Budapest, Hungary

Brody House

Rates from (inc tax)$64.40

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Boho B&B boudoirs

Setting

Pest-side palace quarter

RUNNER-UP: BEST BUDGET BOUTIQUE HOTEL – SMITH HOTEL AWARDS 2015

With airy, light-filled rooms that double as mini art galleries, Budapest’s Brody House hotel is a feast for the senses. Popular with the city's art scene, this cutting-edge townhouse plays host to film and fashion shoots, while somehow maintaining the feel of a historic home. Brody House also has a block of shabby-chic apartments in a lively downtown locale (close to the main hotel), a trendy members- and guests-only bar, and gallery and printing studio Brody ArtYard, where frequent exhibitions and book readings are held.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

10.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in is from 2pm to 10pm at the latest.

Rates

Double rooms from $64.40 (€57), excluding tax at 22 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR70.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include access to Brody House’s members’ club rooms and events, but usually don't include Continental buffet breakfast (€8 a person).

Also

In-room massages and beauty treatments are available; the hotel can also arrange visits to Budapest's best spas.

At the hotel

Club rooms, selection of CDs and DVDs to borrow. In rooms: free WiFi, Pascal Morabito toiletries. Brody members' club and bar, and Brody ArtYard are both a 15-minute walk away; ask at reception for the clubs' entry code.

Our favourite rooms

Because each room is decorated in such an individual style, it’s almost impossible to choose a favourite, but perhaps the most romantic choice for a couple is the Tinei room, with its glamorous freestanding golden bath and works by Moldovan artist (and Budapest resident) Alexander Tinei. The largest space is the two-bedroom Weiler Studio, which has its own lounge and fully equipped kitchen.

Packing tips

Your camera, sketch book or art materials of choice. From the works on the walls to the recycled, reclaimed, rebuilt and reprinted furniture and decor throughout – and the palaces beyond your townhouse walls – there’s plenty here to inspire you.

Also

Guests are given access to the Brody House members’ club evenings; previous events include an ‘art tasting dinner’ with glass sculptors Maria Bohus and Zoltan Lugosi, and a ‘creative discussion about Rupert Murdoch’.

Children

Welcome. Baby cots are free and extra beds for under-12s are available for €25 a night. Babysitting can be provided by staff or local nannies for €10 an hour; a week’s notice is appreciated.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

None. Staff can prepare sandwiches and plates with cold cuts and cheese during the day. Nearby Brody House Studios, a seven-minute drive away, serves classic sandwiches, generous salads and hearty meals such as pancetta-wrapped pork loin and four cheese risotto.

At the bar

Mix your own drinks round the clock at the honesty bar, or go teetotal at the free tea bar. Head to Brody House Studios to get a taste of Budapest's buzzing art scene: open Wednesday to Saturday, its cocktail bar and club play hosts to openings, pop-up shops and literary dinners, as well as live jazz and DJ sets.

 

Last orders

The Continental breakfast buffet is served 7.30am–11am. Brody Studios is open for brunching and lunching from 9am, Tuesday to Friday; cocktails are shaken up until 2am, Thursday to Saturday.

Room service

Hot drinks and some nibbles, such as croissants, are available on request from 8am-8pm, but only in the club rooms on the second floor.

Location

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Address
Brody House
Bródy Sándor utca 10
1088
Budapest
Hungary

Planes

Touch down at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (still known locally by its former name, Ferihegy), which is a 20-minute drive from Brody House (www.bud.hu/english).

Trains

One of Budapest’s three international train stations, Keleti is two minutes from Brody House by car. The train journey from Berlin takes just under 12 hours, Prague’s seven hours away and Vienna can be reached in less than three.

Automobiles

There’s no parking at the hotel, so you’ll want to drop off your luggage and check in before leaving your car at the Pollack Mihaly carpark 50m away.

