Tagliatelle chicken and spinach a go – that was delicious. After a long day of sight-seeing, I recommend getting a massage at Vienna House Andel’s Cracow.

 

Vienna House Andel's Cracow Exterior
Vienna House Andel’s Cracow Exterior

If you’re looking to explore Poland, Krakow is a great choice. There’s plenty of history to be learned, lots of attractions to visit and sight-seeing to be done. Vienna House Andel’s Cracow is the perfect option if you would rather a luxurious stay for several nights with everything within walking distance.

Each and every room at Vienna House Andel’s Cracow feature state-of-the-art amenities. The hotel consists of 159 rooms and suites – standard, superior, executive and suites.

Vienna House Andel's Cracow Lobby
Vienna House Andel’s Cracow Lobby

Andel’s Cracow by Vienna House offers its guests various options. these include restaurant and bar with terrace, spa and fitness facilities, 24/7 reception and room service, free high-speed WIFI, underground parking spaces.

Location:

Krakow is a popular tourist location with lots to offer. Vienna House Andel’s Cracow is situated in the heart of Krakow with everything within an extremely short walking distance. Honestly, there’s no need for public transport. I’ve not used any throughout my duration of my Poland trip.

Krakow, Poland
Krakow, Poland

Upon arrival of my stay at Vienna House, I was immediately impressed with the location and surroundings. Andel’s Cracow has a tram station less than a minute’s walk, a massive shopping mall right outside, and access to smaller shops from the underground passageway.

Wawel Castle, Krakow, Poland
Wawel Castle, Krakow, Poland

Vienna House Andel’s Cracow is centrally located in Old Town giving you plenty of sight-seeing and photo opportunities within minutes of exploring. After checking in, I would highly recommend exploring the local areas and taking in the sights both during daylight and at night with everything lit-up.

The Superior Room

Once I arrived at Vienna House Andel’s Cracow, I was given the Superior room – a luxurious room equipped with a double bed, a very fancy bathroom with both a shower and bathtub (with a beautiful neon lighting option – perfect for that relaxing bath after a long day of sight-seeing), LCD TV with DVD and CD player, super-fast free WIFI, a big safe, minibar with luxury coffee and tea making facilities, daily digital newspaper, DVD library and the option to have free breakfast delivered to my room – what else do I need? This is perfect.

Vienna House Andel's Cracow Superior Room Bed View
Vienna House Andel’s Cracow Superior Room Bed View

After stepping out the lift, I was faced with various room doors, all of which were designed very well. Once I opened the door to my room, I was amazed to see such a beautiful room layout with lots to offer and presented very well. I’m not even sure where to begin.

Vienna House Andel's Cracow Superior Room Bed
Vienna House Andel’s Cracow Superior Room Bed

Hopefully, the pictures above will get my point across, but let’s just say, I was extremely pleased with everything the room had to offer.

Vienna House Andel's Cracow Superior Room with WindowVienna House Andel's Cracow Superior Room Bathroom

Also, I would like to thank Lukas for the amazing welcoming gift.

Vienna House Andel's Cracow Superior Gift
Vienna House Andel’s Cracow Superior Gift

Dining at Vienna House Andel’s Cracow:

Vienna House Andel's Cracow Restaurant
Vienna House Andel’s Cracow Restaurant

For my first night stay at Andel’s Cracow, I was excited to try out their dishes. I went for taglitelle chicken and spinach dish. It was delicious. For the cost of £6 it was superb. The presentation was great too.  Yet another glass of Italian Chardonnay was accompanied beside this dish. The wine of which I’ve just taken a sip of as of writing this sentence.

Vienna House Andel's Cracow Dining
Vienna House Andel’s Cracow Dining

Amenities & Entertainment:

Vienna House Andel’s Cracow has a spa and fitness studio available to every guest at the hotel. They also have a sauna and massages available – I booked in for a massage on Sunday night. Considering I booked quite late at 6pm, they still organised a massage for me later that night at 7:45pm. The massage was great and really made me feel relaxed afterward.

I couldn’t help but get into that bathtub with the neon lights straight after dinner and a few more glasses of the Italian Chardonnay – which I highly recommend. This completed my night.

Vienna House Andel's Cracow Reception
Vienna House Andel’s Cracow Reception

All facilities and services:

  • Free High-Speed WIFI
  • Restaurant and Bar
  • Underground Parking
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Fitness Centre
  • Massages
  • Daily Digital Newspaper
  • Free Breakfast Delivered to Room
  • Free Welcome Drink
  • Early check-in or late check-out on request – this was perfect for me, I was able to check-out at 6pm for my flight, yes that’s 6pm!

Pros:

  • Very quick check-in and check-out
  • Location is perfect – the majority of attractions are within short walking distance
  • The WIFI is incredibly fast and accessible throughout the hotel
  • Both the bedroom and bathroom were very luxurious
  • Great amount of detail and design has been put into each room
  • Vienna House Andel’s Cracow staff are very helpful and polite with a positive attitude
  • The bedding was extremely comfortable
  • Luxury tea and coffee making facilities
  • Great choice of meals on the dinner menu
  • Variety of drinks available at Oscar’s bar
  • Free welcome drink
  • The massages are brilliant, especially after a long day of sight-seeing
  • Suprise gift if you choose not to have your room cleaned the next day

Cons:

  • No swimming pool at the hotel
  • TV has limited channels
  • No Instagram account for Vienna House Andel’s Cracow – this is a lost opportunity to connect with guests staying at this hotel, whilst also increasing brand awareness.

The wrap up:

If you are looking to explore Krakow a little more luxuriously, then staying at Vienna House Andel’s Cracow is the perfect option. With each and every room having a luxury design and options available to all guests, with polite and positive staff team members ready to help at your request, there’s no reason not to book a city getaway break at Andel’s Cracow. The ideal location for solo travellers, corporate and family vacations.

