Where to stay in Budapest: Best places and areas to stay in!

Budapest is a great destination for a city break. We spent two wonderful weeks there and simply loved the city. If you’re looking for a hotel in Budapest, we have good news: There are really wonderful accommodations in Budapest in every price category.

To help you stay on top of things with the huge selection of hotels in Budapest, we’ve compiled a selection of where to stay in Budapest in this post.

First off, we’ll tell you which districts of Budapest are the best places to stay. Then we’ll get straight to our hotel tips for Budapest, where we have places for you in all categories.

You can use the table of contents to jump directly to the section of your choice.

Which district of Budapest is the best place to stay?

Budapest is roughly divided into the two districts of Buda and Pest, separated by the Danube.

The Buda district features many of the famous sights of Budapest, such as Buda Palace and the Fisherman’s Bastion.

Most of the thermal baths are also located in Buda. But all things considered, Buda is a rather quiet part of town.

Most of the restaurants, the young crowd and many shops are located in the Pest district. It’s also home to many famous sights such as the Parliament, the Great Market Hall, and Heroes’ Square.

We prefer to stay on this side of the Danube in Budapest because it just feels more lively. Young people in particularly are drawn to the Jewish Quarter.

Most of Budapest’s bars, clubs, and ruin bars are located here, so there’s a lot going on here, especially in the evenings. So if you’re looking for something a bit more laid-back, you should probably avoid the Jewish Quarter.

Of course, we always tell you where each hotel is located and who the location is suitable for in our tips on where to stay.

Traditional luxury hotels in Budapest

Budapest has a number of very traditional luxury hotels, many of which are housed in very representative buildings. Although these hotels aren’t cheap, you can often get a good bargain, especially in the off-season.

Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection

The Boscolo Budapest is one of the most traditional hotels in Budapest. The building with its magnificent courtyard is a landmark in its own right, and the hotel’s Café New York is one of the most famous coffee houses of the city.

The hotel is located in the 7th district on the Pest side. The Jewish Quarter with its many bars and restaurants is just a few meters away, and a metro station is right in front of the door.

Boscolo Budapest

Boscolo Budapest Hotel
Boscolo Budapest Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace was opened in 1906 and is also one of the traditional hotels in the city. The hotel is located on the Pest side of the city, directly by the Chain Bridge with a magnificent view of the Danube River and the palace.

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

Modern luxury hotels in Budapest

Of course, the very old traditional houses that have been accepting guests for over a hundred years aren’t the only places to stay in Budapest. There’s also a significant number of modern hotels with great designs.

Aria Hotel Budapest

The Aria Hotel may not be one of the traditional houses that have already been around for over 100 years. But it’s often been praised as the best hotel in all of Budapest and has excellent reviews on all booking websites.

The hotel is located on the city center on the Pest side and simply offers everything the luxury-lover’s heart desires: roof terrace, spa area, elegant design.

Aria Hotel Budapest

Aria Hotel Budapest
Roof terrace of the Aria Hotel Budapest. Amazing! (Copyright: Aria Hotel Budapest)

Hotel Moments

The Hotel Moments is located in the hotel is located right in the city center on the Pest side. Many sights, shops, and restaurants are just around the corner. But the hotel is so chic that you hardly ever want to leave.

This wonderful boutique hotel offers great value for money, even though it’s certainly not the cheapest hotel in Budapest.

Hotel Moments

Prestige Hotel

The Prestige Hotel Budapest is located in a painstakingly restored historical building right in the center of Pest. The location is perfect and the room decor ranges from stylish to ostentatious.

Prestige Hotel

Hotel Palazzo Zichy

The Hotel Palazzo Zichy is in a very good location: All the sights in Pest and the Jewish Quarter are within a few minutes walking distance. But the hotel still isn’t bang in the middle of the tourist bustle.

As befits a Palazzo, the building is richly decorated and ornate. However, the hotel is very modern and stylishly furnished and provides a perfect bridge between tradition and modernity.

Hotel Palazzo Zichy

Budget design hotels and boutique hotels in Budapest

Of course Budapest doesn’t just consist of luxury hotels that you have to dig really deep into your pocket to afford. There are also really nice boutique hotels, where you can get really great rooms for around 100 euros. We’d like to present a small selection of these hotels to you here.

Casati Budapest Hotel Superior

The Casati Budapest Hotel Superior is located in the center of Pest — a top location. In 2015, the hotel was named the best 3-star hotel in the city. The 25 rooms are furnished according to four themes and, subject to availability, you can even choose whether you want your room to have the classic, cool, nature, or sky theme.

Casati Budapest Hotel Superior

Bohem Art Hotel

The Bohem Art Hotel truly lives up to its name because everything here is all about art. Huge works of art adorn the stylish rooms and give the hotel a very special appeal. The hotel is located on the lively Pest side and is only a stone’s throw away from the Danube.

