Budapest, Hungary

Brody House

Price per night from$67.57

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 (EUR57.38), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Boho B&B boudoirs

Setting

Pest-side palace quarter

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

11.

Check–Out

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

Prices

Double rooms from £63.50 (€70), including tax at 22 per cent.

More details

Rates don't include access to Brody Studios and Continental buffet breakfasts (€10 a person) of homemade and locally-sourced goodness including fresh pastries, Hungarian cold cuts and cheeses, egg dishes, yoghurts 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-threes are very welcome at no extra cost; cots can be provided for free. In some rooms a sofabed can be made up for €35 a night.

Food and Drink

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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

There's no bar on-site, so head to nearby Brody Studios for craft cocktails and a 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

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Address
Brody House
Bródy Sándor utca 10
Budapest
1088
Hungary

Brody House is enviably situated on a grand square in the palace quarter on the Pest side of town, not far from the Danube; its neighbours are historic mansions and a former parliament building.

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. 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. In an industrial-style space, Borbíróság updates Hungarian classics (blackberry cream soup with mint parfait, salmon with elderflower and brownies with tokaj caviar) and has an excellent selection of native wines. And Mazel Tov's dining space is lofty and greenery-lined; their menu of Israeli fusion food is pretty impressive, too.

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 10 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 Gerlóczy Cafe and Restaurant on Gerlóczy 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

Szimpla Kert, formerly a factory, is the most famous of Budapest's signature 'ruin bars': a maze of shabbily cool rooms and bohemian gardens; live music, film screenings and other culttural happenings are often held here. Alternatively, Ellátó Kert at 48 Kazinczy Utca in the Jewish Quarter has a more alfresco feel, where revellers socialise under a colourful canvas. If you prefer your drinking establishments a little more polished, rooftop 360 Bar has a relaxed yet glamorous air and on-high views over the city. Boutiq’Bar on Paulay Ede Utca is a great place to start the night, with bona fide mixologists behind the bar.

Reviews

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Gemma Cairney

Anonymous review

By Gemma Cairney, DJ and presenter

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.
 

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