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Where to Stay in Budapest

Finding the right place for your next trip always requires accurate research and a good amount of time to read reviews and descriptions. Budapest is a vibrant city with cool, hip, and vibrant neighborhoods. Obviously, accommodation here varies depending on your budget, needs, and the location. So interested in where to stay in Budapest? Alright then, let’s get into it.

Disclaimer: I haven’t stayed in all of those lodgings, but the post is based on thorough research and reviews of those accommodations. The hotels, hostels, and apartments mentioned here are not sponsored, I have selected them based on my preference, budget, design, and reviews.  

Where to Stay in Budapest – a story of two cities

Before you book accommodation, you need to understand the general layout of the city. What today is Budapest, it used to be two separate cities back in the day – Buda and Pest. It was on in 1873 when these two cities merged and created the current capital of Hungary.

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The city is divided into Buda and Pest sides. Both of them are different from each other. For instance, Buda is laidback, calm and green, while Pest is energetic, vibrant, and dynamic that keeps things here very interesting.

Budapest districts – Best places to stay in Budapest

The Castle District (District I)

Located at the Buda side of the city, The Castle District is home to Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Matthias Church, Rudas Baths, and Gellert Hill. This beautiful and historic area is the best neighborhood to stay in Budapest for families or anyone who likes being in a quiet area and still being close to the center.

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Belvaros (District V) – the best place to stay in Budapest for tourists

This neighborhood is on the Pest side and goes along the bank of Danube. Home to the iconic Parliament Building, District V features other gorgeous and historical sites like St. Stephen’s Basilica, Chain Bridge, Shoes on the Danube, and Great Market Hall to name a few. The area is one of the most beautiful ones in the city, making it a great fit for any kind of traveler.

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Terezvaros (District VI)

The main highlight of this district in Pest is Andrassy ut, a tree-lined boulevard featuring huge buildings and stunning State Opera House. Compared to District V, this one has a youthful character full of interesting venues and cool places to stay in Budapest.

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State Opera House by Ibolya on Flickr

Erzsebetvaros (District VII) – the best area to stay in Budapest for nightlife

Among Budapest neighborhoods in Pest side, this one used to be a Jewish ghetto. Even today, you can stumble upon beautiful synagogues and Kosher delis. District VII is ideal for party-goers, as it’s one of the best nightlife hubs in the city. Famous ruin bars are all here, so you can easily do a pub crawl. Shortly, this neighborhood is for those who desire to be in the epicenter of the action, students, and youngsters.

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Jozsefvaros (District VIII)

This one is one of the biggest districts of Budapest and consists of inner District VIII and outer District VIII. The last one is a bit run down and rugged, while the inner part of the area is where to stay in Budapest. Also known as Palace District, it is home to several historical landmarks, museums, parks and of course, palaces.

Ferencvaros (District IX) – one of the cool places to stay in Budapest

This neighborhood is another cool place to stay in Budapest due to its recent nickname – the craft beer district. It’s home to some of the hip and trendy cafes and eateries. Moreover, it’s less touristy. Being a bit far away from overcrowded places, District IX is a great choice for those who are looking for experiencing Budapest outside the main sites and enjoying the vibe of a local lifestyle.

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Great Market Hall

However, don’t assume that the district is all about that. National Theater, Whale Building & Terrace, Holocaust Museum and Great Market Hall are all located here or nearby.

Budapest Accommodation  – Best Hostels in Budapest

We all know that accommodation is the biggest expense when traveling to a city. Hostels are a great option to stay anywhere on a budget and meet like-minded travelers.

Avenue Hostel

This centrally located hostel is well equipped with all the necessary amenities. It has a shared kitchen and a snack bar. If you need to use public transport, an underground metro and tram stops are within 2 minutes walk, while the Nyugati Railway Station is only 7 minutes away. You can also reach Buda Castle by foot, located only 2 km away from the castle, or walk along the Danube river (1.5 km away).  

Apart from dorm rooms, Avenue Hostel has three studios and one quadruple room.

