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The 6 Best Hotels in Budapest

Posted: 3/28/24 | March 28th, 2024

I didn’t know what to expect when I first visited Budapest. I thought it would a drab, bland city, owing to its Communist past.

Fortunately, I was wrong.

Once under the radar, Budapest has been growing in popularity thanks to its affordability and its lively nightlife. The city also has photogenic architecture and layers of interesting history, making it a well-rounded choice for anyone visiting Europe.

I’ve been visiting the city for over a decade and always have an amazing time. I love the city so much that, for a couple year, I used to run tours and brought readers to it.

Naturally, I’ve stayed at countless hotels over the years. Here’s my list of the best hotels in Budapest:

1. Bohem Art Hotel

A simple hotel room with art on the wall at the Bohem Art Hotel in Budapest, Hungary
Staying here feels like you’re staying in an art gallery. This four-star hotel has a very retro design. I especially love the art in the lounge and rooms (there are lots of unique photos and murals). The hotel is right near the river too, as well as the popular Váci utca pedestrian shopping street.

The beds here are comfy and the rooms have plenty of outlets, as well as an electric kettle, AC, minibar, desk, and flatscreen TV. The rooms aren’t huge, but they feature lots of natural light from the large windows. The breakfast is great and has lots of options (including a freshly squeezed orange juice machine) and the showers are super powerful too. Overall, it’s a solid midrange choice in the heart of the city.

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2. Matild Palace

A hug, spacious, and luxurious hotel room at Matild Palace in Budapest, Hungary
Centrally located in the popular District V, this luxe five-star hotel looks like a palace. The ornate Belle Epoque complex boasts an expansive breakfast spread, a large gym, a sauna and multiple restaurants. There’s even a nightclub on-site too. It’s a massive property and you’ll feel like royalty staying here.

The rooms are lavish, blending historic charm with modern design. There are stylish chairs and plush velvet sofas, comfy beds with thick mattresses, and a large bathroom with beautiful tiles. Rooms embrace light and neutral tones and also have AC, flatscreen TVs, desks, and coffee/tea makers. If you want to splash out, this hotel will not disappoint.

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3. Monastery Boutique Hotel

A large bed in an airy hotel room at the Monastery Boutique Hotel in Budapest, Hungary
Located in a 300-year-old abbey, this four-star hotel features original exposed brick and stone walls in many of its rooms (as well as in the restaurant area, which looks really cool). The décor is simple and minimalist, with a relaxing light palette. The breakfast is delicious, featuring fresh pastries, fruit, yoghurt, eggs, veggies, and lots of fresh bread. The hotel is right near Fisherman’s Bastion and Castle Hill too, making it a convenient base for sightseeing.

The beds here are comfy and the rooms are bright and airy, with lots of natural light. The bathrooms are spacious, with towel warmers and showers with good water pressure. There are desks, electric kettles, and flatscreen TVs in each room too. Overall, it’s an elegant property in a convenient location with a price that won’t break the bank.

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4. Mirage Medic Hotel

A simple but comfortable hotel room at the Mirage Medic Hotel in Budapest, Hungary
Located in District VI on the Pest side of town, this four-star hotel is housed in a massive, regal 19th-century mansion. The rooms may feel a bit dated, but they’re clean, spacious, and the beds are comfortable. Rooms also have a desk, flatscreen TV, and electric kettle and the water pressure in the showers is good too. There’s a simple free breakfast of bread, coffee, and cereals each morning as well. It’s not fancy, but it is included in the price, which I appreciate.

The hotel also offers holistic healing programs, such as herbal remedies and acupuncture. The main draw, however, is how close this hotel is to Széchenyi, the most popular thermal spa in Budapest. It’s just a short 7-minute walk away.

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5. Vagabond Grand’Or

A colorful sofa in the living room at the Vagabond Grand'Or hotel in Budapest, Hungary
Located in the Jewish Quarter, this modern apart-hotel features spacious rooms with balconies and kitchens, perfect for families or travelers who want to cook their own meals. There are sofas and flatscreen TVs (with Netflix), a dinner table if you want to eat in, and a washing machine. The rooms have comfy beds and the overall design is stylish but minimal, featuring lots of light tones with splashes of color. The bathrooms aren’t huge, but they are clean and the showers have good water pressure. There’s a simple breakfast offered each morning too (with veg options). Overall, it’s a comfortable, no-frills spot near the must-visit Dohany Street Synagogue.

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6. Anantara NY Palace

A massive and luxurious hotel room at the Anantara NY Palace hotel in Budapest, Hungary
This is an immensely lavish five-star hotel. It has an opulent interior and palatial lobby, featuring massive ornate pillars and a lofty ceiling that looks like it belongs in Versailles. The property has an indoor pool, sauna, steam bath, and large fitness center. I especially love the hotel’s historic 20th-century café (it’s a gorgeous coffee house). As a guest, you can enjoy an extraordinary breakfast spread here before the café opens to the public each day. There’s also an elegant bar, which has live piano music and serves excellent drinks.

The rooms are huge and airy, with lots of dark colors and sleek, stately décor. Each room has super comfy beds, desks and sofas, a minibar, and a flatscreen TV. The bathrooms are also huge, with gorgeous tiles and marble, massive bathtubs, and a separate walk-in shower. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more luxurious hotel in the city.

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Budapest is an eclectic, lively city with amazing ruin bars, stunning architecture, and growing foodie scene. Just make sure to pick one of the hotels above for your stay. Do that, and you’ll ensure you have an amazing visit, regardless of whether you’re on a budget or looking to splash out.

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