The 6 Best Hotels in Budapest


A quiet street in the historic center of beautiful Budapest, Hungary after sunrise
Posted: 03/28/24 | March 28, 2024

When I visited Budapest for the first time, I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it would be a dreary, boring city because of its communist past.

Luckily I was wrong.

Once under the radar, Budapest is growing in popularity thanks to its affordability and lively nightlife. The city also boasts photogenic architecture and an interesting history, making it a versatile choice for anyone visiting Europe.

I have been visiting the city for over a decade and have always had a great time there. I love the city so much that I used to organize tours here!

Of course, I have stayed in countless hotels over the years. Here is my list of the best hotels in Budapest:

1. Bohemian Art Hotel

A simple hotel room with art on the wall at the Bohem Art Hotel in Budapest, HungaryA simple hotel room with art on the wall at the Bohem Art Hotel in Budapest, Hungary
Staying here feels like being in an art gallery. This four-star hotel has a very retro design. I particularly like the art in the lounge and rooms (there are lots of unique photos and murals). The hotel is also located directly on the river and on the popular pedestrian street Váci utca with shopping opportunities.

The beds here are comfortable and the rooms have plenty of power outlets, as well as an electric kettle, air conditioning, a minibar, a desk, and a flat-screen TV. The rooms are not huge, but have plenty of natural light from the large windows. The breakfast is great with lots of options (including a freshly squeezed orange juice machine) and the showers are super powerful too. Overall, this is a solid mid-range choice in the heart of the city.

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2. Matilda Palace

A hugging, spacious and luxurious hotel room at the Matild Palace in Budapest, HungaryA hugging, spacious and luxurious hotel room at the Matild Palace in Budapest, Hungary
Centrally located in the popular District V, this luxurious five-star hotel looks like a palace. The ornate Belle Epoque complex has an extensive breakfast menu, a large fitness room, a sauna and several restaurants. There’s even a nightclub on site. It’s a huge property and you’ll feel like royalty here.

The rooms are spacious and combine historical charm with modern design. There are stylish chairs and soft velvet sofas, comfortable beds with thick mattresses and a large bathroom with beautiful tiles. Decorated in light and neutral tones, rooms also include air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, work desks, and coffee/tea makers. If you want to treat yourself, 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, HungaryA large bed in an airy hotel room at the Monastery Boutique Hotel in Budapest, Hungary
This four-star hotel is set in a 300-year-old abbey and has original exposed brick and stone walls in many of its rooms (as well as the restaurant area, which looks really cool). The decor is simple and minimalist, with a relaxing light palette. The breakfast is delicious and includes fresh pastries, fruit, yogurt, eggs, vegetables and lots of fresh bread. The hotel is located right near the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Castle Hill, making it an ideal starting point for sightseeing.

The beds here are comfortable and the rooms are bright and airy, with lots of natural light. Bathrooms are spacious, with towel warmers and showers with good water pressure. There are also desks, kettles, and flat-screen TVs in every room. Overall, this is an elegant property in a convenient location at 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, HungaryA simple but comfortable hotel room at the Mirage Medic Hotel in Budapest, Hungary
Located in District VI on the Pest side of the city, this four-star hotel is housed in a huge 19th-century royal mansion. The rooms may seem a bit dated, but they are clean, spacious and the beds are comfortable. The rooms also have a desk, a flat-screen TV and an electric kettle, and the water pressure in the showers is also good. There’s also a simple free breakfast each morning with bread, coffee, and cereal. It’s nothing special, but it’s included in the price, which I really appreciate.

The hotel also offers holistic healing programs such as herbal remedies and acupuncture. The main attraction, however, is this hotel’s proximity to Széchenyi, the most popular thermal resort 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, HungaryA colorful sofa in the living room at the Vagabond Grand'Or Hotel in Budapest, Hungary
This modern aparthotel in the Jewish Quarter offers spacious rooms with balconies and kitchens, ideal for families or travelers who want to prepare their own meals. There are sofas and flat screen TVs (with Netflix), a dining table if you want to eat in, and a washing machine. The rooms have comfortable beds and the overall design is stylish but minimalist, with lots of bright tones and pops of color. The bathrooms aren’t huge, but they’re clean and the showers have good water pressure. There is also a simple breakfast (with vegetable options) every morning. All in all, it’s a comfortable, no-frills place near the must-visit Dohány Street Synagogue.

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6. Anantara NY Palace

A huge and luxurious hotel room at the Anantara NY Palace Hotel in Budapest, HungaryA huge and luxurious hotel room at the Anantara NY Palace Hotel in Budapest, Hungary
This is an extremely spacious five star hotel. It features opulent interiors and a palatial lobby with massive ornate columns and a high ceiling that looks like it belongs in Versailles. The property features an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and a large fitness center. I particularly like the hotel’s historic 20th century cafe (it’s a beautiful coffeehouse). As a guest, you can enjoy an exceptional breakfast menu here before the café opens to the public every day. There’s also an elegant bar that features live piano music and serves excellent drinks.

The rooms are huge and airy, with lots of dark colors and elegant, stately decor. Each room has super comfortable beds, desks and sofas, a minibar and a flat screen TV. The bathrooms are huge too, with beautiful tile and marble, huge soaking tubs, 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 a diverse, vibrant city with fantastic ruin bars, stunning architecture and a growing foodie scene. Simply select one of the above hotels for your stay. If you do this, you’ll be sure your visit will be amazing, whether you’re on a budget or looking to splurge.

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Book your flight
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Book your accommodation
You can book your hostel at Hostelworld as they have the largest inventory and best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they always show the cheapest prices for guesthouses and cheap hotels.

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