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Whether you’re in Budapest to party in ruin bars or to marvel at the baroque architecture, you don’t need to splash all your forints on expensive accommodation. The best cheap hotels in Budapest provide much more than just a place to crash at night; think free tours, buzzing traveller-friendly bars and unbeatable locations.
Why stay by the river when you could stay on it? With incredible views of the Danube River, a prime location next to verdant Margaret Island and just a 15-minute walk away from the famous 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. Wifi is on offer throughout the boat, and the on-board Lord Nelson Restaurant offers both 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 cafe, 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 delightful Castle District, 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 factory saw a one-storey baroque-style house built on top of it, known as the Spiegel House bakery until 1964. Guests can even see the original bakery symbol on the arched front gate. After 30 years as a nightclub, followed by 20 years’ closure, Maison opened in 2016. The 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, close to 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 from St Stephen’s Basilica, Hotel President Budapest has a unique selling point over similarly priced hotels in the city – its free President Wellness programme. Guests are automatically granted access to a spacious indoor heated pool, a gym with an array of hi-tech workout equipment, jacuzzi and sauna. After a day of shopping and sightseeing, enjoy a drink or two against the backdrop of magnificent views at the Intermezzo roof terrace before retreating to your plush, spacious room.
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.
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 an array of spirits, wines and cocktails accompany sweeping views of the city centre.