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“There's cool, and there's carpe noctem...” 5 of 5 stars
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Carpe Noctem Hostel
Szobi Utca 5, 3/8A, Budapest 1067, Hungary   |  
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Sydney, Australia
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“There's cool, and there's carpe noctem...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

From the moment you walk in and see the street art on the walls you already know this is something else, then the staff presentations and the rules make you really esceptic about the reality of the place. How did this little hostel in Budapest got to grow so fast in my heart it is still a mistery, but after one day of staying there, I was already planning my return. The secret it's quiet simple, some friends, with no formal system, and a great party mood. You really forget you are actually in a hostel with the staff, you just feel like you are with your friends playing drinking games. Is a young hostel where you get to feel home. The hostel is really clean, they kitchen, the living room, the service is amazing, the rooms are nice, even the recommendations the staff gave me over what to do were perfect. They know how to move there, and where to go. Discover Budapest as a local, at the same time you hang out with friends and have a drink. Even the other guests were amazing, maybe is the environement of the place that just gets the best out of you. The only bad thing is that it finishes... But as they say, "you can never really leave"...

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

If you're a solo traveler who wants to have a great time and meet people then this is the place for you! The staff are very friendly and helpful they take you out every night and you experience new things each day! I would love to go back to Budapest just to stay with them again, their like family now!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

Really enjoyed my stay in Budapest thanks to Carpe Notem, all the staff were amazing and Carpe Notem is a home away from home. Everything was great never have I met so many people who changed there plans to stay longer if I could of I wouldn't of left. Will be back in the summer. Sucha hidden gem Thanks alot to all the staff.

  • Stayed February 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

Budapest is one of the only places where I felt so sad leaving, not because of the amazing city, but because of the hostel itself! I have been travelling for 8.5 months and this is without a doubt the best hostel I have stayed at, and I have stayed at plenty including the big ones (St Christophers/belushis, Wombats, Clink, HI- Hostelling International, etc). Every day and night there is something to do and because it is such a small hostel- i think only 20-30 guests at one time, you can't not meet people. They are also associated with a few other hostels in the area so every night there is never a shortage of people to party with and have a great time. The staff there aren't just staff, they are friends! One tip- leave budapest open to extend your stay!! I had a flight booked and couldn't extend but the amount of people that I spoke to who booked for a week and stayed for months is unreal! On the saturday night I got taken to the most amazing place.. Aquaworld! I can't even believe this is allowed, its a water theme park with a DJ, Zumba, Water slides.. and booze!! The hostel even organised a bus to take us there and back for like 3 euro. As soon as I arrived Sarah sat me down with a map of the city and gave me heaps of information about places to go.. where to eat, drink, sights to see, where not to bother with. Sarah, Joel, Will, Claudia.. all great staff who also know how to party, and who you feel comfortable asking for things. I can't speak more highly of this place, right near a main train station, walking distance everywhere. I was recommended it by a friend and I will continue to make sure people know how great it is!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

Anybody out here who likes to have a drink (party) and meet people, this is the hostel for you. There are excursions everyday such as caving and seeing the wonderful baths of budapest, and excellent nights out where one has the opportunity to party with the other 3 party hostels aswell. The staff were fun and welcoming people and there also no extra charges which can b tiresome at other hostels. Internet, bed linen, towels, no key fees. It is actually such a welcoming place that everyone I met was trying to change their trip in order to stay longer...that says it all!! wish I could have done the same!!!! Oh yeah and despite the messy drunken times they
somehow manage to keep the place clean!!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Lyon, Rhone-Alpes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

Never have I thought that I would experience something like this in a hostel. Carpe Noctem is not just a place where you come in, rent a bed and spend the night. This is a place that makes you re-plan your whole trip only to be able to stay more, or maybe come back. It's the only hostel that I dreamt about after my trip ended. The staff makes you feel like family the minute you step into the door. For them, nothing is impossible. They do know how to make you feel home. I just wish I could go back there. Thank you Carpe Noctem, for everything!

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012 via mobile

Clean, friendly, fun... The best value. All in all, if your going to Budapest for a good time, stay here.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
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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 #6 of 508 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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