Mini guide to Budapest's spas
BA, easyJet, Jet2, Ryanair and Whizz Air fly to Budapest from London Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Stansted, and Manchester (from £98 from London Stansted; ryanair.com). The airport is 10 miles east of the city: you can get bus 200E into the city, but the Airport Shuttle Minibusz will take you straight to your hotel if you book in advance (from £14 return), or taxis are plentiful (approx £17). Budapest is easy to get around with its cheap and efficient public transport: a 24- hour travelcard is £4.80.
Where to stay
Bródy House, the erstwhile residence of the prime minister when parliament sat next door at No 8 in southern Pest, has been refurbished but not altered substantially. Its guestrooms are dedicated to local artists and are filled with modern art (VIII Bródy Sándor utca 10; from £60).
The Gerlóczy Rooms de Lux has a number of original 1890s décor, including a winding wrought-iron staircase and domed stained-glass skylight. The 15 attractive rooms feature showers or clawfoot baths (V Gerlóczy utca 1; from £92).
The Zara Continental Hotel has 272 beautifully furnished rooms, a wellness centre and a huge atrium lobby retaining the original 19th-century look of the building (VII Dohány utca 42–44; suite from £150).