Before I start my review, I feel like I should tell you a little about us. We are 49 years old and we were traveling with our 2-year-old grandson. I have NEVER stayed in a hostel. I have only stayed in a B&B once and I swore I would never, ever again stay in a place where I did not have my own bathroom. Never, Ever! We love to travel, and we travel quite a bit and “my” part of the trip is to research and find interesting places to stay (which all include our own bathroom). When we were in Edinburgh, we stayed at the University of Edinburgh (did you know they rent out the dorm rooms for cheap during school breaks?). When we were in Stavanger, Norway I rented us a room at the hospital hotel (did you know you can do that?). I look for unusual (if possible), cheap places (with their own bathroom).
We were searching for a place stay in Budapest and I came across a site that talked about BudaBaB. I was really intrigued about staying at a place where the author had written the Frommer’s Guide for Budapest. The part that kept me from booking it right away was that it was a B&B and we would have to share a bathroom. UGH! I kept going back and forth about if I would be willing to do this, in order to stay with an “expert” in Budapest. Finally, I booked the large room which had a bed and a sofa sleeper. Even then, I kept looking and looking to see if the smaller room was going to be rented. Thankfully, it was not so I was thrilled to be arriving.
We were actually staying here as the end leg of our vacation. We had spent a week in Vienna and took the train to Budapest. We arrived and had some worries about trying to get the taxi to the right place so we decided to walk. The directions were perfect and we would have had not much trouble, except we had 3 large suitcases, a stroller, 3 carry-ons and a 2-year-old. We only had problems crossing the first main street, trying to get everything across, then the wonderful Hungarian people saw our problems and there was always someone (usually a little old man or woman) that helped us cross the streets.
Ron and Ryan have a wonderful little video that tells you how to find their apartment once you get to their street (I highly recommend that you watch it) so it was easy. We found the right buzzer, and were immediately buzzed in. Once we got into the building we walked down a long, dark corridor and then up a few steps to a very small elevator. We had way to much stuff to fit, so our grandson and I went up with some of the luggage. Ron was waiting for us at the top when we stepped off and then we waited for my husband and the rest of the luggage to arrive.
We arrived at our B&B and I was VERY pleasantly surprised. I was afraid that it would be dark, but the rooms were large, airy, and clean with very bright colors (LOVED the mural in the kitchen!). We were immediately offered tea or refreshments and after the walk we were certainly ready for something! Then we sat down and chatted and got settled. Ryan and Ron were very courteous, helpful and a teeny bit scared (they didn’t say so but I could see it in their eyes!) as they had never had a 2-year-old stay there before. And of course, I was petrified. Scared to death that our wonderful, sweet grandson would pick up the wrong thing, break something …. you know … typical toddler things.
We spent about an hour at the B&B getting the lay of the land and preparing to head out for a little exploration. Before we left, Ron and Ryan asked what time we wanted breakfast and what we would like to eat. I told them we wanted whatever a typical Hungarian breakfast would be. They were concerned about our grandson and I told them we had his favorite cereal so no need to worry about him. Then we headed out, with a map and VERY good directions on where to go, where to eat. They told us they would be out for the night, but we had their cell phone number if we needed anything. Also, we were free to hook up our hard drive to their TV so our grandson could watch Blue’s Clues (part of his night time routine). After a long wonderful day, we headed back to the B&B absolutely tuckered.
Our room was clean and eclectic. It was perfectly laid out with a very comfortable bed and a very comfortable sofa sleeper. There were lots of books to read if we had trouble sleeping, and a basket full of toothbrushes, razors, this and that in case we had forgotten anything. We fell into bed and had no problems sleeping through the night. When we woke up and went into the kitchen, they had a pot of coffee ready for me! And we had fresh fruit, bread, yogurts, meats, cheeses. Typical European breakfast.
We stayed here for 5 nights and I told them when we left, if they could guarantee me that all B&B’s were like this, then I would be very happy to stay in one again. And I’m very happy to report, that sharing a bathroom was not as big of a problem as it had been the last time we stayed at a B&B. And as an added bonus, Ryan autographed my Frommer’s Budapest Guide for me.
They bought crayons, bread shaped like a rabbit, and a toy zebra for our grandson. They also found a wooden puzzle for him to play with. They told us about the Zoo, the Circus … all the things that he would love. AND they had FREE wireless internet so our grandson could say goodnight to his mommy and daddy. On the evenings that we were back in time for our grandson’s normal bedtime of 8, they would watch TV with headphones on so the sound wouldn’t keep him awake. They allowed us to do laundry there and when our taxi came at 4:30 in the morning to pick us up, they had coffee waiting for us before we left. We came as strangers, but when we left, I felt that we had made friends. And I really hope that one day, they will come and visit us in Norway. We will be back!
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