... Based on other reviews about this hostel, I really wasn't expecting much in terms of sleep quality etc - especially over the Christmas/New Year holidays, but I was there to visit my family, not languish in the lap of luxury. It was ...ok. I wouldn't recommend it for a stay of more than 3 or 4 nights - I stayed 10 nights and at least half of those nights were interrupted by noisy neighbours through my paper-thin wall.
Location: while a bit out of the centre, Keleti Station (connections to Vienna etc) and the underground were only an easy 10 minute walk away. Public transport in Budapest is very good, and a weekly travel card at 4600ft will get you almost everywhere. I felt safe walking around at all hours, despite the slightly run-down neighbourhood. There are lots of 24/7 convenience stores close by.
Room: pretty clean and very warm. While down the corridor, the bathrooms were cleaned daily, I never had to wait for the shower, and the water water was boil-an-egg hot and seemingly limitless.
Service: the front-desk staff were very friendly and helpful (a surprise given Dianne D's review). Breakfast was monotonous (stale-ish bread, lunchmeat, cheese, spreads, burnt coffee and juice), but as it was included in my hotel/flight deal - which was VERY cheap, I couldn't really complain.
Room: bed linen wasn't changed for me in over the week that I was there. The walls are very thin, and even a muted conversation in the next room sounds like it's in the room with you.
In summary, I felt like I got what I paid for. I wouldn't stay there as long as I did again, but if you're looking for a cheap 'doss' for a few nights in Budapest, you could probably do worse (or at least more expensive).
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