The hostel is through a creepy looking courtyard. Once inside it was pleasant and decorated like an eccentric old European home. The girl at the desk was helpful even when I was confused about the price. Apparently the website is old and needs to be updated. The prices on the site are wrong and I ended up paying more than I budgeted for. I thought $25 cdn a night for a shared room that served as a hallway to another room was high. Nevertheless, I managed to sleep really well. The heavy curtains block out the sun and I found a fan in the corner which I plugged in and used. The rooms were large and beds spread far apart so we never felt that we were in someone's space. The lockers in the room were large and fit all of our things. The bathrooms were not the cleanest and nobody seemed to mop up after themselves despite the sign. I was able to borrow their hair dryer without having to give a deposit. On our day of departure we were able to store our bags for free in the linen closet. Overall pleasant stay but we wished breakfast was free.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Staying at Ginkgo will open up hundreds of years of Hungarian history to you: it is housed in a historical art nouveau building that still bears bullet holes from the 1956 Revolution against Soviet occupation. The hostel is located in a flat that was privatized after the change of regimes. Historical marks surround you whether you are outside the building or in Gingko's unique courtyard. Ginkgo Hostel lies in the heart of downtown Budapest, near the Danube, on the Pest side of the city. In a few minutes you can reach historic sites and the most popular cafes, restaurants and pubs as well. ... more less