Best Areas to Stay in Budapest with Recommendations from Travel Bloggers

Best Areas to Stay in Budapest with Recommendations from Travel Bloggers

(Last Updated On: May 28, 2019)

Impressive architecture, magnificent buildings, cuisine and the vibrant character are a few of things that lure people to visit Budapest. The beautiful Hungarian capital is a top tourist destination in Europe.

Apart from planning an itinerary covering the top Budapest landmarks and attractions the next challenging task is to book an accommodation. Many factors are to be taken into consideration like proximity to city attractions, well-connected transport facilities, and an accommodation suiting your budget and traveler type be it solo or family.

Are you visiting Budapest City anytime soon? Wondering where to stay in Budapest? Here is a guide to the best areas to stay in Budapest with information on nearest attractions and landmarks in Budapest and public transport. We also asked our travel blogger friends to recommend hotels/hostels in these neighborhoods based on their experience.

Where to Stay in Budapest – Buda or Pest?

The first thing you need to know when booking an accommodation in Budapest or even planning an itinerary for that matter is that there are two main parts of the city – Buda and Pest divided by the Danube River.

Buda is the hilly part which overlooks the Pest side. Buda is much quieter side. The cobblestone alleys of Buda are lined with medieval buildings and mansions which are great to explore. The major points of interest on Buda side are the Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion and the grandeur Matthias Church. The top things to do on Pest side are Hungarian Parliament, St Stephen’s Church, Heroes Square and the Ruin Bars. You will find Thermal Baths on both Buda and Pest sides.

There is a good frequency of buses that connect Pest side with Buda side. There is also a funicular that connects Buda and Pest or best hike your way up to the Buda enjoying the views all the way.

How to Reach Budapest?

Reach Budapest by Bus

Our visit to Budapest was part of our Central Europe trip. We traveled to Budapest from Bratislava by bus which took us around 2 hours 30 minutes. The bus dropped us at the Nepliget bus station. Nepliget bus station is a popular bus station in Budapest and serves all the international buses and domestic buses to/from Budapest.

Reach Budapest by Flight

The Liszt Ferenc Airport is well connected with major districts in Budapest. Bus 200E line connects the airport with Kobanya-Kipest and 100E with Deak Frenc Ter.

Where to Stay in Budapest near Deak Frenc Ter

Deak Frenc Ter is a prominent square located in the heart of the city on Pest side of Budapest. Nepliget Bus Station the terminal bus station for several international as well as domestic bus serves Metro Line 3 which connects to Deak Frenc Ter in the city center. Nepliget Bus Station to Deak Frenc Ter is about 10 minutes. Deak Frenc Ter is centrally located to all the major city attractions.

The Vigado Ter and Vorosmarty Ter are two squares about 5 minutes walk from Deak Frenc Ter. There are several interesting Budapest statues around these squares. The ‘Little Princess’, the statue of a little girl sitting on the railings of the Danube, a statue of a girl playing with her dog and the statue of William Shakespeare at the entrance of the Starbucks all in Vigado Ter. Vorosmarty Ter surrounded by several luxury and branded shops is home to the Monument of Vorosmarty dedicated to the Hungarian poet Mihaly Vorosmarty after whom the square was named and the Lion Fountain. The most famous pastry shop in Budapest the Gerbeaud House is also located in the Vorosmarty Ter.

From Vigado Ter you can board a tram to Kossuth Lajos Square which has numerous important monuments and is home to the Hungarian Parliament and the St. Ethnographic Museum.

Where to Stay in Budapest

We had booked a room in Kristof Ter which is 5 minutes walk from Deak Frenc Ter. The Market Hall one of the top tourist attractions in Budapest is about 10-12 minutes walk from the Kristof Ter. The street is lined with numerous restaurants where you can try some local specialties like goulash soup and several brands and souvenir shops. Next to the Market Hall is the iconic landmark Liberty Bridge. If you cross the Liberty Bridge you will find the famous thermal baths and the Gellert Hill next to it.

