THE DANUBE , St STEPHEN , ALL VERY CLOSE - AIR CONDITIONING -POSSIBILITY 10% OFF
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About Claudio Colinet
I am an ex staff employee of Alitalia Airlines Company , I play some sports like kajak , cycling , skiing . The gardening and the classic cars are two of my favourite pastimes . I am married and I have a daughter 31 years old . Of course I like to travel . I rent my apartments for rather a long time with my great pleasure and that of my guests that have express their satisfaction .
Claudio Colinet purchased this Apartment in 2015
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Good location, good apartment but bad building
My family and I decided (after paying VRBO 100% advance) to leave immediately after we reached the apartment. It was quite a setback, financially, mentally & physically but despite that, we decided that we would not stay there & ruin our first time Budapest experience. Where you stay while on holiday is an integral part of the holiday & since we didn’t feel entirely safe in the building, so we took the hard call and told the owner that we didn’t want to stay. He refunded 50% of the fee but the deposit is still pending (and so is the fee paid to VRBO.
Now let me put things in perspective because the apartment may work for other travelers who don’t care about the things that family travelers would.
This apartment is located in a really great location - very close to the station, the airport bus shuttle, the shopping & everything else. The apartment is neat, with all modern fittings and comforts.
The building feels like a low cost, run down tenement from inside and each floor is dark, dirty & dingy. You walk in from the bright main road into a dark passageway in the building which is lined with large trash cans. The tiny elevator is at the end of the passage where there are more large trash cans. The elevator is tiny and fits only 3 slim people or 2 people + 1 bag or 1 person with 2 bags only. Yes, it’s that tiny.
The apartment has no view whatsoever and no privacy either. The blinds need to be drawn at all times because it faces into another apartment building and also because of the sunlight. There are 2 bathrooms but only 1 of those has a WC.
There are maybe 6-7 tiny apartments on the floor and the entry to this apartment is strange. There is an iron security door with a grill that is shared by 3 apartments makes you feel like it’s not a very safe apartment complex. (The guy who came for the handover told me that I needed to keep this door locked maybe 10 times in the conversation).
Overall, this was an exceedingly bad experience & I feel cheated. Had the site shown images of the pathway or the elevator area, I wouldn’t have booked this apartment.
Even the reviews don’t seem trustworthy. Since each & every one of those were so positive, my guess is: only the best ones make it to the site; the bad ones don’t. VRBO has not been helpful - they claim that they’re only ‘facilitators’. Moreover, they’re refusing to refund even their own commission for a stay that never took place after telling me that they would
To comment the evaluation of this anxious tourist would suffice my status as Premium Partner on the Homeaway / VRBO network with about 10 ratings 4 / 5-star for this apartment and another 120 ( one hundred and twenty )
4 / 5-star Homeaway ratings on other apartments in Italy. But it is right to clarify something. This tourist is not correct as he does not say that about 15 days before arriving he claimed to cancel the reservation without paying the penalty provided on VRBO website by my cancellation policy, he also extended the reservation for 1 day not wanting to pay the additional cost !! So he arrived in my apartment just to find excuses to leave it ( I suspect that he had already booked before leaving another apartment with other people ) , however , for my kindness , I refunded the 50% of the rental costs , although the penalty would be 100%,
plus I refunded the garantee deposit . Nothing that is negative about the building has been minimally noticed by my previous tourists. Perhaps for particularly anxious tourists it would be better to go on holiday when they are in full form. Obviously my rating on the profile of this tourist was necessarily very negative !!
However, I continue my Partner Premum activity on the Homeaway / VRBO network and I am looking forward to the next tourists who have fully booked my apartment for the next 40 days.
The true Budapest experience!
Such a wonderful apartment, it made us feel like locals. Close to everything and very safe and inviting. I will stay there again!
Well equipped in the heart of the city
Our welcome and tour around the property was great, the living area is very well spaced and it had everything we needed for ourselves and our 4 year old. Although the dishwasher wasn't working, we were advised of this in advance and it didn't detract from our stay. Although being so near Deak Ferenc Ter was lovely, as lots of people relax in the park in the evening, it could also be quite noisy at times, with revellers in the night, and deliveries and building work in the early morning. We woke with the dawn most mornings as the blinds let in a fair amount of the morning sun, so if travelling with a small child, I would recommend taking a travel blackout blind. The M1 metro was right outside, making it very easy to get around the city, though the walk up Andrassy Utca was also very pleasant.
This is a classy apartment in an old building. It is easy to be put off by the entry way, but the apartment has been nicely refurbished. Someone was there when we arrived and showed us everything. It is in the heart of Budapest, so everything is within an easy distance. It is a big city, so can be noisy, including late night revellers. Public transportation is right outside the front door. The restaurants are plentiful and reasonable. The owner was responsive to all our inquiries, and check out was prompt and exactly when we asked for it. There is a (small) elevator. The kitchen is well equipped. The coffee maker is for espresso, but there is a funnel which we used to make drip coffee. Given the opportunity, we would gladly return to Budapest and stay in this apartment.
I was very happy to receive this 5 star rating. Mr. James and his family were ideal guests. Once again I tried to answer every need of the tourist and start a conversation and a friendly acquaintance. I work for this tourist activity since many years with 2 apartments in Italy and this third home in Budapest that I bought and completely refurbished 3 years ago. I hope to satisfy all the next tourists as I have satisfied Mr James and his family . See you soon in Budapest , the pearl of Danube !!!
The apartment was very comfortable and easily accommodated four adults.
The location was perfect for first time visitors to Budapest, with access to two metro stations within 5 minutes walking distance. Claudio was an extremely congenial host, corresponding with us frequently and speedily regarding our questions, many of which had nothing to do with the rental. He even arranged private transportation from the airport to the apartment. His two colleagues, Luca and Salvatore were equally helpful with check in and out procedures.
I was lucky to correspond and host John and his family. Immediately a relationship of friendship was established and I think I was able to make John feel at home. I am pleased that my guests enjoyed the level and comfort of my apartment. I did not personally meet these guests (I have a welcoming representative) but I hope to meet them in the future.
Best location Very nice apartment I could not open windows because of construction but that will not affect the next guests Highly recommended
Thanks for this 5 stars evaluation . It's true there there have been some works on the facade of the palace, but take a look on the photo at the exteriors of the building , now one of the most beautiful in Budapest !! I look forward to host my next tourists .
Merci pour cette évaluation de 5 étoiles. C'est vrai, il y a eu des travaux sur la façade du palais, mais regardez la photo à l'extérieur du bâtiment, maintenant l'un des plus beaux de Budapest! Je suis impatient d'accueillir mes touristes à venir.
Grazie per questa valutazione 5 stelle. È vero che ci sono stati alcuni lavori sulla facciata del palazzo, ma date un'occhiata alla foto degli esterni dell'edificio, ora uno dei più belli di Budapest! Non vedo l'ora di ospitare i miei prossimi turisti.