Since Budapest is only a two and a half hour train ride from Vienna, Melissa and I decided to spend a weekend there and hopped on the train to Budapest-Keleti Friday after work. For our weekend getaway, we stayed at Matild Palace – a Luxury Collection Hotel, a relatively new hotel in the center of Budapest and within walking distance to most of the major sights across the city. And once we got to our room, we were simply amazed. Because it was probably the most luxurious hotel room we’ve ever stayed in. But to be honest, it was only thanks to Melissa that we stayed there as she got a great deal on the room rate.
In the evening, we first went for a drink at The Dutchess Budapest, the hotel’s rooftop bar before going to Szimpla Kert, where I’ve already been during my first time to Budapest. It is one of the so-called “ruin bars” around the city and a pretty relaxed and also international place to hang out in the evening. Hours went by and, suddenly, it was already 5.30 am and time to go home.
Although sleeping in the most comfortable bed, we only got a few hours of sleep since the following morning, we headed out for some late brunch at Pantry Brunch & Coffee. Afterward, we just strolled across the city before it was already time for Melissa’s tattoo appointment. Back at the hotel and after a quick rest, we had drinks at the hotel’s rooftop bar again. And although I was pretty tired that day, Melissa still convinced me to go out again – and so we did. While we first tried another club that evening, we ended up at Szimpla Kert again, where we also met other internationals and had another fun and intense night out. But this time, we at least made it back home by 4.30 am.
On our last day, we slept in and then had breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant Spago by Wolfgang Puck, which offered basically everything you could wish for – even à la carte dishes. Later on, we visited Fisherman’s Bastion, from where you have a great view of the city and strolled along the Danube to the Hungarian Parliament Building. Before heading back to the train station, we had one last early dinner in the city center and – tired but happy – hopped on the train back to Vienna again.