I’m recovering of a whirlwind long weekend in Budapest – my motto is that if you only have a short time to enjoy a destination, pack in the fun and have a rest when you get back home! A big thanks goes to Avios who took me out to Budapest for a long weekend where I had a family reunion staying in the luxurious Intercontinental Budapest with my parents and two sisters.
I kept a photo diary over the weekend on Instagram which you can see below and if you hover over each photo you’ll see my comments as the weekend unfolded. Follow me on Instagram
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I’ll be bringing you more articles about the things we enjoyed very soon, but the highlights were;
- Flying Club Class on British Airways thanks to Avios, when we really enjoyed our English breakfast on proper china on the way out and mini-bottle of champagne on the way back. My mother and I were properly spoiled by the extra space, leg-room and personal attention.
- Our walk around the Castle District (and no we didn’t take the funicular but walked all the way up). The view from the Fisherman’s Bastion is well worth the climb, as is the fine selection of cakes and marzipan sweets (don’t get me started on marzipan) at the cosy Ruzwurm Cukrászda where we had coffee near the Matthius Church.
- The number 2 or 2a tram from right outside the Intercontinental Hotel gives you a budget sightseeing tour right along the river with views of the Danube. In one direction you’ll arrive at the Central Market and Gellert Baths, in the other you will pass the Hungarian Parliament Building and stop at Margaret Island which is a lovely place for a stroll in summer. Buy your tickets for 350 HUF (around £1) each at local convenience stores and don’t forget to validate them in the machines on the tram.
- A soporific afternoon at the Gellért Spa Baths, where there’s an art nouveau swimming pool but we spent all our time in the decoratively tiled Turkish hot baths on either side, and alternated the steam room with a dip in the freezing plunge pool to keep us awake. Perfect to warm you to the core on cold winter days.
- The view of the Danube from our room at the Intercontinental Budapest – one of the times when it really is worth paying a little extra for a room with a view, as the landmarks of Budapest unfold before you and the comings and goings on the river provide endless interest – where was that huge barge loaded with cars going?
- Fantastic Hungarian food at affordable prices – we went cosy and traditional at the Reteshaz Strudel House, Hip and trendy at Menza and over the top rococo with gilt mirrors, chandeliers and tinkling piano at the New York Cafe.
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Avios is an easy way to collect points at the places you shop everyday, at online stores, while grocery shopping, when you buy your fuel and when you spend on your credit card. Then convert the points into a flight, hotel, holiday or just a fun day out with your family. There’s plenty of inspiration on the Avios website to start planning your dream gettaway. Become a member of Avios and you can follow Avios on Twitter @AviosUK or on their AviosUK Facebook page and see some flying lawnmowers on the Avios YouTube channel
Through Avios we booked the luxurious 5 star Intercontinental Hotel Budapest which was perfectly positioned beside the Danube for sightseeing. It’s definitely worth booking a room with a view of the Danube from where you can see all the sights of Budapest before you and the hotel also has a lovely spa with a pool for those morning swims as well as relaxing treatments. The hotel can be booked using your Avios Points and a room similar to ours at the time that we were there in February was around 15,000 Avios points or £150-180 per room/night including breakfast but may be higher in peak season. It’s worth looking out for packages that include breakfast and use of the exclusive Club Lounge. You can follow the Intercontinental Budapest on Twitter @ICBudapest and on their Intercontinental Budapest Facebook Page.
My thanks to Avios and Intercontinental Budapest for hosting me on this trip.
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