Where to stay in Budapest, Hungary – a full guide to the best places and areas (including recommended hotels and apartments).
Where is Budapest located
Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and it’s located in the central part of the country. Due to its outstanding architecture, the city is known as Paris of the East. It is the ideal place for a romantic escape or a city gateway. The capital is a fascinating mixture of history, marvellous buildings and a modern vibe.
Danube River splits the city into two – Buda and Pest. Although being part of one city, the two sides have a completely different atmosphere. Buda is the historic part, while Pest is its beating heart. But what is the best location to stay in Budapest?
The best area to stay in Budapest
There are 23 districts in total. Yet if your vacation is all about sightseeing or nightlife, there are only a handful of them that are good choices. The most popular areas to stay in Budapest are Belváros (V), Castle District (I) and Erzsébetváros (VII).
The best option for you depends on the reason for your visit. Choose the 1st district if you look for romance and the 5th for sightseeing. If you come to Budapest to party, then the 7th is the place for you.
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It’s an affordable luxury hotel in the Palace district. Although it’s not right in the heart of the city, the hotel is still centrally located. Moreover, it’s on a walking distance from three metro stations. Also, Keleti railway station is only 2 stops away with the underground.
Where to stay in Budapest for sightseeing
Both the Castle District (in Buda) and Belváros (in Pest) are the main touristic areas. Yet, the 5th district (Belváros) which is, in fact, the Inner City, is the preferable one. Most of the good hotels and landmarks are here. You can easily explore the city on foot if you choose a hotel in the 5th district. This is the best place to stay in Budapest for sightseeing. Also, it’s a great base if you’re visiting the city for a short period of time.
Choose Belváros neighbourhood
If you want to be in the heart of the action and have convenient access to public transport links.
- Walking distance from Danube river, Buda Castle and the Hungarian Parliament building.
- A perfect district for shopping with lots of boutiques and souvenir shops. Don’t miss to take a stroll along Váci utca, the most famous pedestrian and shopping street.
- Transport links are convenient with several metro stations to get around the city. Three of the metro lines cross here at Deák Ferenc tér. Also, Nyugati Railway station is a just a stone’s throw away.
- You’ll be close to most of the trendy bars, cafés and gourmet restaurants.
The best family hotels
Prestige Hotel is a well-priced boutique hotel. This elegant hotel is housed in a former 19th-century townhouse. Its location makes it a comfy base to explore both Buda and Pest sides. Stay here if you look for a magnificent architecture and divine cuisine at an affordable price.
Aria Hotel is a 5-star exquisite hotel with a design inspired by music. The lavish atmosphere of the rooms makes you feel like you’re staying in a palace. Yet, at the same time, you’re embraced with the comfort of a private residence. Aria Hotel features a rooftop bar and a wine and cheese reception. To really feel at home, the hotel provides complimentary breakfast, a handy smartphone with unlimited calls and a selection of international newspapers. It’s one of the best places to stay in Budapest.
The best couple hotels
Hotel Moments is a 4-star boutique hotel with a perfect location on Andrássy Avenue. Thus, it’s the ideal base for sightseeing and luxury shopping. The architecture of the building is fantastic, while the rooms are finished to a very high standard. The delicious buffet breakfast is complimentary. Also, there is 24-hour free coffee, tea and mineral water available in the lounge bar. It’s a lovely place to stay both for business travellers or on a leisure break.
Roombach Hotel is located on the border between the 5th and the 7th district. The location is very central, close to the main attractions, restaurants and underground. Plus, it’s within a few minutes walk to Deák Ferenc tér, where the airport bus 100E stops. A 24-hour reception and private parking are available on site.
Basilica Apartments are located right in the city centre. You can reach St. Stephen’s Basilica in 5min and it’s a 2min walk to metro and bus stations. The apartments are spacious with high ceilings, blockout shutters and efficient kitchens. A 24/7 supermarket is available opposite the building.
7Seasons Apartments are centrally located with lots of bars and restaurants in the vicinity. They are a few minutes away from the underground and the airport bus stop. The apartments are modern, clean and very well equipped at a great price.
The best area to stay in Budapest for nightlife
The best place to stay in Budapest for nightlife is Erzsébetváros, the 7th district. Located east of the Inner City, Erzsébetváros is still a central neighbourhood. This is the home of the so-called ruin bars (old buildings transformed into hipster bars without any renovation). Designer shops, unique cafes, beer gardens, fine dining restaurants, all this is at your doorstep. Erzsébetváros is lively and colourful, the best place to party.
