In February I attended my first Traverse event in Newcastle and during lunch on the first day was handed this:
Everyone who attended the 2 day event received one with instructions from lowcostholidays to tweet a picture of their boarding pass using the hashtag #flymeto.
People always say, including me, that they never win anything… but this time I did; I won a trip to Budapest for two with flights and accommodation taken care of. And since then I’ve entered every travel competition I see as well as the EuroMillions each week although unfortunately my luck seems to be on hiatus at the moment.
Phil and I stayed in the four star Royal Park Boutique Hotel on Nefelejcs street on the Pest side of the capital, and a 40 minute walk to Elisabeth Bridge which leads to Buda. Our check in was really quick and easy and we were soon in our quiet room on the fourth floor overlooking the hotel’s courtyard rather than the street, so undisturbed sleeps were had by all. The room had a Nespresso machine as well as a well stocked minibar, bottles of water and a few chocolate bars.
Breakfast was served from 7-10am every morning in the restaurant on the ground floor. On the first morning we arrived down at 9am and needed to wait a few minutes until a table became free but on Saturday and Sunday there was no wait at all and we walked right in. The breakfast was a combination of hot and cold dishes as well as fruit, yogurt, cereals and pastries, and although the offerings didn’t blow me away I did always leave full having had bowls of cereal with full fat milk (yum) and fresh crunchy bread washed down with apple and pear juice.
Before dinner one evening we stopped off in the hotel bar for a glass of wine and a beer. The bar is small but fairly well stocked and despite there being only one lady working she was very attentive and quick in taking our order. On all the tables in the bar was ‘Hotels to celebrate life’ by Style Hotels in which Royal Park Boutique Hotel appears. The book features “a collection of exclusive hotels with style in the most alluring destinations worldwide” and describes Royal Park Boutique Hotel as “an urban hotel that offers to its guests an excellent service in a modern and stylish atmosphere and a high level of comfort for both leisure and business travellers.”
Royal Park Boutique Hotel is a 2 minute walk from Keleti railway station, 4 minutes to the nearest metro stop, and a 30 minute taxi journey from the airport making it really accessible and a stone’s throw from all the major sights and hot spots. We didn’t use public transport at all and chose to walk to everywhere which did take up a big chunk of time but helped in the long run to see more of the city and allowing for impromptu detours.
If you’re looking for a low key place to stay with all the necessary mod cons and pleasantries expected from a hotel Royal Park Boutique Hotel is for you. There is free wifi available throughout and in addition there are also laptops for guests to use in the lobby. The housekeeping staff greet guests in the corridors, the reception staff are helpful in making reservations, and the restaurant/bar staff are pleasant and welcoming in ensuring the house gets fed.