IC Budapest (Master Thread)

Old Jul 26, 18, 5:50 am
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Personally both my redemption experiences over the last year at this hotel as a plain ol’ Spire member have been very good. Early check in facilitated and upgraded to a river view room. I reckon it’s great value for the points, though I’m unsure whether I’d pay as the nearby similarly priced Marriott is just as good and Plat with them gets me lounge access that I don’t get at the IC
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Old Oct 19, 18, 3:13 pm
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My trip last week I stayed at the IC Budapest, Renaissance Vienna, and Sheraton Krakow. We had a way better room and experience at the two Marriott hotels than the IC. We were ambassadors and platinum, allegedly got a room "upgrade" but we paid for a river view room and received a fairly compact room with a view of the river. We got a complimentary half-bottle of wine, 2 certs for a free drink in the bar, and some fruit in the room. We didn't get lounge access or breakfast. It was offered to use for 85 euros per night but this is Budapest, you can eat in the hotel's own restaurant and drink to your heart's content and still not make it to 85 euros per night. Marriott definitely treated us better. We were using the ambassador buy-one-get-one weekend night cert. If it weren't for that, we'd have stayed at the Marriott which was just down the road.
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Old Oct 20, 18, 1:49 pm
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If on bogo, should book club access room upfront, pay extra club 1night, get for 2nights. And better upgrade as better room to upgrade from
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Old Sep 6, 19, 6:16 am
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Anyone have any recent intel re: this property? I'll be spending 4 nights here - 1 on a Chase Free Night, 1 on points and 1 BOGO with Ambassador. They will sell me Club Lounge cost for $68 instead of $85. As mentioned above, that seems steep for 2 people for breakfast. I spoke with the concierge and they seem to be willing to upgrade all 4 nights to an executive room and with the BOGO nights give me lounge access but I'd have to buy the access the other 2 nights. If its a basic breakfast and some wine in the evening cannot see the value in paying out of pocket to get it the two additional point nights? On the BOGO night its an incremental cost to get the 2nd night free, gives us a better room and they'll carry over that better room to the free point nights, so that is why I am paying for Executive Level/Club room access on the BOGO nights.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 9:16 am
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So the lounge is nice.

Breakfast is fine, nothing super special.
The evening there is hot canapés which are delivered in a pretty way from the kitchen, certainly not enough for a meal but lets say a good starters.

Personally, in such a central location I wouldn’t pay for the lounge,... but then again it is beautiful to sit in one of the corner parts near a window and watch the world go by with a cold glass of white wine.

Why not try the follow, when you get to the hotel, say you’re interested in an up sell to the lounge but you’d first like to have a little tour of it. They typically will oblige . That way you take no risks.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 11:40 am
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Originally Posted by Lewis42 View Post
So the lounge is nice.

Breakfast is fine, nothing super special.
The evening there is hot canapés which are delivered in a pretty way from the kitchen, certainly not enough for a meal but lets say a good starters.

Personally, in such a central location I wouldn’t pay for the lounge,... but then again it is beautiful to sit in one of the corner parts near a window and watch the world go by with a cold glass of white wine.

Why not try the follow, when you get to the hotel, say you’re interested in an up sell to the lounge but you’d first like to have a little tour of it. They typically will oblige . That way you take no risks.
Great idea - thanks! I just wish I had the lounge access the first two days to see if its worthwhile to pay for the last 2 days. But alas, need to use the BOGO on a weekend so wouldn't work out that way. Maybe onsite they will be even more generous with a discount depending on their capacity for the dates in question.
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Old Sep 7, 19, 4:19 am
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Originally Posted by eggzlot View Post
Great idea - thanks! I just wish I had the lounge access the first two days to see if its worthwhile to pay for the last 2 days. But alas, need to use the BOGO on a weekend so wouldn't work out that way. Maybe onsite they will be even more generous with a discount depending on their capacity for the dates in question.
yeah, I’m confident you can negotiate lounge access for just one day when onsite.
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Old Oct 16, 19, 11:50 am
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I was able to negotiate down a bit and got the lounge for the extra 2 days. I got the basic upgrade which got us on the 9th floor with a great view, but it was a small room but we made out ok. Very nice gym. Overall nice service - very helpful concierge, lounge help was also super attentive as it was almost always empty. Good food/drink selection for the lounge. Great location too, at the foot of the chain bridge, not far from the busy Oct 6th street with some decent restaurants and maybe a 10 min walk down 1-2 streets to the Jewish District/Art District with lots of newer restaurants, "ruin bars", markets on the weekend, etc. Its also right around the corner from the busy main shopping street but coming from NY we spent very little time there - I can buy a Coach handbag at home - did not need to fly to Budapest to do that.
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Old Oct 17, 19, 10:32 am
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Junior 2room "tapered" suites sloping along riverside with great view of River/Fishernans Bastion/Chain Bridge at night are great... although i am not really using the smallish 2nd room bit of a j-s

I actually prefer sleeping in riverside j-suite v full suite here. even leave curtain open for the view when going to sleep

Lounge is one of the best $$$/value lounges, the hungarian sparkling wine is very nice, staff are great. I always take lounge b/f coz of the views
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