The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)

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Hotel Mohácsi Panzió

Only ten rooms—seven with private bathrooms and some with city views. Spacious yard with lots of trees and flowering shrubs. Located on a good bus route in the heart of Buda. Full buffet breakfast included in rate. II. Bimbó út 25/A; tel. 36 1 326 7741 or 36 1 326 7641. www.hotelmohacsipanzio.hu

Medosz Hotel

“Extremely good location near Andrássy út; walking distance to scenic places but also to cultural attractions like the Opera House.”—Juli Cseh, travel adviser, Vista Travel. Simple hotel built in the 1970s, 67 rooms. VI. Jókai tér 9; tel. 36 1 374 3000, 36 1 374 3001, 36 1 353 1700. www.medoszhotel.hu

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Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal

Located on the Grand Ring Road; art nouveau hotel with soaring atrium; a popular ballroom means guests in some rooms can hear partying late into night. VII. Erzsébet körút 43-49; tel. 36 1 479 4000. www.corinthiahotels.com

Hotel Victoria

Comfortable, quiet, large rooms with floor-to-ceiling picture windows onto the Danube; a good-value, lesser known gem right on the Buda riverbank. 27 rooms. I. Bem rakpart 11; tel. 36 1 457 8080. www.victoria.hu

King’s Hotel

In the middle of the historic Jewish quarter. Built in 1931 as a residential block, a hotel since the 1980s, and fully renovated in 2006. Kosher restaurant; 79 rooms. VII. Nagydiófa utca 25-27; tel. 36 1 352 7675. www.kingshotel.hu

Radio Inn

“In a surprisingly quiet street, yet within walking distance of the bustle of Heroes’ Square and the fresh air of the City Park.”—Juli Cseh. An apartment hotel in the heart of Budapest’s diplomatic district with good public transport connections. All 34 apartments with kitchen, bathroom, and spacious rooms. VI. Benczúr utca 19; tel. 36 1 342 8347.

Zara Hotel

New, centrally located hotel near the main covered market and Freedom Bridge (Szabadság híd); personal, friendly service; 74 rooms. V. Só u. 6; tel. 36 1 357 6170. http://www.continentalhotelbudapest.com/en/

Danubius Hotel Astoria

“Graceful bygone setting of polished wood, mirrored columns, and ornate crystal chandeliers.”—Nick Robertson, editor, Where Budapest. Built in 1914, most of the 138 rooms and public areas are recently renovated. Evocative art nouveau café on the ground floor. V. Kossuth Lajos utca 19-21; tel. 36 1 889 6000. www.danubiushotels.com/astoria

Lánchíd 19 Design Hotel

Ultramodern hotel opened in 2007, designed by Hungarian architects and interior designers. 45 rooms, three suites. I. Lánchíd utca 19-21; tel. 36 1 419 1900. www.lanchid19hotel.hu/#en

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Danubius Hotel Gellert

Budapest’s classic dowager hotel; rooms don’t have as up-to-date amenities as the city’s newer properties, but the Old World ambience is the real deal. Easy access to famed art nouveau thermal baths. Front rooms boast photogenic Danube views. 234 rooms. XI. Szent Gellért tér 1; tel. 36 1 889 5500. www.danubiushotels.com/gellert

Hilton Budapest Hotel

“On the Buda side in one of the most beautiful parts of the city; splendid views from above of the Danube and across Pest ”—Barbara Glavanov, travel counselor, Carlson Wagonlit. Best hotel in the Castle District, right next to the Matthias Church; architecture incorporates the remains of a medieval cloister; 322 large, fully equipped rooms with Wi-Fi and marble bathrooms. I. Hess András tér 1-3; tel. 36 1 889 6600. www.hilton.com

Budapest Marriott Hotel

Centrally located right by the river, near Pest’s main shopping area. All 362 rooms overlook the Danube and have flat-screen HDTVs and Wi-Fi. On-site fitness center and restaurant, Peppers! Mediterranean Grill. Popular hotel for expat gatherings and business travelers. V. Apaczai Csere János utca 4; tel. 36 1 486 5000. www.marriott.com

art’otel

Four 18th-century baroque townhouses renovated into a contemporary-style hotel. In-house art gallery of more than 600 works by U.S. modern artist Donald Sultan. Overlooking the Danube on the Buda side below Castle Hill; perfect view of Parliament. 164 rooms. I. Bem rakpart 16-19; tel. 36 1 487 9487. www.artotel.hu

Kempinski Hotel Budapest

“Spacious rooms in exceptional condition … has all the facilities a business or leisure traveler would need.”—Barbara Glavanov. Postmodern design in the city center, with immediate access at the rear to Budapest’s new street of fashion house shops; 366 rooms and suites, all with free Wi-Fi. V. Erzsébet tér 7-8; tel. 36 1 429 3777. www.kempinski-budapest.com

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Le Méridien Budapest

“Luxury with a quiet, relaxed feel, and right in the city center.”—Juli Cseh. No need for taxis if you stay here. The hotel overlooks Deák tér, where all the city’s metro lines meet. Atrium with stained-glass dome for elegant tea or coffee breaks. 218 spacious rooms. V. Erzsébet tér 9-10; tel. 31 1 429 5500. www.budapest.lemeridien.com

New York Palace Hotel Boscolo

Situated on the busy Grand Boulevard, this 156-room luxury hotel feels like a Venetian palazzo. The ground-floor New York Café, with its glittering neo-baroque and neo-Renaissance interior, is one of the few surviving traditional cafés of the city. Full-service, underground spa and indoor pool. VII. Erzsébet körút 9-11; tel. 31 1 886 6111. www.boscolohotels.com

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

“A glittering art nouveau masterpiece, laden with intricate gold mosaics and sinuous carved stone ... a crown jewel of the Budapest skyline.”—Nick Robertson. 21st-century luxury, 179-room hotel in a landmark historical building of the early 20th century. Top-floor spa and serene indoor pool. Convenient location by the Pest end of the Chain Bridge. V. Roosevelt tér 5-6; tel. 36 1 268 6000. www.fourseasons.com/budapest

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