Buddies in Budapest

Girls weekend in Hungary

Girls weekend in Hungary

We can all agree that life happens and suddenly you’re grown up, married and have no time to do anything except work and try to remember to put the wash in the dryer. It’s important in these formative years to remember our better halves, and by that I mean your best friends. This trip was two old friends and former roommates (one based in Moscow and one in Berlin) meeting up for the first time in 5 years. And what a city to have at our beck and call.

For this trip my partner in crime was my good friend Laura, an actress from Berlin. We met in school and were roommates our junior year. Our goal: to sample the finest Budapest had to offer from goulash to shopping and spas in a three day weekend. Our mission objectives:

  • Cheap
  • Cheerful
  • Uncomplicated

We were not disappointed.

Airport: Budapest Airport

This is a solidly performing airport. Well designed with a large area of duty free shops filled with Hungarian goodies and various restaurants. Very comfortable seats.

We are happy with airport seating

We are happy with airport seating

Where we stayed: Gerloczy Rooms de Lux

1052 Budapest, V. Gerlóczy u. 1.
T: (36) (1) 501-4000   | E-mail:info@gerloczy.hu

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3 Words. Free Mini Bar. Free mini bar with champagne (among other things) that is refilled daily. That, my friend, is a hotel worth its weight in gold.

I digress- but still a very cool hotel with lovely Parisian themed rooms. Our room was small but cozy- being girls, we loved the period accents in the attic room and bathroom. Toiletries were from Lush – definitely a perk! The restaurant had excellent food and wine choices. It’s a short walk from the main shopping street and a half an hour jaunt to the Gellert Spa. Hotel staff were genuinely helpful and set up transportation to/from the airport, as well as pointing out local vegetarian friendly eateries.

The one drawback – customer service in the restaurant was sincerely lacking. While this was irritating, food and hotel quality were overall good. It would not stop me from booking this establishment again.

Where we ate:

Gerloczy Rooms de Lux

1052 Budapest, V. Gerlóczy u. 1.
T: (36) (1) 501-4000   | E-mail:info@gerloczy.hu

It seems only fair to review our hotel’s restaurant, which fitted the charm of the rooms. Despite the iffy service, the food is delicious and Hungarian wine selection an adventure. We settled on a red and I feasted on the chicken with risotto. My words of wisdom: sit on the veranda and take it all in.

Brasserie of Hotel Pilvax

1052. Budapest, Pilvax köz 3.
(T): +36 1 266 0293
email: pilvaxbisztro@gmail.com

Fun restaurant with live piano music and a delightful atmosphere. Conveniently just down the road from the hotel and with a genuinely fun staff to see to your every need. We started with an aperitif of Hungarian champagne and settled into dinner shortly thereafter. Another score – they have vegetarian and vegan options with their menu.

Palack Borbar

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1114 Budapest, Szent Gellért tér 3.
(T): +36 30 997 1902
I’ve heard this place got packed, but once we wandered out of the Gellert Spa in a general state of euphoria, it was quiet. The rain was pounding and we shared some pinot noir with tapas of hummus with pita and a ham and cheese with a cabbage slaw for me. If you only make it to one place in Budapest, aim for this place. It has it all in terms of ambiance, cuisine and wine choices.

What we did:

Shopped til we dropped. From Pull & Bear to Zara, you can hit all your favorites on one street.

Gellert Spa & Bath

What does anyone do during a long weekend in Budapest? Thermal baths and a day at the spa. And that is precisely what we did. I booked our entry through Viator. For approximately $100.00, we booked two all day passes including a massage.  It was an incredible experience – a beautiful art deco setting with numerous pools, both indoors and out –  as well as saunas and steam rooms. You have not lived until you marinade in the outdoor with glimpses of the city in between stints in the sauna cabin outside, with occasional dunks in an ice bucket. You will be a new person when you leave this spa.

These are the faces of two relaxed chicas in Budapest.

These are the faces of two relaxed chicas in Budapest.

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