  • Breakfast: included
  • Female-only dorm: YES
  • 24-hour front desk: YES

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Marco Polo Top Hostel

One of the good options to stay in Budapest is Marco Polo Top Hostel, located 350 meters away from Blaja Lujza ter metro stop. The hostel has shared and private facilities and a terrace. You can rent a bicycle if you’d like to cycle around the city.

The major Budapest attractions like the National Museum, Budapest Great Synagogue, Jewish Quarter or Central Market Hall are within a walking distance to name a few.

Apart from dorm rooms, the hostel has a twin, triple, quadruple, and single rooms.

  • Breakfast: additional 4 EUR
  • Female-only dorm: NO
  • 24-hour front desk: YES

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Flow Hostel

Flow Hostel is marked as a five-star hostel, located around 700 meters from the Hungarian National Museum. If you’re visiting Budapest in summer or spring, the terrace of the hostel is a great place to rest and unwind after a long day of exploring the city. The hostel is adorned with plants, giving it a relaxing and charming vibe. In to dorm rooms, Flow Hostel has a three-bedroom apartment which accommodates up to six people.

  • Breakfast: NO
  • Female-only dorm: NO
  • 24-hour front desk: YES

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Maverick City Lodge

This is another 5-star boutique hostel in Budapest, just a few minutes from Budapest Great Synagogue, ruin bars, Danube riverside, and St. Stephen’s Basilica to name a few. Similar to Marco Polo Top Hostel, you can rent a bicycle right in the venue and explore the town. All rooms are air-conditioned, so you can easily escape hot weather.

Private rooms of the hostel feature flat-screen cable TV. Bathrooms are either shared or enjoyed privately depending on which room you book.

The venue also has a big common area to spend time leisurely and meet other guests, while well-equipped kitchen enables you to cook something for yourself any time of the day. There are free coffee and tea for every guest.

  • Breakfast: NO, but can be ordered upon arrival
  • Female-only dorm: YES
  • 24-hour front desk: YES

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Essential Hostel

The hostel offers both private and dorm rooms very close to St. Stephen’s Basilica, Szabadsag Square Park, State Opera House, the Chain Bridge, Funicular and Buda Castle to name a few. Some rooms share a bathroom, while others have private ones. You can also enjoy a shared kitchen, and a common area with games, a TV, and DVD player.

  • Breakfast: YES
  • Female-only dorm: YES
  • 24-hour front desk: YES

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Best Hotels in Budapest

If you are a hotel-person, there are plenty of such accommodation available for tourists coming to Budapest. Here’s the list of some of the best hotels in Budapest you’d like to stay at.

Hotel SasOne

Located at the city center, Hotel SasOne is only 200 meters from St. Stephen’s Basilica and a few minutes walk from Chain Bridge, Hungarian Parliament Building, and the castle district. What makes this hotel unique and from others is that rooms here are allergy-free. Each room is air-conditioned and it has a  flat-screen TV with satellite channels, ironing facilities, a wardrobe, and a bathroom with free toiletries.

  • Breakfast: included
  • 24-hour front desk: YES

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The Loft Budapest

The Loft Budapest, located in the pedestrian-only shopping area in the city center, features a unique design, where rooms come with a flat-screen TV, from which several even has a comfortable sofa to relax. Bathrooms in all rooms have free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Within the territory of the hotel, you can find several bars, cafes, and grocery stores. The top Budapest attractions like Elizabeth Bridge, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Chain Bridge, Synagogue, and Inner City district are within a walking distance from the hotel. You can also rent a bike as the area is popular for cycling.

  • Breakfast: NO
  • 24-hour front desk: YES

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Eurostars Danube Budapest

The interior of Eurostars Danube Budapest reflects the ambiance of the 1920s, where each room is air-conditioned, equipped with a flat-screen TV, electric kettle and a desk. This 4-star hotel bar serves yummy cocktails and drinks from late afternoon till the evening. And if exercising is a must on your travels, you can visit the hotel’s fitness center.

From here, you can easily explore the main sights of Budapest including the Synagogue, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Parliament Building, and District VII, to name a few. Additionally, there are various restaurants, ruin bars, and cafes within a radius of 300 meters.

