We would encourage everyone to visit Budapest which is a lovely, relaxed, gracious city. This apartment is terrific the location is prime, central, with good public transport close by as well as excellent restaurants and cafes Don't miss going to a concert while you are in the city Music is excellent and not expensive at all. The owners of this apartment are passionate about the city and there are extensive directions to the city's attractions at your fingertips in the apartment
You should be aware that the bed in this apartment is in a loft reached by stairs, this could be an issue for someone very frail who may not be comfortable on stairs There is a small balcony which we did not use but which would be nice in good weather The apartment is well appointed and has everything you need, even a clothes dryer which is not common in Europe . We took advantage of the owners offer to arrange transport from the airport which is very helpful if you had a long flight to get here The wine, juice, milk, pastries, etc left in the apartment were much appreciated. great stay recommend highly
The Sarah apartment is a very comfortable home base for exploring Budapest. It's located just a few minutes from Deak Ferenc ter, which is a major hub for all public transit within the city, making it very easy to reach any place your heart desires … City Park and Szchenyi Baths, Opera House and House of Terror, Great Market Hall, Castle Hill. Vorosmarty ter, the river front and Vaci utca (the main tourist shopping street)are also just a few minutes walk from the apartment. The Hungarian Parliament is within walking distance, or hop on Tram 2 on the river front for a quick ride it.
There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Or stop at one of the nearby grocery stores and prepare your meals in the apartment's adequately furnished kitchen.
The apartment is very nice and quiet. The living room furniture is comfortable. The shower is large. The loft above the dining room is filled with a large bed that you essentially crawl into at the top of the stairs. There's really nothing else in the loft, and the roof beams make it difficult to access what floor space there is. Although going up and down the stairs in the middle of the night when nature calls wasn't ideal, the bed was very comfortable (not too firm, not too soft).
Getting into the apartment is a little bit like entering a secure bank vault. Enter the passcode at the street level entrance into the building. Ride the elevator to the top floor. Unlock a door into the inner courtyard, pass through, relock the door. Unlock a door into the apartment's patio area, pass through, relock the door. Unlock the door into the apartment. You get use to the process pretty quickly, but it does require some coordination when you're with a group of people. The upside is that you feel very secure … not that I ever felt unsafe in this centrally located neighborhood.
The Sarah apartment has an adjoining door with the Belle apartment. Since my friend was staying in Belle, we left the adjoining doors unlocked and usually open so that we could easily pass back and forth. It's a great set up for groups who want to be together but also have the possibility of some private time.
Overall, this is a great place to stay in Budapest. The owners are very responsive and friendly. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome … e.g., treats waiting for you upon arrival and a bag to use for your spa visits. The person that cleans the apartment on a weekly basis (we stayed for 3 weeks) is also very professional, friendly, and helpful.
I stayed at Sarah for 9 days in August 2016 and this place is a dream.Central location,awesome price and John and everyone that he associates with are top notch customer service.The Sarah is quite cozy and clean and even had Hungarian wine and breads and cheeses laid out for the guest.It is also a very quiet spot so, no worry about noise of any kind.
You are close to the opera,the river and a metro station plus tons of shops and bistros and restaurants.One could not ask for more in a place to stay in Budapest.This was my first time in Budapest and John made the trip and stay easy.He really gives all the information that you need.He even called me at the apartment to make sure I was settled in.
If you or anyone is planning on staying in Budapest please contact John because you will not be disappointed with your stay!!!!
This is our second time staying in Sarah Belle apartments during January. The apartment was clean, cozy and well appointed and the owner provided a very nice selection of welcome snacks, wine and coffee for our stay. The bed is very comfortable, and sheets, comforters and towels are all high quality and luxurious, and the kitchen has everything that you need to cook meals. The apartment is centrally located on the Pest side of the river, within easy walking distance of metros, trams and buses, and is one block off of Vaci Utca, the main shopping street. The next time I am in Budapest, I will definitely stay in one of John Farago's very nice apartments!
The apartment layout allowed us to expand our reservation to accommodate our daughter and son-in-law. Perfect combination of privacy and togetherness. We had reserved Liesel and added Belle. Location allowed us to easily explore Budapest. Everything you could need is provided, from wine to contact lens solution to umbrellas and spa bags. John provides an extraordinary amount of valuable information, not just where to eat but how to arrive, best ways to handle your money needs, in detail directions, and on. There is not a question unanswered in his wonderful compilations. We were able to have tour tickets waiting for us when we arrived. We found wonderful places to eat nearby. All in all a wonderful stay!
My wife and I stayed in the LieselPierre Apartment for 2 weeks in August 2016. Over the last 20 years, we have stayed in many apartments in Europe and the LieselPierre compares favorably with the best apartments we have rented. We give this apartment our highest recommendation.
First, our initial contact with the owner was first rate . . . his response time to our questions was in minutes, rather than days. He has a wealth of knowledge to share about Budapest and was a great resource for the first time to Hungary traveler. In other words, booking was basically a seamless and uneventful affair.
Second, the driver who picked us up at the airport (arranged by the owner) was waiting on us when we arrived and transported us to the apartment without any issues. At the apartment, the manager greeted us with a bottle of Hungarian wine and snacks-what a relief after an international flight.
Third, the Apartment itself was (from an American point of view) a typical sized European apartment for 2, but 3 or 4 could squeeze in with the sofa sleeper. The apartment was well equipped - we used the clothes washer, nespresso machine, and air conditioner almost daily. The ac worked great and was necessary after walking all day around Budapest in August.
Fourth, the location was perfect. Virtually, everything in Budapest is accessible by foot. Food, tourist spots, bridges, buildings, markets, shopping, etc. are all within walking distance from the apartment.
Fifth, the cost was reasonable.
Finally, if you are from the U.S., don't expect a U.S. style apartment, but if you understand European-sized apartments, the LieselPierre Apartment will exceeded your expectations; it exceeded ours.
Connecting apartments, Sarah and Belle, were the perfect setup for a family trip which included two grown daughters, my husband and me. Our daughters had their own bedroom, kitchen and living area, but could easily slip back and forth to visit. Yes, the layout was good, but is only one reason we recommend this rental. What elevates Sarah/Belle and other apartments affiliated with the same owner above the others? 1) The location within walking distance of most sites in both Pest and Buda, 2) The amenities in the home (You will indeed feel like you're visiting a friend's home, not staying in a rental apartment.) By the way, these amenities include wonderful Hungarian wine, cheese, milk and pastries, to enjoy till you can get to the grocery, 3) Extensive documentation on how to use appliances, 4) Suggestions and correspondence on having a seamless and memorable visit to Budapest and 5) An impressive and involved management team- both owner and support staff. As the description states, Sarah/Belle aren't as luxurious or large as other possible rentals, but were perfect for our needs and desire to live like a local. (And I'm saying that having stayed at The Four Seasons on our first trip to Budapest!) I can't say enough good things about the owner's follow-through to make sure we had a smooth, satisfactory experience renting with him. We go to Budapest every couple of years to visit family and I guarantee we'll be renting one of these apartments again.
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