The number of 5 star ratings must mean something. This is a querky, shabby-chic hotel, in a building that is part residential, on one side of a square containing a major museum. When you arrive you will wonder if your in the right place. There is no sign to suggest a hotel - an old building that has seen better days and just a small plaque alongside the door with instructions to use the key-pad for reception. Inside the wide spacious hall there are then 2 flights of shallow stairs (76 in all)up to the entrance. A small reception area surrounded by 5 interconnecting rooms of public space where you have breakfast (currently 8 Euros and great value) or can sit in the evening and sign for drinks from the honesty bar. There is always tea available through the day and often coffee.
The rooms are spread about the building - a number you go back downstairs, through the hall, across a central courtyard and up more stairs to another keypad controlled door. Perhaps I made a mistake and booked a room with what was called a mezzanine - clearly the smallest room it tuns out and possibly smaller than the cabin on the boat we had just left, but we were already schooled in being tidy. It was a masterly use of space in buildings with very high ceilings - access to the bed being parallel box stairs hugging the wall in one corner, with shelving/ wardrobes built below. Cosy it was, but it suited us as we were out all day.
I would certainly use this hotel again, but go for a larger room. It is good value, the staff fantastic and it is central. The one proviso are the stairs - so anyone with difficulty getting about - this place is not for you;sorry
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brody House is Budapest's first private members' club and private guesthouse, offering international travellers (members & non-members) an intriguing hip place to stay. With eight individually designed double bedrooms and an apartment, each showcasing the work of young contemporary artists, Brody House offers something unique. With fairly priced room furnished in a ruggedly elegant style, Brody House is a hip yet intimate base in central downtown Pest, offering guests discreet personal service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brody House Hotel Budapest