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. For a range of apartments in this fascinating city check out our online partner, booking.com
If luxury is the only option for you then we think that the best places to stay in Budapest are:
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:
Browse our list of the best places to stay in Budapest and start to plan your stay.
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.
A designer chic hotel in a winning location on the river front. Fabulous views from the banks of Buda over the Danube towards Pest. Rooms and suites have floor to ceiling windows and all the mod cons. Funky contemporary spaces make up the restaurant, bar and living areas. Extensive spa too.
A true gem in Budapest. A really charming yellow painted building with a popular café and restaurant. Freshly redecorated bedrooms with a fin-de-siècle feel, some with balconies overlooking the square. An utterly charming spot.
A hip, intimate base in downtown Budapest. Probably the coolest place to stay in the city - think a Soho House for creative types. Regular art and music events, attended by a lively crowd. Uniquely designed rooms and private apartments - parquet floors and modern art.
Budapest (Révay u. 12)
A sleek modern hotel with fantastic city views from its terrace. In an unrivalled location offering comfortable, chic and contemporary rooms in the centre of the city. A delicious fresh breakfast is served every morning and the lobby bar is open 24/7. A good place to be when in Budapest.
Budapest (Szent István tér 4)
A chic and sophisticated design hotel inspired by urban life magazines, offering 12 rooms and 4 apartments. Rooms have good views of the Basilica and the busy Square. In a convenient location close by to restaurants and nightlife. Ideal for a party weekend and business or leisure trip.
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.
A sleek contemporary hotel on the riverfront with fantastic views towards Pest. Large modern rooms and family suites with clean lines and all the mod cons. Good restaurant serving local cuisine, fitness and spa facilities. Excellent value, stylish, family friendly.
Budapest (Királyi Pál u. 4)
Chic interiors, statement furnishings and great lighting adds a touch of glamour. In the heart of the city, this boutique hotel compliments Budapest's ancient architecture with a unique design element. Super hip and stylish with an opulent fine dining restaurant.
A good four star option for a business traveller or a family on a budget. Contemporary rooms with splashes of green and all the mod cons. Excellent meeting facilities and a good restaurant.
Budapest (Fő utca 12.)
A real work of art, this ultra cool hotel boasts unique wall paintings in each room, modern facilities and great comfort. Superb location, minutes away from everything you need. Every item has been well thought of. Inspiringly creative.
In a 700-year-old building, one of the oldest hotels of Budapest. Decorated in period furniture and ancient artworks, spacious suites offer modern comfort. Some come with private jacuzzis as well. Chic, affordable luxury with an old-world charm.
A contemporary hotel on the Pest side of the Danube. A traditional facade hides strikingly modern interiors. Rooms, suites and family rooms combine sleek lines, modern art, and all the mod cons. Lively bar and restaurant and good meeting facilities.
Budapest (Kálmán Imre u. 19)
A boutique hotel with art deco style interiors and tasteful pieces of art. Comfortable and cozy rooms. A lavish buffet breakfast, a lounge bar, high speed internet and a jacuzzi bring it to top of the list. Enhance your time by staying at this chic designer hotel.
Budapest (Fortuna u. 3)
Built in 1696; renovated into a contemporary hotel with a highly recommended restaurant in the heart of the Castle district. Choice of four types of accommodations suited for leisure or business travellers, couples or families. A comfortable choice to explore the city. Pets are welcome too!
A little gem of a hotel located in an exclusive Embassy neighborhood just off 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. An ideal city base.
Budapest (Andrássy út 8)
Grand hotel, slap bang in the heart of historic Budapest. Beautiful architecture and works of art with contemporary amenities. An on site restaurant and bar. It's 4 star hotel providing a luxurious stay at good price. A complimentary buffet breakfast completes the package.
Budapest (Országház utca 31)
A retro boutique hotel on the Buda side of the river. Rooms and suites based on artist themes, from Vermeer to Keith Haring, have all the mod cons and sultry lit spaces. Fantastic Budapest themed street food in the restaurant and a great wine selection. Very trendy.
Budapest (Garibaldi u. 1)
Excellent location, elegant rooms. An understated B&B with contemporary design and a self-catering penthouse, making it great for families. Several restaurants and bistros on your doorstep as well as being under a kilometre from many of Budapest's top sights. A no brainer.
Excellent contemporary base in a fine old building. Sleek modern interiors offer comfort and all the necessary high-techery for a business trip. Lovely glass-roofed breakfast room, fitness centre, and meeting rooms. A stylish choice in the city centre.
Five Star luxury on the Pest side of the Danube. Romantic rooms and suites are enormous with elegant furnishings and all the mod cons. Fantastic mix of restaurants and bars, excellent spa, and designer chic living areas. A choice for the luxury traveller.
An expectedly sultry hotel on the Pest side of the river. In typical Budha bar style, rooms and suites are clad in Chinese red with all the mod cons and hot tubs. Extensive spa and beauty salon, charming restaurant and terrace, and, despite all this, family friendly too.
Budapest (Paulay Ede utca 31)
An artsy oasis for adults. This contemporary boutique hotel has rooms decorated in four unique styles, each evoking a different mood – Heaven, Natural, Classic and Cool. Guests are welcomed with a complimentary cocktail and can enjoy a late buffet breakfast in the romantic courtyard atrium.
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.
Budapest (Vigyázó Ferenc u. 5)
Grand palazzo style hotel with huge chandeliers and opulent furnishings. A Michelin star restaurant adds to the glamour. Plus there is a sauna and jacuzzi for resting weary walker's feet. Come here for complete relaxation after exploring this vibrant city.
Chic, four star luxury in the historic centre of Buda offers large and elegant rooms. A 15th century building beautifully renovated with style and comfort. Exuberant interiors, an on-site bar and a scenic courtyard. A characterful spot for exploring the city.
Contemporary and opulent 5* hotel in central Budapest. Neoclassical rooms are musically themed and filled with art. The rooftop offers sublime city views. Restaurant, bar, subterranean spa and indoor pool. A characterful city break.
An Art Nouveau landmark in an unrivalled river setting, with panoramic 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. Luxury at the heart of the city.