Worth getting out of bed for

Brody ArtYard (a 15-minute walk away on Vasvári Pál Utca) is the hotel's print studio and gallery, hosting exhibitions by contemporary artists; private views here are lively, and after parties go on till late. If you tire of admiring the art on the walls and loitering with the locals in the hotel's club rooms, talk to the staff: they’ll be thrilled to put together a customised itinerary for you, taking in their hand-picked Budapest highlights. A major attraction in the City of Spas is a trip to the historic Turkish baths, of which there are dozens; Brody House staff can arrange visits to several, including neo-Baroque Széchenyi on Állatkerti Körút (www.szechenyibath.com). If you like shopping for art and antiques, nearby Falk Miksa Utca is the street to visit; head out alone or take a guided tour (in English): they’re available year round (www.falkart.hu). Modern art gallery, shop, studio and café Printa on Rumbach Sebestyén Utca puts many of its limited-edition print designs onto clothes, cushions, aprons, etc, in their silkscreen studio; they’re also rumoured to serve Budapest’s best coffee (www.printa.hu/main). The somewhat surreal Memento Park on Balatoni Út is worth a visit by history buffs: the collection of preserved Communist statues that used to dot the Budapest landscape gives an insight into an era that’s gone but not forgotten (www.szoborpark.hu).

Local restaurants

Near the hotel, Mák Bistro on Vigyázó Ferenc Utca boasts high ceilings, an award-winning chef and first-class Hungarian cuisine (www.makbistro.hu/en/main; +36 30 723 9383). Just across the river on the Buda side of town, Pierrot on Fortuna Utca is housed in an historic 13th-century building and has a courtyard that’s delightful in summer; in colder weather, request a table by the bar (www.pierrot.hu; +36 (1) 375 6971). A few doors down, tuck in to typical Hungarian dishes in the cosy, relaxed 21 (www.21restaurant.hu; +36 (1) 202 2113). For cooking that’s even more traditional, visit Pest Buda on the same street, and imagine that you’re feasting on your Hungarian grandmother’s comfort food (www.pestbudabistro.hu; +36 (1) 225 0377).

Local cafés

Tuck in to coffee and cake at Gerbeaud on Vörösmarty Tér; it’s one of the city’s best loved confectioners (www.gerbeaud.hu; +36 (1) 429 9000). Less than ten minutes away by foot on Károlyi Mihály Utca is the grand dame of Budapest coffeehouses, Central, which serves elaborate sweet treats and elegantly presented savoury dishes, along with a hefty slice of Hungarian heritage (www.centralkavehaz.hu; +36 (1) 30 382 3357). Also nearby is Gerloczy Cafe and Restaurant on Gerloczy Utca; it’s a traditional Hungarian bistro that makes a cosy, laid-back setting for lunch or a snack (www.gerloczy.hu/cafe_and_restaurant; +36 (1) 501 4000). Another Pest-side favourite is Tom George on Október 6, a nautical-themed restaurant with a lively atmosphere and an American-influenced Italian menu (www.tomgeorge.hu; +36 (1) 266 3525). For a mid-shopping lunch in the centre of town, Baldaszti's Grand on Andrássy Út is ideal; on the menu are Hungarian and European dishes (www.baldasztis.com; +36 (1) 302 3691).

Local bars

Snack on cheese and sausage with local wine pre-dinner or grab a post-prandial drink at Innio on Október 6 Utca, a very cool modern space with vaulted ceilings, raw cement walls and a DJ managing the music in the corner (www.innio.hu; +36 70 311 1010). Boutiq’Bar on Paulay Ede Utca is a great place to start the night, with bona fide mixologists behind the bar (www.boutiqbar.hu; +36 30 229 1821).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

We have booked three nights in Budapest, and the truth is, neither of us knows what to expect. Except, having checked the weather forecast, it turns out Hungary is going to be hot. Our friends, clearly imagining us off on a Moscow-style short break, all stoic and freezing, are wrong. It is early May and Hungary is boiling. Arriving 9pm, the warm-aired optimism kicks in straight from the plane. We get a cab to our temporary home, Brody House, and the 40-minute journey only costs 5,743 Forints (yep, the Hungarian currency has turned us into big-balling thousandaires), equivalent to €20.

Landing at a gigantic wooden door down a quiet but central road, we are just a couple hundred metres from the Hungarian Natural History Museum. A titchy plaque on the buzzer says ‘Brody House’. There’s no sign of what it is like beyond. Soon we are welcomed by a sun-kissed smiling face who informs us, as we scurry inside, that there is an electrical problem with the original bedroom we booked. The building is incredibly old and listed, so to paraphrase the words of our new friend, getting things fixed here can be a right, well, arse-ache. The good news is that she’s put us in a snazzier suite called the Claret Room.

