Estilo Fashion Hotel: A welcoming place to stay in Budapest

The Estilo Fashion Hotel is clean, with polite staff, and in the perfect location for a wander through the city

Váci utca is the type of street that every touristy city has. All the way along its margins restaurants scream: “European Food,” and shops sell postcards of Budapest, trinkets and fake Soviet ushankas. The Estilo Fashion Hotel is almost hidden by these – if you didn’t know what you were looking for then you could certainly walk past the grand baroque building.

Estilo Fashion Hotel might not be that fashionable as it suggests, but the 'Enjoy' sign above the bed feels welcoming — Estilo Fashion Hote
Estilo Fashion Hotel might not be as fashionable as it suggests, but the “Enjoy” sign above the bed feels welcoming — Estilo Fashion Hotel

The hotel itself is excellent. It scores very highly on my two secondary measurements for hospitality – bathroom cleanliness and staff politeness. The location is perfect for a wander through the city – the Chain Bridge to Buda Castle is just a twenty minute walk along the blue Danube or through the old town.

I can’t help but think that Estilo has shot itself in the foot with its name. Style is forever, but fashion changes after all. The blue and red decor in the rooms are not quite to my taste, and I wouldn’t be sure if I could call them fashionable. However, the large sign above the bed: “Enjoy,” is welcoming and is exactly what I plan to do in Budapest.

My standard room is a bit small (or maybe the bed is a bit big) but it is very comfortable. There are a couple of armchairs to lounge about in and a desk to work at if I need, but there’s not quite enough space to get in and out of the chair easily. The bed is large and firm, just how I like it, and it is covered in cushions and pillows. Perhaps it was an oversight, but there’s only a complimentary bottle of water. There’s no kettle, tea or coffee to be seen.

The breakfast cooked to such perfection it made up for the faux-rustic style of the restaurant — Estilo Fashion Hotel
The breakfast was prepared to such perfection it made up for the faux-rustic style of the restaurant — Estilo Fashion Hotel

In the morning, the breakfast buffet is a smorgasbord of eggs, meats, salads and breads. It’s all cooked to perfection and tastes fantastic. However, I might prefer to see some more fruits to choose from – these are something I always look forward to.

Again, I’m not too sure about the design of the restaurant. It’s in the faux-rustic style that doesn’t really work anywhere. But that doesn’t really matter when the food is good. It also seems a shame that it has to scream about its food on the frontage on Váci utca; it must compete with the tourist restaurants but it could be a tad more decorous.

The restaurant opens early enough that it’s possible to eat the most important meal of the day and be out at the sights before hordes of tourists arrive, or make it to the first meeting of the day.

All in all, Estilo Fashion Hotel is a cracking place to stay. The staff are excellent, but stay out of your way, and it is delightfully comfortable after a long day’s sightseeing. The well-furnished standard rooms are small and the design is not quite on point. It’s smack bang in the middle of the city though, so everything is easy to get to. For a trip to Budapest, there can’t be many places better than this to stay in.