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“Sweet” 5 of 5 stars
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Carpe Noctem Hostel
Szobi Utca 5, 3/8A, Budapest 1067, Hungary   |  
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Copenhagen, Staden Kobenhavn, Denmark
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“Sweet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

Best hostel I have stayed in since being in Europe. Really welcoming staff who tells you what to do around the city. Also great for nightlife. All in all everything you could wish for in a hostel.

Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

Came here for a few days before seeing a friend in Vienna. I can't recommend it highly enough!

The staff are super welcoming and friendly (you get a cup of tea and a map on arrival), the beds are clean, you can smoke, there are loads of activities on offer, etc etc.

One thing I would say is that the hostel is geared up towards making the most of Budapest's nightlife, which was fine by me, but it wouldn't be suitable for someone looking for some peace and quiet.

  • Stayed November 2011, 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
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San Rafael, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

Simply Epic. Came here alone and not knowing what to expect and the great people working at this hostel made the difference. Honestly the best hostel (or even accommodations) I have ever had. Ever. You could check the other reviews, it is pretty obvious that this is a world class hostel. They are really good at making your stay the best possible. If it weren't for the Shengen Visa for Americans in Europe (90 days) I would still be there today. Instead, I am waiting in Bulgaria until my Visa resets so I can GO BACK!!! Really a great place, stay here, you won't regret it!

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

Carpe Noctem Original is, by far, the best hostel I've ever stayed at. Yes, the location is excellent, the rooms are clean and the interior is covered in awesome murals - but it's the staff that made my stay so amazing. Stelle, Will, Div, Juice and Sarah - you guys 100 % made my trip. My stay was initially meant to be only 5 nights....which then got extended to 7....which then got extended to 9 nights!
The atmosphere is so relaxed and friendly, it feels like you are staying at your best friend's apartment. Every night is something different - pub crawls, dress up nights, open mic etc. My personal favourite would be Tuesday nights - dress up and karaoke!
Carpe really is the best place to stay, and I promise I'll be back as soon as I can. xxx

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Cruz, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

This place is less a hostel than it is a haven for artists, a home for vagabonds, and a family for wanderlusts. Musicians, partiers, poets, dancers, philosophers, chefs, students of the world, and lovers of life alike, the men and women staying at Carpe Noctem bond in their need to discover and fulfill the deepest, darkest desires of their hearts. i felt more at home and alive here than ever before. i feel like i discovered my true family 6,000 miles away from everything i was used to. i thank each and every one of you beautiful people for making my 3 month adventure here so memorable. i definitely plan on coming back to this lovely hostel/home and to the most fantastic city ever!!! :) :)

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

I have been back to Carpe Noctem 4 times already.. Something about this place will pull you back in over and over again. I have travelled all over Europe, and nowhere else have I encountered a hostel that even compares. The place is small and feels like a friend's apartment as soon as you walk in. You get to know the other guests and the staff extremely well, go out every night on epic nights out (from open mic nights, karaoke nights, dressup theme nights to pub crawls), and get the best recommendations on all the amazing things there are to do and see in Budapest. I swear I wasn't hired or forced to write this! I could really go on and on about how much of an impact this place had on me. But this will do for now!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Budapest, Hungary
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

As soon as you walk into Carpe Noctem the staff welcome you into their little family and make you feel at home with a cup of tea. They sit you down and make the effort to through all the best places to go in the city, tasty places to eat, and of course, they take you out every night to experience the best of Budapest nightlife! When I checked in for two nights everyone said I wouldn't be able to leave... and they were right! Carpe Noctem is the best black hole to be sucked into and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to meet some awesome people and have an amazing time!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Carpe Noctem Hostel

