This was my second visit to the beautiful city of Budapest and with a little bit of background knowledge from my last visit, I decided to curate my own little itinerary involving no one but myself. Last time I was in Budapest, with little knowledge of the city, I stayed on the Pest side and although it was fairly central and perfect for that visit, this time round, I decided to step up my game. If you’ve been following my foot steps for long enough, you’ll know I’m an absolute sucker for a scenic view.
I decided to get a suite at The Art’otel Budapest overlooking the Danube River, Hungarian Parliament and Chain Bridge. The Art’otel Budapest is conveniently located on the Buda side, usually considered the posh end of town and I can’t fault this hotel, hospitality and standard- only the wifi which from my bed was a little slow.
The view of Buda from Level 5 The Art’otel, Budapest.
Sneaking in a shameless selfie at Kiraly Bath, Budapest’s oldest thermal bath. It’s one of the medieval Turkish baths built by the Ottoman Turks in the 16th century and I can’t say I was too thrilled to be sharing a heated space with a bunch of strangers just chilling. I decided to also include a massage with my thermal bath experience but what happens in Budapest, stays in Budapest.
While I did some research into where I should dine while in Budapest for the night (still steering away from classics like goulash, I knew I had plenty of heavy dishes waiting for me in Croatia), my attention was heavily set on Nobu at the luxurious Corvinus Kempinski Hotel but I figured sushi wasn’t fun if you were dining alone. Keeping things safe and simple, I decided to have dinner at the Marriott Hotel restaurant, Peppers! Mediterranean Grill after a sea of positive reviews on TripAdvisor. I’ve come to really get used to dining alone, I don’t know if this is a good thing or not but my friends think I’m crazy, I genuinely don’t even care.
I started with a glass of pinot noir from the Villány Wunderlich 2008 Cellar and I’m pretty sure I ended up paying for a bottle. As my starter, I had a sizzling pot of king prawns that reminded me of crunchy king prawns dripping in curry sauce at Hakkasan in London, only better. And decided as my main meal to get my iron up and have a Black Angus Argentine steak with peppercorn sauce and roasted vegetables. I finished off my dinner with a classic crème brûlée.
I was even given a complimentary glass of dessert wine where I promised myself that if I drank it (and I’m not the kind of girl to waste a glass of wine unless is ridiculously cheap and nasty), I’d walk back to my hotel- which I did to burn off the calories.
A stroll across The Chain Bridge never hurt nobody.
As much as I love Budapest, I’m not going again in the winter. The fog was too strong meaning my photos are almost identical to my last visit. Despite this downer, it was the most beautiful city to spend the next day and Sunday afternoon with my cousins who drove from Croatia to pick me up just in time for Christmas!