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Best Places to Stay in Budapest

The Hungarian capital has many accommodation options depending on your budget and preferences, so it can be difficult to know where to start when planning a trip to the city. Here’s a round-up of the best places to stay in Budapest, with options on both the Buda and Pest sides of the Danube.

By the way- rather than use star ratings, we’ve used the Booking.com rating scores which are based on user reviews. We find that guest ratings are usually more reliable anyway!

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City Gardens Hotel

  • Rating: 7.1
  • Price Range: $
  • Location: Pest side
  • Nearby Attractions: Andrássy Avenue, Oktogon
  • Facilities: Free WiFi, an indoor pool, a sauna, a fitness centre, a restaurant, 24 hour front desk and luggage storage, a parking garage (with an additional charge) and a shuttle service/airport transport for an additional charge

City Gardens offers private apartments for budget-conscious travellers, ensuring privacy and convenience right in the heart of the city. As well as the fantastic on-site amenities, they can also arrange walking tours and sessions with a personal trainer.

Ibis Budapest Heroes Square

  • Rating: 7.9
  • Price Range: $
  • Location: Pest side, near Heroes’ Square
  • Nearby Attractions: City Park, House of Terror Museum
  • Facilities: Free WiFi, a bar, a garden, 24 hour front desk and luggage storage, and a parking garage (with an additional charge)

The Ibis Budapest hotel near Heroes’ Square is a fantastic option for families. Not only is it close to iconic landmarks, but City Park is right on your doorstep.

City Park is home to major attractions such as Vajdahunyad Castle, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Budapest Zoo, the Museum of Fine Arts, as well as multiple restaurants and street food options.

Budapest Csaszar Hotel

  • Rating: 7.9
  • Price Range: $
  • Location: Buda side
  • Nearby Attractions: Lukács Thermal Bath, Margaret Island
  • Facilities: Free WiFi, breakfast, an outdoor pool, 24 hour front desk and luggage storage, and a shuttle service/airport transport for an additional charge

The Budapest Csaszar Hotel, a nineteenth century former nunnery, is a fantastic choice for budget-conscious travellers. Located just metres from the Lukács Thermal Bath, it’s also on the same side of the river as the Castle District and Gellért Hill, which are accessible by public transport (check out our article How to Use Budapest Public Transport Like a Pro for more information).

If you’ve purchased a Budapest Card then entry to Lukács is free, and the hotel can also arrange half-board options at a nearby restaurant. Regardless of whether you wish to stay on a half-board basis, all guests will enjoy discounted restaurant prices.

Buda Castle Hotel Budapest

  • Rating: 8.3
  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: Buda side, in the Castle District
  • Nearby Attractions: Fisherman’s Bastion, Hospital in the Rock
  • Facilities: Free WiFi, breakfast, a bar, a fitness centre, a garden and terrace, a concierge service, 24 hour front desk and luggage storage, and a shuttle service/airport transport for an additional charge

Buda Castle Hotel Budapest offers a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the history of the Castle District for a reasonable price. It’s a few minutes walk from the Hospital in the Rock museum, and a few minutes further from the iconic Fisherman’s Bastion, with stunning views over the Danube and the Hungarian Parliament Building.

The hotel can also arrange walking tours of the Castle District, as well as cultural tours and classes.

K+K Hotel Opera

  • Rating: 8.3
  • Price Range: $$
  • Location: Pest side, near the Hungarian State Opera House
  • Nearby Attractions: Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square
  • Facilities: Free WiFi, a fitness centre, a restaurant, a bar, a concierge service, 24 hour front desk and luggage storage, a parking garage (with an additional charge) and a shuttle service/airport transport for an additional charge

K+K Hotel Opera provides budget-friendly accommodation steps away from cultural landmarks. You can explore the bustling Andrássy Avenue with its stylish galleries and department stores, or even catch a performance at the Opera House.

The hotel also offers a massage service, and can arrange activities such as bike tours.

Hilton Budapest

  • Rating: 8.7
  • Price Range: $$$
  • Location: Buda side, near Matthias Church
  • Nearby Attractions: Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Facilities: Free WiFi, a sauna, a fitness centre, a restaurant, a bar, room service, a concierge service, 24 hour front desk and luggage storage, and a parking garage (with an additional charge)

In addition to its fantastic location on Castle Hill, the Hilton Budapest is one of the best regarded hotels in the city. The Castle Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery are right on your doorstep, as are the Hospital in the Rock museum and the nearby Gellért Hill.

The Hilton Budapest is also able to arrange car hire, bike rentals and babysitting services.