Address: Szobi Utca 5, 3/8A, Budapest 1067, Hungary
Location: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 509 Specialty Lodging in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are a group of more than 4, please stop reading here and choose a different hostel; we are mostly for single or solo travelers - we recommend our sister hostels Grandio Party Hostel, Retox Party Hostel or Carpe Noctem Vitae! We don't accept groups of any kind (see conditions below). If you are a sociable or solo traveler and want to meet other people in a welcoming, friendly, and voted the most fun hostel in the world (2009) environment, please read on: Atmosphere: Do you want to...- Be a SINGLE TRAVELER or SOCIABLE BACKPACKER meeting other similarly like minded people in a friendly, lively and social atmosphere?- Go out EVERY NIGHT on PUB CRAWLS, karaoke nights, cheap drink nights, live music nights?- Be taken out by staff to cool UNDERGROUND PLACES unseen on the common traveler's route?- Be given a WARM WELCOME and a detailed introduction of the city with all the hot spots for PUBS, BARS, RESTAURANTS, CLUBS and SIGHT SEEING?- Be INTRODUCED TO OTHER GUESTS so you can instantly make friends for your travels...if not life?- Feel like you are STAYING AT A MATE'S HOUSE, chilling on bean bags and drinking free tea and coffee until beer o'clock?- Feel like you are staying in a SOCIAL place not just a bed in a room?- SAVE MONEY by taking staff recommendations for cheap places, and using the specially negotiated food and drink deals for you?- Be given all the HELP, ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE for your entire stay in Budapest and beyond if needs be?- Stay in a place that doesn't believe in hidden charges and wants to give you as much for FREE as possible?- Have LIVE-IN native English/Australian English speaking staff who have all moved to Budapest because they came and fell in love with it and are passionate to show you why? Carpe Noctem ('seize the night', for those who rightly gave up Latin just after it died) is the perfect hangout and base for single travelers and young, sociable people who want to be part of an interactive and lively hostel experience as well as maximising the city in the day time and seizing the night when the sight seeing has ended. Facilities: We are Aussies and Brits who having traveled widely and decided we wanted certain things...* Free tea and coffee, not just when you arrive, all the time (and none of this European yellow label stuff, we get PG Tips imported from UK)* Free padlock hire* Free use of lockers* Free use of electronic staff safe* Free towel hire* Free bed linen (who charges for that anyway???)* Free internet use and free wifi* Orthopaedic mattresses* Air conditioning* Electronic entry system... (no more charges for lost keys!)* Free use of skype headsets* Smoking area* Laundry service available* 24 hour check in* Very relaxed check out times (you can check out any time you like but you can never leave!)* Free use of guidebooks and book exchange available* Free use of kitchen for you to cook...or for us to cook for you!* No curfew (it's called Carpe Noctem..... so seize the night!). Location: Walking distance from: House of Terror, Oktogon, Szechenyi Thermal Baths, City Park, Andrassy Avenue, St Istvan's Basilica, Freedom Square, The Danube & Parliament - all within 10-15 minutes. For lazy travelers....public transport is in our immediate location: the blue metro (for direct metros from nepliget coach station), and yellow metro are only a few streets away; the trolley bus and tram are 1 street away and the night bus route is at the bottom of the road. We even have a direct train from the airport 2 streets away! We are just off the main road which has pubs, cafes, bars, restaurants, 24 hour shops and clubs on it so there is no need to stray far for whatever you need, yet we are located on a quiet cobbled side street so you don't have to listen to the noise from traffic. Building: We are located in a 19th-century heritage listed building. We have a very cosy and intimate set up which means it is impossible not to meet people and make instant friends. Our apartment on the top floor is newly renovated and we have added our personal touches; hand made bean bags which means you can chill wherever you want around the house, a large corner sofa to watch films on, tables to eat on or play drinking games, depending on your mood, murals of the sights of the city across most walls so you can decide what to see that day (if our 30 minute run through of everything hasn't been enough info for you!). We have a fully equipped kitchen for you to use, apart from the times when we are cooking up roast dinners, gypsy gulyas (goulash), breakfast of champions, or whatever else we think the hostel needs to prepare it for a good night out or to deal with a hangover! We are located on the top floor, and due to the status of the building we have no lift...so if you are lazy, you may be better off going to a ground floor hostel! Conditions: We are ideally suited to single travelers, or groups of two or three who wish to meet people so if you just want an isolated stay with just a bed in a room, groups who don't wish to mingle or couples who want alone time only, we are probably not for you. Regrettably and due to previous experience we can no longer accept groups of any kind (more than 4 people), nor can we take bookings for guests over the age of 40. Nor can we accept bookings for people taller than Craig. We reserve the right the refuse any bookings that fall outside this criteria. On a final note, we are from England and Australia and often miss certain things from home....if you want to bring us something from home to put a smile on our faces or potentially knock a euro or two off your stay, please email us!!!!! Carpe Noctem awards: 2010- Best hostel in Hungary, 2009- Best hostel in Hungary, 2009- Most fun hostel in the world, 2009- 5th Best hostel in the world, 2009- Best hostel in Eastern Europe. ... more   less 
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