Budapest has everything we look for in a European city – the charm of old buildings, culture, delicious food and local wine – and all without the price tag of a “usual” EU city especially when it comes to accommodation.
We liked Aventura’s apartment stays (with options for families or couples) but what we didn’t realize is that they sell out quickly (even in March), so we settled for an Airbnb and then spent our last two nights at the Aventura Boutique Hostel to find out what their hostel brand was like. They’ve just been awarded one of the best designer hotels in Budapest, and top rated by Booking.com but here is why we loved about our stay.
They offer mostly shared rooms but which feel more like intimate lofts. There are no bunk beds and each room is a fun travel-related theme that actually makes you want to sleep there!
Like the adventurous Africa room with leopard walls or Space room with UFO shaped lamps (and private ensuite). There is one double room (ask for the Japan room) and if you’re lucky (and 5’1″ or shorter) you might score the India room where we stayed with an-attic like bedroom – it’s not entirely private but it is sectioned off to feel like your own with separate stairs to enter.
It couldn’t be in a better location. The hostel – and the apartments – are in Budapest’s 13th District on the Pest side of the city, central enough to walk to the metro, go for a run along the Danube, or take in a bath house. It’s in a residential area with a primary school nearby, supermarket, and lots of local cafes where locals hangout.
Somethings you don’t usually get with hostels – like child care or a massage for € 20, a kitchen to cook your meals, and your own separate trunk storage.
Tip: Bring your own towel or you can rent one for 600 HUF (or 2 euros)
We absolutely loved our stay at Aventura. If you have a chance to meet Agnes the hostel manager while you’re there, she is such a lovely person to get to know and who makes you feel like family. I only wished we could have stayed longer or experienced their apartments but we plan to return to Budapest soon as it has become our new favourite city and Aventura is where we’ll definitely be staying again.
The hostel is also part of Hostelling International, a non-profit network of hostels where all the funds stay in the location and help support the local business.
How to Get there: 12 Visegradi utca
Rates: € 12-17 for shared room in peak season. € 35-45 for the private Japan room.
Tip: Check-in on Foursquare and you can get a free snack pack!
Thank you Agnes for being so welcoming and open.
I was a guest of Aventura Boutique Hostels however, I was already planning to book one of their apartments before our agreement anyway. As always, opinions are entirely my own, and I would never recommend anything that I do not fully support.