I have recently stayed at the Lavender Circus for two nights and it was a great unique experience. The hostel has a great location, within walking distance of most attractions, but also meters from a metro station. I got the 200E from the airport and then the metro (only 8 stops to the hostel) which is where the bus terminates. In the arrivals hall at the airport I got a transfer ticket for both the bus and then metro for 520F- there is a counter to your left as you come through arrivals, behind the tourist info booth
The hostel is across from the National Museum and just after the Irish Cat pub and a café - just ring the buzzer for the hostel to let you in- as mentioned in previous reviews, there are a lot of steps, but as the building is protected, they are unable to install a lift.
Upon arrival, I was immediately made to feel welcome by the staff (who also offered shots of Palinka & some wine)- Flower in particular was really nice and helpful. The staff were just about to have their lunch, and offered myself and another couple who had arrived, to join them which was so lovely (and the food was even lovelier!) This was in the common room which also had kitchen facilities ( inc free tea & coffee)- a really nice chilled space.
I booked one of the apartments which was on the second floor- it was big, spotless and had plenty of hot water from the shower! It was great to also have a kitchen in this space (there are a few supermarkets nearby) and I made use of this on a few occasions!
The security of the hostel is also fantastic- I always felt safe when in my apartment and wasn't worried about leaving my stuff there when I went out.
Flower spent time going through the map (which she gave to me) and giving recommendations- the few that I managed to try were spot on. There are so many cafes & restaurants near the hostel, you certainly won't go hungry! Raday Utca is a great street for bars, cafes & restaurants and is about a five minute walk from the hostel.
I picked up a leaflet from the hostel about free walking tours and went on the general walking tour and the communist tour- if pushed for time, I would recommend the general walking tour (every day 10:30 and then 2:30, meeting point is at Vorosmarty Ter by the Lion fountain) it was really useful insightful and I actually felt that I learned something. I even went back to the Chain bridge at night to see it all lit up as well as the castle- breath-taking!
I would visit Budapest again, and although I tend not stay in the same hostels twice, I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again- location, value for money, security, chilled atmosphere- definitely a winner!
- 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