I’m starting to convert to apartments after a few great experiences. There is so much more space and the ability to cook, store food/water in a fridge plus usually a desk and great wifi.
The owner Attila has been brilliant in giving me information and picking me up from the airport after midnight (9000 Ft charge). He gave me some background history of Budapest and was friendly. It was a great first impression of this place and its people. He gave recommendations of independently owned restaurants/cafés and his favourite highlights of the city as a local.
The apartment block is very secure in a quiet, safe neighbourhood. The main entrance door is a solid heavy green metal and up two flights of stairs is the door to my studio apartment. Two locks secure the door. As a solo female traveller, this made me feel at ease. After a day of being in the area, I could tell it was a nice residential place and I got to see local residents come and go. This lead me to great food, lookout points and to be immersed a bit more in the culture. A couple of nights in, I went to the area with hostels and ruin bars. It was packed full of tourists and the prices were higher. It sometimes works out better staying out of the tourist areas and living among locals to get a better experience.
The living space was a good double bed size area plus a desk with two chairs and a two seater sofa (behind the door in the photo below). This was perfect for me and would be a great place for a couple to stay. It was fully equipped with a TV, ironing board and wardrobe. The mattress was memory foam and I got a good night’s sleep during my whole stay. If I’m being very picky, I would say the pillows weren’t as fluffy and big as I would like but that really is getting down to first world problems!
The kitchen was small and perfectly formed! I used the hob to cook pasta and kept a few things in the fridge. Everything was clean and worked well. No negatives here. I loved the freedom of being able to buy things from the shop on the corner, cook and save some money.
The bathroom again was a brilliant use of smaller space. It had a bath with shower over it, toilet and basin. All of the facilities were super clean and two fresh towels to use plus soap. Again, everything worked great and I have no negative points.
The apartment had air conditioning which I needed a couple of times due to really hot weather and humidity. It worked well and cooled the whole apartment down. It was quiet on a night being away from the main road and was a great location if you can walk 10-15 minutes into Pest or 5 minutes uphill to Buda Castle complex. There were buses running constantly from the corner of the main road which was 2 minutes away and the Funicular to ride up the hill to the World Heritage site.
The price, when I researched quite a lot of sites and options, was perfect for value travel. I paid £156 for 4 nights which was lower than all hotels and better space than the hostels I looked at too. I would definitely recommend these apartments for the location, space and great service from Attila. One very happy customer!
Disclaimer: these views are my own and I am not sponsored in any way for this review