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Szent Istvan ter 3. Doorbell No. 15, Budapest 1051 Hungary
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 10/01/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 10/01/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#15 of 1,292 Specialty lodging in Budapest
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4.5
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4.5
Value
4.7
Pal's Hostel Budapest - not a regular hostel indeed but a chain of apartments in the very centre of Budapest around St. Stephen's Basilica. If you fancy privacy and want to stay in a place that feels just like at home, come to Pal's Hostel and enjoy your own apartment in Budapest. We also offer private rooms with shared bathroom. All apartments/rooms are within 200 meters from the reception.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
24-hour check-in
Laundry service
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Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Hungarian

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Grade: 100 out of 100
372Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
141Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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Kayla A wrote a review May 2022
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I just stayed here with friends while backpacking. We were contacted before we checked in which made the entire process very smooth. Extremely friendly people and we were shown to a huge apartment right next to the basilica. Very clean, safe with multiple locks and keys, high quality of everything. Would definitely stay here again! Great place and friendly people!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Very happy to hear that! Thanks
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Peter dj wrote a review Dec 2021
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It was perfect. Great location. Good people. Gigantic apartment. The people are great and we helped a lot. We would recommend IT to everyone. The location is near the great church. And perfect of the middel of the city
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Pal Gulya, General Manager at Pal's Hostel & Apartments
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Yeeeeaaah! Thank you! :)
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Natalie Aleksandra wrote a review Nov 2021
Tallinn, Estonia88 contributions18 helpful votes
Really perfectly located hostel in the very center of the city. Great for a group of travelers. Affordable, nice and clean. Smooth and client-friendly check in and check out procedures. Not a luxury place, but we really enjoyed this place and experience!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Response from Pal Gulya, General Manager at Pal's Hostel & Apartments
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Thank you! Yes, it is not a luxurious place.
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Jonathan P wrote a review Aug 2021
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I really enjoyed my stay here, great location, beautiful view of the basilica. Close to everything. Very comfortable if you’re coming from the airport with the shuttle, saves money and time. Because of COVID there was no reception services most of the day, and the common area was closed, which impacted the atmosphere a bit. In the photo the view from the balcony
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Budapest Pals, General Manager at Pal's Hostel & Apartments
Responded Sep 9, 2021
Thank you for your kind words. We would be happy to open the common area!
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Euro Tourists wrote a review Jan 2021
3 contributions8 helpful votes
When we were there during the pandemic in 2020 the price did not reflect that of a hostel, more of a hotel, and the experience being one of a cheap, run down, badly organized one. You can find an actual hotel for the same price with better working facilities with a place not falling down.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from Pal Gulya, Owner at Pal's Hostel & Apartments
Responded Jan 27, 2021
Hello there, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review. I am terribly sorry to learn that you were unhappy with your stay with us! Unfortunately our hostel was substantially affected by the COVID 19 pandemic last year, and we have had to quickly implement many logistical changes in both our operations as well as our property capacity over the course of the pandemic - all whilst unfortunately having to reduce our workforce. Meanwhile I don't mean to use the circumstances of the pandemic and ever changing restrictions as an excuse, I rather hope that they in some way justify my responses to your individual comments below: Under normal circumstances our prices fluctuate throughout the year, and whilst they are on par with the location we are located in, there are certainly cheaper dorm beds or rooms to be found in the city. Mid to late last year when the pandemic was at its height, many hotels and hostels throughout the city chose to drastically reduce their prices in response to the reduced demand from travelers. We chose to keep our prices as they normally are in an effort to get by, whilst striving to provide the same level of service we are known for, but unfortunately this was not the case with your stay. You mentioned your experience with us was that of a run down, badly organized hostel - I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize again. Normally our reception is open and fully staffed for check-ins all day between 9am and 2am, and under usual circumstances any single check-in is handled at the front of house by a team of 2 to 3 people assisted by a back office handling logistics, all working together to streamline guest experience in finding their room and dealing with any initial questions or concerns. Due to COVID restrictions and health concerns at the time, our reception hours had to be reduced throughout the day, and for check-ins to be done by 1 staff member alone as part of our social distancing efforts. Between our reception and laundry, we tend to spot any possible issues before a guest ever enters the room, however with reduced staff and all the COVID chaos, sometimes we may miss something and this unfortunately translates into the guest being displeased with their allocated room, or experiencing heating or power issues :( If and when this is the case, when an issue is brought to our attention we respond quickly to fix any issues, and are always more than happy to re allocate guests if necessary. On the review left there is no info or links that something that would lead us to your specific reservation in our system, so I can't check which room you were in or the notes attached to better understand possible causes of your displeasure, so all I can do is apologize and try to explain to the best of my ability - I would be happy to further discuss the subject if you wish to reach out to us through email or phone though. Again, I apologize for your negative experience, and I hope you were still able to enjoy your time here in Budapest. as much as possible.
