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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. For a range of apartments in this fascinating city check out our online partner,

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 who're a bit strapped for cash, there's no need to sacrifice the style either! At the designer hotel Lanchid 19, doubles can be had for as little as €63 per night.

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  • If you think that you'll be better off in an apartment, then check out the wide range with our online partner,

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  • Boutique Hotel Zara


    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 $67
    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
  • Lanchid 19


    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.

    48 rooms from $70
    Roof terrace  -  Superb roof terrace with views over the river.
    Views  -  Fantastic views over the Danube towards Pest.
    Outstanding location
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Gerloczy Rooms De Lux


    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.

    19 rooms from $77
    Sights nearby  -  Sights such as the Great Synagogue are within walking distance
    Lively  -  Above a popular café and bar
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Brody House


    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.

    11 rooms from $78
    Lively  -  Local artists and musicians are showcased in regular events
    Chic  -  Unique, contemporary design
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Hotel President


    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 $88
    Roof terrace  -  Panoramic views from the roof terrace restaurant
    Suites  -  Breathtaking views
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Art'otel


    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.

    165 rooms from $106
    Views  -  Fantastic river views.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Buda Castle, Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion and the Hungarian National Gallery.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • La Prima Fashion Hotel


    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.

    80 rooms from $109
    Business meetings
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Mamaison Andrassy Hotel


    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.

    68 rooms from $111
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the Vajdahhunyad Castle by City Park
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers
  • Bohem Art hotel


    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.

    60 rooms from $112
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  In the historical downtown area, just 50 metres from both Váci street and the banks of the Danube.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
  • Baltazar Hotel

    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.

    11 rooms from $145
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Fantastic central location close to major attractions, bars and restaurants
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Palazzo Zichy


    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.

    80 rooms from $155
    Local markets  -  Check out the historic and beautful Central Market Hall, a restored neogothic hall for traders of all types.
    Sights nearby  -  A short distance from Hungarian Parliament Building, one of Europe's oldest legislative building
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Full of character
  • Corvinus


    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.

    349 rooms from $156
    Spa breaks
    Romantic Break
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Buddha Bar Klotild Palace


    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.

    102 rooms from $161
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Spa breaks
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of all the city's major attractions
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge Hotel


    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 $167
    Business meetings
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers
  • Four Seasons Gresham Palace


    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.

    179 rooms from $679
    Romantic Break  -  Luxurious suites oozing old world romance with vaulted ceilings, private balconies with views of the Old City and palatial beds.
    Spa breaks  -  Seven treatment rooms, including a couples' suite, a unisex sauna, separate steam rooms for men and women and a whirlpool.
    Lively  -  With a new 'trendier' restaurant Kollázs Brasserie & Bar, the hotel is attracting a younger and more lively crowd.
    City Style  -  Plush Art Nouveau hotel, complete with breathtaking glass domed ceiling, wraught iron gates and peacock motifs.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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