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Grandio Party Hostel
Ranked #10 of 641 Specialty Lodging in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Hellhole!”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

Arrived here after having travelled all night on a train, to be told by the staff that because they have no check out time that our beds were still being slept in, left our luggage in a dodgy looking room which easily could have been broken into and went into the city, arived back early evening, couldnt find any staff they were all sitting getting drunk, were shown to our room and were told that they couldn be bothered to do the laundry so our beds hadn been made, decided to brush this off and had a look around the hostel, dont think it had ever been cleaned, half the toilets and sinks were blocked, bathroom floors were soaking and sticky, roof was covered in mould which frankly is just disgusting! were due to stay two nights bt after the first night we couldnt take anymore, beds were crawling with bugs and we awoke to find one of the staff members in bed with 2 girls. It advertises itself as a party hostel but its frankly horrifying. The staff were all nice and friendly but didnt have a clue how to run a business. Severely disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We arrived and thought at first it was a quirky little place but no it is just disgusting. The front entrance has plaster falling off, metal bars covering the windows and inside was no better. The outdoor seating area was covered with trees, nice to sit in the shade as Budapest was so hot but as we walked in at 11am a group of guests who were sitting drink bottles of champagne, started shouting check-in... We were confused, the makeshift bar was not part of the hostel, we didn't know where to check-in but the more the people shouted finally a guy, obviously just out on bed, in a vest and boxer shorts came stumbling out and didn't really know what to do. We told him our booking name and he disappeared. When he came back he had our check-in details for one night although we booked for 2. He quickly told us they had no check out time so there was still people in our beds. We filled in our details, paid and were given our keys, paying a 1000 Ft key deposit, not unusual, although this was not recorded when we went to get it back. The guy told us his name was Strawberry, which I don't believe for one minute as he told us he was also Irish. He was helpful in that he told us some good sights to see and things to do and told us to come back later and our beds would be ready. We ate breakfast after just arriving on a 13 hour night train from Berlin, what a mistake, the greasy bacon and egg bap was minging and served on a dirty plate. We headed off and spent the day exploring Budapest. We arrived back around 5pm and yet again couldn't find any staff, we spotted Strawberry and asked his could he please show us our room, he was sitting drinking beer and smoking with a group of others and was reluctant to help us but showed us to our room anyway. A 10 person dorm, our beds weren't made and the mattress was crawling with bugs, he told us there washing machine was broke and they has sent the laundry to a dry cleaners and would be made up that night. We wanted to have a nap but there was no chance of getting to sleep in those beds. We decided to shower and head back into town, the showers were disgusting. Covered from floor to ceiling in mould, 3 of the 4 were block with god knows what. The sinks and toilets were just as bad with the toilet over flowing and the smell of stale urine stank out the building. On returning from town our beds were made, I don't know if it was a good thing or not but we decided to stay as we were on a budget and had already paid upfront. We had planned to go on the pub crawl organised by the hostel cause after all we were there for a good time but the group that lined up ready to go were not the kind of people we wanted to be around so we gave it a miss. There were 3 other Irish girls in our room who told us there was just the 5 of us, the other beds were empty that night. They were wrong, we woke up in the morning to a staff member in bed with a random girl, he then woke up and got into the bed opposite with another girl and was laughing at how the 12 bed staff room had at least 16 people in it... I will leave the rest up to you. We tried to shower in the morning but were told by a man who spoke little english that we couldn't as there was a problem, at least someone noticed. He climbed up his ladder and started to spray mr. muscle on the mould, god love him he will probably still be there. We decided just to leave and forget about our second night but yet again we couldn't find a staff member to return our keys to and get our deposit back when we did they had not record of us or our deposit and just handed it back anyway, they must be loosing out on a lot of money somewhere along the line. We checked into a much better, cleaner hostel with great facilities just 2 minutes walk away, as the location was the only good thing about it and for 1 euro extra a night it was totally worth it. They organised pub crawls, tours, events, as we were looking to party it was great. We both loved Budapest and will most definitely be back just not to Grandio.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Excellent atmosphere, with a very friendly and helpful staff. Bar and restaurant (with delicious food) make it even better. This is the place to stay if you are looking for a good time in Budapest. Definitely returning!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

grandio party hostel is the most awesome hostel i have ever travelled to! the staff are fantastic, and make sure all the guests have the best time of their lives! the perfect place for all travellers looking to make friends and have epic loose nights! i 100% reccomend it to all travellers looking for a great time! BEST HOSTEL IN THE WORLD!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Budapest was the first city of six we travelled to last summer and this hostel set the tone for the whole trip. The staff were fun, friendly and took us to some cool places throughout the duration of our trip including a night in the baths where everybody brought drink in and there was a dj playing all night. The layout of the hostel adds to atmosphere with balconys surrounding the courtyard which has a bar.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2012

