Budapest, Hungary

Brody House

Rates per night from$76.42

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR65.57), 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.

Smith Extra

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A bottle of Müller Thurgau 2016, made exclusively for BrodyLand, on arrival

Facilities

Photos Brody House facilities

Need to know

Rooms

Eleven.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in is from 3pm to 8pm at the latest.

Rates

Double rooms from $76.41 (€66), excluding tax at 22 per cent.

More details

Rates include access to Brody Studios, but don't include the Continental buffet breakfast at Brody House, which is full of homemade and locally-sourced goodness like crunchy granola, croissants, Hungarian cold cuts and cheese, and seasonal fresh fruit.

At the hotel

Club rooms with an honesty bar, and a small library of local books and boardgames. In rooms: free WiFi, Pascal Morabito toiletries. Brody Studios 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

Staying at Brody House gives you a pass to cross the border into BrodyLand, the creative members hub (and club) that spans the various Brody venues. The extensive cultural calendar is packed with events like literary talks, live music and comedy nights.

Children

Under-3s are very welcome at no extra cost; cots can be provided for free. In some rooms, a sofabed can be made up for €35 EUR a night.

Food and Drink

Photos Brody House food and drink

Top Table

In summer, the enchanting central courtyard is a pleasingly quiet place in which to snack. (It’s also a ideal for a secluded alfresco drink, unlike Budapest’s fun but often crowded kertek, the outdoor garden bars.)

Dress Code

Anything goes: creativity rules this roost, not glamour.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel only serves breakfast, but nearby Brody Studios serves an à la carte menu from 6pm, which is packed with inventive salads, classic sandwiches and mains like rose duck breast and salmon tagliatelle.

Hotel bar

Mix your own drinks round the clock at the well-stocked honesty bar, or go teetotal at the HonestTEA bar. If you want to take things up a notch, head to nearby Brody Studios for craft cocktails and taste of the city’s buzzing creative and social scene; their cultural calendar is full of art exhibitions, stand-up comedy, literary events, live music and DJ sets.

Last orders

The Continental breakfast buffet is served 7.30am–11.30am on weekdays, and from 8am to noon on weekends. Brody Studios is open from 6pm Monday to Saturday; cocktails are shaken til late from Thursday to Saturday.

Location

Photos Brody House location
Address
Brody House
Bródy Sándor utca 10
Budapest
1088
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 Studios, the hotel's unihibited and creative cousin, should be your first port of call. Once you’ve had your fill 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 . 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. 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.

Local restaurants

Near the hotel, Mák Bistro on Vigyázó Ferenc Utca boasts high ceilings, an award-winning chef and first-class Hungarian cuisine. 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. A few doors down, tuck in to typical Hungarian dishes in the cosy, relaxed 21. 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.

Local cafés

Tuck in to coffee and cake at Gerbeaud on Vörösmarty Tér; it’s one of the city’s best loved confectioners. 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. 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. Another Pest-side favourite is Tom George on Október 6, a nautical-themed restaurant with a lively atmosphere and an American-influenced Italian menu. 

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. Boutiq’Bar on Paulay Ede Utca is a great place to start the night, with bona fide mixologists behind the bar.

Reviews

Photos Brody House reviews
Gemma Cairney

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

We loved it. We spent most of our time visiting the top sites of Budapest and museums. The hotel is ideally situated. It is very comfortable but I think people should be warned that there is no lift. We would go there again like a shot although we are currently 80 and 77! Having said that most of the people are much younger that stay there. I think we would probably try and stay on the same floor as reception. We found the receptionist concierge incredibly helpful. She booked all our dinners for us at personally recommended restaurants, and they were superb. Really really good food to be had in Budapest. Also the hotel is brilliant for the 100 E shuttle bus from the airport.

Don’t expect

A lift.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Apr 2018

We loved

Beautiful space, well furnished and really lovely staff. Well located: easily accessible from the airport and no more than 10 minutes walking to the best area of restaurants, cafés, ruin bars and nightlife. We enjoyed the Gellert spa, central market, the ruin bars of the Jewish quarter and Vega city down the road for super cheap vegan snacks.

Don’t expect

A lively common space. We thought it would be really nice to hang out one evening (especially as we had a free bottle of wine courtesy of Mr & Mrs Smith), but it was a weird atmosphere. Very quiet, soft (and in my opinion really annoying – I heard the same awful acoustic Coldplay cover about 5 times) music with no apparent way to control it. The space was lovely and has two honesty bars and board games etc., but something just didn't come together, it felt very awkward when some other guests turned up and hid in different corners whispering to themselves. Not a big deal when there's so much on offer in the city, but it did mean we didn't really have anywhere to come back and relax in after a long day of walking around. 

Rating

Stayed on 29 Mar 2018

We loved

On arrival the imposing door opened into a shabby chic residence with spiral staircases and internal courtyards. Our welcome was warm, from a team of fantastic staff, as was our room. Brody House is quirky and cosy...we loved it. We'd also recommenda visit to Brody Studios and the Gellért Thermal Baths. 

Don’t expect

Televisions, landlines or lifts.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Feb 2018

We loved

This was one of the coolest hotels we've stayed in. The room itself was so unique and we loved relaxing in the common areas and taking advantage of the honesty bar.