The Cream ($)

We stayed in The Cream Hotel which is located in Kristof Ter 5 minutes walk from the Deak Frenc Ter Metro. The location is great to walk around with cobblestone alleys winding through several restaurants and souvenir shops. You will also find several statues and small fountains. We walked all the way to the Great Market Hall through the bustling street stopping for lunch and to buy some souvenirs. The St. Stephen’s Basilica and Dohany Street Synagogue is only 10 minutes walk away. The tourist office is only a couple of minutes walk away, you can collect a walking map and other information regarding the Budapest city sightseeing.

The best part of the hotel is the 24-hour reception. They offer free WiFi, flat-screen TV, refrigerator and free toiletries for each of the rooms.

Nearest Metros – Vorosmarty Ter (M1) and Deak Frenc Ter (M2)

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7×24 Central Hostel ($)

Recommended by Lauren from Tropics To The Tundra 

Budapest is my most favorite city in the world- it offers so much culture and glamour for such great value. The hostel was a bit hard to find as there were no signs and Google maps wasn’t being helpful that day- we literally walked by our hostel multiple times before figuring it out! But still, we absolutely loved the hostel as it was inside a “local” apartment complex and we had the entire attic to ourselves, also we also got to socialize with some lovely Polish ladies at the common area.

Where to Stay in Budapest

The Deak Ferenc Square Metro Station is only 5 mins away (300 m) and we were at the heart of the Jewish Quarter. We were able to walk to almost everywhere we wanted to go in the Pest area- and if you plan on spending a late night around the famous Ruin Bars I think the 7 x 24 Hostel is a great base to stay.

Nearest Metros – Deak Frenc Ter (M2) and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky (M1)

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Buddha-Bar Hotel ($$)

Recommended by Sarah from Earth Lists

Buddha-Bar Hotel ticks all the boxes when choosing a hotel; location, comfort, design and affordability! Located on the Pest side of the city, it is within walking distance to Buda, Jewish Quarter, Vörösmarty square, Great Market Hall and Shopping district. It makes the perfect base to explore Budapest. Situated within one half of the Klotild Palace, it’s impressive Baroque facade mixed with modern Asian interiors creates a feeling of luxury and is a home away from home.

The rooms are the epitome of rest and relaxation, with gigantic, comfortable beds, The White Company amenities and a Japanese toilet – which makes for an interesting experience. Of course, Satellite TV and Wifi are standard in each room. If you need an extra touch of luxe, the in-house Spa is hailed as one of the best in the City. I cannot sing Buddha-Bar’s praises enough, pick this hotel if you want location and a touch of luxury.

Nearest Metros – Ferenciek Ter (M3) and Astoria (M2)

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Hotels With a Magnificent View

From Deak Frenc Ter the Danube Promenade is only 7 minutes walk away. And along this promenade are some of the top luxury hotels which alongside high-class comforts also offer majestic views of the Danube and a postcard-perfect picture Buda Side with the Buda Castle, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion in sight. The important Budapest attraction ‘Shoes on the Danube’ is 12 minutes walk and the parliament is less than 20 minutes walk. The tram no 2 with stops at Vigado Ter and Kossuth Lajos Ter near parliament runs along the promenade if you do not want to walk.

Budapest Marriott Hotel ($$$)

Recommended by Mel from Meet Mel At The Gate

The reason why I love Budapest Marriott hotel is simple: location, location, location. With a dash of pretty river views. This elegant hotel is located close to many of Budapest’s most famous sights: Saint Stephens Basilica, the Chain Bridge, Buda Castle and the Fisherman’s Bastion. If you feel like spoiling yourself, opt for a room with a view over the river and the stunning Buda Castle. Start your day with breakfast at nearby Cafe Gerbeaud and continue to explore the city by foot. If you’re not big on walking, tram number 2 runs just in front of the hotel, taking you past the Chain Bridge, the shoes on the Danube bank memorial, and all the way to the Hungarian Parliament.