We’ve been here less than 10 minutes and we are already lusting for Brody. The sweeping dimly lit staircase leading us up to reception is enchanting in itself. The vastness hits you straight away: a ceiling so high you become a happy Borrower; and the walls are unapologetically distressed. The setting wouldn’t look out of place as the opening scene of a Molière play. Beware though. If you wear stilettos (oh, and Brody will make you want to), or should you fill your mouth with too much Bull’s Blood (a traditional Hungarian wine) you could rather too easily fall down these very stairs. They make you breathy and excited. As does the discreet flipbook that you’ll find in the lounge hidden among various coffee-table hardbacks. Among this portfolio of press cuttings about the hotel is page after page of fashion shoot with BH as the backdrop – the Tinei Room has even been the scene for a fully nude and supersexy Playboy centrefold.

And so, to the Claret Room. Along a fabulous glassed corridor (yep, even the hallways are great) overlooking a courtyard, we find ourselves ejected like an old cassette tape out of our ‘London headspace’ and, in the ever-truthful Cumbrian words of Mr Smith, into ‘the nicest room I think I’ve ever seen’. It’s all white and mind balancing – it would only be right to run the Jacuzzi bath exposed in the corner of the room. Though it does involve a tightrope-balancing act round the edge to get to the actual tap, not so practical when there is lava-hot water beneath. It prompts us to cement our ‘Budapest song’ while waiting for it to cool down. Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ bellows, from our laptop and we dance around the Claret like the sleep-deprived but chuffed souls we are, before nearly falling asleep drinking one beer in the steaming corner bath…

The next morning, we look at Brody and we are still into it. It wasn’t a delirious one-night thing. In the sunlight, it still looks sexy. We delightedly eat fruit salad from a bountiful selection and order a fresh smoothie and eggs Benedict on top of what’s on offer, happly to pay the supplement. Who cares – we’re in love. Our original room still hasn’t been fixed so we are moved to the equivalent rank room – not quite as spangly as the Claret Room.

All rooms at Brody are decorated differently: our abode for the remaining two nights is a mini apartment called the Yusuke, which is accessed via the central courtyard. It’s replete with kitchenette, DVD player and mezzanine. While it’s not as luxurious it can be applauded for niftiness and privacy; and when faced with a kitchen, Brody suddenly becomes a potential longer-term affair. ‘Ooh we could come here for a week,’ I think to myself as I look out at the other doors accessed also via the courtyard; I am by now picturing all my best friends staying behind them… My imagination then patters towards what an ideal spot it’d be for a party. It seems I’m not the only one… Our smily hotel host friend tells of a German stag party that booked nearly every room recently and how they all got a little ‘wild’. I was secretly thinking more of a brass band and wedding-type fandango – Brody’s surroundings really are that lovely. But hey? It’s good to know that Brody isn’t opposed to a proper knees-up.

As for Budapest itself, the main thing that you need to know is that it’s split in two by a river. One side is Buda and the other Pest. Both are gorgeous, historic and everyone walks everywhere. We spend each day doing exactly this, sauntering about. Plus we have a choice of eight thermal pool spas dating back to the 16th century – where you’re encouraged to sit about in the sunshine or splash about warm water like contented baby elephants. It’s brilliant. We visited the most popular Hotel Gellért one day and couldn’t resist trying the Szechenyi Bath and Spa the next. Think ‘faded glamour’ rather than ‘princess pampering’. Bring flip-flops, a book and maybe smuggle a picnic if you’re planning the whole day there: food is definitely not a highlight. But back to Brody: it is outstanding. And it’s a wonder Budapest has so undeservedly alluded my attentions until now. But sshhhhhhh. Keep this hotel to yourself please, it is partly so wonderful because it feels like your own very cool, and quite naughty, secret.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Brody House’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The vibe, the location, the individuality, the staff, the communal spaces, our room...pretty much everything. So much is within walking distance. Wander off in any direction and find quiet courtyards, museums and cafes. 

Don’t expect

An elevator!

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Stayed on 28 Aug 2016

We loved

The club level art, games and honesty bar. Recommed Museum cafe and exploring near the ruin bars

Don’t expect

A typical hotel experience

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Stayed on 7 Aug 2016

We loved

Everything about this hotel, the design, the laid-back style, the incredible spaces, the great staff. The best of old and new budapest in one!

