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At a Glance

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Recommended for

  • Central location
  • Great service
  • Trendy/Boutique
  • Quiet
  • Romantic
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 5051 Reviews

Recommended for

  • Central location
  • Great service
  • Trendy/Boutique
  • Quiet
  • Romantic

Board basis explained

Board basis explained

...means that included in the price are all main meals, most drinks, which tend to be local varieties available during bar opening hours.

...means that breakfast, lunch and evening meals, are included in the price.

...means that your breakfast and evening meal is included in the price. In some cases you can choose to receive lunch instead of breakfast - the hotel will confirm this upon arrival.

...means that breakfast is included in the price.

...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price, but you will be provided with catering facilities in your accommodation to cook light meals.

...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price.

Hotel Info

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The Continental Zara Hotel is located in Budapest’s downtown within close proximately to many of the major attractions. The hotel designed is clearly inspired by the art deco period and is modern and stylish throughout in design.

The hotel had a range of facilities to suite all tastes including a wellness and fitness centre, restaurant with terrace, bar and a roof garden. Guests rooms are stylish and contemporary in design and all feature air conditioning, mini-bar and satellite television as standard in additional to many other amenities. The hotel is ideal for those looking for a modern and fresh hotel which had style oozing from the finely painted walls.

At a Glance

Board basis explained

Board basis explained

...means that included in the price are all main meals, most drinks, which tend to be local varieties available during bar opening hours.

...means that breakfast, lunch and evening meals, are included in the price.

...means that your breakfast and evening meal is included in the price. In some cases you can choose to receive lunch instead of breakfast - the hotel will confirm this upon arrival.

...means that breakfast is included in the price.

...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price, but you will be provided with catering facilities in your accommodation to cook light meals.

...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price.

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Hotel facilities


  • Free wired high-speed Internet
  • Internet access - wireless
  • Free WiFi - Public Areas
  • Free Wi-Fi

Pool and Wellness

  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Gym
  • Swimming Pool - Outdoor
  • Massage
  • Swimming Pool - Indoor
  • Sauna


  • Ballroom(s)

Food & Drink

  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Floor butler
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Coffee shop or café

Services & Shops

  • Car rental
  • Luggage storage
  • Laundry facilities
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Express check-out
  • Secretarial services
  • Business services
  • Babysitting (Surcharge)
  • Express check-in
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Event catering
  • Translation services
  • Tour assistance
  • Area shuttle (Surcharge)
  • Concierge desk
  • Airport transportation

General Info

  • Number of meeting/conference rooms 5
  • Multiple small meeting rooms
  • Pets accepted
  • Pet policy - dogs and cats only
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Number of buildings/towers 1
  • Minimum check-in age 16
  • Television in lobby
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Photocopy machines
  • Number of floors 6
  • Elevator/lift
  • Number of Rooms 9
  • Front desk hours
  • Multilingual staff
  • Check-in time starts 2:00 PM
  • Patio
  • Security guard
  • Garden
  • Shoe shine
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Check-out by 10:00 AM
  • Conference center
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Total number of rooms 272


  • Parking height restrictions apply
  • Parking garage
  • Parking

Room facilities

Room Amenities

  • Minibar
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Electronic/magnetic keys
  • Hair dryer
  • Trouser press
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • In-room safe
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Alarm clock
  • Clock radio

Internet, TV & Phone

  • Satellite television service
  • Phone
  • Pay movies
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Premium television channel(s)

Rooms & Comfort

  • Desk
  • Premium bedding
  • Air conditioning
  • Connecting / adjoining rooms available
  • City view
  • Courtyard view
  • In-room massage available
  • Window opens
  • Yard
  • Pillowtop mattress
  • Maximum number of pets per room 1
  • Individually decorated
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Wake-up calls
  • Soundproofed rooms

Bath & Shower

  • Bathtub only
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Bathrobes
  • Shower/bathtub combination
  • Handheld showerhead
  • Designer toiletries
  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Shower only


  • Turndown service
  • Nearest airport
  • Time zone UK + 1 Hour
  • Currency Ft Forint
  • Plug