Bohem Art Hotel

Hotel Rum Budapest

The hotel itself is a stylish and young hotel in the middle of the vibrant center of Pest. It’s only a 5-minute walk to the Great Market Hall, and several restaurants and bars are just around the corner. Each room had an individual and modern interior design.

Hotel Rum Budapest

Bo33 Hotel Family & Suites

The Bo33 Family Hotel & Suites starts every morning with a breakfast buffet with champagne. Not too shabby. In addition, the hotel also has very tastefully furnished rooms and offers excellent value for money.

The hotel is located in the up-and-coming 7th District, where we stayed too. The area isn’t as touristy, but pretty lively nonetheless. Just a few minutes walk, and you’re right in the beating heart of the Jewish Quarter, and the Keleti railway station is only a few meters away.

Bo33 Hotel Family & Suites

Cheap and good hostels in Budapest

Budapest also has a lot to offer for even the smallest budget. After all, the city and its lively scene also attract lots of young people. But when it comes to hostels, it’s always worth taking a closer look.

That’s why we’ve compiled a few clean and pretty hostels for you. Most hostels with dorm accommodation also offer private rooms at affordable prices.

Lavender Circus Hostel

A hostel with an unusual design of black and white paintings and retro furniture. There are rooms with private or shared bathrooms and some rooms even have their own small kitchenette.

The hostel is located in the center of the city: the nightlife area Ráday Utca is only 200 meters away, the nearest shopping area is only 500 meters away and right around the corner you will find two metro stations.

Lavender Circus Hostel

Pal’s Hostel and Apartments

In Pal’s Hostel and Apartments you can find rooms in all categories: From a shared room to your own room with shared facilities to so-called suites with a private bathroom. The decor is straight out of an IKEA catalog, and the location in the middle of the city center is excellent.

Pal’s Hostel and Apartments

Staying on a boat in Budapest

If you’re looking for a very unusual place to stay in Budapest, then why not just sleep on a boat? There are two hotel boats moored In the Danube where you can stay the night. That’s definitely a different type of hotel.

OnRiver Hotels – MS Cézanne

No ordinary 4-star hotel, because the MS Cézanne is a boat, now anchored in the Danube on the Buda side of the city. Before turning into a hotel boat in Budepest, the Cézanne has already seen a lot, sailing along Venetian and Dutch canals.

The highlight on the Cézanne is the restaurant and lounge with a panoramic view overlooking the river, Budapest’s Old Town and Hungary’s glamorous Parliament building.

If you feel like going out, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and bars in the area around the ship.

OnRiver Hotel – MS Cézanne 

Grand Jules – Boat Hotel

The Grand Jules is another floating hotel. We particularly like the modern interior, which has a bit of a boutique hotel feel. That’s not always the case with old ships. Top!

The hotel is centrally located on the Danube, close to the Parliament, but cut off from the noise and crowds of the city. The perfect option if you are looking for a place to stay in the city, but still have a private and quiet atmosphere.

Grand Jules – Boat Hotel

Danube
Spending the night on a boat on the Danube? Hey, why not?

Wellness hotels in Budapest

Budapest isn’t just a great destination for a city trip. Many people go to Budapest to relax. After all, Budapest is the largest spa town in Europe and is famous for its thermal baths.

So of course there are also many hotels that have completely specialized on wellness guests. You can find a selection of the best wellness hotels here.

Danubius Grand Hotel and Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget

The Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget is located on the beautiful Margaret Island in the middle of the Danube. The hotel was already built in 1873 and looks back on a long tradition. Right next door is the Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget, whose spa and wellness area is one of the best that Budapest has to offer in the area.

Both hotels are connected to one another via a heated underground passageway. So you can either stay directly at the spa hotel, or at the luxurious Grand Hotel where you can still use the spa area.

Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget 
Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget

Danubius Hotel Gellért
Danubius Hotel Gellért

Danubius Hotel Gellért

The Danubius Hotel Gellért is probably the most famous spa hotel in Budapest. The hotel is located in the same building as the well-known Gellért-Bad. The hotel certainly isn’t an insider tip, but it’s a true classic.

Danubius Hotel Gellért

Alternative: Apartments on AirBnB

Alternatively, you can also stay in a vacation apartment in Budapest. We stayed in a very nice apartment in the 7th district. Especially if you plan to stay longer, it’s always nice to have your own kitchen and a bit more space than in a hotel room. We booked the apartment on AirBnB.

Which is your favorite place to stay in Budapest?

Where did you stay on your trip to Budapest? Do you have a Budapest hotel tip that needs to be added? Then we look forward to your comment!

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