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9 fine dog-friendly hotels in Budapest

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  • Petra Berende

08/09/2015 2.00am

Traveling with a dog should be relatively easy, but it can often be difficult to find accommodations that will welcome our furry friends as fellow guests. Fortunately, Budapest is swiftly becoming an extraordinarily pet-friendly city, boasting plenty of hotels, guesthouses, and short-term apartments where dogs are gladly received. From five-star luxury hotels in downtown Budapest to self-serviced apartments, the city offers a wide range of interspecies lodging options, and many of these places provide special packages to keep pooches pleased and eased throughout the stay.

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Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

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1051 Budapest, Erzsébet tér 7-8

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In the heart of the city, just a few steps away from Budapest’s famed shopping lane of Váci Street and the always-lively Erzsébet Square (home to a long dog run), this iconic five-star hotel offers a specifically designed package to travelers with pets. With prior notification, the Kempinski provides beloved pups with a comfort kit, including a basket, a rug, bowls for water and food, and even some special treats for full-fledged pampering. The pet package costs 30 euros a day in addition to the ordinary daily rate, and it’s provided within the hotel’s “Room Comfort” offer.

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Aria Hotel Budapest

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1051 Budapest, Hercegprímás utca 5

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Located almost directly beside the Basilica, this recently opened luxury hotel in Budapest is truly dog-friendly. The Aria welcomes pets of up to eight kilograms (about 15 pounds); when booking a room, guests have to fill out a registration form to provide information about the dog’s breed, size, and date of birth. The V.I.P. package (wittily standing for Very Important Pet) costs an extra 50 euros per stay, and guests who select this option are lodged in specific pet-approved rooms equipped with extraordinary extras, such as a pet bed, food and water bowls, a welcome snack, and a toy. The hotel is currently developing a comprehensive pet package that provides additional services for their four-legged guests.

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Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge

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1051 Budapest, Széchenyi István tér 2

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Amid the sprawling panorama of Pest’s Danube Promenade, overlooking the Buda Castle and the iconic Chain Bridge, guests can admire the breathtaking view along with their canine companion from the Sofitel’s gracefully furnished rooms. The hotel ensures a pleasant stay for pets and guests with specialty dog snacks and accessories provided, including a basket, water and food bowls, and a dog collar upon request. Only small- and medium-sized dogs are accepted at the property, with a surcharge of 30 euros per night.

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Corinthia Hotel Budapest

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1073 Budapest, Erzsébet körút 43-49.

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The legendary Corinthia Hotel in downtown Pest designed an elaborate package for their furry guests. Besides pampering dogs with comfy bedding, feeding and drinking bowls, and gourmet pet food, a welcome note provides thorough and useful information about nearby pet-grooming establishments, dog kennels, pet shops, and the best parks and lanes for pleasant strolls with dogs around town. The hotel is planning to launch a Royal Pet program in the relatively near future, offering extra facilities for guests arriving with pets, such as gifts and a dog-walking service.

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Novotel Budapest Danube Hotel

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1027 Budapest, Bem Rakpart 33-34.

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Overlooking the Danube in Buda’s District II, halfway between Margaret Bridge and the Chain Bridge, and directly across the river from the imposing Parliament building, the Novotel Budapest Danube accommodates one big-sized or two small-sized dogs within each guest room for an extra cost of 20 euros a day per dog. Pets can enjoy the comfort of a dog bed, and the hotel provides a bowl for water and food in the room. Budapest’s sprawling green oasis, Margaret Island, is a 15-minute walk from the property, providing a perfect destination to breathe fresh air amid the tree-shaded isle in the company of man’s best friend.

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NH Budapest City 

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Tucked on one of Budapest’s side streets in District XIII just a ten-minute stroll away from Margaret Island, this four-star residence is positioned at an ideal spot for walking dogs along the Danube or amid the island’s green lawn, while still being relatively close to the city center and Nyugati Railway Station. Pets up to a height of 40 centimeters are allowed in any of the hotel rooms, and this only costs dog owners ten euros per day for each pooch. The hotel does not offer any extra services for dogs, so bring all necessary pet accessories if booking here.

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Hotel Római 

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Sited in a peaceful setting in the northern part of Buda, along the tree-shaded Római Part stretch of the Danube, we can’t ask for a more ideal dog-friendly zone than the environment around Hotel Római. Whether it’s a chihuahua or a Great Dane, dogs of any size are welcome at the hotel for just an extra 500 forints per pet for each night. The hotel doesn’t provide any additional services for their four-legged guests, so don’t leave your pet’s bed and chow at home, but the staff won’t mind if you request a food or water bowl for the pup.

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Kálvin House 

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In one of Budapest’s historic buildings on a silent side street within District IX close to the bustling crossroads of Kálvin Square, this three-star hotel presents elegantly furnished rooms reminiscent of Hungary’s belle-époque era. Despite the classy furnishings, the inn welcomes small- and medium-sized dogs with one condition: our furry companion should never be left alone in the room. A stay with your pooch costs an extra ten or 20 euros a night in addition to the room rate, depending on the size of the pet, and you have to bring any necessary accessories.

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Locust Tree Apartments 

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Many of the city’s most important hotspots are easily accessible from the centrally located Locust Tree Apartments, found amid Budapest’s bustling nightlife hub within District VII. The studios and one- and two-bedroom flats are all equipped with kitchens and balconies, offering relatively large spaces for dogs and owners. Guests have to make a one-time payment of 20 euros to bring a pet, which basically covers the cost of the cleaning service after the stay.

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