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).
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).