Attractions Nearby

  • Team Escape 0.05 miles
  • MindQuest 0.10 miles
  • Blaha Lujza Square 0.14 miles
  • E-Exit Escape Games 0.16 miles
  • Claustrophilia 0.19 miles
  • Chimera Project Gallery for Contemporary Art 0.21 miles
  • Kazi30 0.22 miles
  • Kazinczy Street Orthodox Synagogue 0.24 miles
  • Madach Theatre 0.31 miles
  • Dohany Street Synagogue 0.33 miles
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Resort Info



Hotels and Apartments in Budapest

A beautiful ancient city, Budapest is a favourite holiday spot for families, couples and solo travellers seeking to discover the rich culture, authentic food, historical landmarks and bustling nightlife in a European city. The properties available for stay in the city are far less expensive than Paris and offers a range of options to choose from.

Visitors can look for hotels to premium resorts to self-catering apartments to enjoy a lovely and relaxing stay here. Both luxury and cheap hotel in Budapest are available to cater every style of travellers. Buda Castle Fashion Hotel, Hilton Budapest, Baltazár Budapest and Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest are some of the luxurious properties, located in the affluent neighbourhoods. Affordable options like Mamaison Hotel Andrassy Budapest, Hotel Palazzo Zichy and Casati Budapest Hotel are good to book your stay if you’re planning for low cost holidays to Budapest. Make your booking from Alpharooms, which can help you get cheap hotels in Budapest. Choose from an excellent list of hotels and apartment that suites you best.

About Budapest

Budapest is beautifully set along the Danube with Buda Hills in the backdrop. The capital city of Hungary has a mix of its elegant architecture and sophisticated scene and this favourite European destination’s much of the city centre has been designated as a World Heritage Site.

Its history stretches back through the centuries as a spa town, owing to the extensive network of natural hot springs under the city. The best way to explore this beautiful city is by foot as you stroll through the streets, soaking up the atmosphere. Aquincum Museum, Nagytétény Castle Museum, The Royal Palace that now houses the Hungarian National gallery are some of the best attractions to visit in the capital. If you’re seeking low cost holidays to Budapest, book cheap flights and hotels in Budapest from Alpharooms, which offers some great deals at the most competitive rates.

Where to stay in Budapest

Budapest is a much loved destination and one of the most visited European city. If you are planning for Budapest holiday, book your accommodation first according to your area of interest and enjoy all the great experience that the picturesque city has in offer for you. Your summer holidays in Budapest is going to be amazing staying in one of the most beautiful cities that offers a range of relaxing accommodation option to suite every style of travellers.

The distinct neighbourhoods of the city where you book your hotel or accommodation in Budapest include- stay in city’s historic heartland, Castle Hill or Downtown District, which is a hotspot for restaurants, bars and cafés and home to Vörösmarty Square and St Stephen’s Basilica. Downtown is also amongst tourist’s favourites.

Terézváros (District Vi) is another popular neighbourhood apart from Erzsébetváros (District Vii), which is city’s Jewish quarter. Staying in any of these neighbourhoods will be an amazing experience altogether, giving you the taste of its rich culture. If you’re looking for cheap hotels in Budapest, it would be good to book your stay away from the touristy grid.

What to see

Budapest, the capital of Hungary is known for its captivating history and the bright, laid-back contemporary artistic style. The city enjoys the honour for being home to many of the UNESCO world heritage sites, that help it in attracting thousands of travellers every year, regardless of the month or season. Also, Budapest is considered amongst the most beautiful cities in Europe with amazing architecture, lovely Squares and charming neighbourhoods, which can be best explored on foot.

Visit historic Castle Hill, famous Budapest Opera House or take a refreshing dip and relax in one of Budapest's famous baths, especially Szechenyi Bath. To witness marvellous architecture, pay a visit to Hungary's Parliament Building and also explore the óbuda, which is the oldest and lesser known part of Budapest. Also keep Budapest Fairy Tale Castle (Vajdahunyad Castle) and Buda Castle on your wish list during your trip here.