Nearest Metros – Vorosmarty Ter (M1) and Deak Frenc Ter (M2)

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Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace ($$$$)

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace is a luxury hotel located on the Danube promenade. The hotel is housed in an exemplary Art Nouveau style building completed in 1906. The hotel offers unparalleled views of Chain Bridge, the Danube and the Buda side of the city. Each of the suites comes with marble-covered spacious bathrooms, some have a balcony with panoramic views of the Danube River and the Castle Hill. Breakfast is included with the stay.

Nearest Metros – Vorosmarty Ter (M1) and Kossuth Lajos Ter (M2)

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Intercontinental ($$$)

The Intercontinental is located next to the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace offers equally stunning views but the prices are low-priced when compared to Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace. The Executive Lounge of the hotel offers a range of snacks and beverages with free internet and a working corner.

Nearest Metros – Vorosmarty Ter (M1) and Kossuth Lajos Ter (M2)

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Where to Stay in Budapest near Great Market Hall

The Great Market Hall or Central Market Hall is the oldest and the largest indoor market in Budapest. The three-story market sells fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, spices, seafood and pickled vegetables. The souvenir and handicraft shops and eateries are located on the top floor.

The street Vaci Utca (Vaci street) opposite the market is one of the famous streets in Budapest. The street is lined with restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops.

Where to Stay in Budapest

Next to the Market Hall is the iconic Liberty Bridge which connects to the Gellert Hill on the other side. The prime attraction here is famous Art Nouveau Gellert bath, Gellert Hill Cave or the Saint Ivan’s Cave and a hiking path to Citadella. The 15 minutes walk through lush park brings you to the fortification atop the Gellert Hill which has the Liberty Statue or Freedom Statue. The terrace offers great views of the Danube and the Pest side (not the parliament building)

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Flow Hostel ($)

Recommended by Rachel from Earth’s Magical Places

Located steps away from the cities famous central market and within an easy walking distance of other landmarks such as the Chain Bridge and St Stephen’s Basilica, Flow Hostel is an amazing place to stay in Budapest.

I’ve always been wary about staying in hostels but the private room in flow felt as safe and cozy as any hotel. More so, the private rooms here have their own kitchen and ensuite bathrooms, meaning you even get the facilities to yourself.

As for the hostel itself, its one of the cleanest I’ve ever stayed in! The common spaces are modern and white walls make them feel airy and pristine. In addition to my stay, the staff went out of their way to suggest the best things to do in Budapest and had no trouble arranging a very early morning taxi for our departure. In this way, when in Budapest I thoroughly recommend a stay.

Nearest Metros – Vorosmarty Ter (M1) and Kossuth Lajos Ter (M2)

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Bohem Art Hotel ($$)

The hotel is less than 5 minutes walk from the Great Market Hall and the Liberty Bridge. The hotel is located next to the popular shopping street Vaci Utca and Danube River promenade.

The interior of the Bohem Art Hotel decorated with artwork gives an impression of an art gallery. The hotel offers free WiFi, air-conditioned rooms equipped with minibar, a laptop safe and a flat-screen TV. Breakfast is included in the stay and you can enjoy free Coffee, tea, water, and snacks from 2 PM until 5 PM and refreshments at the bar from 5 PM.

Nearest Metro – Fovam Ter (M4) and Kalvin Ter (M3, M4)

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Danubius Hotel Gellert ($$)

Danubius Hotel Gellert is housed in an Art Nouveau-style and shares the building with the famous Gellért Bath and Spa. The hotel is located on the Danube promenade on the side of the Gellert Hill 10 minutes walk from the Central Market Hall, you just have to cross the Liberty Bridge over the Danube.

The Panorama Restaurant and the terrace at Hotel Gellert offer wonderful views over the Danube and the city of Budapest. Do try some homemade cakes and pastries served in the Gellért Espresso café. The hotel also offers laundry and babysitting services and free WiFi throughout the hotel.

Nearest Metro – Metro Szent Gellert Ter (M4)

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Where to Stay in Budapest near St Stephen’s Basilica

St Stephen’s Basilica is a Roman Catholic church named after Saint Stephen I, the first King of Hungary. It is one of the largest buildings in Budapest. The imposing edifice features two bell tower, which can be climbed for splendid views of the city. The interior is decorated with frescoes, mosaics, stained glass windows and gilded decorations.

