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Where to stay in Budapest? Tips & hotel recommendations

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Are you planning a trip to the Hungarian capital and wondering where to stay in Budapest? Captain Ulysses has listed his tips and recommendations to help you find the perfect pied-à-terre!

💡 The Captain’s tip 💡

Want to know more about the history of Budapest? Captain Ulysses highly recommends this free guided tour of the city. It’s up to you to choose how much you wish to tip the tour guide!

Planning your trip to Budapest? Take a look the Captain’s detailed article: A Guide to Budapest: the best things to do

In which district to stay when visiting Budapest?

The most popular districts for travelers in Budapest are:

Belváros – Lipótváros (5th district): located on the right bank of the Danube, the Belvaros-Lipotvaros district is one of the most central and touristic districts of Budapest. Famous for its neoclassical architecture, with many art nouveau style buildings, it concentrates many tourist attractions (Saint Stephen’s Basilica, the Parliament of Budapest, the Chain Bridge…) not to mention countless bars and restaurants.
👉 Selection of the best accommodations in Belváros – Lipótváros (5th district)

Terézváros (6th district): also located on the right bank of the Danube, Terezvaros is a lively and cosmopolitan district, famous for its shopping streets, such as the famous Andrassy Avenue, but also for its emblematic monuments, such as the Budapest Opera House or the House of Terror. The district also abounds in small pleasant restaurants and trendy bars.
👉 Selection of the best accommodations in Terézváros (6th district)

Erzsébetváros / Jewish Quarter (7th district): also nestled on the right bank of the Danube, Erzsébetváros is the perfect district for partygoers visiting Budapest. Known for its rich Jewish heritage (with the Great Synagogue of Budapest), the 7th district can also boast of being the Mecca of alternative culture in Budapest. This is where you will find many of Budapest’s famous “ruin bars”.
👉 Selection of the best accommodations in Erzsébetváros

Buda: Nestled, on the left bank of the Danube, Buda is THE historical district of Budapest par excellence. This is where the Buda Castle and the magnificent Fisherman’s Bastion stand, among other things. The Buda district is the ideal refuge for travelers looking for peace and quiet, away from the bustling nightlife of the Hungarian capital.
👉 Selection of the best accommodations in Buda

Hostel recommendations in Budapest

If you’re running on a tight budget, the Avenue Hostel is for made for you. The facilities are spartan but clean and modern, and the rates are unbeatable. Besides, the staff is very friendly and the location (on Andrássy Avenue) is ideal.
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Located in the historical center of Budapest (not far from the Great Synagogue and the House of Terror), NETIZEN Budapest Centre is a modern and colorful youth hostel with excellent value for money.
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South of the center of Budapest (5 minutes walk from the Central Hall and 10 minutes from the Gellert Baths), the Maverick Urban Lodge is a beautiful youth hostel decorated in a contemporary style. The atmosphere is very friendly!
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Recommendations of 2-star hotels in Budapest

Located in the 6th arrondissement, the Benczur Hotel’s rooms are a bit dated but clean, spacious and inexpensive.
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Not far from the Budapest Opera House, the Tempo Life Apartman is a modern, clean and functional apartment that offers great value for money.
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3 star hotel recommendations in Budapest

With its modern and quirky decor and its central location in the heart of the 6th district of Budapest, the T62 Hotel can boast of collecting several thousand very good customer reviews. Not to mention that the staff is very welcoming.
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Nestled in the 8th arrondissement, south of the city center, the House Beletage-Boutique Hotel offers bright and romantic rooms. The staff is very helpful and the terrace is very pleasant.
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Opened in April 2014, Roombach Hotel Budapest Center is located in the center of Budapest, a stone’s throw from the Great Synagogue. The rooms are modern and very comfortable and the staff very friendly.
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Recommendations for 4 and 5 star hotels in Budapest

Just 100 meters from the House of Terror, in the center of Budapest, the Hotel Oktogon Haggenmacher (****) offers great facilities (spa, wellness center, sauna) and beautiful contemporary rooms.
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Located on the iconic Andrassy Avenue,Moments Budapest (****) is an exclusive, chic and sleek hotel nestled in the heart of Budapest. Not to mention that the service is absolutely impeccable.
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In the Belváros-Lipótváros district, 500 meters from the Hungarian Parliament, the Áurea Ana Palace is a splendid 5-star establishment nestled in a beautiful historical building. The indoor pool is absolutely beautiful and the rooms are wonderfully decorated. An excellent address!
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How much are hotels in Budapest?

The average price of a hotel in Budapest depends of course on several factors, among which the season, the location and the standing of the hotel.

That said, here’s an idea of what you can expect for a hotel room in Budapest based on price range:

  • 20-30 euros for a youth hostel,
  • 50-60 EUR for a 2-star hotel in Budapest,
  • 80-100 EUR for a mid-range hotel
  • 150-200 EUR minimum for a luxury hotel.

When is it cheapest to travel to Budapest?

Unsurprisingly, if you’re on a budget, it is best to travel to Budapest during the low season.

. The cheapest months to stay in Budapest are usually November, December and January, while the most expensive months are July and August.

Try as much as possible to book your hotel well in advance and remain flexible with your travel dates.

Want to pay less for your plane tickets? Check out Captain Ulysses’ article: 10 tips to pay less for your flights

Where to book a hotel in Budapest?

To book your hotel in Budapest, Captain Ulysses highly recommends either Booking or Hotels.com. You will find a very large selection of accommodation: there is something for every price and taste. Don’t forget to look at the customer reviews to avoid bad deals!

👉 Skip the lines: book your tickets and visits in advance!

👉 Looking for tips and recommendations? Here are all of Captain Ulysses’ suggestions!

🛏️ Accommodation: if you’re looking for an accommodation in Budapest, Captain Ulysses highly recommends Booking. You’ll find a wide choice of hotels, hostels and apartments in the Hungarian capital. The Captain recommends in particular:
– tight budget: Avenue Hostel
– intermediate budget: Tempo Life Apartman
– to treat yourself: Hotel Moments Budapest

🎟️ Activities: as for booking visits and tourist activities, Captain Ulysses recommends three websites: GetYourGuide, Tiqets and Civitatis. Guided tours, cruises, skip-the-line tickets, tourist activities… there’s plenty to choose from!

🎫 Citypass: If you are staying in Budapest for several days, you might want to consider investing in the Budapest Card. It includes free public transport, free entrance to the Lukacs Spa, two guided tours, free entrance to 17 museums, as well as numerous discounts.

🚐 Transfers: Budapest airport is located about twenty kilometers from the city. If you want to take a load off your mind, you can book a private transfer into Budapest’s city centre from the airport. A car will be waiting to take you to your accommodation in the city. Find out more: airport transfer.

🚌Transport in Budapest: Budapest’s public transport system is well-developped and quite easy to navigate: metro, bus, tram and even ferry. If you wish, you can also opt for a hop-on hop-off bus tour which stops at all the top tourist attractions in Rome (audio guide included). Otherwise, there’s always the good old local ways of getting around the city: in a russian jeep or a Trabant.

✈️ Flights: Captain Ulysses highly recommends booking your flights on Skyscanner. You’ll be able to compare countless offers to find the best deal. If your dates are flexible, you can also compare prices over several months to find the cheapest flights possible.

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