It may occur to a lot of foreign tourists that the Hungarian hotel prices are extremely budget friendly. However, to the local population an impression is quite the opposite. For example, a German citizen can stay three times as many nights in any Berlin hotel as a Hungarian citizen in any Budapest hotel of the same category, origo.hu reports.
The Budapest hotel prices are indeed very affordable in comparison to other capital cities of the world. Last year Hotels.comconducted a research, aimed to reveal the cheapest opportunities for a mini-retreat among 40 contestant countries. According to the results, an average price in Budapest hotels is 88 Euros per night (26.700 HUF), whereas in the neighboring countries prices vary at approximately 146 EUR per night.
Of course, simple plain statistics of the hotel prices of any capital city do not provide a full picture. However, based on this particular research, Budapest offers the cheapest hotel rooms of the 3* category in whole Europe. Only very few hotels in Asian and African metropolitan cities (e.g Bangkok, Peking, Jakarta, Delhi, or Cairo) can compete with the average fee of 52 EUR (15.900 HUF) per night in the Hungarian Capital.
It is, however, worth mentioning that 3* hotels in Austria or Hungary, for example, would be completely different from hotels of the same category in Thailand. It is a very common classification that does not go beyond mere general concept. That is why TripAdvisor went further with its own research and analyzed price-quality/value ratio of the world’s major tourist destinations. Budapest was ranked the first and named the absolute winner, based on the feedback from 54.000 people.
This does make a lot of foreign tourists want to visit Budapest and probably enjoy a view of the Parliament as it catches the afternoon sun. Yet, none of these two reviews is comforting for local tourists, who are forced to discover their capital city on a tight budget of an average Hungarian salary. According to several official sources, the Hungarian average wage index is 515 EUR a month.
Based on the hotel prices, provided by Hotels.com and average income of a population, there is a table, which shows how many nights a citizen of a given country can stay in a 3* hotel of their capital city:
Czech Republic 11,5
Great Britain 24,1
This clearly shows that even though hotel prices in Budapest seem inexpensive to the majority of tourists from the Western Europe, Budapest vacation often comes to crucial choices for the local population.
based on article of origo.hu
translated by Ekaterina Egorova