My husband and I were in Budapest this past May, 2010 for 2 weeks. We had a great time but we always enjoy our Untorus. This was our 7th. We were in Wesselenyi C and found this to be a good location. A few things that follow are specifically for the 3 apartments in this building. Zita's, she also works with Untours, office is in this building and we found her and others in the office to be very helpful. The cell phone provided for us was not working so we used the office for help.
If you go out the front door of the building, turn right, then turn right again at the first street and right there, in an enclosed space, is an ATM that is easily accessible with your credit card as a key. We used that for all our transactions. If you continue up that street, there is a CBA, supermarket, on the next corner. That is the closest market we found. However, across the steet and down the block from the Synagogue, there is a fresh market where I got great fruit.
Directly across the street from Wesselenyi is The Blue Rose restaurant. We ate there seveal times and
that is the only restaurant where we found 1/2 portions of an entree for less money. If you don't eat huge portions this is helpful. As Rick Steves says, "Eat where the locals eat." This appeared to be a local place and very convenient if we were tired, it was rainy or we did not want to go far. Besides we both liked the food.
We also ate, or snacked, several times at Walhalla, across the street from the Great Synagogue, also really close to the apartment. If you go to Dohany Street,the one the Synagogue ison, to the larger street, I don't remember the name, there is a 3 story book store that was good. Books in English too. I bought a great book for our 5 year old grandson; he loved it.
Hint for all. If it rains and we had 3 days of wind, rain and cold. There was a big storm all over Eastern Europe with even flooding in some countries. As a result we often had vey wet umbrellas. Opened and put across the bidets made a perfect place for them to dry. We had a bath and half so 2 bidets and 2 umrbellas. Be sure you take your umbrellas. Also I had a portable shopping bag that folded up into an eye glass size and we used it all the time.
We used the public transportation, metro, tram, trolley, bus and train and found all to be safe, easy to follow and if we got confused people were friendly and helpful. They are building a 4th metro line but for us there were 3. The oldest one, yellow, is different as it has wooden cabinets and is unlike any metro I have been on. As to safety, we felt safe eveywhere and almost forgot to be on our guard.
Suggestions for "to dos." We did the Hop On/Hop Off bus and always find it gives a good introduction for where things are and orients us to the new place. It was $60 for both of us. Also the price included a reduced/free things like restaurants, Danube tours etc. We used several of those for reduced prices on otherthings.
The House of Terror Museum is also good. It was used as the headquarters of he secret police for both Nazis andCommunists. Well done. The Legenda night Danube Rive cruise as outstanding. If you buy Rick Steves' "Budapest", and I recommend it, take it with and you geta reduced rate. That was $37.00 and included 2 wines pe peson. The Legenda has large screens, lit up, of all the places you are passing plus good guides with English I could understand.
We also did the Basilica and an organ conert there, the Danube Symphony that was excellent, The
EthnographyMuseum, Parliament, Castle Hill and the Buda side, daytime free Danube cruise from Hop On/ Hop Off , Memento Park, Central market, Heroes Square adn City Park, The Great synagogue and the Tree of Life and more.
I highly recommend the thermal baths, we did the ones in City Park, Szechenyi. Wonderful experience. Don't worry about how you look in a bathing suit. No one cares and all types are here. I felt like I had the most wonderful massage possible. Cost was $33.00 for both and a changing cabin. At least go see them if you don't take a bath as it is a beautiful location.
We also did 2 day trips, Palace of Franz Josep and his wife, Elizabeth, Sisi. A good day trip to Godollo. The other day trip was to Szentendre a small town that is an art colony but nice also.
Due to the weather we did not do Margit Island and The Buda hills. I will have to go back for those. I would definitely do the baths if I ever go back.
I will be happy to answer questions or elaborate on anything. Budapest is beautiful.