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This hotel feels a bit dated all-around, but it does have some charms, such as spacious rooms, that go a long way toward helping you overlook the slightly tired bathrooms and bedspreads. It occupies a stately building dating from 1873 on Margaret Island, a large park in the Danube between Buda and Pest, and it has a time-stood-still atmosphere that may bring to mind an old Central European spa resort. There's an elegant marble and stone lobby with leather wingback chairs and heavy drapes, and the extraordinarily high ceilings and dark wood here are reminiscent of a country hunting lodge. You may feel like ordering a whiskey and an cigar. The location can be either an advantage or a drag, depending on what you are looking for. Travelers who want to be in the thick of urban life will want to stay elsewhere, but staying on the island would be wonderful for those who'd prefer a quieter, greener atmosphere. Winter is quiet on the island, but a jogging path encircling the island (5.3 km) is right outside the hotel's door, and during the summer things pick up after several bars and cafés open, as do the two swimming complexes. Considering that guests also have direct access to the extensive spa at the Danubius Thermal Hotel, which is next door, you may not even spend too much time in your room. The thermal spa facilities are among the city's most extensive, and include a gym, indoor thermal pools, saunas, an extensive regimen of health and beauty treatments, and tennis courts.