Not too far from the famous Széchenyi Baths, Baroque Hostel can be described as “urban rustic” and a great budget place to stay. If you are familiar with the Ruins Bar, or Szimpla Kert, Baroque Hostel follows a somewhat similar design – eclectic but elegant. Here, you can find hip, antique furniture, and even a false mirrored cabinet hallway, eccentric decorations, and turn of the century interior design. Here is our review of the Baroque Hostel Budapest.
The City of Budapest is still one of the cheapest major European cities to travel in. There is a tremendous variety of accommodation, including budget hotels and hostels. It is definitely a competitive market, and each hostel has a distinctive style and offers a unique atmosphere to lure budget travelers.
Baroque Hostel is located about 1km, or half a mile from the Széchenyi Baths and the Széchenyi Fürdő Metro stop. If you are coming in from the city center, you can take the Metro Yellow Line M1 to the Hősök Tere (Millennium Monument) stop. From this stop, it is about 5 minute walk to Baroque Hostel Budapest. The area is a safe, but lesser traveled, part of Budapest. Don’t expect to see much tourist foot traffic or restaurants or cafes around the hostel. Don’t be fooled though – the neighborhood was developed in the early 1900s, and this is one of the few remaining neighborhoods in Budapest where you can find a lot of Neo-baroque style architecture. The highlight of this style is definitely the Széchenyi Baths.
I stayed in Baroque Hostel after attending the epic Széchenyi Baths SPArty. Their ideal location is a quick solution to the lack of transportation options after the late night party. You can simply walk about 10 minutes back to Baroque Hostel Budapest!
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Although it is located on one of the major streets in Budapest, there is only one small bright sign that illuminates the exact entrance to the Baroque Hostel Budapest. Even at that, you have to buzz the front gate in order to get in. Thankfully, it is a 24 hour reception desk, which allows you to come back anytime if you wish.
After getting buzzed in, you have to walk 50m around the corner, passing a few small establishments, including a bicycle rental company. The main desk of Baroque Hostel Budapest is a few steps up from the pathway, and it is not accessible for to wheelchairs.
Upon approaching the main desk, I had to present them a photo ID (which is a passport for foreigners or non EU citizens). There was a mix-up in my reservation, and as a result, I had an upgrade from a four dorm bed into a double private room. I didn’t have to pay for the fee adjustment; however, they only accept Euros and Hungarian Forinth as a payment – cash only. Be prepared. You won’t be able to use your credit card here.
The front desk personnel are professional, friendly, and speak English fluently. But this is mainly true for any Hungarians you’ll meet in the country!
One word to describe the hostel is cozy. As soon as you walk into the main room, you are presented with a handful of travelers, all of whom are very mature and respectful. There were also a few couples, groups, and even a family with a small girl, and they stayed mostly in the private rooms.
Layout of the Baroque Hostel Budapest
Baroque Hostel Budapest offers several room arrangements: private rooms with two, three, four or double beds, as well as co-ed dorms with four, eight, ten and female-only dorm rooms. You can find these rooms throughout the two parts of the hostel.
The layout of the hostel makes you feel that there are two parts to the hostel. Both have separate room arrangements, kitchens, bathrooms, and toilets. The coolest feature of the hostel is the false mirrored cabinet. Upon entering an area that seems to be just a regular room, you can see an antique wooden cabinet with a large mirror on the front.
But behold, if you open the cabinet, you are actually opening a hallway door that connects the hostel to the second wing. You’re in a completely new arrangement of kitchen, bathrooms, and sleeping rooms. This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen inside a hostel!
The style of the hostel is urban rustic. You’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time by just seeing the decor, architectural details, and its furniture.
My private room at the Baroque Hostel Budapest
The front desk personnel showed me around and took me to my room for the night. The side where the three private rooms are located at the end of the hallway, and opens up to the living/dining room quarters and bathrooms and toilets. To my delight, I received an old style key, too. ALthough I have to wonder how secure this really is!
My room was the only double bed private room, with a style of bed that was slightly raised up from the floor. As it was starting to get chilly, the room’s personal heater was on for me. It gave the room a comfortable essence, but it was too warm for my taste. Fortunately the windows can be manually opened to allow fresh air to come in.
The queen-size bed was located in the middle of the room. There was a small coffee table at the corner of the room. Two European-style electrical outlets can be found on each side of the room. The reading lamp unfortunately didn’t work, but there was plenty of light from the room’s main light.
The bathroom and the toilet are in two separate rooms, and have to be accessed separately. The kitchen was pretty standard – a sink, refrigerator, and plenty of counter space to work on. As in many hostels, you are expected to clean up after yourself, including washing your dishes and putting them away.
Amenities at the Baroque Hostel Budapest
- Wi-Fi: The square footage of the hostel is relatively large, and the Baroque Hostel Budapest is very well-connected with four different networks to choose from. All of the four networks are password protected, and the connection is fast. It can be reached pretty much from everywhere in the hostel.
- Linen and Towels: They are included in your reservation.
- Heated floor: This is actually one of the best features of the hostel. Waking up in the morning, your bare feet appreciated heated floors in the room, as well as the bathrooms!
- Budapest tourism: The Baroque Hostel has a section with free brochures to showcase what you can do in Budapest. The front desk personnel are more than happy to answer your questions, as well as help you to figure out on what to do. They can also arrange any tours or programs. My best suggestion is to get yourself a Budapest Card. It gives you free access to some of Budapest attractions, free transportation, as well as discounts in some Budapest Top 10 tourist sites.
- Computer Station: There is a single computer station that is free to use. It is located at the secondary living quarters. Connecting to the Wi-Fi network is easy to figure out, so you can hook up your computers and phones to the Wi-Fi.
- Food/drink:. Baroque Hostel Budapest doesn’t operate any cafes, restaurants or bars; however, you can bring your own food or drink. There is a grocery store within a 5 minute walk of the hostel.
- Checking out: The official check out time is 11am. It is advised to let the staff know if you are planning on doing it before 8am.
- Smoking: It is a non-smoking hostel; however, you can go to the inner courtyard to do so.
Give this place a try
Baroque Hostel is a great place to stay if you are into budget traveling in Budapest. The city itself is not expensive, neither is the Baroque Hostel Budapest. The cheapest accommodation, a 10-bed dorm, costs around 7 euros. My double occupancy private room costs 15. If you want to stay in the city center, Baroque Hostel Budapest is not the ideal place distance-wise. But its proximate location to the Széchenyi Baths is their best selling point. After all, after paying the entrance fee to the expensive SPArty at the Széchenyi Baths pool party, any money-saving tips are appreciated!
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At a Glance
Baroque Hostel (official site)
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