Don’t expect

A lift or room service

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Stayed on 3 Aug 2016

We loved

The staff were great; the location was very convenient; the hotel itself is charming. We really enjoyed Borkonyha and Kispiac restaurants, the Szimpla kert ruin pub and the experience of the Széchenyi thermal baths

Don’t expect

All the amenities of a traditional hotel

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Stayed on 21 May 2016

We loved

Gorgeous hotel. It was great to try a 2nd room themed around a different artist. Also really good breakfasts.

Don’t expect

Trouser presses.

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Stayed on 15 May 2016

We loved

The art work and unique decor were great. Central location was perfect for a city break holiday and the hotes recomendations of places to eat were excellent.

Don’t expect

Lifts! You have to carry your bags up the stairs to reception.

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Stayed on 10 May 2016

We loved

The honesty bar, spacious beautiful rooms, individuality and value for money. I cant recommend enough - simply amazing! The ruin pubs are so cool and different, the castle district is beautiful and the baths are a relaxing experience too!

Don’t expect

not a complaint... but don't expect an iron. Something you usually need when you've travelled from a different country and squashed your clothes into a case.

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Stayed on 11 Apr 2016

We loved

The bed was comfortable. The recommendations of the hotel were good.

Don’t expect

Too many home comforts. The usual finished decor in a hotel. Big bathroom. Big towels. Attractive artwork.

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Stayed on 3 Apr 2016

We loved

Great, comfortable quirky rooms. Good selection at breakfast and extremely helpful staff.

Don’t expect

A lift!

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Stayed on 22 Feb 2016

We loved

If you haven't been to Brody House, pack your bags and leave immediately. If you have no interest in Budapest or bathing with local Hungarians in the beautiful Széchenyi Baths (worth it though...) or munching on goulash and spicy paprika sausages, it doesn't matter. You can go to Budapest and fall into a cloud of bliss simply by stepping into Brody House and it's absolutely stunning interiors. I like to (hastily) claim I'm a "culturist" but even I could have taken a pass on Budapest's stunning architecture and hidden ruin bars and camped out in my room (The Photo Room) all week. The interiors were so beautiful that I'm now hating on my poky London flat and the staff were so attentive, in a cool, unassuming fashion. They even magically appeared one morning with a homemade muffin and 'birthday' plate for my blushing boyfriend when I don't even remember mentioning the milestone in passing. Breakfast was delicious (highly recommend the Egg's Benedict) and it's worth the short walk to Brody Studios where we hid away one evening drinking delicious cocktails and playing pool in the basement. Again the team here were all so welcoming and the style and ethos were faultless. We'll be back before the end of the year.

Don’t expect

Tea, coffee, mini-bar in the rooms. You don't need it.

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Stayed on 16 Feb 2016

We loved

Everything about the hotel – the look of the common parts, the room, the staff, the vibe!

Don’t expect

This hotel definitely has a bohemian feel to it, the only thing we'd like to have been better were the toiletries (better shampoo, conditioner and some bubble bath – we had to use hand soap as bubble bath!)

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Stayed on 10 Feb 2016

We loved

Everything: the rooms, the building, the staff, the decor, the location, the honesty bar and just how beautiful everything was!

Don’t expect

A buzzing hotel and bar atmospher: it was perfect for an easy weekend away.

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Stayed on 31 Dec 2015

We loved

We stayed in the Ludo room and absolutely loved it; it was much nicer than in the photos even. You really appreciate the art and style of the hotel with little creative touches punctuated throughout. Ludo room has an enormous, comfy bed, lots of space and walk-in shower in addition to the bath. It was bliss!

Don’t expect

Modern luxury.

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Stayed on 12 Dec 2015

We loved

The fabulously high ceilings, the free standing bath, the artwork, the courtyard, the service, mixing our own drinks in the honesty bar, the location, the eggs benedict (the list goes on)…

Don’t expect

A spa - this hotel is not for pampering, but it is a unique and extraordinary hotel set up for people who want a fabulous base from which they can explore and enjoy the city.

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Stayed on 13 Nov 2015

We loved

A lovely hotel which more than lived up to the online reviews. Great location in the heart of the city, excellent transport links and within walking distance of many famous landmarks such as the National Museum and the Jewish Quarter. Staff could not have been more helpful and were great in offering recommendations for dining and other activities.

Don’t expect

Although the hotel offers a great continental breakfast in luxury surroundings, being run as a bed and breakfast means there isn't the option to dine in. Not really a problem considering the numerous eateries within a small walking distance in most directions.

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Stayed on 5 Nov 2015

We loved

Being central and being able to walk to everything, but also not being in a busy bustling road.