Don’t expect

Total peace and quiet during the night. Since its an old building there are creaks and sound carries – it didnt bother us too much though.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Jan 2018

We loved

The honesty bar, the comfy communal living areas, the enormous bed and fantastic shower! Brody Studios was a cool hangout for an evening with tasty food and a great drinks menu. Kiosk was recommended by the hotel for dinner – excellent food and service! The views from Fisherman's Bastion on a sunny morning are breathtaking.

Don’t expect

A lift to help you with heavy luggage up to the second floor.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Oct 2017

We loved

The Brody House team – we felt looked after even before we had arrived! The free walking tours from Vorosmarty Square are incredibly informative and interesting.

Don’t expect

Big hotel facilities e.g. a restaurant or pool. 

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Stayed on 15 Oct 2017

We loved

Quirky guesthouse-style public rooms. Check out Brody Club and Taste Hungary wine tours.

Don’t expect

Room service; it's buffet-style breakfast only.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Aug 2017

We loved

The honesty bar (loved making my own drinks). The room was also amazing with a super comfortable bed. The Kiosk and Macesz Bistro are amazing restaurants – I would recommend visiting them while here. Macesz Bistro is great for Hungarian fine dining.

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Stayed on 25 Aug 2017

We loved

The lovely, spacious rooms and high ceilings.

Don’t expect

Impeccable paint work – this is shabby chic and looks amazing!

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Stayed on 29 Jun 2017

We loved

Our room and bathroom, the reception team, breakfast, honesty bar and sitting rooms. Brody Studios for drinks and dinner – this place is quirky and stylish.

Don’t expect

Room service, mini bar etc etc.

Rating

Stayed on 26 Jun 2017

We loved

The relaxed and homey feel. The ambience was wonderful, staff incredibly helpful and it was a perfect location for exploring Budapest. We and our children (nine and three) loved it.

Don’t expect

iPod docks or TVs. We didn't miss a TV but would have been nice to have had music in the rooms.

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Stayed on 10 Apr 2017

We loved

Breakfast, the honesty bar, artwork in rooms.

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Stayed on 17 Feb 2017

We loved

The room, the reception service and the relaxed breakfast facilities. The offbeat Brody guide to Budapest aided us hugely in our short trip.

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Stayed on 14 Feb 2017

We loved

The breakfast rooms, which turned into a relaxing bar at night was breathtaking. The Weiler room was fun and fabulous.

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Stayed on 10 Feb 2017

We loved

Amazing, stylish, individual, quirky rooms. Stunning décor, huge windows, original features, parquet flooring. Memorable stay at such a unique hotel. Great location, walking distance from a lot of the sites a 10 minute walk to the river and lots of fantastic restaurants. The staff were brilliant too, really helpful friendly with lots of tips and recommendations. We would love to stay here again, the common areas where breakfast is served the honesty bar is was beautiful. Can see why it is used for so many photoshoots has such blinding reviews. An absolute joy good value. Get out explore. We did the hop on/hop off Big Bus tour which was a great way of getting about mixed with loads of walking. Taverna Dionysos is a fantastic Greek restaurant on river. Amazing menu some of the best desserts I've had. We went back another night just for a dessert. Also the Italian next to it, Trattoria Toscana is lovely. Also Buddah Bar does great food too. A spa trip to the baths is a must too.

Rating

Stayed on 3 Feb 2017

We loved

The fact that it wasn't a cookie cutter business hotel and had a bit of style to it. Imagine it would also be great for a group of people who could take more advantage of it's public spaces to hang out in.

Don’t expect

....all the facilities of a normal hotel, reception is only open from 8-8 etc.

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Stayed on 20 Jan 2017

We loved

The freestanding bath in our room and honesty bar. The wine bar and pharma bar both walking distance and fab.

Don’t expect

A lift.

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Stayed on 14 Jan 2017

We loved

The room had so much character. Comfortable amenities and in a great location! Visit Brody Studios!

Don’t expect

Five stars hotel service.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Nov 2016

We loved

The uniqueness of the hotel.

Don’t expect

Television, or tea and coffee facilities in room.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Nov 2016

We loved

The room (Yeresko room), the location was perfect, we were able to walk to all the attractions, the bed. The staff were very helpful. Brody Studios was lovey for food! Costs Downtown if you fancy some fancy food.

Don’t expect

...A TV or tea making facilities in the room.

Rating

Stayed on 31 Oct 2016

We loved

The public rooms, the bedrooms and the friendly staff. The decor of the hotel was very different but excellent. Go on a walking tour of Budapest and take the river cruise in the evening.

Don’t expect

...modern style.

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Stayed on 10 Oct 2016

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!

Rating

Stayed on 28 Aug 2016

We loved

The decor and friendly and efficient service. The public lounges and courtyard were a real oasis after a hectic day of sightseeing. This is a wonderful boutique hotel. We enjoyed a delicious Hungarian meal at Fricska and excellent tapas at Pata Negra.

Don’t expect

A lift. The public lounges and breakfast space are on the third floor so if stairs are an issue, this beautiful accommodation is not for you.

Rating

Stayed on 25 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

Rating

Stayed on 3 Aug 2016

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