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Dramatically divided by the Danube, and reconnected by a series of elegant bridges, Buda and Pest are distinctly different. Most of the best places to stay in Budapest are located in Pest, the city proper, but as no first time visitor should miss Buda’s atmospheric Castle Hill district across the Chain Bridge, a hotel close to the great fast-flowing river is ideal for sightseeing.

It’s not imperative, however, as Budapest is a compact, tranquil city and its transport system (don’t miss a trip on the charming yellow line along Andrassy to Hero Square) is extremely efficient. You’ll probably end up walking anyway: it’s the best way of catching the many fine Art Nouveau façades, hidden courtyards, enticing coffee houses and highly diverting Turkish baths along the way.

Best of all for visitors, the best places to stay in Budapest represent incredibly good value. You’ll notice that most on the following list fall into our ‘inexpensive’ category; in other cities they would be ‘moderate’ or even ‘luxury’.

The best places to stay in Budapest are all sophisticated. Many are located in stunning old buildings which have been tastefully restored and are now equipped with every modern convenience imaginable.

Best places to stay in Budapest

For Luxury

If luxury is the only option for you then we think that the best places to stay in Budapest are:

  • Four Seasons Gresham Palace - This art nouveau landmark property has some of the best views in town, plus beautifully decorated rooms and everything you would expect from the Four Seasons brand.
  • Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge Hotel - Another luxury big chain name, in a similarly excellent location. Elegant modern interiors and great facilities if you're travelling for business rather than pleasure.

For Style

If you like to be in the hippest spot in town, then amongst our pick of the best places to stay in Budapest, we suggest you look at:

  • Palazzo Zichy - This contemporary property sits in the shell of a fine 19th century mansion and boasts cool, clean interiors. Situated in the university district, there are plenty of interesting bars and clubs close by.
  • Boutique Hotel Zara - Stylish modern hotel in the middle of the pedestrianised centre of town. Sleek black decor and minimalist style a stone's throw from the Danube.
  • Brody House - Reputedly the coolest hotel address in the city, come here to rub shoulders with creative types. It's Budapest's answer to Soho House.

On a budget

For those a bit strapped for cash, you can find some seriously cheap places to stay in Budapest. Our favourite is Molnar. Situated in Buda's suburbs, this family run hotel has unbeatable facilities for the price and prides itself on top notch service. Doubles start from under £50 per night including breakfast!

Browse our list of the best places to stay in Budapest and start to plan your stay.

 
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  • Molnar

    Budapest

    Wonderful panoramic views over the city from the hilly suburbs of Buda. Lovely gardens and sunny front terrace, comfortable rooms with wooden floors and white washed walls, and even a fitness studio and sauna. A great value choice for families or those wanting a slightly more secluded spot.

    23 rooms from $59
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Boutique Hotel Zara

    Budapest

    A modern hotel with minimalist black interiors. Just a stone's throw away from the Danube and cultural attractions - makes for a slick cosmopolitan break.

    74 rooms from $71
    Contemporary  -  One of the more contemporary hotels in Budapest
    Spa  -  Can use the spa in Continental Hotel Budapest for a fee
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers
  • Palazzo Zichy

    Budapest

    Excellent contemporary base in a fine old building. Sleek modern interiors offer comfort and all the necessary high-techery for a business trip. A lovely glass-roofed breakfast room, fitness centre, and meeting rooms. A great choice for the travelling businessman.

    80 rooms from $77
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Hotel President

    Budapest

    A large modern hotel with designs that range from kitsch Art-deco to spectacular grandeur - the presidential suite has panoramic views of the city and the roof terrace restaurant is magnificent. A hotel for all occasions.

    75 rooms from $82
    Roof terrace  -  Panoramic views from the roof terrace restaurant
    Suites  -  Breathtaking views
    Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Brody House

    Budapest

    A hip, intimate and often lively base in downtown Budapest. Probably the coolest place to stay in the city - think a Soho House for creative types. Art and music events are regularly put on, and attended by a lively crowd. The rooms have high ceilings, parquet floors, and modern art.

    8 rooms from $94
    Lively  -  Local artists and musicians are constantly being showcased.
    City
    Chic
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Gerloczy Rooms De Lux

    Budapest

    A true gem in Budapest. A really charming yellow painted building with a popular cafe and restaurant. Freshly redecorated bedrooms with a fin-de-siècle feel, some with balconies overlooking the square. An utterly charming spot.

    19 rooms from $108
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge Hotel

    Budapest

    With glorious views over the river Danube, large contemporary interiors, and ample business facilities, the Sofitel is great for an understated cosmopolitan break or for corporate visitors.

    357 rooms from $148
    Business meetings
    Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers
  • Mamaison Andrassy Hotel

    Budapest

    A little gem of a hotel located in an exclusive Embassy neighborhood just off Pest's Andrássy Avenue. Uniquely designed in Bauhaus style. Sleek contemporary bedrooms with floor to ceiling windows, Art Deco style restaurant with summer terrace, and extensive gym and business facilities.

    68 rooms from $130
    Business meetings
    City Style
    Spa  -  Located just 300m away from the world-famous Széchenyi Thermal Baths.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers
  • Four Seasons Gresham Palace

    Budapest

    The renaissance of an Art Nouveau landmark in an unrivalled river setting with panormamic views of the Danube and the hills of Buda. Beautifully decorated rooms in creams and whites with lots of natural light, some with private balconies, and all the mod cons. Spoiling facilities, and in splendour.

    55 rooms from $304
    City Style
    City
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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