Zara Continental Hotel, Budapest

Budapest, Dohány u. 42, 1074, Hungary (show on map)

Expert reviews

CNN review:

“Located in the Jewish Quarter, in its previous life the Zara was an elegant bathhouse. The 272-room hotel has art deco touches throughout, and offers great amenities for business travelers as well as for tourists.”

Lonely Planet review:

“With 272 large and beautifully furnished rooms and a huge atrium lobby retaining some of the original 19th-century building’s features, the major draw here is the wellness centre on the top floor and the panoramic garden with swimming pool.”

Guest rating

This an aggregated customer review rating of Zara Continental Hotel, Budapest. We have taken customer review ratings from hotel booking sites, search engines, the official hotel website and other travel platforms. This is the average of all those ratings. We only list places that have a customer review rating of at least 4.0 out of 5.0

4.4 out of 5.0

Ranked 14th in Budapest


What guests liked

All you need to know

Removed from a protected Nouveau building in 2010, the superior 4-star Continental Hotel of Hungary offers guests a truly unique experience. This luxurious hotel was made for guests to leave stress behind and relax away from the noise of the city. When and if guests decide to venture out, there are lovely attractions such as the Hungarian National Museum, Hungarian State Opera House, St. Stephen’s Basilica and Szechenyi Chain Bridge nearby.

Guest can choose from standard, executive and deluxe suites, which all reflect an art deco style that combines fine elegance and serene harmony with modern conveniences. They were constructed and decorated to cater to business and leisure travelers. Each room category comes with free WiFi, soundproof windows and air conditioning along with an en suite bathroom with free toiletries. There is also a minibar, coffee and tea making appliances and a laptop-sized safe.

The hotel is home to the exceptional Araz Restaurant which offers a wide selection of dishes combined with fashionable international delicacies. Friday nights get even more spectacular as guests can enjoy the Hungarian night program with a Hungarian buffet selection, folk music and a music show. The Gallery Cafe with its corporate lounge is ideally located near the restored main entrance and feeds the needs of more business-oriented guests.

Hotel Details
— 272 rooms
— Open in 2010
— Art deco style

Hotel Features
— Free WiFi
— Restaurant
— Express check in and check out
— 24-hour front desk
— Rooftop terrace
— Coffee Areas
— Elevator/ lift
— Heated indoor pool
— Valet parking
— Daily housekeeping
— Air conditioning
— Buffet breakfast available
— Tours and tickets assistance available

Additional Info
— Check in begins at 2:00 PM
— Check out ends at 12:00 PM
— Minimum check in age is 16 years old

Budapest, Dohány u. 42, 1074 Hungary.


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Recent guest reviews


12 February 2024

Excellent stay in an ideal location

Excellent location to explore the city and close to the ruin bars



12 February 2024


Staff were excellent

Shower tray in room


11 February 2024


The location was amazing, walking distance from everything worth seeing/ doing. The staff were extremely friendly and the hotel was absolutely spotless. The rooms were nicely decorated as were the bathrooms. The sauna was really nice and the cocktails in the bar were tasty.

The indoor pool wasn't warm enough and it was very noisy in our room (we were staying on the 6th floor and it sounded like there was construction going on above us on the 7th floor). This was going on for two days from early morning until around 9pm.


11 February 2024

Great location, quiet street and friendly staff.

Stunning hotel with all the facilities you need whilst away from home.


10 February 2024

Very good

Good location

The fragrance in the room was somewhat special


8 February 2024

The stay at the hotel was really nice, the staff was really available and always trying to help.

The property was spacious, nice aesthetic and style, the room were also spacious and the SPA and pool were great. The staff was really understanding and did everything to help us

Unfortunately when we arrived, our room wasn’t really clean and the hotel had an issue with the water on our first night, we didn’t have hot water in our room which was inconvenient, but they did their best to help us and fix any issues.


7 February 2024

Very comfortable stay. Would return!

Beautiful place. Very comfortable room and helpful staff. Onsite pool and steam rooms a plus. Good location — shops and restaurants a short walk away.

Found the room a bit too warm. Could only watch YouTuhe or BBC News on the TV as we couldn’t get the screen mirroring function to work.


6 February 2024


Outside pool was closed


6 February 2024


Breakfast is amazing

None at all


4 February 2024

Great weekend in a fabulous city and an incredible hotel

Clean and friendly staff and great location

There wasn’t any fault with this hotel


1 February 2024

Well worth the money and excellent service provided

Great breakfast and perfect location to enjoy the best of Budapest

Some aspects of the room were tired and needed some TLC


1 February 2024

Beautiful hotel & good value

Location was good, staff very friendly & helpful, lovely to have the pool & sauna too.

It's rather chaotic at breakfast but I guess the hotel was very busy. Lovely bar on mezzanine area but quite a few tables had used glasses on them, tables not being cleared which is a shame as the hotel is beautiful and this jarred.