There is a large cobblestone square opposite the church and numerous alleys lined with cafes and restaurants which great to wander. Next to the square is one of the popular Budapest statues of the fat policeman with a round belly. Make sure to snap a picture with him.

About 5 minutes walk from the basilica is the Szabadsag Ter or the Liberty Square, a charming green space amidst the bustling city with a play area for kids. The square is surrounded by numerous historic monuments, memorials and Art Nouveau style buildings. Next to the square is the Hold Street Market and Downtown market one of the popular markets in Budapest. The market sells fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products and Hungarian specialties.

We walked all the way to the ruin bars from the St. Stephen’s Basilica which is about 12 minutes walk.

Aria Hotel ($$$)

Recommended by Sarah of Life Part 2

The beautiful Aria Hotel is a luxury boutique music-themed hotel in the heart of Budapest, right next to St Stephen’s Basilica and just a short stroll from the River Danube. The hotel has four wings, each dedicated to a musical genre: contemporary, opera, jazz and classical. We stayed in a room in the classical wing. The room had an amazingly huge comfy bed, a fabulous bathroom with all the luxurious amenities you’d expect in a hotel like the Aria and a giant terrace overlooking the streets of Budapest.

Where to Stay in Budapest

Every afternoon, complimentary cheese and wine are available for hotel guests in the Music Garden Courtyard with live music. But the hotel highlight for us was the view from the High Note Sky Bar located on the rooftop which offered great views over the city and St Stephen’s Basilica.

The Aria Hotel also has a spa, sadly we didn’t have time to experience it, but for those that have, there’s an indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room and a jacuzzi plus a small gym.

Nearest Metro – Bajcsy-Zsilinszky ut (M1) and Arany János utca (M3)

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Opera Hostel Budapest ($)

Recommended by Parampara and Parichay from Awara Diaries

On our first trip to Budapest, we stayed at the Opera Hostel. For those who prefer staying close to major tourist attractions, this one is indeed the perfect choice. The Opera Hostel is less than 4minutes walking from the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest and is located in a happening neighborhood with lots of small cafes and eateries at every corner. The other attraction close to the Opera Hostel is the St. Stephen’s Basilica.

It is located at a prime location and offers cheap accommodation in Budapest with a range of rooms and dormitories as per preference, shared kitchen, and laundry services. We could also rent a bike or car or get tickets to popular attractions from the hostel reception. Despite being a hostel, this place was suitable for traveling with parents/ small family. The major advantages of staying here included being in a happening neighborhood even in the wee of night and staying close to the metro station and key attractions in the city which definitely helped in saving on the commute time. Thus, making it another highly recommended property on our list.

Nearest Metro – Bajcsy-Zsilinszky ut (M1) and Arany János utca (M3)

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Where to Stay in Budapest near Ruin Bars or Jewish Quarter

If you are a party animal and are looking for the best places to stay in Budapest for nightlife then book an accommodation in District 7. The District 7 of Budapest is the vibrant part of the city with numerous Ruin bars and nightclubs.

The Ruin bars are bars or clubs occupying the abandoned buildings or cramped spaces between the buildings of the neighborhood. Some of the popular ruin bars are Szimpla, Anker’t, Eleszto, Csendes Vintage Bar & Cafe to name a few.

Where to Stay in Budapest

In the same street, the Street Food Karavan offers a wide range of street food delicacies and local specialties including beer, froccs, burger, pasta, wraps, desserts and ice creams.

The Dohany Street Synagogue and the lesser known Sasz-Chevra Synagogue an Art Nouveau style building, Rumbach Street Synagogue, Kazinczy Street Synagogue are all located close to the ruin bars.

Hive Party Hostel ($)

Recommended by Gina of Jet Set and Forget

Even though Budapest is an affordable European city, you still may need to save a few bucks. In that case book the Hive Party Hostel and stay with fellow travelers. This hostel sure does live up to its name, the party goes 24/7 here. The rooms are above a bar with a full stage and live band that performs every night.

