Although the majority of Budapest’s hostels and hotels are within a tight radius of City Centre, your time in the city can vary greatly based solely on which roof you sleep under. From traditional hotels to tiny party hostels, determining what is the right establishment for you is essential to whether you get a good night’s sleep or a great day out…or vice versa!
Maverick is located right next to Budapest’s major tourist streets, where hats and purses reading “Budapest” in fonts and color combinations worthy of the dollar store cost a small fortune and stand in front of equally overpriced restaurants advertising Hungarian specialties. If Maverick Hostel is your first or only stop, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that this is the heart of Budapest when in reality it is more like a fake limb. Fortunately, the real Budapest is only a wander away, and Maverick Hostel’s small size, professionalism, and beauty make it well worth a stay.
*Dorms €6-10; doubles €30-34. Reception 24hr. www.mavericklodges.com/eng/maverick_hostel_ensuites.php
*M1: Opera. From the metro head north on Hajós utca and take the first right; hostel is on the left and adorned by graffiti. 10-to-16-bed dorms from 3300ft per person. Reception 24hr. www.broadwayhostel.hu
*M1: Oktogon. From the metro, take Teréz krt east from Oktogon; the hostel is on your left. Scooter rental. Towels, linens, and Wi-Fi included. Locker deposit 1000ft. Dorms from 3600ft; doubles from 12,000ft. Reception 24hr. www.homemadehostel.com
*M2: Blaha Lujza. Head north on Erzsébet krt. Linens and Wi-Fi included. Dorms 2300-5000ft. Reception 24hr. Check-in noon. Check-out 11am.
*M2: Astoria. Head east on Rákóczi út and turn left on Kazinczy utca and left again on Wesselényi. Wi-Fi included. Dorms 3000-3500ft.; doubles from 8000ft. Laundry 1800ft. Reception 24hr. Check-out noon. www.yephostel.com
Astoria City Hostel
*M2: Blaha Lujza. Head towards the river from the metro on Rákóczi. Breakfast included, served 8-10am. Lockers, linens, towels, Wi-Fi, and computer access included. Hair-dryer. TV and DVDs. Dorms from 2820ft; doubles 9000ft. Reception 24hr. Check-out 11am.
Central Backpack King
*M1: Bajcsy-Zsilinsky út. Take József Attila utca from the metro going towards the river and make a right on Október 6. Wi-Fi, lockers, and linens included. Dorms from 3600ft; doubles 8000ft. Reception 24hr. Check-out 11am. www.centralbpk.hu
*M3: Nyugati. From the metro head down Szent István krt towards the river; the hostel will be on your right. Wi-Fi, lockers, and linens included. Dorms from 2700ft. Reception 24hr. www.groovehostel.hu
Aventura Boutique Hostel
*M3: Nyugati. From the metro head down Szent István körút toward the river and turn right onto Visegrádi. Wi-Fi, food, spices, and cooking supplies included. Walking audio guide rental of the entire city 3000-5000ft. Dorms from 3500ft; doubles 11,000ft. Reception 24hr. Flexible checkout. www.aventurahostel.com
The Loft Hostel
*M3: Ferenciek Tere. Walk towards river, turn left on Veres Pálné. It’s the 3rd street up, parallel to the river. Wi-Fi included. Kitchen. Printing, DVDs, and games available. 3400-4400ft. Reception 24hr. www.lofthostel.hu
All Central Hostel
*M1, M2, or M3: Deák Ferenc Tér. Head down Bárczy István utca towards river and turn right on Bécsi utca. Wi-Fi included. Laundry 800ft. Kitchen. Luggage and safe included. Lockers avail- able. Dorms 3000-5000ft; doubles 14,000ft. Reception 24hr. Check-out 10am. www.allcentral.hu
*M1, M2, or M3: Nyugati. Head east on Teréz krt ad left on Szobi. Linens, towel, and Wi-Fi included. Orthopedic mattresses. Laundry 1500Ft. Dorms 4200Ft. Reception 24hr. www.carpenoctemhostel.com