Apart from all these, Budapest holidays are incomplete without savouring yummy local cuisine, browsing cool, funky shops, walking across the Chain Bridge or enjoying a stroll on Andrássy Avenue to Heroes' Square. No wonder, the city will mesmerize you with its unconventional charm. For stay, book your accommodation in Budapest in advance to find the best abode at competitive prices.

Budapest’s vibrant Nightlife

The nightlife in Budapest is very popular for its bars, but the varied lively nightclubs of the capital will surely leave an impression on you. As the night falls, visit the city’s best ruin bars, rooftop bars and other outdoor venues, hosting concerts of different musical genres.

You can also head to funky night clubs dancing to the beats of the DJ’s. One of the most popular night venues is The Széchenyi Bath. This is the one of the oldest and largest spa complexes in Europe, where visitors enjoy spa along with disco lights in different shades and the music played by the popular DJs. Spa, drinks and music makes it an ideal combination for everyone to enjoy the nightlife in a distinct way. Some chic and trendy places in Budapest, catering to catering to every type of guests include- Corvin Club & Roof Terrace, Boutiq' Bar, New York Café, Divino Borbar, among others.

Food scene in Budapest

Budapest in true sense is for food lovers as it has the specialities of Hungarian gastronomy. Go to get a taste of the city in the Seventh District, which is popular for the abundance of international eats and lively bars. Another best place that is a foodie’s dream is Karaván, which is a beer garden filled with street food stalls. Here, you can savour traditional fare along with new trends. Don’t miss the specialities, lángos and fried flatbread, which are served with cheese and sour cream.

If you’re looking for a beautiful coffeehouse in Budapest, the 19th-century New York Café, which a par excellence in terms of both food and interior. For a complete relaxing experience and to enjoy your favourite drink and delicious late night snack, head to Szimpla Kert. It is a unique spot and one of Budapest’s “ruin pubs,” eateries, which is nestled in the charming old buildings. Other good options in the city includes Bors GasztroBár, Koleves Vendéglo / Stonesoup Restobar, Mazel Tov and Paprika Vendéglo, among others. Hungarians take their food seriously and offers dishes for pretty much every type of eater, so you’ll surely be spoilt with choices.


Tourists can scour the city for anything, from vintage clothing, to trendy Hungarian fashion and to traditional liquor to unusual souvenirs that caters to even the most ardent shopaholics. Budapest has something for everyone to enjoy. The main shopping areas in Budapest is nestled in Pest's City Center and the popular design street is called Király utca.

Whether you’re looking for gift galleries, home-improvement shops or funky boutiques or handmade show shop, Budapest is a reservoir of all such unique stuff. Other famous street is Váci Street, which is home to numerous fashionable shops, restaurants and cafés. Neighbouring streets like Fashion Street on Deák Ferenc utca, where branded stores like Hugo Boss, Max Mara, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste are located is also good for shopping latest products. The capital is known for its emerging design scene owing to its home grown fashion. Find shops you won’t find anywhere else, selling creations by talented Hungarian designers. The best thing you can bring back home as a souvenir from Budapest are wine, especially Tokaji, and porcelain.

What you need to know

Budapest the capital of Hungary is a popular holiday destination, catering to families, couples and solo travellers equally. The city has so many things to explore and activities to do that there is something for everyone to enjoy. Thanks to the cheap accommodation, scrumptious food, architectural wonders and rich museums, tourists find the city absolutely fascinating. The city is best explored on foot or by bike. A nice warm weather and plenty of sunlight in summer makes it the best time to visit the city. Accommodation in Budapest are available in different choices and caters to every taste and budget of travellers.

