Category: Hungary

Boutique Budapest – 4 quirky accommodations you need to see

Known for its historic buildings, Turkish baths and old bridges, Budapest is a mecca for travellers looking for European city culture.
The city is divided in two by the famous Danube river; Buda on one side and Pest on the other (really!) and is teeming with hidden gem hotels.
There’s one resounding commonality amongst the accommodation in Budapest; quirky. If you want try something other than chain hotels and experience something more authentically European, you have more than enough choices here.

Lavinder CircusLavender Circus Guesthouse
Eclectic from the outset, Lavender Circus describes itself as a guesthouse come hostel, with apartments. Located in a historic building in the middle of the city, it is one of the cheapest and most unique accommodation options you’ll find in Budapest. Walls are decorated with Picasso-like murals, furniture fixed to the walls and an open air courtyard in the middle of it all. Originally built for nuns in the 18th century, Lavender Circus at one time also sheltered injured soldiers during WWII.
From £11.50 a night, the guesthouse offers everything from private rooms with shared bathrooms at £11.50, to rooms with ensuites at £13, as well as apartments with their own kitchen and bathroom at £14.70, excellent for saving on eating out every meal.

Cotton House Budapest HotelThe Cotton House
Step back into the roaring 20’s with this period style hotel. Fitted with all the interior design trimmings you’d see in the 1920 and 30’s, The Cotton House is a small 23 room hotel with each named after famous personalities; Fran Sinatra, Al Capone, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers.
There are a lot of room variations and options depending on what you’re looking for, including large rooms for those travelling as family or a bigger group. Prices are affordable too! From £49.50 to £108 per night, you could be sleeping next to a grammar phone and memorabilia from an age gone era.

Broady HouseBrody House
Another entry is Brody House. Part hotel, part art gallery, this unique accommodate was designed to appease the eyes. From the main lobby to each individual room, the unique style of stone and furnishings are carried throughout this European hot spot. Brody House is suited for those looking for a little more comfort yet still within budget.
Prices ranges from £57 per room, with apartments costing slightly more.
Hotel Zara - BudapestHotel-Zara---BudapestHotel Zara
Boutique in Budapest doesn’t come much better than Hotel Zara. Located close to the Danube in the centre of the city, the hotel makes up in chic what it lacks in history. Recently renovated, it features 272 rooms, offering a wide choice depending on your needs. Prices start from £72.60, which is a steal for a few nights’ in this one-off hotel.
The added bonus of Hotel Zara includes local European coffee shops dotted around the hotel, perfect for a morning snack before pounding the cobbled pavements of this historic city.


David HasselhostelWild Card – The David Hassel Hostel
You did read that correctly. Someone was genius enough to name their accommodation, the David HasselHostel. From as little as £5 a night for a bed in a dorm room, this bonus accommodation option is not necessarily a recommendation, but worth knowing as either a conversation starter or a photo opportunity.


About the Author
Alison Jones is a former Brit who gave it all up to live in the Canadian Rockies. Fast forward to today and after a successful 4 years’ as an international PR manager for three ski resorts, she once again sold everything to live and work in Europe as a travel writer. Join the journey @MeFindingMe

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