Beyond their delicious breakfast selections, bed and breakfasts in the Hungarian capital offer comfort and style in an intimate setting. Budapest’s best bed and breakfasts range from an exclusive penthouse with panoramic views to a renovated neoclassical building with up-cycled furniture.
This novel bed and breakfast is the epitome of high-end living, not least in terms of its setting on the top two floors of a condominium, overlooking the city’s peaceful rooftops. Offsetting the elaborate architecture of the nearby Hungarian Parliament Building, owner and designer Bálint Merán kept the interiors of this B&B Bauhaus minimal. The six themed rooms – with names like ‘The Flower Box’ and ‘The Sunrise Room’ – are characterised by clean lines and vibrant colours, with beds looking out to the individual terraces. Bálint has created a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere. His mother Madeleine is ready to help with any issues with self check-in, while breakfast gives guests the opportunity to try Hungarian lecsó – a thick Hungarian vegetable stew – and mákos guba poppyseed cake. Snacks are on offer as guests unwind after exploring nearby havens like Margaret Island, where a musical fountain presents an hourly light and music show on summer evenings.
A Hungarian-trained chef and former executive of a five-star hotel, Albert Marton transformed the top floors of a 19th-century building to create this enticing six-room bed and breakfast. The showpiece is a 600-square-foot (56-square-metre) private terrace, and the Kapital Inn is also ideal for business travellers thanks to the fully outfitted guest office. A 10-minute walk or ride on the M1 metro takes you to Heroes’ Square, the impressive entrance to City Park, where you will find the Széchenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest Zoo, the Museum of Transport and Vajdahunyad Castle – a replica of a Transylvanian castle.
The owner of House Beletage, Zsuzsa Bikkal, loves a challenge, as is evident from her career as a former executive of four- and five-star hotels. Bikkal wanted visitors to get a taste of how Hungarians lived in the past, a desire that led her to convert the century-old building into a modern 15-room guest house. “Our guests like the mix of old and new furniture, the big windows, high ceilings and original parquet floors,” she says. Guests’ birthdays and anniversaries are often celebrated with staff, while special seasonal touches add to the homely vibe – expect hot mulled wine in winter and sangria in summer. Close by are the Central Market Hall and Gellért Thermal Baths, while the hotel’s street location is an attraction in itself – it served as a backdrop to the 2016 film Inferno.
Set on a quiet, pedestrianised street close to the Central Market Hall, this Art Nouveau building is imbued with a sense of endurance – it was bombed in the Second World War and then lovingly restored. Its nine rooms are set across three floors, with one room enhanced by a small section of the former medieval city wall. A large breakfast area on the ground floor is adorned with antique furniture, including a vintage cigarette dispensing machine. Metres away is the Sándor Petőfi Museum, a literature museum named in honour of Hungary’s most famous poet.
This once spartan 300-year-old abbey, built by the Capuchin Order, has become a sanctuary for relaxation. The Monastery Boutique Hotel is notable for its distinctive archways, courtyard garden and excellent location close to the Fisherman’s Bastion and Castle district. Rooms are spacious and elegant, with white walls offset by splashes of colour in the bedding and furniture, while breakfast promises a generous selection of fruit, yoghurt, breads, omelettes and bacon. Top tip: be sure to make the two-minute walk to the Hungarian Heritage House to catch one of the frequent performances by the State Folk Ensemble.
With its name derived from owner Edina Losonczi’s childhood nickname – Bibi – Bi&Bi Panzio is an intimate guesthouse noted for its personal service and welcoming atmosphere. This is evidenced not least by Losonczi herself, who is on hand to personally assist guests. The ten simple but immaculate bedrooms are set across one floor, with breakfast centring on fresh produce bought from the nearby markets and served in a cosy dining room. Bi&Bi offers easy access to Metro line 2 (via Széll Kálmán tér station), providing a quick route to the city centre, but it’s also well worth taking a ride on Bus 21 from near the accommodation up to the Buda hills. Here, you’ll find spectacular views and hikes, along with the Children’s Railway – a train line built after World War II, run almost completely by children and supervised by adult railway workers. The guest house is close to many restaurants, the National Dance Theatre and Millenáris, a park and building complex with venues for exhibitions, plays and concerts.
Across the road from the bustling Grand Market Hall stands a stately apartment block overlooking the Danube and the Liberty Bridge. On the second floor of this restored Art Nouveau building lies the tranquil world of Butterfly Home, where owners András and Timea Szuhay have established eight spacious, tastefully designed rooms, some with river views and balconies. The diverse buffet breakfast spread is made particularly pleasurable courtesy of András, who is a skilled barista. In addition to the Grand Market Hall, nearby attractions include the Hungarian National Museum and the Gellért Thermal Baths.
The initial reason for visitors investigating this hotel in Budapest’s Kőbánya-Kispest 19th district is often its proximity to the airport – it’s only a 12-minute drive away. But word has spread, and Hotel Sunshine now attracts even those visitors not arriving by plane, who are drawn by the excellent amenities and personal touches the hotel offers: the welcome drink of champagne, free snacks and drinks in the rooms, jacuzzi and sauna, and a breakfast buffet of sumptuous home-cooked food. Massages can also be booked, while the Kispest swimming pool is close by. This small hotel’s eco-credentials are excellent, with all rooms using environmentally friendly heating and cooling systems. Though set outside of the city centre, Hotel Sunshine is just a 30-minute bus and metro ride away from the heart of Budapest.
The homely Budapest Ville Bed and Breakfast is located in Budapest’s happening 7th district – a neighbourhood steeped in history that was once the city’s Jewish ghetto and is now home to ruin bars, speakeasies and hipster cafés. Tucked away within a 19th-century building, the B&B is entered through a stunning courtyard, while its four rooms are tastefully decorated with chandeliers, vintage-style furniture and black-and-white photo prints. Rather than a dining room, here a continental breakfast is served in-room. Budapest Ville Bed and Breakfast is particularly convenient for visiting Heroes’ Square and the Széchenyi Thermal Baths, and opposite is a bus line that takes you into the city centre in around 10 minutes.