So if you are looking to sleep, this is not the place for you. But if you are looking to have a really fun time, then stay at the Hive. They organize daily tours through the city as well as a party boat cruise twice a week.

The rooms are clean and each has their own bathroom so you don’t have to trek down creepy hallways to get to the bathrooms like some other hostels. It is a great place to stay if you are looking to meet other travelers and have a genuinely good time all around.

Nearest Metros – Deak Frenc Ter (M2) and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky (M1)

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Courtyard By Marriott City Center ($$)

Recommended by Mel from Meet Mel At The Gate

Located at Blaha Lujza square, Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Center has a prime location just where the name suggests – right in the center of Budapest. The hotel offers spacious and stylish rooms within walking distance from many of Budapest’s famous ruin bars. Blaha Lujza square is a big junction where you can catch the metro, buses and the tram, taking you to any location in the city within a few minutes. Courtyard by Marriott City Center is more affordable than its counterpart right by the Danube river. You won’t have that beautiful river view, but the location is awesome and the standard just as good.

Nearest Metros – Blaha Lujza Ter (M2) and Rakoczi Ter (M4)

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Where to Stay in Budapest near Budapest Nyugati

Budapest-Nyugati Palyaudvar is one of the three main railway terminals in Budapest. The railway station also one of the oldest in the city was designed by the Gustave Eiffel Company and was opened in 1877. There are plenty of shops, cafes, and restaurants in the neighborhood.

One of the popular attractions in Budapest the Margaret Island is 15-20 minutes bus/tram ride from Nyugati Palyaudvar metro Line 3. Margaret Island is a large green space with lots of fun activities and attractions to explore. The most popular attraction is an Art Nouveau Water Tower which is a venue for temporary exhibitions. The top of the tower can be climbed for panoramic views of Margaret island and the city of Budapest. Other attractions include Music Fountain, a petting zoo, water park, Japanese garden and medieval ruins.

Kossuth Lajos Square is about 10 minutes walk away. The Kossuth Lajos Ter is a prominent square home to Hungarian Parliament, the St. Ethnographic Museum, and numerous historic monuments.

Multipass Hostel ($)

Recommended by Mario of Humanitalian

There is no doubt that one of the most important things to check when booking a hotel is its location. Central, but not too central to become excessively expensive. The Multipass Hostel in Budapest is perfect. Location is prime: few meters off Nyugati Palyaudvar, the beautiful railway terminal, you will have many of the main Budapest attractions at walking distance: Margaret Island, Andrassy Avenue and the Museum of Communism and other major attractions Heroes Square, the religious and political centres of Hungary: the politically-correctly-equally-high St. Stephen Basilica and the Parliament all well connected by metro. Restaurants, bars, and shops are equally easily accessible.

The best feature of the Multipass Hostel is its vibe. Traditionally hostels have very easy and welcoming staff, and this is not an exception. But the hostel has a surprise: a couple of very cozy and well-decorated rooms and apartments, with a view on the internal courtyard of this movie-atmosphere building.

Nearest Metros – Nyugati Palyaudvar (M3) and Vorosmarty Utca (M1)

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Radisson Blu Beke Hotel ($)

The Radisson Blu Beke Hotel is located less than 5 minutes walk from the Nyugati Palyaudvar train station. The hotel offers free wi-fi and comes with indoor pool and sauna. The hotel housed in a historic building completed in 1913 features stained glass windows and interior decorated with frescoes. The hotel is located in a prime location surrounded by several restaurants, cafes and high brand luxury shops.
Nearest Metros – Nyugati Palyaudvar (M3) and Oktogon (M1)

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Where to Stay in Budapest near Andrassy Avenue or Heroes Square

Andrassy Avenue is a prominent avenue and boulevard in Budapest connecting the Budapest city center with Heroes Square. The street lined with elegant Neo-Renaissance palaces and houses is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will find plenty of Budapest attractions like the House of Terror, Puppet Theatre, Hungarian State Opera House, and St. Theresa of Avila Church.

