Budapest, May 2017

Budapest at sunset over the Chain Bridge

I was in Budapest for a week.  Below were a few highlights!

Aszú – Michelin restaurant

Michelin restaurant Aszú is in Budapest and serves traditional Hungarin food with a modern edge. I had goulash with Hungarian wine and gooselive for a starter. Washed down with a recommended Hungarian wine.

The most awesome thing about this was that it was a pretty ‘random’ restaurant.

The atmosphere was lively and jovial with live music playing right behind me. Not your pretentious Michelin restaurant. Since it was a random find, I was there in tshirt, along with a friend who was wearing denim shirts with cellophane covered tattoo. I know certain other restaurants with strict dress codes.

Corinthia Hotel – 5 star hotel near Erzebeth

If you are looking for a hotel in Budapest, the Corinthia Hotel is highly recommended. Guests have access to the amazing Royal Spa, with history from the late 20th century. Within in includes two jacuzzis at slightly different temperatures, lap pool, two saunas, steam bath, gym and more.

The interior is more the classic, hotel style which for me is OK but I am more partial to the newer, modern interiors (best I’ve stayed in was from a Westin hotel).  The king-sized bed was not as comfortable as I would have liked.  The hairdryer also didn’t work, when I tried to use it on checkout.

The hotel is on the main line, making it easy to get to the key tourist areas.  It’s also walking distance to the cool spots over at the Jewish quarter.

Chandelier in the grand ballroom. There was some IBM event earlier.

Yes. Managed to ‘gather’ the complementary hotel bath stuff.
You can just make out one of the jacuzzis.

There were a few typical tourist photos I took.

I didn’t really do a lot of touristy things over there though (like the famous Széchenyi Thermal Baths) but one big takeaway was that I got to see what the city is like as a potential contender for me to live in for a bit of time.