Fast Facts About Budapest

  • Nearest airports- Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
  • Flight time from UK- 5 hours
  • Currency: Hungarian forint (Ft).
  • Language spoken: Hungarian
Read more about Budapest

Continental Hotel Zara Reviews

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9/10 Fantastic

29 November 2017

Down(town) but certainly not out (of the way)

This hotel is in downtown Pest but it is only a short stroll to the Danube. Amazingly well restored hotel in real Budapest. Surrounded by quaint little coffee shops and great restaurants. There is an Italian next door. Fabulous food. Breakfast is expensive and not worth it, especially if you are veggie. The restauesb too crowded so we ate there once and didn’t return. The staff friendly and helpful and the mezzanine cocktail bar a real treat. It is not far (10 minutes) walk to the Erkel theatre also, so good for opera or concerts. We walked everywhere as the Parliament and shops are not far away. The reason one are nice but you have to pay to use the pool and sauna.

The best thing about my stay was...

Walking to the Danube at night
10/10 Amazing

04 October 2016

Great Hotel in Budapest

Continental was a very beautiful hotel just off a side street very close to the city centre, really good location although the street it is situated on is a bit grubby. It is in walking distance of everything, bring a good pair of walking shoes!!!! The rooms are a bit small but very clean and comfortable. Staff were friendly. I would stay here again as I liked how clean the hotel is. Budapest is beautiful and definitely worth a visit, can't wait till I go back again.

The best thing about my stay was...

2/10 Okay

13 September 2016

Not worth the money

Stayes for 4 nights. The breakfast was by far the only pleasant experience! For 110 per night we expected the pool area to be free of charge, but yet they cared €8 per person per day. Sun loungers were scares, which meant that there could've been a good chance of not getting a lounger at all. The service wasn't great either. I don't expect anyou e to roll out the red carpet, I am simply talking about a little friendlyness goes a long way. The rooms were alright nothing to rave on about. One of the day we got soiled towels instead of fresh ones! On the other hand the location is good.

The best thing about my stay was...

Breakfast. Location.
10/10 Amazing

01 September 2016

Clean and well located

We used the hotel as a base and it was ideally situated for this. Very clean, although the room was a little small after they had added another be for my son (I expected it to be bigger as it was advertised as sleeping three). Loved the rooftop pool but resented having to pay extra for it as this is the reason I chose the hotel.

The best thing about my stay was...

Watching the sun go down on the rooftop.
8/10 Great

30 August 2016

Great service, bad location.

Great service, bad location. The hotel is lovely and promt on email replys and willing to help with anything. Although they advertise a roof top pool it is not included in the price of your room. The area is located in a dirty part of the city and is also not central.

The best thing about my stay was...

10/10 Amazing

03 January 2016

Great hotel to visit Budapest.

Lovely hotel in a great location. Very clean and staff very helpfully and friendly. Breakfast very good. Rooms very clean and well appointed.

The best thing about my stay was...

Great location. Great hotel.
4/10 Average

31 December 2015

Xmas break

Lovely Hotel in a good spot to explore Budepest!

The best thing about my stay was...

Hotel & Position
10/10 Amazing

23 October 2015

Husbands Birthday treat!

Budapest is an amazing place with stunning views, our hotel was more like 5 star! We felt most looked after and the food was fantastic, rooms were clean with all amenities and the hotel even sent us a bottle of bubbly free of charge for my husbands birthday, will definatly stay again on our return visit!

The best thing about my stay was...

all of it!
8/10 Great

02 September 2015

A Fine Budapest Hotel

A pleasant stay close to centre of Budapest, set back in a side street away from the main street. Good size clean room with air con, a comfy bed and a good shower /bath. A lovely buffet breakfast was enough to fill a hearty appetite. It was relaxing to spend time in and around the roof top pool, although i felt this should have been included in the price of the room.

The best thing about my stay was...

I was really please to find a kettle which meant I could make tea!!
10/10 Amazing

22 June 2015

Continental Hotel Zara Budapest review June 2015

A very good mid-priced hotel located 10-15 mins walk from the Danube/City Centre. Located on a quiet side street, and although not in the nicest part of the city, it is perfect for night life with the best ruin pubs and numerous eating venues close by. Most city attractions are within walking distance. The hotel has free wifi and the only downside was the high cost of using the rooftop pools/gym/steam room at 9 euros per day. As other reviewers have already commented, this really ought to be free for residents.

The best thing about my stay was...

Excellent buffet breakfasts