  • Breakfast: Depends on the room, some have it included in the price, while other’s have to pay 15 EUR
  • 24-hour front desk: YES

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Roombach Hotel Budapest Center

Roombach Hotel Budapest Center is a boutique hotel offering a snack bar, en-suite rooms with air conditioning and a flat-screen smart TV, and a lounge area to its guests. Some rooms have views of the courtyard, while each one has a hairdryer and free toiletries in their bathrooms.

The centrally located hotel enables you to explore the center by foot and visit some of the major Budapest sites. Also, if you plan on traveling around Hungary, Keleti Railway Station and Nepliget International Bus Station are close by.

  • Breakfast: included
  • 24-hour front desk: YES

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D8 Hotel

D8 Hotel is another centrally located 3-star hotel very close to the major landmarks of Budapest, such as Buda Castle, State Opera House, the Chain Bridge, and Danube promenade. Lounge area and a bar allow you to unwind in the evening and enjoy city views from there.  It goes without saying that each room of the hotel has flat-screen, a hairdryer, and free toiletries.

  • Breakfast:  Depends on the room, some have it included in the price, while for others it’s optional and costs 12.50 EUR
  • 24-hour front desk: YES

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Best Aparthotels in Budapest

Corvin Plaza Apartments & Suites

Located at Kisfaludy Street in District VIII, Corvin Plaza Apartments & Suites have a fully furnished stylish and modern flats with LCD TV, kitchen, and a sofa bed in each apartment. The bathrooms have a hairdryer and a washing machine, while air conditioning is available in some flats upon the request.

The neighborhood has plenty of things to do in Budapest, including visiting major sites, Palace District, and dining venues and shopping center. Private parking is also available for those who are traveling by car.

If you’d like to explore Hungary or Budapest with various tours, you can ask the reception and they will be happy to provide the information.

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Prince Apartments

Prince Apartments are another great choice for those who like staying at aparthotels. The apartments are of modern design and facilities, featuring a beautiful garden. Most of the flats have a balcony over the garden, while some have a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen satellite TV, a kitchenette, and a microwave.

If you don’t feel like making your own breakfast, you can ask the reception to order one at the nearest restaurant. However, for cooking enthusiasts, the nearest grocery shop is in 150 meters.

The aparthotel also has several bicycles for you to use free of charge, however, a cash deposit is required to book them due to the limited number. The apartments are also close to public transportation and is well connected with the city.  Apart from major Budapest attractions, the famous Gellért Thermal Bath is around 2 km away from here.

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Best Airbnb’s in Budapest under $35 a night

Budapest Supreme Apartment – Good for 7 people

This newly renovated and fully furnished apartment in the city center (Jozsefvaros, or District VIII) is an ideal for groups of friends, businessmen, families or even couples. Within the neighborhood, you’ll find currency exchange booths, pubs, cafes, clubs, restaurants, and pharmacy to name a few. Metro and tram stops are in 5 minutes on foot.

The large living room with fully equipped kitchen, big and comfortable sofa, air-condition, and TV is at your disposal. The apartment is in the downtown, near to main sites of Budapest, but at the same time far away from noisy streets to guarantee a peaceful holiday.  

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NEW nice&cheap, little apt in center ! – Fits 3 people

This apartment is charming and very cozy, located in District VI with lots of bakeries, shops, bars, cafes, and many more. Hosok square, Great Synagogue, Parliament building, and Opera House is easy to reach.

Despite the fact that it’s close to busy streets, the house is quiet and comfortable. The apartment is close to two metro lines, main city tram, and bus stops, so you can get anywhere without difficulty.

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Cheery Flat I. •centrally located• – accommodates up to 4 people

This is another house in the Jewish Quarter, the bustling area of Budapest full of ruin bars, clubs, and restaurants. The house itself is newly renovated with furniture and fully equipped kitchen to cook your meals or enjoy a nice coffee, tea or Hungarian wine at the couch.

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Beautiful Charming Home in the Downtown! – Great for 3 people

Located near the Parliament building, Hero’s square, and museum district, this apartment is a great fit for couples, friends, families, or even solo travelers. If you plan on going outside of Budapest on a day trip, the Western Railway station is just minutes walk away from here.

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As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments down below, or connect with me on my social media channels. I will be happy to assist you as much as possible.

Happy Travels! 


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