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“Amazing Big Fish!” 5 of 5 stars
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Big Fish Budapest Hostel
Erzsebet korut 33 | 11 doorbell, Budapest 1073, Hungary   |  
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Ranked #35 of 535 Specialty Lodging in Budapest
Madrid, Spain
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Amazing Big Fish!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

This is very nice hostel, very welcoming and warm experience! The reception staff was truly helpful with all tips, friendly and smiley ;) The location of the hostel is perfect! Hostel is small but the atmosphere is very easy going and relaxed. Rooms are cozy and nice decorated, pretty spacious. Bathroom clean, kitchen very good and in hostel is also common area where you can meet other backpackers. I recommend Big Fish hostel to all travelers and i will go back to this hostel if i go to Budapest!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Great central hostel, stayed in a 10 bed dorm for a good price. Hostel was clean staff were really friendly and helpful. The hostel run pub crawl is one pub crawl I would recommend went to some really interesting bars and clubs instead or the standard stuff. Hostel has free kitchen and computers which are always helpful. Long story short cant recommend this place enough

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Using the tram or metro the Hostel is very easy to find, and the location itself is very good, close to the well-known "Szimpla" ruin bar, tram line and metro station. The hostel itself was OK (Not worth the 20€ i paid for but it was the last bed in the hostels from the city center area, and for some reason Budapest hostels, which are buildings almost falling apart practice Vienna's prices ) , staff is really amazing. bathrooms and the rooms could be cleaner. No luggage room afters, if you want you can leave your backpack in the living room.

+ Location
+ Staff
+ Hostel atmosphere
+- Room lockers (But not very good ones)
- No luggage room
- Price
- Creepy building
- Warm rooms
- No room keys, so everybody could enter your room

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona, Spain
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

I would absolutely recommend this hostel. We've arrive by bike a budapest with bikes and took a double room that was really big (we did'nt know that). Big enough to put our two bikes inside and the two boxes to pack them back to our country, and the staff offered the option to do that. Even though if you doesn't take private room, there is safe place to lock the bikes inside the building without any problem. We have lock them there finally.

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Room Tip: I would absolutely recommend this hostel. We've arrive by bike a budapest with bikes and took a...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

This relatively small hostel on the Pest side of the city is very cosy and was just perfect for our group of 8 to stay at for a long weekend. The staff is wonderful and really patient! It was never too much to help us out with a spa or dinner reservation or just some general advice. The common area is nice and you can buy breakfast at the supermarket on the corner of the block the hostel is located at. If you need some quiet, ask for a bed in the room at the backside of the hostel, as the rooms at the front get quite a lot of noise from the busy street. Also, some of the mattresses were quite thin. The spotless bathrooms and the easygoing vibe make up for this right away though!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Good hostel with a perfect location in a wonderful city. The hostel is located pretty much in the centre, close to the metrostation Blaha Lujza tér. The rooms and beds were clean, the staff was friendly and extremely helpfull (more details on this last part later), the bathroom was clean and pretty luxurious for a hostel, the kitchen was ready for use, with many attributes being available (including herbs, for instance). Living room was cosy and was a nice spot to interact with the other guests. There was a computer with an (fast) internet connection, that could be used free of charge. However, most of the day the son of one of the staff members was watching YouTube clips on the computer, so it was not really available at all times.. The hostel is maybe a bit expensive, but you have to remind yourself that you're visiting a capital and I think they offer a lot of quality for this money.
Sidenote on the helpfull staff, when I arrived at the hostel for the first time, me and my friends did not book anything in advance. We had written down 5 hostels in the centre and assumed that at least one of them would have place. The fifth attempt was at the Big Fish Hostel. Unfortunately, they didn't have place as well. However, where in the other hostels we were just told that they were very sorry and we were sent away, the lady at the reception started calling other hostels to see if they had place and she kept on doing so (and it took awhile..) until she finally found one for us. Because of they were so helpfull that time, me and my friends decided that we wanted to stay in the Big Fish Hostel the next year when we came back to Budapest again. And also that year, I experienced the helpfullness of the staff.

One day I ate at one of the many Chinese buffetrestaurants (it's tasty and cheap, but a bit tricky.. They are responsible for the majority of food-borne illnesses in Budapest!) and at night I suddenly became very sick. The guy present at the time was extremely nice and did everything to help me. He tried to comfort me and when it became worse he made sure a docter came to check on me. After some medication it went better for a couple of hours, but unfortunately it came back. The guy didn't own a car himself, so he called his boss (the owner of the hostel himself). He rushed me to the nearest medical centre in the middle of the night where I had some more medication. The doctor also gave me some perscription for some pills I had to take for the next days and the guy from the hostel went to get them for me from the pharmacist in the early morning, along with some easy digestible food the doctor said I could have. I had to pay for those treatments of course and the guy from the hostel paid in advance. They also gathered all receipts and made sure that the docter wrote some things in English, so it would be easier for me to claim the money from my insurance. Of course, maybe you can consider it 'normal' that they help a guest out when he's sick, but still I think it's worth mentioning. I'm still very grateful for the fact that they spent the entire night taking care of me and it shows that the people that work in the Big Fish Hostel have their heart in the right place. I can only recommend a stay in this hostel!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

4 out of 8 travellers in my room suffered from bed bug bites from this hostel. one of them saw the bugs personally on the walls and reported it to the reception. reception refunded his money and he moved to another place but they did not bother to inform us or the next group
moving in. apparently they have suffered from an infestation previously and have done a chemical treatment but obviously to no avail. will never come back to this place.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Erzsebet korut 33 | 11 doorbell, Budapest 1073, Hungary
Location: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 535 Specialty Lodging in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The charming, small Big Fish Budapest is perfectly located in the downtown, within walking distance to all the main attractions. We offer huge deluxe dorms and privates, comfortable new beds with lockers, lots of freebies, power plugs and reading lights next to all the beds.There’s new bathrooms and toilets with hot showers, a well equipped kitchen, a cosy common room with a game corner, 24/7 reception, free maps, free towels...you will like it!Our LOCAL staff are experienced in tourism and are always happy to inform you about the city, the country or almost anything you need. We can recommend the best places to go, local food and drinks, pubs and clubs.Laundry service is also available with drying.There’s no curfew and no lockout.We have free Wi-Fi and internet, a huge collection of DVDs to watch and a PlayStation3!Meet travellers, share your travel experiences and learn about destinations. Like Verena said: Welcome home. :) ... more   less 
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