Magazine article Management Today

Business Travel: Frequent Flyer Jeff Kelisky's Guide to Budapest

Magazine article Management Today

Business Travel: Frequent Flyer Jeff Kelisky's Guide to Budapest

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How to get there I usually fly with BA from Heathrow to Ferihegy, Budapest's main airport. It takes just under three hours.

Airport to town Taxis take about 25 minutes, 45 if the traffic's bad. There are also buses that stop at most of the main hotels.

Best Hotel I normally stay at the Sofitel Atrium 1 in downtown Pest (Roosevelt Ter 2, +36 1 266 1234, www.accorhotels.com). It's right on the Danube, so if you're high enough up, there are stunning night-time views of the lights on the water, the Chain Bridge and the castle district on the hill in Buda, across the river from Pest. The other main hotel is the Four Seasons 2 (Roosevelt Ter 5-6, 268 6000, www.fourseasons.com/budapest), a beautiful old art-nouveau building that has been fully restored. It's directly opposite the Chain Bridge. Slightly more off the beaten track is the Danubius Hotel Gellert 3 (Szent Gellert Ter 1, 889 5500, www.danubiushotels.com), famous for its spa. It was knocked down in the second world war and has been rebuilt exactly as it was.

Best Business Restaurant Everyone knows The Gundel 4 (- llatkerti ut 2, 468 4040). It's one of Budapest's most historical and well-established restaurants. It's like the interior of someone's house. It features Hungarian cuisine, a fairly wealthy clientele and often a music quartet. In summer, I'd go to Remiz 5 (Budakeszi ut 5, 275 1396), with its outside tables. The food has a strong French influence and is served in large portions. Lou-Lou 6 (Vigyazo Ferenc ut 4, 312 4505) and, on the Pest side, La Fontaine 7 (Merleg ut 10, 317 3715) are also good.

best BARS Oscar Cafe 8 (Ostrom ut 14 Moszkva Ter) is relaxed, casual and quite trendy. With its posters of Hollywood and Hungarian actors, it has an American feel. Negro bar and cafe 9 (Szent Istvan Ter 11) is more formal without being stuffy. It also has tables outside. …

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