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HafizQayib wrote a review Oct 2020
Baku, Azerbaijan26 contributions10 helpful votes
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At Pal’s you will be literally in the heart of the action, just steps away from the St. Stephen’s Cathedral and a short walk away from Deak Ferenc ter which is a transport hub right in the centre of Budapest. You can’t ask for a more central location, yet it was peaceful and quiet, day and night. It was cleaner than most 3-4 star hotels I stayed at. We were given an apartment with a private bathroom for the price of a private room with a shared bathroom – a great off-season deal! The place was very spacious, enough to fit five people. It was impeccably clean, had all requisite amenities and stoked with plates and cutlery, enough to fix a simple meal. There was a small problem with the heating but after calling the reception they immediately sent a staff member to fix the thermostat, and the night passed warm and nice. Disliked (relevant only for people with mobility limitations): To reach the apartment one has to first check-in at the reception (access through two automated doors, ascend 2nd floor with an elevator) and then walk around the corner and enter through another automated door and ascend 5th floor with an elevator.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Room Tip: Choose an apartment with private bathroom - in off-season, it comes at a price of a private room...
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Response from Pal Gulya, Owner at Pal's Hostel & Apartments
Responded Jan 27, 2021
Hey HafizQayib, Thank you so much for your kind review!! Yes our location is super central, I'm glad you enjoyed it :) We do try our best to maintain a high level of cleanliness in our rooms so it's nice to see you mentioned that! Thanks again for your review, and we appreciate all your feedback. Sorry about that slight problem with the thermostat too! Hopefully we will welcome you back to our hostel some time in the future! :)
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Wayne wrote a review Oct 2020
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I recently stayed at Pal's hostel. I really enjoyed my stay, the room was good and very clean. I had a kitchen and fridge to cook my own food. The hostel is in a great location. It is very near to lots of bars, restaurants, and shops. I would stay again the next time I come to Budapest. The staff are very friendly and very helpful. Wayne.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Response from Pal Gulya, Owner at Pal's Hostel & Apartments
Responded Jan 27, 2021
Hello Wayne! Thank you very much for writing us this review :) It's good to hear you were pleased with he amenities and found our hostel to be nice and clean as well as in a good location. It's even better to hear you'd choose to stay with us again! We'd be happy to welcome you back :)
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isleofdan wrote a review Jul 2020
Bremen, Germany12 contributions
Pal‘s is a super hostel with a creative, open minded atmosphere. Conversation in advance and during stay was a real pleasure and very helpful. The room we had was very spacious, perfectly clean, quiet and well equipped, even with fridge ... balcony with incredible view to the Bazilika. Pal’s is in the center and you can walk to basically all sights around Budapest. We will definitely come back- hopefully soon! Thanks a million to Pal‘s team!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Pal Gulya, Owner at Pal's Hostel & Apartments
Responded Jan 27, 2021
Hello! Thank you for the lovely review! I am pleased you had a nice experience with our staff and in our hostel. Thanks for mentioning the cleanliness and amenities of our rooms, it's great to hear you enjoyed these aspects as well as the room size and style - our balconies facing The Basilica are quite something aren't they :) We'd be more than happy to welcome you back again one day!
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Kate wrote a review Mar 2020
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This hostel/apartment was an amazing mix of ornate and modern. I loved my room! Spacious and comfy and the building itself was beautiful. I was sure I’d gone to the wrong place when I turned up! It really is an amazing location. You can walk Everywhere from this hostel. Literally. And the staff are the nicest I’ve met on my travels. So happy and friendly and go the extra lengths to help you with whatever you need. I cannot recommend this place enough! See you again!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Pal Gulya, Owner at Pal's Hostel & Apartments
Responded Jan 27, 2021
Hello! It sounds like you had a lovey time staying with us, I'm very glad! :) Thank you so much for your kind review, it's great to hear you enjoyed so much about our hostel. We pride ourselves on the points you mentioned, as well as the friendly and welcoming atmosphere we offer :) Thanks again, and we'd be happy to welcome you back again one day!
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Let Dean wrote a review Jan 2020
Bari, Italy1 contribution
Not much to say but “Highly Recommended”. The location is just unbelievably nice. It was clean and the staff were so nice. By far, in other countries that we’ve been, it is the best apartment that we had. The penthouse that is overlooking the St. Stephen’s Basilica will leave you in awe. Just around the building are restaurants that you can choose to whether you want to try the traditional Hungarian cuisine or just to take a sip of your favorite Starbucks coffee..
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from BudapestPal, General Manager at Pal's Hostel & Apartments
Responded Feb 29, 2020
Thank you for taking your time to review us! Yes, we couldn't agree more that the penthouse is an especially nice apartment if not our nicest :))) It was a pleasure to host you, so don't hesitate to come back if you happen to visit Budapest again!
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PRICE RANGE
$57 - $107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Pal's Hostel
LOCATION
HungaryCentral HungaryBudapestBelváros-Lipótváros / District V / Inner City
NUMBER OF ROOMS
15
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pal's Hostel & Apartments
Which popular attractions are close to Pal's Hostel & Apartments?
Nearby attractions include St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) (0.06 miles), AROOM Budapest (0.2 miles), and Locked Room Budapest (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Pal's Hostel & Apartments?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, airport transportation, and laundry service.
What are some restaurants close to Pal's Hostel & Apartments?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hoppá Bistro, 9BAR, and Tapassio.
Does Pal's Hostel & Apartments have airport transportation?
Yes, Pal's Hostel & Apartments offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Pal's Hostel & Apartments located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Budapest.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Pal's Hostel & Apartments?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hungarian.
Are there any historical sites close to Pal's Hostel & Apartments?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Halászbástya (0.9 miles), Shoes on the Danube Bank (0.5 miles), and Heroes' Square (1.6 miles).