Ever since George Ezra released the song ‘Budapest’, I’ve wanted to visit this city in Hungary. In July, we went on a city trip and celebrated my 25th birthday in Budapest, yay! It was quite easy to find a wheelchair accessible hotel room, or maybe we were just lucky. We chose to stay at the Zenit Budapest Palace Hotel, located in the Pest district of the city. Oh, did you know that Budapest is actually a merger of two cities, Buda and Pest? Buda is known for its historical sites, while Pest is known for its city life.
If you’re a wheelchair user or traveling with one, I’d recommend you to find accommodation on the Pest side. Besides its historical sites, Buda is also known for its hills. Pest, on the other hand, is known for its flat terrain.
“Straddling the Danube River, with the Buda Hills to the west and the Great Plain to the east, Budapest is a gem of a city.” – Lonely Planet
While looking for a wheelchair-accessible hotel in Budapest, I came across this 4-star hotel with a perfect location. Unfortunately, there was no accessibility information on their website. After emailing them asking about the accessibility, I was surprised about the same-day reply including great pictures of the room.
We stayed in room number 100, known as their ‘Standard Accessible Double Room’. This room is located on the first floor, directly next to the elevators. Inside the room, you’ll find 2 twin beds that can be put together or separately. The space underneath the bed is great for a hoist, such as the Molift Smart 150. What made me (and my caregiver) happy was the smooth flooring, no annoying rug, and therefore easily accessible with wheels. A little furniture rearrangement can make a big difference in creating more space.
Between the bedroom and bathroom is usually a (small) threshold, but not in this room. As you can see in the pictures, they’ve built a small ramp for easy access. The bathroom was quite narrow for a powerchair or bigger wheelchair. This is usually the case with hotel rooms that are located in a city center. The toilet is accessible from the front and left side, and is equipped with grab bars. Due to its small width, it can be quite challenging to use the shower or sink.
Due to its great location, it was easy to get to the hotel from the airport by public transport. Take the wheelchair accessible shuttle bus called 100E Airport Express, which is running every day of the week, every 7-10 minutes. The hotel is located only 500 meters from bus stop Deák Ferenc tér.
This was definitely a great, accessible hotel for a city trip to Budapest. As I mentioned before, the flooring was such a luxury in comparison with some previously visited hotel rooms. Using the bathroom could be a little challenging due to its small width. The room’s furniture was minimal and rearrangeable, so we created our needed room space very easily. I would rate this hotel 3.5 out of 5 stars!