Anantara New York Palace Budapest

  • Rating: 9.3
  • Price Range: $$$
  • Location: Pest side, near New York Café
  • Nearby Attractions: Dohány Street Synagogue, Central Market Hall
  • Facilities: Free WiFi, an indoor pool, a spa, a fitness centre, a restaurant, a historic cafe, room service, a concierge service, 24 hour front desk and luggage storage, a parking garage (with an additional charge) and a shuttle service/airport transport for an additional charge

The Anantara New York Palace Budapest, housed in a grand 19th-century building, exudes old-world charm. Don’t miss the iconic New York Café for coffee and cake.

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

  • Rating: 9.3
  • Price Range: $$$$$
  • Location: Pest side, at the end of the Chain Bridge
  • Nearby Attractions: Hungarian Parliament Building, St. Stephen’s Basilica
  • Facilities: Free WiFi, an indoor pool, a spa, a fitness centre, restaurant, room service, a concierge service, 24 hour front desk and luggage storage, a parking garage (with an additional charge) and a shuttle service/airport transport for an additional charge

For unparalleled luxury, the Four Seasons Gresham Palace is a masterpiece. Its stunning Art Nouveau facade, opulent interiors, and Danube views make it a top choice.

You can also book activities through the hotel, such as walking tours, culture classes, themed dinners and live music.

Hotel Moments Budapest

  • Rating: 9.4
  • Price Range: $$$
  • Location: Pest side, on Andrássy Avenue
  • Nearby Attractions: Hungarian State Opera House, St. Stephen’s Basilica
  • Facilities: Free WiFi, breakfast, a restaurant, a fitness centre, a rooftop terrace, a concierge service, 24 hour front desk and luggage storage, and a shuttle service/airport transport for an additional charge

Hotel Moments offers contemporary comfort and a prime location. Explore the nearby cultural landmarks and unwind on the rooftop with a view of the city.

As well as iconic landmarks, Hotel Moments Budapest is close to offbeat attractions such as Cat Cafe Budapest and the Museum of Sweets and Selfies. It’s also just a two minute walk between metro stations.

VIP Residence Budapest Riverside

  • Rating: 9.4
  • Price Range: $$$$
  • Location: Danube Promenade
  • Nearby Attractions: Váci Street, Gellért Hill 
  • Facilities: Free WiFi, a terrace, a barber shop, 24 hour front desk and luggage storage, and a shuttle service/airport transport for an additional charge

Indulge in luxury at VIP Residence Budapest Riverside, where modern design meets riverside tranquillity. The hotel is just across the Danube from Gellért Hill and the Gellért Thermal Bath, which is great for relaxing after a day of exploring.

You can also get your hair done at the beauty or barber shops, and enjoy the nearby tapas, Greek and Lebanese restaurants.

Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection

  • Rating: 9.6
  • Price Range: $$$$
  • Location: Pest side, practically next to St. Stephen’s Basilica
  • Nearby Attractions: St. Stephen’s Basilica, Hungarian State Opera House, Andrássy Avenue
  • Facilities: Free WiFi, breakfast, an indoor pool, a spa, a fitness centre, a rooftop bar, music-themed rooms, room service, a concierge service, 24 hour front desk and luggage storage, and a shuttle service/airport transport for an additional charge

Aria Hotel combines elegance with musical inspiration. Each floor represents a different genre of music, and the rooftop bar offers breathtaking views.

The spa is where Aria Hotel Budapest really shines, offering a huge range of treatments including beauty treatments, waxing and full body massages. You can also book a session with a personal trainer, or stick to yoga classes and the sauna.

Pest Palace Apartment

  • Rating: 9.8
  • Price Range: $$$
  • Location: Pest side, in the Jewish Quarter
  • Nearby Attractions: The famous Szimpla Kert ruin bar, the Dohány Street Synagogue (opposite)
  • Facilities: Free WiFi, a lift, air conditioning during summer

The privately managed Palace Apartment is an elegant and spacious apartment, ideal for families or groups. Its position in the Jewish Quarter with the nearby Parliament Building and riverside walks make it a prime location.

While you may expect the perks and facilities of a hotel for this rating and price tag, don’t dismiss the Palace Apartment; its prime location makes it an excellent option for those who value the privacy and convenience of their own living space.

Be aware that the Palace Apartment has a two night minimum stay, and book early- it’s extremely popular!

Final thoughts on the best places to stay in Budapest

Ultimately, this article is only a guide- only you’ll be able to decide if a hotel or other type of accommodation meets your requirements. Just remember when booking to check what kind of facilities are available and whether it’s close to attractions you’d be interested in (our article Best of Budapest: A Comprehensive Guide to the Top Things to Do can help with this).

Let us know in the comments if you’ve stayed in any of the places we mentioned, or if you’ve stayed somewhere else and think it deserves a place on our list!

CTA: Check out Booking.com to book any of the hotels listed or to explore other options. If you’re interested in booking a trip to Budapest, check out our other articles or platforms such as Get Your Guide and Tiqets for inspiration!

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