When a friend of a friend recommended that I try out Lavender Circus for my recent long weekend in Budapest I don't mind admitting I had my reservations. Essentially it's a hostel with a couple of apartments for people wanting a bit more than a basic hostel room to stay in. Since we were only going away for a few days and didn't want to spend too much money I gave in and booked an apartment within the hostel with ensuite facilities.
Upon arrival we were greeted by a really friendly girl who immediately made us feel at home and gave us with shots of Palinka (a local spirit) as a welcome (beware - it's very strong!). She then gave us an overview of the top places to visit, drink, eat, etc (not just touristy places either), and armed us with some basic words and phrases to help us get by. I've stayed in some expensive hotels in my life but this was the best welcome I've ever received. She then took us to our room which turned out to be a huge double room with high ceilings and a view of the national museum, an ensuite shower room and to our surprise, a kitchen area. This is what makes Lavender Circus so great - you get a massive apartment for less than the cost of a hotel room and you can even pretend you're not staying at a hostel because it's self contained.
The whole place is really bohemian and quirkily laid out and decorated (think shabby chic), totally individual with so much character and 100 times more personality than any generic hotel room you can find online. It's only a 15 minute walk from most of Budapest's main attractions (meaning you don't need to us public transport too much) and just a stones throw from a host of cool bars and restaurants.
Basically this place rocks and is definitely worth considering for a short stay in the city. I would advise people to look beyond it's title of 'hostel' and view it as an absolute find, a hidden gem that'll enrich your Budapest experience far more than your bog standard hotels.
(For those just wanting a hostel it's also good as the communal facilities are great and theres lots of other travellers to hang out with.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lavender Circus is a vintage, quiet apartment like place in the city center . A cozy,special atmosphere is waiting for you in a historical building from the end of the 19th century.In our hostel there are several kind of double bed and dormitory rooms available. The staff is ready to help you 24/7. We are specialized in 2 bed private rooms, en-suites and apartments.You can enjoy your privacy but you're also welcomed in the community room to meet other guests any time. Free WiFi connection is available in all of the rooms and the entire hostel.All of the rooms has an own, individual character designed by graphic designers, painters and sculptors. And you can enjoy the drawn vision of the owner on the walls. If you want, you can cook something in the kitchen. In our lounge there is always free coffee and tea as well and we organize Hungarian dinner parties where guests can try Hungarian palinka or local wine and learn how to prepare traditional dishes. Bedrooms and community rooms are non-smoking!There is a comfortable special separated smoking area. Every private room can be locked safely. Earliest check-in is at 9 a.M. Please inform us about your arrival time. -Free city tour every day -Free map here -Free luggage storage We are looking forward to see you!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lavender Circus Hotel Budapest