First impressions, I'll admit, will not be for the faint hearted. Its not the cleanest of hostels and is certainly not for those seeking to sleep but the craic is mighty! The staff are super helpful. They made us feel right at home (its crawling with Irish) and part of the Grandio extended family from the start. They took us out every night and gave us advice on pretty much anything we needed to know during our stay. Definitely planning a return.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

This hostel is awesome in every way, super friendly staff, they are tolerant of hangovers which other hostels sometimes aren't. This hostel was what made our trip to Europe worthwhile. It is not for the faint hearted though, if you want a hostel to catch up on sleep then its not for you, if you want to make loads of friends and get pretty drunk then a trip to grandio is highly recommended! Tip: defo do the jager train, its a lot of fun!

Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Grandio Party Hostel
Address: Nagy Diofa utca 8, Budapest, Hungary
Location: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest > District VII / Jewish Quarter , Erzsébetváros
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 641 Specialty Lodging in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You can sleep when you're dead so DON'T expect to get any here. Grandio, one of the only true party places on this earth that welcomes alcoholics, lost souls and arty people with talent but no direction and audiences, the living breathing creature that is constantly evolving, the place with a crazy cult following. On site bar, or beer sold by our staff, or the beer vending machine, or strawpedoes for breakfast.....these are all ways in which we fuel our thirsty and party hard guests (and staff). When the bar is shut, we move to the late room, the den of noise and naughtiness, with a sex bed and hammock depending on how adventurous you are. Every night our staff take you out on different activities in the city. These range from Backpackers fancy dress parties, to pub crawls, to live music nights, to karaoke nights, which take you to our personal favourite (plus some of the cheapest) bars in the city. If you feel like doing something a little different, never fear, as our staff have their finger on the pulse of the city's nightlife and are able to recommend differently nightly activities depending on your tastes. We have a live music venue in the basement, which has different acts on every night providing for all different tastes in music. Every Sunday they let us use it to showcase the talent we play host to with our own open-mic night in which we use our own instruments which include a plethora of guitars, drum kit, piano, violin, piano accordions, plus more as well as our very own sound technician! The staff have all been hand picked, which might seem a bit wild when they are walking around dressed up in dressing gowns with a beer in one hand, but this is the Grandio uniform, wear whatever makes you feel comfortable, or we got from the euro store that day. If you think you can challenge us, we'll probably rise to it, if not, we'll respect you for trying! The place itself is as wild as our staff and guests, decorated by street artists from around the world it houses a games room with table football and ping pong, the bar, a secret restaurant, which we could tell you about, but we'd have to kill you, a mix of rooms, some en-suite, with varying numbers of beds, and if you're lucky, a loo with a view. If you're not too hung over during the day we can organise daytime activities for you. The staff at Grandio are able to organise tours of the city plus other daytime activities such as paint balling or laser-tag. So the arty amongst you might appreciate the fact that all of our rooms, the outside and insides of everything are decorated by the best street artists of Budapest, and have been added to by global artists who liked what they saw and wanted to add to it. We have a band, called The Grandio Journals, which changes members every week when we practice in the open mic night, and we welcome all talent to perform here. As well as that, we are in a great location, especially if you like drinking as we are in the heart of the bar district, the only rules we have are about respect to our guests and neighbours, and other than that we want you to have a wild time, because we will be first! Please note, like the name says, this IS a party hostel, we go out every night, some people drink in the day time, there is a bar, sometimes sex, and a lot of fun. If you don't like these things, please try a calmer hostel, like Carpe Noctem Vitae. Please note: Regrettably, due to previous experience, we can no longer accept bookings for people over 40. If you have booked and are outside this age, please contact us and we will help find you alternative accommodation. ... more   less 
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