Budapest Journals

Ten Days in Budapest

A January 2006 trip to Budapest by roamer2005

Quote: Stayed in three hostels and took in the sights of Budapest and one day in Estergom.
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This hostel is a little hard to find as the sign is quiet small and it's on the 3rd floor of a residential block but it's worth the climb. It has no curfew. It's clean. There are 2 toilets for girls, and 2 for guys. 2 showers for girls, 2 for guys. Showers have hot water all day and you don't have to hold the shower head while you shower (which seems to be the norm in other hostels in Budapest). And the door to the shower room locks too!The staff are friendly and helpful. Lockers provided, no bed bugs and a decent breakfast in the morning with coffee, bread, cheese, cornflakes, etc. All fresh! Eat as much as you can before hitting the city for the day. It very central so it's a bit n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2006

Yellow Sub Club Hostel
Terez Krt. 56
Budapest, Hungary
(361) 331 9896

The Red Bus Hostel

Hotel | "Red Bus 1"

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Do not stay here! It's a complete rip off. The only thing going for this place is that it's close to the Metro. To start, I booked this place before I left for Budapest, I had to change my booking to a different night. I couldn't get in touch with them to change it. I sent them 3 e-mails and tried to call them twice. Eventually they got back to me saying that they would be "delighted" to have me stay there for the new dates if I could just send them my credit card details. Not a chance! In the end, I booked into a different place which turned out to be just terrible so I figured the Red Bus mightn't be that bad. So I gave it a go. I was wrong. At first impression, they have a billboard in the ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 13, 2006

The Red Bus Hostel
V. Budapest
Budapest, Hungary
+36 (06) 1 266-0136

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Not a bad price, just a bad place. The photos of this place on the website show nothing of the graffiti on all walls/ceilings/furniture in this place. Not that I'm against graffiti in a self confessed "party" place, but when you see things like "I slept here, off my head" beside the toilet bowl you just know your in the wrong place.The shower door didn't lock, hand held shower head. Lockers are provided, the beds are comfy. Good points: the staff were really friendly and there's a bar, pool tables, and fuzzball. No curfew.Personally? I got out of there as soon as I could. I didn't know where I was going but I couldn't take another night of it. I just figured wherever I ended up would b...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 13, 2006

Station Guest House
Mexikoi St. 36/B
Budapest, Hungary
+36 (1) 211-8864

Koleves

Restaurant

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Lovely little restaurant hidden away in the Jewish district, near the Synagogue. I just wanted somewhere I could sit down, have a glass of wine, write/draw/read in peace. This is the place to go. The staff were friendly with good service. The food was great and the wine was good. Not expensive, about average for Budapest. Interior is funky and stylish with a pianist playing on Sunday evening, too.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 13, 2006

Koleves
Kazinczy Street 35
Budapest, Hungary
+36 (1) 322 10 11

House of Terror

Attraction

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If you are looking for a history lesson in 2 hours, go here. It starts with WW2, Nazi rule, Soviet liberation/occupation (depending on how you look at it), and communism.

All exhibits are in Hungarian but there are leaflets provided in every room for the English speaker to read. It's tough going but it's worth it. Definitely one of the best museums I've ever been in.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2006

House of Terror
Andrassy ut 60.
Budapest, Hungary

Esztergom Basilica

Hotel | "Esztergom"

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This is about an hour on the train North of Budapest. It was recommended that I take a day trip out there to see the Basilica and take in the view from the top of the Basilica. It's what just about every Hungarian did as a child for the school tour so I figured "Why not?"One piece of advise, bring a map with you. The train station is a 25 minute walk to the centre of town but it's so easy to get lost. I had to memorise the big permanent map that was outside the train station, nobody in the station spoke English. And after wandering the streets for 90 minutes I finally reached the centre of the town. Only to find out that the place shown on the map as a tourist info place was actually a Travel ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 13, 2006

Esztergom Basilica
Szent István Tér 1
Esztergom, Budapest, Hungary 2500
06 33 411-895

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Budapest is a safe place day or night. As a single woman travelling alone, I never felt threatened or in danger. Not once. Keep your wits about you and don't wander down alleys at night, but that's just obvious stuff that you shouldn't do anyway.People will approach you in the street for one thing or another, sometimes they're just collecting for charity but a "No thanks" will send them on they're way. I've gotten more harassment from charity collectors in my home town then I got in Budapest.A day ticket on the metro will cover all public transport for the day, for €6. 2-day and 3-days tickets are also available or buy a 10-journey ticket. It's a huge city so consider using the trams a...Read More