The Best Airbnbs and Holiday Apartments in Budapest

Admire the sun rising over majestic Hungarian parliament building in Budapest.
Admire the sun rising over majestic Hungarian parliament building in Budapest. | © rudi1976 / Alamy Stock Photo
Culture Trip Travel Team

There’s a lot to love about Budapest: the atmospheric ruin bars, regal Buda Castle and the steaming Széchenyi thermal baths, surrounded by opulent golden architecture. You’ll enjoy it all the more when you book a self-catering apartment because you’ll have space to spread out and you’ll save money by cooking for yourself – leaving more cash for sightseeing. Here are our favourite Budapest holiday rentals and Airbnbs, bookable with Culture Trip.

1. 7seasons Apartments Budapest

Apartment, Luxury

A cosy bedroom at 7seasons Apartments Budapest with a piece of modern art above the bed
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In the heart of Pest’s eclectic District VII, 7seasons has plenty on its doorstep for exploring, whatever your sightseeing tastes. To the west lies St Stephen’s Basilica, and to the east, some of the city’s most popular raucous ruin pubs. Ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments, sleeping four to six people, the modern decor of whites and greys is slick and a crowd-pleaser.

2. Budapest Downtown Residence


A stylish room at Budapest Downtown Residence with an optical illusion on the wall
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South of the tourist centre, on the Pest side of the Danube, these studios and two-bedroom flats are perfect for shoppers as the building is connected to a retail centre. Memory foam beds and TVs with Netflix will make you feel at home – and are perfect for unwinding after visiting grand Buda Castle or exploring the bars of the Jewish Quarter. White walls and kitchen cabinets provide a bright feel; washing machines are provided too.

3. Vagabond Downtown


A simple bedroom at Vagabond Downtown hotel with a double bed and wooden floors
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There’s a lot to love about these apartments which come with kitchens, potted plants, on-trend furniture and, in some cases, little balconies on which to enjoy your morning coffee or evening beer. Ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments, they sleep two to six people and are within easy access of Buda castle, Széchenyi chain bridge and St Stephen’s Basilica. A hotel-style concierge service to help book tours and tickets is a welcome extra.

4. Luxury Apartment by Hi5-Baross


A classically decorated suite at Luxury Apartment by Hi5-Baross with an oil painting on the wall
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Fancy a regal, olde-worlde Hungarian stay? This two-bedroom apartment, sleeping six, oozes regal atmosphere with its chandeliers, gilded mirrors, antique chaise lounge and sculptures. Tall wooden windows look out over the grand 19th-century architecture of Keleti railway station.The kitchen, however, is all mod cons with fridge, microwave and toaster.

5. Dfive Apartments - Bathory


A light-coloured room at Dfive Apartments - Bathory with an all-white bed and light-wood floors
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These studio apartments, sleeping two to six people, are less than a 10-minute walk away from the parliament building which is situated on the Danube river. Many visitors don’t bother visiting as it’s a little too far north of the main sights for weekenders to bother. The apartments are compact but cleverly designed to provide everything you need for a self-catering break such as kitchen, small dining area and washing machine.

6. Blaha Apartment with nice view


A guestroom at Blaha Apartment with a double bed with a dark cover
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You’ll really appreciate this central one-bedroom apartment in summer as there’s a sunny balcony, overlooking tiled rooftops and greenery, on which to take your morning cup of tea. Full of faded grandeur, and sleeping three, there’s a large kitchen and dining area so catering for yourselves is easy and a number of supermarkets are close by.

7. Standard Apartment by Hi5 - Fejer Gyorgy Street


A simple Standard Apartment by Hi5 with light-wood floors, a double bed and a grey sofa
Courtesy of Standard Apartment by Hi5 - Fejer Gyorgy Street / Expedia

These studio and two-bedroom apartments (sleeping two to six) are close to the Váci shopping street. After wandering the historic, pedestrianised strip, return to these modern apartments which are decked out in potted plants and statement rugs. Head back out again after dark, to Váci’s buzzing cafes for a cheeky pálinka (fruit brandy) nightcap.

8. Klauzal 33 Apartment II


A bedroom at Klauzal 33 Apartment II with a yellow sofa and white stars on the wall
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Sunshine yellow hints from the sofa to lampshades and table runners add brightness to this cosy apartment which sleeps two. The compact space with parquet floors and star-print wallpaper has all the kitchen equipment you will need to make simple meals. Ruin pubs and restaurants are close if you don’t fancy eating in. The must-see Dohány Street Synagogue (the largest in Europe) is only an eight-minute walk away.

9. Quaint studio near Buda Castle


Catch some restful sleep under the incredible brick-vaulted ceilings of this subterranean studio, which sleeps up to three guests. Within walking distance of Buda Castle, the Budapest Castle Hill Funicular and the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, this Airbnb is a great base for sightseeing in Budapest. The apartment is artfully decorated with antique furniture and offers a small kitchen, fast wifi and a simple but pristine shower room.

10. Chic apartment in the Jewish Quarter


Prefer cool and edgy over historic and romantic? This newly renovated apartment might be the perfect Budapest bolthole with its black walls and matching sofa, kitchen, coffee table and bathroom tiles. An Apple TV, Blu-ray player and high-speed internet are among the high-tech amenities available to guests. Sleeping up to four people, the flat is set in the heart of Budapest’s Jewish Quarter.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Adam Barnes and Gretchen Kessler.

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