Budapest, Soho Boutique Hotel, Dohány Street, Ungaria
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Budapest is beautiful and romantic in the spring.
As its many famed green spaces start to reach full bloom, Budapest becomes an irresistible destination in the springtime. And though you might gravitate toward outdoor wonders like the vast City Park, Margaret Island and the Buda Hills, a huge annual draw remains the city’s unique Spring Festival, a two-week, intensive classical music extravaganza.
Spring is a wonderful time of year in Budapest and there is plenty to love about the city. The trees come back to life, the flowers are in bloom all over Budapest and as soon as the first warm, sunny days arrive, people flock to the streets and the entire city comes alive. Although the cold winter weather gives way to spring-like temperatures and abundant sunshine by March, spring truly begins in April, when the many parks, promenades and outdoor cafés fill with people looking to relieve their spring fever.
City Park of Budapest was named as one of the most beautiful urban parks of Europe. It is no wonder, as besides the wonderful old trees and the City Park Lake, you can find the replica of a Transylvanian Castle (Vajdahunyad Castle), Széchenyi Baths, Gundel Restaurant and the Budapest Zoo here - the latter also offering a pleasant open-air program, both with cute animals and great architecture. There are many other wonderful green areas, however, like Margaret Island with it's spectacular water tower, lake with goldfish and the Music Fountain.
Not far away from the island is Szent István Park, surrounded with wonderful Bauhaus houses and lovely cafés and small shops of Pozsonyi Street. Take a pleasant walk on green Gellért Hill, up to the Citadella, and enjoy the gorgeous panorama of the Hungarian capital. Or, if you are ready for a nice excursion to the Buda Hills, visit Normafa ('Norma Tree') on Svábhegy, taking lovely red coloured cog-wheel railway (Fogaskerekű) or the really unique Children's Railway (Gyermekvasút), on which (except the train driver) all other person operating the line are children between 10-14 (of course they work under the supervision of adults.)
Budapest is absolutely human scale, it's downtown having many iconic spots within walking distance. From the Castle Hill you can get within a relative short time to Vörösmarty Square and Váci Street, crossing the Danube on the beautiful Chain Bridge. It's worth walking along Andrássy Boulevard (Andrássy út) from Erzsébet Square to Heroes' Square (Hősök tere) and the City Park, or walk along the Danube banks – both the Buda and Pest side is flanked by nice cafés and many other places to see. Or just stroll in the reviving 7th District, or between historic palaces and refurbished squares of Palotanegyed of 8th District, exploring the small cafés and designer shops.
Having the Danube as it's main river, Budapest is worth exploring from this unique perspective. Take a boat trip with one of the boat lines – these are also part of public transport, or you can select one offered specificially for tourists. You can also reach towns of Szentendre and the Danube Bend by ship.
Budapest is paradise for explorers. Keep your senses primed and you'll discover something wonderful at every turn.
They say the past is another country, but it’s always been just around the corner in Budapest. Witness the bullet holes and shrapnel pockmarks on buildings from WWII and the 1956 Uprising. There are sad reminders like the poignant Shoes on the Danube memorial, but ones, too, of hope and reconciliation – like the 'sword' of the former secret-police building on Andrássy út now beaten into the 'ploughshare' that is the House of Terror, with both sides of the story told.
There's a lot more to Hungarian food than goulash, and it remains one of the most sophisticated styles of cooking in Europe. Magyars may exaggerate when they say that there are three essential world cuisines: French, Chinese and their own. But Budapest’s reputation as a food capital dates largely from the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century and, despite a fallow period under communism, the city is once again commanding attention. So, too, are Hungary's excellent wines – from Eger's complex reds and Somló’s flinty whites to honey-sweet Tokaj.
The city is blessed with an abundance of hot springs. As a result, ‘taking the waters’ has been a Budapest experience since the time of the Romans. The choice of bathhouses is generous – you can choose among Turkish-era, art nouveau and modern establishments. Some people come seeking a cure for whatever ails them, but the majority are there for fun and relaxation – though we still maintain it’s the world’s best cure for what Hungarians call a macskajaj (cat’s wail) – hangover.
Budapest’s beauty is not all God given; humankind has played a role in shaping this pretty face too. Architecturally, the city is a treasure trove, with enough baroque, neoclassical, Eclectic and art nouveau buildings to satisfy everyone. Overall, though, Budapest has a fin de siècle feel to it, for it was then, during the capital’s ‘golden age' in the late 19th century, that most of what you see today was built.
With a unique, youthful atmosphere, a world-class classical music scene as well as a pulsating night life increasingly appreciated among European youth and, last but not least, an exceptionally rich offering of natural thermal baths, Budapest is one of Europe's most delightful and enjoyable cities. Due to its scenic setting and its architecture it is nicknamed "Paris of the East".
In 1987 Budapest was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for the cultural and architectural significance of the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue.
The first night market in Budapest.
Felelős Gasztrohős is a foundation for responsible dining
Farmers market every Sunday in Budapest.
Situated in the trendy district known for its excellent restaurants and bars, the Soho hotel is just a 2 minute walk from Blaha Sq underground station and is a 15 minute walk from the River Danube. As with many popular boutique hotels the Soho rooms are very stylish with textured wallpaper, wood flooring, dark wood bed side tables and glass partition seperating the bedroom from the ensuite bathroom. Each room has a flat screen satellite TV, minibar, air conditioning and free internet access. The rooms are relatively small but big in style and comfort. There is a restaurant in the hotel which serves breakfast from 7-10am as well as lunch and dinner with a good choice of local and international food. A modern building seven storeys tall. The lobby is very stylish with a collage of photographic prints behind a wide designer sofa with equally design classic table and chairs for guest to relax in. The curved reception desk is to the left of the entrance and there is a bar immediately in front of this with bar stools and an array of bottled spirits on display. An excellent new 4* hotel in one of the liveliest and most colourful districts of budapest. Within walking distance of many of the city's most popular attractions and a great pleace to stay if you want to be near the best choice of restaurants.
Soho Lounge- Drink bar
The drink bar is in the hotel’s lobby which is an excellent choice for some relaxation. The bar awaits you and your company in a pleasant environment with wide range of drink specialities.
Buffet service is available in the hotel from 7am to 10:30am. Give a try to the gastronomically citadel of our buffet.
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