29 January 2024

Lovely hotel and ideal location. Super helpful reception staff and great facilities. Only down side was the bar staff.

The location, the staff at the reception and the facilities

The staff in the residents bar, we were told upon arrival it was table service only, to then wait 30 mins without our order being taken. We went up to the bar then to order our drinks and were told they would be 2 mins. 10 mins had passed so we returned to the bar and they had forgotten our order (2 glasses of wine). We then had to wait another 15 mins after requesting the bill.


29 January 2024

It was ok.

The building has central air conditioning, each room has a control unit with the possibility of setting the temperature. turns out that doesn't really work in the full hotel and the room itself was quite cold.


28 January 2024

It was a fantastic experience.

Very clean Hotel. Staff were so professional and helpful.



25 January 2024

Wonderful hotel and would return if possible

The design of the hotel was breathtaking. The rooms wore big enough and very comfortable The free spa was very nice

The breakfast was a bit crowded


23 January 2024

Comfortable and great location.

Great location, loads of facilities such as a bar restaurant and pool. They gave us a fruit platter for our anniversary which was a nice touch.

Staff were a bit condescending upon arrival. We didn’t feel welcome. Older man was quite rude. There was construction works going on on our floor and we weren’t notified about it. We were woken up very early.


22 January 2024

Amazing stay in Authentic and beautiful hotel

Amazing stay in Hotel Continental Budapest. Very beautiful hotel with authentic vibe and history. The services are very good (restaurant, pool, spa, massages..), location is central and staff very nice. Our highlight is the cafe of the hotel (cafe galeria) very beautiful with great cocktails. We will for sure come back to this hotel for our next stay in Budapest.

Nothing, we loved everything


22 January 2024


The staff were friendly , the shower was good, the breakfast was good with lots of things to choose from. The location was okay, we walked everywhere.

The bed wasn't very comfy and the room was quite noisy . But it was very cheap!


22 January 2024


Comfortable hotel in a very good location. Room facilities & Breakfast were good. Spa area as well.

The fan/ventilator in the room & bathroom was very noisy and disturbed us a lot.


21 January 2024

Good hotel

The hotel was close to the center. Great breakfast! We even got a great early breakfast before we left to the airport early, which was amazing. Great inside pool.

One of the rooms was really small. The the bathtub had some kind of stains in it.


20 January 2024

Touch of luxury in Budapest. Would recommend.

The hotel itself was beautiful and the room was spacious, modern and very clean. We especially enjoyed relaxing in the lovely bar area listening to the pianist. Staff were welcoming and attentive and more than happy to help with extras like booking transfers. We were pleased with the location as it was central to main attractions and within easy walking distance of a variety of nice resturants and bars.

Although the choice of breakfast items was good some of the items were on the cooler side.


20 January 2024

Great location

The breakfast had very little variety and healthy options and was very crowded


20 January 2024

Very good

Very nice hotel, well situated

Sauna room is very small.. and crowded.. a pity


18 January 2024

Good for short stay

Excellent breakfast, location and cleanliness.Excellent staff.

The A/C unit is very loud and cannot heat the room, it blows cold air even when you turn it up to maximum. The room is outdated.Glamorous hotel in pictures not so in reality.The two flickering led bulbs were very annoying.

Hotel facilities

Food & Drink

  • - Restaurant
  • - Bar
  • - Coffee house on site

Business facilities

  • - Meeting/banquet facilities (additional charge)
  • - Business centre
  • - Fax/photocopying (additional charge)

Reception services

  • - 24-hour front desk
  • - Express check-in/check-out (additional charge)
  • - Tour desk
  • - Luggage storage
  • - Concierge service
  • - Private check-in/check-out


  • - Sauna
  • - Fitness centre
  • - Spa and wellness centre
  • - Massage (additional charge)
  • - Indoor pool
  • - Indoor pool (all year)


  • - Garden
  • - Terrace
  • - Outdoor pool
  • - Sun terrace
  • - Outdoor pool (seasonal)


  • - Non-smoking rooms
  • - Facilities for disabled guests
  • - Lift
  • - Safety deposit box
  • - Soundproof rooms
  • - Car hire
  • - Heating
  • - Allergy-free room
  • - Non-smoking throughout
  • - Air conditioning
  • - Designated smoking area
  • - Shuttle service (additional charge)

Entertainment and family services

  • - Babysitting/child services (additional charge)

Cleaning services

  • - Laundry (additional charge)
  • - Dry cleaning (additional charge)
  • - Ironing service (additional charge)
  • - Trouser press


  • - Electric vehicle charging station

Pool and wellness

  • - Swimming pool
  • - Swimming Pool


  • - Key card access
  • - Breakfast takeaway containers
  • - Delivered food is securely covered
  • - Access to health care professionals
  • - Thermometers for guests provided by property
  • - Face masks for guests available
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