Don’t expect

Proper pampering - you are left to your own devices to enjoy your time together - perfect.

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Stayed on 28 Sep 2015

We loved

Breakfast (although usually included) quirkiness of rooms

Don’t expect

Television, telephone in room. best location, easy access to some rooms

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Stayed on 11 Sep 2015

We loved

The honesty bar. The amazing decor. All of the lounge areas. The delicious breakfast. The AMAZING bathroom in the Droga Room. The art. The staff. Everything!

Don’t expect

Free breakfast. Late night reception service.

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Stayed on 26 Aug 2015

We loved

The room was fantastic. We didn't spend a lot of time there, but the time we did was relaxing and a perfect opportunity to recharge after scampering around Budapest. The staff were incredibly helpful.

Don’t expect

Opulence.

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Stayed on 17 Aug 2015

We loved

the beautiful décor, the uniqueness of the rooms, the splendid breakfast, the peaceful feel of the building the neighbourhood, the helpful staff.

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Stayed on 17 Aug 2015

We loved

The ambience, the great breakfast and friendly service.

Don’t expect

There isn't a happening scene at night, it's a very quiet place.

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Stayed on 23 Jul 2015

We loved

Quirky, stylish shabby chic design of rooms. Spacious accommodation, delightful honesty bar and lounge, fab breakfasts.

Don’t expect

Sleek and modern.

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Stayed on 22 Jun 2015

We loved

The rooms were so individual and each had a unique theme. All were equipped to a high standard. Loved the living room area and it was great having a drink there in the evening. Brilliant location!

Don’t expect

More choice at breakfast.

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Stayed on 15 Apr 2015

We loved

A totally relaxing experience with welcoming friendly staff, come and go as you please, honesty bar, excellent location.

Don’t expect

The Ritz: Brody House has a unique class of its own.

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Stayed on 20 Feb 2015

We loved

Ambience, proximity to the city, friendly staff.

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Stayed on 15 Feb 2015

We loved

Absolutely everything, the hotel is amazing, very inviting, friendly, intriguing, different… I could go on!!!

Don’t expect

This is not a complaint, just a suggestion: we stayed in the wonderful yusuke studio where there is only one mirror and that's in the bathroom. Mirrors in bedrooms would be useful.

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Stayed on 15 Feb 2015

We loved

Wonderful service and quirky style - thanks for a great stay!

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Stayed on 13 Dec 2014

We loved

We loved Brody House and Brody Studios, just our kind off place, interesting and fun, spacious and far more private than the 'institutional' feel of a hotel. Service and help all around without being obstrusive, as well as very welcoming.

Don’t expect

The self help bar could also keep some tidbits for the guest to buy optionally. A couple of nights we were too exhausted to go to dinner and loved sitting by the fire with a drink, but it would have been great if we had a tiny bite of something. Though there are complementary dishes of crisps etc.. Maybe some small packaged snacks in their fridge would be nice.

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Stayed on 25 Nov 2014

We loved

Warm friendly atmosphere, very knowledgeable and helpful staff. Good location.

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Stayed on 21 Nov 2014

We loved

The whole place is beautiful and the staff were fantastic.

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Stayed on 21 Nov 2014

We loved

Funky, clever designs, relaxed, great staff and location.

Don’t expect

Not good for elderly/disabled as a lot of stairs and no lift.

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Stayed on 19 Nov 2014

We loved

Very cool and original space close to the city centre, a real find. Breakfasts incredible and an amazing bar.

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Stayed on 14 Nov 2014

We loved

The hotel is incredibly chic, and our suite was enormous. There is a lovely courtyard and a spacious bar. Excellent breakfast, an honesty bar, and kitchen facilities in the suite. It's centrally placed, and if you like walking you can do the whole of Buda and Pest on foot. If you avoid tourist traps like Gerbeau (same prices as London) it's all incredibly cheap.

Don’t expect

The weather had suddenly deteriorated so it was a bit cold in the suite.

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Stayed on 24 Oct 2014

We loved

The grand winding staircase, gorgeous courtyard, the warm welcome, the carefully explained workings of the hotel, the beautifully decorated and furnished rooms, the cleanliness, the continental breakfast spread, the menu options, the honesty bar. P.S, when you are done with the speakers in the honesty bar room I would like them thanks!

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Stayed on 17 Oct 2014