Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness on Saturday, December 9th, 2017.
The days of choosing between one generic hotel and another on a city break are, thankfully, in the past. Airbnb, the website that connects homeowners with people looking for the homely touch when they travel has revolutionized the travel accommodation industry. Budapest, like every other major European city, is not short on options when it comes to finding somewhere on Airbnb. From cheap, cozy boltholes, to luxurious, view-included apartments there is a bit of everything to suit everyone’s style and needs. Scroll down to see 7 of our favorite Airbnb rentals in Budapest.
A Loft with History
Located right next to the iconic Parliament and a short walk from the river, you couldn’t ask for a better location if you’re the sort of person who likes long, scenic strolls. The interior of this place is stunning – the exposed brickwork and whitewashed walls give the place a clean, yet curious feel and the fixing and furnishings are of the highest standards.
Our favorite thing about this apartment? The bed nestled away on the inside balcony upstairs. Be sure to chill out up here while you flick through your guidebook.
A Unique Home by the Buda Castle
Another apartment that scores big points for its location – right in the heart of the charming Castle District – this basement studio apartment has lovely exposed brick arches, and lots of cute wooden furnishings. While not the on the huge side, we don’t expect you’ll spend much time inside when you’re in this neighborhood, and as a place to rest your head after a long day exploring, this ticks all the boxes.
City Park Apartment
This one is a little outside of the downtown, situated near to Budapest’s City Park. While not quite as beautiful as the Margit Island park, it’s abuzz with renovation works, and a great park to explore if you like things a little on the run down side. Of course, it’s also a great base if you plan to spend time at Hero’s Square, Szechenyi Baths, or in one of the many museums that surround the park and nearby Andrassy Avenue.
This apartment can be described as bright and spacious, with high ceilings – a staple of Budapest homes – and even a jacuzzi in the bathroom if that’s your sort of thing. It’s also located on a quiet residential street, so you won’t need to worry about getting to sleep at night.
Hidden Gem in the City Centre
As the name suggests, this one is a bit of a gem – the owner has worked hard to keep some of the original architectural features of the apartment while modernizing it. The high ceiling and bed balcony remain, although built from exposed-grain wood to make it really stand out.
While a little on the small side, this place is perfect for a traveling couple, and the apartment’s stone balcony with views of the Budapest Eye and Chain Bridge make it ever more appealing.
A Great Place with Two Terraces
Speaking of balconies, if you love them, then this is the apartment for you with it’s two spacious terraces – intense outdoor foliage and hammock included – although probably best only for a spring or summer visit, as winter can get a little cold in Budapest.
Located in the center of town, this is the perfect base if you plan to spend your days shopping, stopping at restaurants and frequenting ruin pubs at night. Inside the apartment, you’ll be amazed at the amount of open floor space, and the brightness, thanks to not one, but two sets of big bay windows.
Downtown Apartment with Two Bedrooms
We like this one because it’s a little more colorful than the others, with close attention having been paid to kitsch and quirky decorations. With warm red prevailing, we reckon this would be a more than welcoming apartment to head home to in the winter after a day pounding the streets.
The apartment is on the smaller side but has an open plan kitchen and living room to make the best use of the space. One thing we really like about this place is the wall prints, featuring scenes from the surrounding neighborhood – and the useful chalkboard with ideas on where to go.
Near the Action
If you want to be close to the action but still have a good night’s sleep, then this apartment could be the one to go for. Just steps away from the party area in the 7th district, this 1 bedroom apartment is newly renovated with a mix of modern and classic design.
It has full amenities and furniture, which gives it a special charm that will lure you back after a late night so you can gaze through the windows and admire the impressive view of the synagogue across the street. As an added bonus, the building is setup for step-free access, while the apartment is designed to be wheel chair friendly. We think you can definitely make this your home in Budapest.