The Metro Line M4 on the Andrassy Avenue connects to the Heroes Square another iconic landmark in Budapest. The square has a 36m-tall pillar topped with Gabriel the angel and two colonnades bedecked with 14 statues of rulers and statesmen of Hungary. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Contemporary Art Museum are located on either side of the square. Behind the square is lush green City Park which has several points of interest including a botanical garden, zoo, Transport Museum, Budapest Circus and Vajdahunyad Castle.

Mamaison Residence Izabella ($$)

Recommended by Inma of A World to Travel

Next to Andrássy Avenue, a 15-minute walk from Heroes Square and the iconic Széchenyi thermal baths, 30 minutes from the city center; Mamaison Residence Izabella – a 19th-century building refurbished as a 4-star hotel – was my home for 5 weeks last year while I was testing the digital nomad life in Budapest. The moment I stepped in my apartment on the 3rd floor, I fell in love with how spacious my suite was, the comfy sofa on the living room, the kitchen equipment, and king size bed, its balcony overlooking the private courtyard and the great service provided by the reception desk clerks.

Where to Stay in Budapest

But its many pros don’t end there. It has a spa, gym and laundry room, fast Wi-Fi, great common areas and even a sauna!

Highly recommended for people looking for a home away from home for a while like me. Mamaison Izabella won’t disappoint families, solo travelers, couples, and business travelers.

Nearest Metros – Vorosmarty Utca (M1)

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Where to Stay in Budapest Corvin Plaza

Corvin Plaza is a huge shopping center with numerous branded shops, retail outlets, supermarkets, and restaurants. The street opposite the Corvin Plaza is also lined with some nice eateries and supermarkets. The Museum of Applied Arts is 5 minutes walk away, located 600 m away from Corvin Apartment Budapest, the Great Market Hall and the Hungarian National Museum are a 20-minutes walk away.

The location is also historically important for it was the place where young men lose lives during the 1956 Hungarian revolution. You can find a memorial for these ‘boys of Pest’ next to the Corvin Cinema covered in wreaths and candles.

Fraser Residence Budapest ($$)

Recommended by Parampara and Parichay from Awara Diaries

Located at a 2 minutes walking distance from Corvin Plaza in Budapest, Fraser Residence is a cozy and luxurious apartment hotel located in Central Budapest. On our recent trip to Budapest, we stayed at the Fraser’s for a couple of nights and would recommend this hotel to all.

This award-winning 4-star accommodation comes with spacious rooms, complimentary high-speed WIFI and a wholesome breakfast spread. However, our favorite part of staying here was the service and hospitality which totally won us over. One of the benefits of staying at Fraser’s was its proximity to the Corvin Plaza which made accessibility to supermarkets, telecom shops, branded stores and even hotels extremely easy.

Since the Corvin Quarters are more of a local favorite area, we were away from the regular tourist crowds and could conveniently enjoy walking around and dining at the local eateries nearby. The bus stop and metro station were at a walkable distance to go around exploring the city at ease.

Nearest Metros – Corvin Negyed or Klinikak (M3)

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Hotel Palazzo Zichy ($$)

Recommended by Cindy from Free Two Roam

The Hotel Palazzo Zichy was our hotel of choice for our two-night stay in Budapest. This four-star hotel is full of character. Occupying an old palace built in 1899 by Count Nándor Zichy, the hotel’s facade is well-preserved with high windows, carvings and Rococo details. Although the interior is fully renovated with a more modern styling, it still reflects the beauty of this old building.

The hotel’s rooms were very comfortable and spacious, and the bedding was simply divine! A buffet breakfast was included in the price and they had a large selection of very tasty dishes. It was a great way to kickstart a day of sightseeing.

The hotel is well located in the Palace district, a short twenty-minute walk from Budapest’s main tourist attractions. There’s a train station nearby if you don’t fancy walking but in a city as beautiful as Budapest, we really enjoyed the walk! The hotel doesn’t have its own restaurant but it is surrounded by plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bars.

