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Recommended accommodations in Vienna, Budapest, and Prague

Budapest Hilton, Hess Andras ter 1-3, Budapest, 1014 HU
Perhaps the best located hotel in Budapest, the Hilton is built around a 17th-century fašade right smack dab in the
middle of the Castle District. There are frequent concerts on the attractive courtyard, and because the area is largely closed to traffic, it's quiet. This is a great choice above the din and smog of the city below.
Phone:  36.1.889.6600
Fax:  36.1.889.6644
Doubles from:   90EUR

Hotel Gellert, Szent Gellert Ter 1, Budapest, 1111 HU
Built in 1918 in the Art Nouveau style, the exquisite Gellert may have lost a little of its luster, but it?s still a beautiful hotel. The big draw here is the magnificent baths, a Budapest institution. The thermal baths and huge, outdoor swimming pool are wonderful. Request an air conditioned room on the back side of this historic property.
Phone:  36.1.889.5500
Fax:  36.1.889.5505
Doubles from:   100EUR

Hotel Victoria, Bem rakpart 11, Budapest, 1011 HU
This small property is a good value in Buda?s Watertown district. The location right across the street from the Danube is convenient to both Buda and Pest, but rooms can be noisy. Most of the rooms, particularly those in the corner, have nice views.
Phone:  36.1.457.8080
Fax:  36.1.457.8088
Doubles from:   96EUR

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, Erzsebet ter 7-8, Budapest, 1051 HU
In the heart of Pest, just off Deak ter, the Kempinski opened in 1992. It?s the choice of rock stars, celebrities, and traveling executives. Service, facilities, and amenities are way above average, so you can stay at this property with complete confidence.
Phone:  36.1.429.3777
Fax:  36.1.429.4777
Doubles from:   139EUR

Kulturinnov Hotel, Szentharomsag ter 6, Budapest, 1014 HU
The Guest House of the Hungarian Cultural Foundation, the Kulturinnov offers basic but reasonable accommodations in a terrific location in the Castle District. Not for everyone, but great value for money.
Phone:  36.1.355.0122
Fax:  36.1.375.1886
Doubles from:   76EUR

Grand Hotel Bohemia, Kralodvorska 4, Prague, 11000 CR
This gorgeous but expensive hotel is extremely well-located steps from Namesti Republiky and a ten-minute stroll from Old Town Square. Service is good, and facilities and amenities are top-of-the-line. One caveat: in decades of traveling aboard, we?ve never had a dispute at check out regarding the room rate anywhere but here.
Phone:  420.234.608.111
Fax:  420.222.329.545
Doubles from:   180EUR

Hotel Pariz, U Obecniho domu 1, Prague 1, 11000 CR
In a great neighborhood off Namesti Republiky, the Pariz is one of Prague?s most beautiful Art Nouveau hotels. Although the rooms are less grand than the public areas would suggest, most travelers will enjoy a stay here.
Phone:  420.
Fax:  420.
Doubles from:   140EUR

Hotel Savoy, Keplerova 6, Prague 1, 11800 CR
Opened in 1994, the Hotel Savoy is off the beaten path, behind Prague Castle. A frequent choice of rock stars and celebrities, the Savoy offers service, facilities, and amenities enough to satisfy even the most demanding guests. It?s one of the most expensive hotels in town.
Phone:  420.2.24.302.430
Fax:  420.2.24.302.128
Doubles from:   365EUR

Romantik Hotel U Raka, Cerninska 10/93, Prague 1, 11800 CR
In a medieval neighborhood a ten-minute walk from Prague Castle, Pension U Raka is a bit out of the way. But it?s a charming choice for those who appreciate peace and quiet. With its open beams, brick walls, and Japanese gardens, the U Raka feels like an old Czech farmhouse. Book well in advance, particularly for the suite which has a fireplace.
Phone:  420.
Fax:  420.2.333.58.041
Doubles from:   180EUR

U tri pstrosu, Drazickeho nam. 12, Prague 1 , 11800 CR
Right at the foot of the Charles Bridge, U Ti pstrosu is not for those seeking peace and quiet. But for those who want to be right in the heart of the action, the location can?t be beat. The hotel reopened in 1992 with its beautiful painted Renaissance ceiling intact. The rooms have beautiful wooden floors, old beams, and some antique furnishings. And noise isn?t as much a problem as you?d think.
Phone:  420.2.510.91.111
Fax:  420.2.515.56.005
Doubles from:   183EUR

Alstadt Vienna, Kirchengasse 41, A-1070
The proprietor of this small pension makes guests feel as though they're staying in a private home. Each of the rooms is individually decorated, all are comfortable, and many are good-sized. There are many restaurants within walking distance.
Phone:  1522.66.66
Fax:  1523.49.01
Doubles from:   129EUR

Beidermeier Hotel, Hauptstrasse 28, A-1030
As the name implies, this stylish hotel is decorated with Biedermeier furniture. It inhabits a renovated 19th-century townhouse on a quiet pedestrianized alleyway lined with shops and cafes. It's about a 20-minute walk to Vienna's main attractions, but there's a very good restaurant and a beisl (bistro) at the hotel.
Phone:  1716.710
Fax:  1716.71.503
Doubles from:   175EUR

Hotel im Palais Schwarzenberg, Schwarzenbergplatz 9, A-1030
On 15 beautifully landscaped acres just outside the Ring, this hotel seems like an Imperial country estate. The 300-year-old baroque palace is lavishly furnished, service is first-rate, and guests receive every amenity imaginable. Hotel im Palais Schwarzenberg is currently undergoing renovations and is expected to re-open in 2008.
Phone:  1798.45.150
Fax:  1798.47.14

Hotel Konig von Ungarn, Schulerstrasse 10, A-1010
In the heart of the Old Town, not far from Stephansdom, this lovely hotel has been welcoming guests for 400 years. The 17th-century townhouse retains a lot of architectural appeal, the restaurant is one of the best in the city, and extras like 24-hour room service make this a great place to stay.
Phone:  1515.840
Fax:  1515.848
Doubles from:   198EUR

Hotel zur Wiener Staatsoper, Krugerstrasse 11, A1010
Rooms here are clean and comfortable, but not as grand as the baroque exterior suggests. What you'll get here is a fantastic location for the money, steps from Karntnerstrasse and the Opera.
Phone:  1513.12.74
Fax:  1513.12.74.15
Doubles from:   102EUR