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“A home away from home, the best hostel you will ever stay at!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Carpe Noctem Hostel

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Carpe Noctem Hostel
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Berlin, Germany
1 review
“A home away from home, the best hostel you will ever stay at!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014

Carpe Noctem OG is hands down my FAVOURITE hostel I've ever stayed at during my travels all over Europe. I've been four or five times now over the past three years, and all my experiences there have been 100% positive. All the staff are warm, friendly and SO helpful both in suggesting things to do during the day, as well as taking you to the funnest, craziest and coolest places every night. The thing I love the most is that from the moment you arrive, you are part of the Carpe family (great for solo travellers!). As for the hostel itself, the entire place is very clean, tidy and cosy. The beds are comfy and there's plenty of space in the rooms (lockers too) so it's never cramped. You can also lock things in the hostel's safe, however I've never felt the need to. The common room area is more like a living room where staff and guests share family dinners, drinking games, breakfast beers and hilarious banter. I've already planned my next trip back here, and cannot recommend it enough!! You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

It's impossible to leave this place without meeting new friends, having the best nights out and getting the most of your stay in Budapest. As a solo traveller I couldn't be made to feel more welcomed and I literally had one of the best weekends every with the themed night that are available every night. Stop looking and just book this place.

Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Brisbane
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

Carpe Noctem is by far the best hostel I've ever stayed at - so much so that I ended up like most other guests and returned twice, extending both times. Unlike other hostels, Carpe is more of a home than a dorm room, and the team more like friends than staff. On arrival, you're greeted with a hot drink, a ready-made bed, towel, and a detailed map explanation - while in the evening you can expect family dinners and great nights out around the city. Other pluses include a central location near Octogon (yet no road noise), a fully-equipped kitchen, a common room, and washing facilities. Just be sure to have your next move planned otherwise you may never leave!

Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

Party every night with an amazing gang of people who welcome every guest with open arms, join the noctem family! Or stay in after a long day of travelling, "quiet time" starts at 9pm so no need to worry about finding a quiet place to sleep or relax.

Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

By far the best Hostel I've ever stayed at, the staff are amazing and hilarious and it's a small hostel so everyone meets everyone. It's a great environment to be in to meet new friends and organize big groups to go out and explore the city. Careful though, you may never want to leave!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

Omg this place is phenomenal !! especially this guy STEVEN! i mean at first he seems a bit rude, some might say angry, but after kissing him on the cheek and a few hugs he turns into the sweetest little thing! show's you around the beautiful city of Budapest and holds your hand the whole way! ! he's every girl's dream! Steven i wish i could hear that sweet lullaby you sang to me when i went to bed the first night <3 what a perfect holiday. GO STEVEN!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

I arrived at Carpe Noctum having never stayed in a hostel before and a week later, I genuinely considered rebooking my flight home because I didn't want to leave. The hostel and rooms are always clean and there is loads of room to just chill in.The hostel staff are amazing, as soon as we arrived they were so welcoming, friendly and were happy to give us a map reading of all the places that we can go during the day and night. They go to great lengths to plan events during the night and just to make sure you have an amazing time, they were the best nights out i've ever had. Aussie Dave and Angry Steve in are awesome and helped me find my love of limes. You become like family with all the other guests and staff and I can't wait to go back. Highly recommend!!!!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Carpe Noctem Hostel

Property: 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 #1 of 649 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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