We stayed at the Hilton hotel - a very well presented hotel given it's age - Bucharest is described as the Paris of the East - and understandably so - with it's own miniature Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysee and Parisian Architecture throughout( with the exception being Caucescu's extravagant monstrosity) - a pity that lack of funding means that many buildings are run down and need a little TLC. We found that the old town had lots of character - with numerous bars and cafes - it was 40 degrees C when we walked around so we were thankful of the cheap prices.
We found Buda - the old town on the hill on the left of the danube - to be very interesting with magnificent views of the new city (Pest) on the right of the Danube going north. Also prices in the gift shops and small market were very reasonable.
In Pest - the main shopping Mall was quite extensive though a bit repetitive after a while - However, no visit to Budapest should be done without visiting The " Gerbau " restaurant at the city square end of the main shopping mall and sampling their "to die for " cakes and ice creams.
We did a Budapest at Night tour which featured one of the world's most striking Parliament building.