Disclosure: My stay was hosted by Vienna House Andel’s Cracow, but all views are my own and reflect my stay accurately.

Duration: 2 nights, Sunday 12th - Tuesday 14th November 2017
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Novotel Krakow Centrum, Poland – Hotel Review

Novotel Krakow Exterior View

Hotel Name: Novotel Krakow Centrum
Star Rating: ****
Location: Tadeusza Kościuszki 5, 30-105 Kraków
Rooms: 198 rooms and suites
Top Tip: Check out the breakfast options to start your day off healthy, then begin a short a walk along the river right outside the hotel to admire the views.

Novotel Krakow Centrum

Novotel Krakow Centrum Lobby
Novotel Krakow Centrum Lobby

If you’re looking for a short two-night city break, Krakow, Poland is the perfect place. Novotel Krakow Centrum is an ideal hotel for your solo retreat or family vacation. There are 198 rooms and suites at Novotel Krakow Centrum, 21 family rooms, and 38 connecting rooms. The hotel offers various options for each and every guest – indoor heated pool, fitness room, spa, gaming area (Xbox 360 + Kinect) with interactive table for children, bicycle rental and Novo Square lounge bar – a combination of a bar and a restaurant, the perfect place to rest.

Novotel Krakow Novo Square
Novotel Krakow Novo Square

Location:

Krakow is a popular location for tourists, there’s plenty of history and landmarks to see. Novotel Krakow Centrum is just a short walk from the Old Town and is positioned right in front of River Wista.

On my first night staying in Krakow, after checking in at Novotel, I explored the local areas and due to most of Krakow’s attractions being in walking distance, the location of this hotel was ideal. It took me less than 14 minutes to walk to Wawel Cathedral from this location. There is no need for public transport, and I would recommend walking as you’ll see much more. A walk along the river is definitely recommended – it’s very beautiful at night with the various buildings all lit up!

The Standard Room:

Upon arriving at Novotel, I checked in within minutes. There was no queue, I was straight up and the check-in process was simple. I was given Room 317, Novotel’s Standard room that accommodates up to two adults and 2 children.

Novotel Krakow Centrum Room Layout
Novotel Krakow Centrum Room Layout

After stepping a foot inside, I was very pleased with the room – it was very spacious, had a great view from the front of the hotel right above the entrance (the windows are huge – pretty cool!) The Standard room includes free WIFI, LCD TV, air-conditioning, bathroom with shower, minibar, basic tea and coffee facilities (didn’t come across any milk) and a pretty big safe with plenty of room.

Novotel Krakow Centrum Bed
Novotel Krakow Centrum Bed

I’m pleased to report the room was equipped with the essentials for a short enjoyable stay.

Dining at Novotel Krakow Centrum:

Hotel Novotel Krakow Centrum has 1 restaurant and a bar. Novo Square is a modern interior designed lounge bar with a restaurant serving light and healthy foods from all over the world.

Novotel Krakow Centrum Breakfast
Novotel Krakow Centrum Breakfast

The food available for breakfast at Novotel’s restaurant included scrambled eggs, sausages, tomatoes and beans, boiled eggs, vegetables, fruit, cereals, toast and bread, and croissants. Whilst, not the biggest selection, there was a good variety to choose from to start your day off healthy. Bacon along with other food is available upon request. Some of the dishes are also available 24/7 via Room Service. Novo Square’s menu includes alcohol and soft drinks along with a selection of interesting regional beers.

Novotel Krakow Centrum Dining
Novotel Krakow Centrum Dining

Amenities & Entertainment:

The hotel has one swimming pool (heated), a wellness centre which includes a gym, sauna, jacuzzi, beauty parlor and also massages. Hotel Novotel Krakow Centrum also has a children’s play area which consists of an Xbox 360 with Kinect, along with an interactive table for children. They also have a chill-out lounge in the lobby with charging units allowing you to take a rest after your day’s exploring.

Novotel Krakow Centrum Gaming Area
Novotel Krakow Centrum Gaming Area

All facilities and services:

  • Free WIFI
  • Online Check-In
  • Parking
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Indoor Heated Pool
  • Fitness Centre
  • Restaurant and Bar
  • 24 Hour Security
Novotel Krakow Centrum Lobby
Novotel Krakow Centrum Lobby

Pros:

  • Quick and easy check-in and check-out
  • The room was very spacious and comfortable
  • Nice design for sink and bathroom layout
  • A complimentary breakfast was included with my stay – the food was tasty! Great selection of drinks, however, the glasses were a little small, so I did find myself going up for more after a few sips.
  • The location is spot on, the majority of attractions are within walking distance
  • Huge window with a great view of the river and surrounding areas
  • The service was fantastic, front desk was very helpful
  • The bedding was comfy for a standard room
  • Received a helpful interesting Krakow pocket guide and map
  • Variety of food and drink to choose from at the Novo Square Restaurant and Bar

Cons:

  • The room only featured one image, it could do with some more decoration – different style of modern photography or art. This would make the rooms more vibrant.
  • The LCD TV was limited to a few channels
  • There was no milk provided with the tea and coffee facilities

The wrap up:

If you want to explore Krakow and have the majority of attractions within walking distance of fewer than 20 minutes, yet stay in a quiet clean location with great facilities at reasonable prices, shopping centres on your doorstep and plenty of restaurants nearby, I recommend staying at Hotel Novotel Kraków Centrum.

Novotel Krakow Centrum Exterior
Novotel Krakow Centrum Exterior

Disclosure: My stay was hosted by Novotel Kraków Centrum, AccorHotels, but all views are my own and reflect my stay accurately.

Duration: 1 night, Saturday 11th November 2017