Updated: October 29, 2019
Gerlóczy Rooms de Lux – A feeling of old Paris with the charm of modern Budapest.
Blink and you’ll think you’re in a Paris of yesteryear; blink again and you’ll feel the best of a century of Budapest history swirling around you. Gerlóczy greets you in a calm square shaded by a century-old elm tree, and then again through a lost-in-time brasserie with sidewalk tables and friendly servers. Each of the nineteen rooms on the upper floors is unique and decorated in an early twentieth-century European style, but with all the modern comforts you’d hope for. Rounding the sumptuous experience is the helpful and unobtrusive service.
Gerlóczy Rooms de Lux – Location
- Address: Gerlóczy u. 1, Budapest.
- Nearest Metro/Subway: Ferenciek Tere (0.1 mile, 3-minute walk). Astoria (0.3 mile, 6-minute walk).
- Area: On a quiet, Parisian square that’s an easy walk to a handful of Metro stations, around 5 minutes to some of the best ruin bars, and under 10 minutes to many major city sights.
- How To Get There: Affordable door-to-door airport shuttles run about every 20 minutes and take around 35 minutes (14 miles). Alternately, taxis are widely available, and the hotel can arrange pick-up and drop-off.
- Handy To: Váci Street (shopping), Great Synagogue, Károlyi Garden.
Gerlóczy Rooms de Lux – The Basics
- Ages: The hotel attracts mostly couples and solo travelers over 30. Families are welcome although there are no special services for them.
- View: Many rooms look over the corner square and its beautiful, 100-year-old elm tree.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: There are no private pools or jacuzzis.
- Extras: The excellent ground floor brasserie. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, there’s a piano concert on the balcony. All rooms have a free minibar.
- When To Book: Reserve at least 3 months in advance for May, June, and September, and during the Christmas holidays. A month or 2 in advance is usually good for other months from April through October, and you’ll have no trouble finding a last-minute room from January through March.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +36 1 501 4000
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: gerloczy.hu
Gerlóczy Rooms de Lux – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center.
- For Disabled Guests: There is a lift, and hotel room doors and some showers are large enough to accommodate wheelchairs, but otherwise there are no special facilities for disabled guests.
- For Families: Families are welcome – there are 2 rooms that can connect and baby cots are available – but the hotel isn’t specifically family-oriented.
Gerlóczy Rooms de Lux – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: The casual café and brasserie here is considered one of the best in the city and is perennially full of locals, expats, and visitors enjoying conversation over delicious pastries, a 2 to 3-course “worker’s meal,” tea in the afternoon, or wine with dinner at night. Spielberg chose this as a filming location for the 2005 movie Munich, and not much has changed. There’s a timeless feeling here that is simply delightful. Open 8 am-11 pm. $$-$$$.
- Lounge/Bar: You can grab a drink and settle in as long as you like at the brasserie.
- Breakfast: Optional, but a highlight, so you probably don’t want to miss it. Served in the ground floor brasserie from 8 am to 10 am.
- Room Service: Available from the brasserie.
Gerlóczy Rooms de Lux – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard • Standard Attic • DeLux • DeLux Room with Square View • DeLux Room with Square View and Balcony
- Smoking Rooms: Gerlóczy Rooms de Lux is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: Room 2/3 has the best balcony, while the corner room 3/2 is the most spacious and features a clawfoot bathtub.
- For Families: Two attic rooms connect (one is a twin), making them the best choice for families.
Gerlóczy Rooms de Lux – Local Transport
- Walking: It’s easy to walk to many sights from here since the location is central, albeit quiet. Restaurants, ruin bars, and shops are steps away, and the Great Synagogue is an 8-minute walk (0.4 mile). Public transport from a handful of nearby Metro and bus stations make it easy to get to the Castle District in around 20 minutes.
- Subway and Bus: The 2 nearby Metro stations serve lines 1, 2, and 3. It’s also a short walk to a few tram and bus stations.
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: Uber and Lyft do not operate in Budapest, but taxis are plentiful and generally reliable.
Gerlóczy Rooms de Lux – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Jewish Heritage Tours – Tour the main synagogues and the Jewish Quarter with a knowledgeable guide. Hotel pick-up.
