Whether you’re heading to Budapest to party at the famous ruin bars or marvel at its Baroque architecture, a steep price tag does not need to feature in your itinerary. The best cheap hotels in Budapest provide the perfect base for exploring the Hungarian capital.
Fortuna Boat Hotel and Restaurant
Sleep onboard the Fortuna Boat Hotel | Courtesy of Fortuna Boat Hotel and Restaurant / Hotels.com
Why stay by the river when you could stay on it? With stunning views of the Danube River, a prime location next to verdant Margaret Island and just a 15-minute walk away from the iconic Parliament Building, the Fortuna Boat Hotel is the ideal base for exploring Budapest. Rooms are simple but well-appointed, with a TV and private bathroom provided as standard amenities, and superior rooms enjoying a generous lounge area. Wi-Fi is on offer throughout the boat, and the onboard Lord Nelson Restaurant offers international and Hungarian cuisine.
This trendy boutique hotel enjoys a prime location in Budapest’s city centre, offering spectacular views of the nearby St Stephen’s Basilica. Each of the four different room types – standard, superior, panorama or studio – channels contemporary minimalist chic, but adds a note of exuberance with photographic prints and brightly coloured furniture. The spacious studios also include a fully equipped kitchen. Whichever one you go for, you’ll be sleeping in a room akin to the pages of an interior design magazine – hence the hotel’s name. To take a piece of Budapest style home with you, the hotel gives out special pocket-size maps with the addresses of the best design and fashion stores in the area.
With views of the colossal Heroes’ Square and a prime location close to Budapest City Park and the Széchenyi Baths, the Mirage Medic Hotel is central yet within easy access of green space. What sets the hotel apart, however, is the variety of medical services it provides. Guests can visit the on-site Chinese medicine centre, which offers acupuncture and treatments for ailments such as sleep disorders, stress, joint problems and allergies. At the hotel’s restaurant and café, guests can sample healthy cuisine incorporating principles of traditional Chinese medicine. If you’re travelling on a budget and want to fly home feeling brand new, this is the hotel for you.
Situated in the charming Castle Hill area, Maison Bistro and Hotel is an intimate boutique accommodation. Complete with vintage-style furniture, high brick ceilings and modern bathrooms, the chic rooms contrast with the historic building, which dates back to 1464. Nearly ruined following the 1686 siege of the castle, this former manufacturing building saw a one-storey Baroque-style house built on top of it, which was known as the ‘Spiegel House’ bakery until 1964. Guests can even see the original bakery’s symbol on the arched front gate. After 30 years as a nightclub followed by 20 years of closure, Maison opened in 2016. The hotel’s bistro serves a mixture of refined takes on Hungarian cuisine and diverse international dishes, including a raw, vegan version of traditional flódni layered pastry.
Ideally located in Budapest’s historic city centre, on the Neo-Renaissance mansion-lined Andrássy Avenue, the Opera Garden Hotel and Apartments lies inside a charming 110-year-old building. The rooms have one of two themes – the top-floor rooms are vibrant and brightly decorated while the lower-floor ‘Garden-style’ rooms make use of a more muted palette. Beyond the rooms, guests can relax in the on-site sauna, work out in the fully equipped gym or choose from a selection of in-room massages. There’s even complimentary mulled wine and a menu of pillows to choose from.
Just a stone’s throw away from St Stephen’s Basilica, Hotel President Budapest has a unique selling point over similarly priced hotels in the city – its free President Wellness program. Each guest who checks in to the hotel is automatically granted access to a spacious indoor heated pool, a gym with an array of high-tech workout equipment, a rejuvenating jacuzzi and a top-of-the-range sauna. After a day of shopping and sightseeing, guests can enjoy a drink or two against a backdrop of magnificent views at the hotel’s Intermezzo Roof Terrace before retreating to their plush, spacious rooms.
Tech enthusiasts, look no further than the KViHotel – coined the world’s first smart hotel, where you control your stay through your smartphone. Through a special app, you can regulate the temperature of your room and enjoy 24/7 access to the building and a virtual reception team. You can even order breakfast through the app and receive a notification when your room has been cleaned. Rooms are minimalist but bright, and if you want an evening drink or a little human interaction, the downstairs lobby bar offers both of these things.
The colourful, Art Deco interior design at Hotel Parlament is vibrant without being garish. Situated in the heart of lively Pest, close to Liberty Square, this stylish but fun and unpretentious hotel offers a generous breakfast buffet and a welcoming lounge bar. Unusual for a budget hotel, there is also an on-site wellness area with a sauna and jacuzzi for guests to relax and unwind after a day of exploring.
Fusing ultra-modern furniture with such original features as a spiral stone staircase, Hotel Rum Budapest’s interior design was the brainchild of a team of passionate local designers and architects. Whether you opt for an intimate ‘Light Rum’ or spacious ‘Black Rum’ room, a stay at this hotel gives guests a real taste of luxury and cutting-edge design at a reasonable price. Set in Budapest’s bustling District V, the accommodation also features the TOPRUM rooftop restaurant and bar, where signature cocktails accompany panoramic views of the city centre – try the Sesame Street with Ketel One, sesame, tahini, lime and apple.