Continental Hotel is great for travellers interested in nightlife and sightseeing. The location is perfect for walking to many major attractions, restaurants, bars and shops. The hotel features an awesome spa centre and a restaurant.
If you look for a high-class hotel with affordable prices, the New York Palace is the best choice. The hotel is housed in an absolutely beautiful building from the 19th century.
Hotels near Keleti station
If you plan to take several day trips in or out of Hungary, choose a hotel near Keleti train station in Budapest. Check out these three hotels, located in Erzsébetváros, the 7th district. This neighbourhood is right next to the Keleti train station, yet not far away from the main tourist area.
Bo33 Hotel is only 800m away from Keleti train station. Besides, it’s less than 10-15 minutes walk from the main attractions and nightlife area. The hotel features a rooftop jacuzzi and spa facilities, a PlayStation and kids corner at the reception.
The hotel is situated 900m away from the Keleti train station. Also, Blaha Lujza Tér metro station and few bus and tram stations are less than 5 min walking. Housed in a historical building, the hotel features contemporary design rooms with luxury beds.
If you search for a luxury place near Keleti train station, look no further. This 5-star sumptuous hotel is less than 1km away from the train station. The lavish rooms feature luxurious Italian furniture, silk wallpaper and Murano chandeliers. Don’t miss the hotel’s café, which is one of the most beautiful cafés in Europe.
More places to stay in Budapest
If you’re still looking where to stay in Budapest, Hungary, check out these awesome places near the Danube river and Buda Castle.
Hotels on Danube river
For spectaculars views from your hotel room, choose a hotel on the Danube river. This location is also a great choice if you’re visiting Budapest as a part of Danube river cruise. It’s a very convenient base as you can easily access the ships and tour the landmarks on both sides of the river.
Hotel Zenit is a perfect spot to explore the city. It’s right on Danube bank and close to restaurants, a shopping street and transportation links. The hotel occupies a gorgeous old building, transformed into a modern and cosy oasis.
Bohem Art Hotel is only 50m away from the Danube river and the main shopping street, Váci Utca. Besides, the route of tram number 2 passes less than 100m away from the hotel. This tram is the best way to see the main attractions along the river. Also, the location is strategic for Gellert Spa Baths. The hotel is a unique mixture of a hip hotel and an art gallery. The breakfast is amazing and includes a lot of vegan products.
InterContinental is a 5-star hotel featuring dazzling views of Buda Palace and Danube river. The location is ideal, close to Chain Bridge and the cruise ships, metro and tram stop. A luxury spa area, indoor pool and modern restaurant are available on site.
Hotels in Buda side of Budapest
The Castle district (the 1st) has a more tranquil and romantic vibe than the touristy 5th district. It is located on a hill and faces exactly towards the Hungarian Parliament building. Thus if you decide to stay in the area, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the city early in the morning or late at night. Dominated by the centuries-old Buda Castle and the fairytale Fisherman’s Bastion, the neighbourhood has a romantic medieval atmosphere.
If you look for a calm area full of history and close to the main attractions.
- Gorgeous views of the river and Pest side both day and night.
- Getting to Pest side is easy – you can walk or take metro line M2, that will take you straight down the city centre.
- Many attractions are right on your doorstep – Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church.
- A quiet and romantic atmosphere.
The best family hotels
The location of this 4-star boutique hotel is unbeatable for exploring the Castle district. It’s a real gem in the historic part of Budapest. The rooms have a unique vintage design with an attention to details.
Hilton is a modern 5-star hotel in an idyllic setting. A 13th-century Dominican monastery once stood on this place. Nowadays, its remains are incorporated in the hotel’s interior. The rooms feature spectacular views of Matthias Church or the Parliament building.
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For an affordable place in the heart of the historic Buda, choose Maison Bistro & Hotel. It’s on a walking distance to the castle and other significant sites. This little boutique hotel will charm you with a romantic atmosphere and an excellent service. The bathrooms are fabulous and feature L’Occitane products.
If you want incredible views of the Parliament building from your room, then book this hotel. Victoria Hotel is located directly on Danube river bank on the Buda side. You can easily walk to Chain Bridge and Buda Palace. Besides, there are metro and tram stops less than 500m away.
These historical apartments are located across the stunning Fisherman’s Bastion. There is a bus stop in front of the building and Chain bridge is just a few minutes away if you prefer walking. A small grocery store is available on the same block. The apartments have a kitchen with all necessary facilities and large rooms with beautiful chandeliers.