When you’re visiting a city as magical as Budapest, you’re going to want to stay in a hotel that will not only match its allure, but improve upon it. Enter Hotel Parlament. An upscale hotel tucked away in a quiet central street, Hotel Parlament delivers a hybrid between Budapest’s traditional architecture and modern influence, in turn delivering an authentic European adventure. Whether you’re a young traveler or businessman/woman alike, I have a feeling you’re going to adore this one.
For those who aren’t familiar, Budapest was originally two seperate cities, Buda and Pest, which combined in 1873. Buda, often citied as the more beautiful of the two, is built on the hills of Hungary and boasts an imperior air of old wealth. Pest, as the life of the capital, offers the bustling city atmosphere and some of Hungary’s best bars, cafes and restaurants. Located in the Pest side of the city, Hotel Parlament extends upon this reputation and offers an exciting stay for all guest.
The warm smiles of the staff provided a friendly first impression of the hotel, and one quick glance around the bright colors of the hotel let my nerves settle— I knew I was in for a good time. The room itself was spacious and succinct, with deep burgundy tones and beautiful wooden floors continuing the elegance of the lobby area below. The King bed was rich in comfort and size, and the crisp, light linen made me excited for night to fall. The generous bathroom contained a large vanity and mirror, with the bath tub/shower providing another exciting surprise that I wasn’t expecting from a Hotel as modest as this.
My room also featured one of the hotel’s few balconies, and although they’re not a standard room feature I would definitely recommend upgrading to a suite that has one. The balcony offered calming views of the quiet street below and brought you face to face with beautiful facades of the traditional streets, just another way in which the hotel was able to combine the traditional Budapest architecture into their hotel experience.
A quick stroll through the Hotel communicates it’s proven commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience— additional hotel features include business quarters with desktop computers for traveling businessmen/women, a complimentary lounge bar offering unlimited coffee, tea and mineral water to 5pm daily and a cozy lounge area that provides the perfect spot to curl up with a good book. The Wellness center, complete with sauna and jacuzzi, is offered complimentary with every room and is another demonstration of Hotel Parlament’s commitment to providing a relaxing stay for their guests.
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
As mentioned, Hotel Parlament is situated in the 5th district of the Pest side of the city. Its central location provides that it’s only a hop, skip and jump away from the Houses of Parliament, the St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Danube bank, all must-see attractions of Budapest. As any well seasoned tourist will tell you, a central location should be at the top of your booking priorities, and in this respect Hotel Parlament didn’t disappoint. Serviced exceptionally by both public transport and private traffic, the location makes your stay at Budapest a breeze.
BUFFET BREAKFAST, SAY WHAT?
Okay, let’s get down to business. A buffet breakfast, served in their glass topped breakfast room, comes complimentary with all rooms, and in my opinion, delivers the perfect start to any day. The room is bathed in natural light and decorated with bright and comfortable furniture which breathes the feeling that you’re tucking into your meal within the comfort of your home.
What excited me the most was the abundance of fresh colorful fruit and vegetables on offer which took prime of place in the center of the food area, instead of stashed in the corner somewhere. This placement is a demonstration of this Hotel’s authentic commitment to sustainable living via their promotion of plant foods in this fashion. The fruit station also included an electronic citrus press for patrons to freshly make their own juice, which was the perfect touch on an already exceptional space. The bread station was also incredible and offered freshly baked assorted rolls and loaves, and though I was informed they didn’t contain animal products I would recommend to double check this during your stay in case their recipe changed between now and then.
Animal based foods were also on offer, however as a vegan blog we always recommend choosing the plant-based food to help our animal friends, our earth and ourselves. If you need more information about why we recommend eating this way, check out our Why Vegan post.
IS IT VEGAN FRIENDLY?
Whilst left unspecified of the distributing brand, the Hotel Toiletries were generically branded so I can only assume they were produced by a larger manufacturing company that uses generic toiletries ingredients. Consequently, I would advise against using them as I don’t believe them to be vegan. However a quick chat to the friendly house-keeping staff assured me untouched toiletries would be reused for the next guest as to avoid wastage, so if you don’t open them you won’t be contributing to their production in this respect.
In terms of dietary needs I was extremely impressed by Hotel Parlament’s welcoming attitude of myself and my vegan message. As mentioned, their breakfast buffet was a vegan paradise and staff were always on hand to answer all your questions in a friendly fashion.
I was really impressed with the service and attitudes of Hotel Parlament and their efforts towards my stay. The decor and structure of the hotel itself payed true homage to the traditional Budapest themes whilst incorporating a sleek modern design which allowed me to feel at home in a foreign land, which is a rare quality.
Furthermore, it is one thing for a hotel to accept the vegan message, but to genuinely welcome it into their hotel demonstrates their engagement to customer views and values. Whether you are vegan or not, you are assured a refined stay at Hotel Parlament. Ultimately I would recommend it to all travelers, both solo, family and groups alike.
Rooms start at €133 for a Standard suite.
Wonderstruck Fawns would like to thank Hotel Parlament for welcoming this review. My opinion is, as always, my own.