Nearest Metros – Kalvin Ter (M3, M4) and Corvin Negyed (M3)

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Corvin Apartments ($)

The second accommodation we booked in Budapest was next to the Corvin Plaza. The apartment was spacious and clean and came with free Wi-Fi, kitchenette with microwave, fridge and kitchen appliances, a TV and the bathroom equipped with a washing machine and hairdryer. The hotel is located on the Corvin promenade which is lined with several restaurants and shops. The Corvin Plaza is a couple of times walk away.

Nearest Metros – Corvin Negyed or Klinikak (M3)

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Where to Stay in Budapest – Budapest Castle Hill

Castle Hill is the hilly part of Budapest overlooking the Danube and the Pest Side. Some of the most important historic sites and tourist attractions of Budapest are located on the Castle Hill.

A funicular connects from the Clark Adam Ter on Pest side near the Chain Bridge to the Buda Castle on the Castle Hill. There is also an option for bus 16 and 16 A which has stops at Matthias Church and the Buda Castle. You could even walk/hike your way up the Buda Castle from Clark Adam Ter. There is a good frequency of buses from the Clark Adam Ter connecting different parts of Budapest.

The major sights in the Castle District are the Royal Palace which was the former residence of Hungarian Kings which houses the Budapest History Museum, Szechenyi National Library, and the Hungarian National Gallery. There are plenty of interesting monuments to explore on the palace grounds like the iconic Eugene of Savoy Monument with an equestrian statue of statue of Prince Eugene of Savoy at the entrance of the palace, Matthias Fountain, and Statue of the Horseherd.

The Trinity Square is the other important landmark on the Castle Hill. The square has a Trinity Column at the center and is surrounded by the grandeur Matthias Church and the imposing Fisherman’s Bastion.

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Other important buildings include Sandor Palace, a neoclassical building home to the president of the Republic, 18th-century town hall next to the Trinity Square, National Archives building and the Lutheran church next to the Vienna Gate.

There is a complex system of natural caves underneath the Castle Hill which is open to the public to explore. The cave display exhibits and information on the history of the caves.

You will mostly find tourist crowd around the Trinity Square and the Royal Palace. Wander into the back streets away from the bustling streets and explore the Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque architectural buildings. The Castle district is great to wander around exploring the architecture and quaint cafes, restaurants, boutique shops and enjoying the breathtaking views of the Pest Side.

There are plenty of great accommodations options around the iconic landmarks of Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion and Buda castle.

Art’otel Budapest ($$)

Recommended by Clemens Sehi from Travellers Archive

Art’otel Budapest has the perfect location for Buda Castle Palace and the city center highlights. It sits directly on the river bank of the Danube and is just a short walk away from the Buda end of the Chain Bridge and only an easy ten minutes walk to Matthias Church and about 15 minutes walk to Buda Castle. Artist Donald Sultan provided over 600 artworks for this hotel, from carpets to bedside tables to ashtrays and restaurant dishes. All this makes Art’otel Budapest a piece of art in itself.

The color scheme of the rooms is really striking, with carpets of vibrant blue, yellow or bright red. Make sure to reserve a room with Danube view, it’s worth it. Not to miss the small bistro, restaurant and bar downstairs. It’s a truly relaxed spot for a late night drink or bites to eat before you head out into the city. Sit down at a table by the window and enjoy the views over the Parliament and the famous Chain Bridge.

Hilton Budapest ($$)

The hotel is located a couple of minutes walk from Matthias Church. The luxuriously furnished rooms with large windows offer uninterrupted views of Danube, Parliament and Pest side of Budapest. Also must visit are the ancient relics, situated in the hotel’s restored Dominican cloister.

Pest-Buda Hotel – Design & Boutique ($$)

The hotel is located a couple of minutes walk from Matthias Church. Pest-Buda Hotel is housed in a historic building of the Castle district. The hotel building dates back to 1696 with a renovation in 2016.

Burg Hotel ($)

The hotel is located a couple of minutes walk from Matthias Church, all rooms are air-conditioned with free WiFi.

Have you visited the Hungarian Capital City? Do you have some amazing accommodation recommendation for our readers? Do share with us in comments.

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