Subject: Re:Budapest accomodations
Fran, In Budapest we stayed at a very comfortable pension called Ábel panzió.

Here are the specifics (formatted so Callie can add it to the Hotel database).

Ábel panzió H-1113 Budapest Ábel Jen# u. 9. Tel/FAX (36-1) 185-6426 Tel/FAX (36-1) 209-2537 Tel/FAX (36-1) 209-2538

Ábel panzió is a turn-of-the-century villa situated in a quiet neighborhood at the southern base of Gellert Hill on the Buda side of the Danube. This fully restored guest house has ten bedrooms all with twin beds and full bathrooms. There is also a reception lounge, and a south-facing terrace leading onto a tranquil and well-kept garden. Daily breakfast included yogurt, pastries, cereal, cold meats &cheeses, juices, coffee, &tea. The staff is warm, helpful and english-speaking.

The neighborhood offers a large park, many restaurants and shops, and a connection to city wide transportation via trolleys on Villányi út., the nearest cross street. the cost in Oct. 1997 for a room (inc. breakfast) was 9,900 Hungarian forints or $39 U.S.

We were very pleased with our four day stay at the Ábel panzió. Our room was quite large with skylights that allowed us to adjust the natural light and airflow. The other guests were convivial and often joined us in the reception area for a little Unicum, a Hungarian liqueuer, available from a well-stocked bar. The neighborhood offered low cost eateries, such as the Dart Club, just a block away where my wife enjoyed the gulyas (ghoulash) while I sampled the goose.

While in Budapest I suggest a vist to Statue Park (Szoborpark) a haunting memorial to the 50+ years of communist rule.

John Rule San Diego, CA