- Tuk Tuk Taxi – Tour the city’s sights uniquely, in a tuk tuk. Start Location: 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Silverline Cruises – Luxury 3-hour dinner cruises on the Danube with music and Hungarian dancers. Start location: 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Tasting Table – Friendly space to learn about taste and revel in Hungarian wines. Start location: 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Kárpátia – Be serenaded by gypsy music while dining on fine Hungarian cuisine in an authentic circa 1877 setting. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Monk’s Bistro – Fine dining bistro style with an open kitchen and beautifully presented, seasonally-driven international fare. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Kuglof – One of the best breakfast spots in the city with wonderful baked goods and sidewalk seating. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Karolyi Etterem – An elegant Budapest coffee house that’s gone with the times by going completely gluten-free. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Belvarosi Disznotoros – Stand up at the counter with locals to partake in a Hungarian meat feast. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Múzeum – Beautiful restaurant, well over a century old, with live piano music and fine Hungarian fare, and perfect for a special occasion. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- À Table – French bakery café with excellent cakes and pastries. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Gettó Gulyas – Hearty, modern, and delicious Hungarian fare with good prices and wine list in a modern-meets-retro-grandma setting. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Baraka – Arguably the best fine dining in the city, treat yourself to a multi-course meal at this French-Asian spot. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Káravan – Food court that remains open late for ruin bar revelers with lots of choices from burgers to vegan food. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Vicky Barcelona – Grab some tapas then dance the night away at this Spanish bar, restaurant, and dance club. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Doblo – For something more refined, head to this candle-lit wine bar to enjoy Hungarian wine alongside meat and cheese plates. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Hops Beer Bar – Great craft pub with lots of imported varieties and a sociable owner. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Horizont Taproom by Léhutö – There’s a great beer selection and fun scene going on most nights at this bar. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Szimpla Kert – Lively, large, and beautifully dilapidated graffiti-covered pub that is the pinnacle of ruin bar style. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Füge Udvar – Grab a seat next to some new friends at this sprawling, social ruin bar. 16-minute walk (0.8 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes
- Central Café – Another old world gem, once frequented by the city’s literature set, the surrounds are a dreamy spot for coffee, cake, or even a meal. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Kontakt – Locally roasted coffee and light meals in a modern décor on a lovely pedestrian lane. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Gerbeaud – Beautiful and classic circa 1860 coffee house worth a visit, but expect high prices. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- Vass Shoes – Hand-made, covetable men’s footwear made ready to wear or by custom order. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Bomo Art – Beautiful paper goods, notebooks, and more. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Nanushka – Hungarian women’s fashion designer selling chic, streamlined staples. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- WonderLAB Concept Store – A collection of local designers selling everything from jewelry and furniture to clothing. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Központi Antikvárium – The biggest and oldest bookshop in Eastern Europe sells used books, fascinating old maps, and more. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Rózsavölgyi Chocolates – Handmade chocolates in a tiny shop with lots of unusual flavors such as Balsamic vinegar. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Herend – Renowned, fine Hungarian ceramics. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Szimpla Farmers’ Market – A Sunday-only farmers’ market within a ruin pub is a wonderful thing to behold. An excellent buffet breakfast is also served and worth crawling out of bed for. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Váci Street – Budapest’s busy and chic pedestrian-only shopping street. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Petofi Literary Museum – There’s a permanent exhibit here about the Hungarian poet after whom the museum was named as well as films and more permanent and rotating exhibits, many very interesting if you love literature. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Great Synagogue – The largest Jewish place of worship outside of New York. Take a tour, and don’t miss the gardens with its moving memorials and sculptures. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Trapéz Gallery – Contemporary art gallery featuring changing exhibits of works by up and coming artists in a variety of genres. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Károlyi Garden – This French style park is the oldest garden in Budapest and has lots of flora, winding pathways, a playground for kids, and a resident bunny rabbit. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Hungarian National Museum – Follow Hungarian history from geologic formation through the common era. Some of the country’s most important relics are housed here, including a beautiful Roman mosaic and a piano used by both Beethoven and Liszt. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Ervin Szabó Library – Several simply breathtaking reading rooms are open to the public in this massive library (it holds around 2.4 million titles) in a converted neo-baroque palace. 15-minute walk (0.7 mile).