Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest

Spectacularly rising up from a troubled past, Budapest – Hungary’s capital bisected by the River Danube – is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after city breaks in European. With many a creative soul and artist taking advantage of the still very cheap rents, Budapest now has a very hip and trendy edge with eclectically styled ruin bars, famous rock festivals, fantastic bars and coffee houses, a burgeoning gastronomic scene and even night-time pool parties, complete with music, film and laser discos. Juxtaposed with the Hungarian capital’s edgier side is the grand and elegant treasure trove of superb baroque, neoclassical, and art nouveau architecture. Of course, that’s not forgetting to mention their wonderful thermal spas (the city lies on more than a hundred thermal springs) which continue to draw visitors from all corners of Europe for their relaxing and reportedly restorative qualities. A trendy Budapest break needs an equally hip place to stay, so here are 15 of the best cool and unusual hotels in Budapest…

Baltazár Budapest –  hip boutique hotel with a cool urban vibe

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Featuring first class 4-star accommodation, the 4-star exceptionally rated Baltazár Budapest has been owned by a family of leading restaurateurs for over 30 years. Offering just 11 bedrooms, each one is uniquely designed and beautifully executed. Choose from a beautiful room with a feature wall depicting Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’, or one with an open bathroom and shower cubicle overlooking the bedroom. Whichever room you opt for, they are all as carefully crafted as the next. As you would expect from a family that specialises in the restaurant business, the onsite Hungarian Grill Restaurant and Wine Bar is superb and offers a finely crafted menu and extensive wine list in stripped back, industrial style surroundings. The hip Budapest hotel is located in the Historic District of the city, close to the castle and other attractions.

Lanchid 19 Design Hotel – multi-award winning trendy riverside hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Conveniently located for exploring both the Castle District and the Belváros, the 4-star exceptionally rated Lanchid 19 Design Hotel is beautifully presented and is yet another fine example of the city’s love of individual design and local artwork. With frosted glass walkways, artwork created by local students and an exterior that features moving coloured panels, the very cool Budapest accommodation is an exceptional city design hotel. Bedrooms are elegant and feature muted colours, crisp linens and high-end furnishings, as well as views out across the tree-lined streets and the river. The restaurant specialises in local dishes, and the hotel bar sits beneath the illuminated glass walkways.

Bohem Art Hotel – part riverside hotel, part art gallery

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

As small, friendly mid-range hotel located on the banks of the Danube River, the 4-start exceptionally rated Bohem Art Hotel offers laid-back living in the heart of the city. Bedrooms are all uniquely designed and feature artworks and one-off oversized prints created by local artists, while bathrooms are sleek and modern. A real arty vibe is present in all areas of the cool and funky Budapest hotel, and the lobby areas are bold and comfortable, while the design-conscious coffee shop serves up first class, American style breakfast for hungry travellers. There is also a daily happy hour with free tea and coffee as well as snacks.

  • Prices from £75 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Bohem Art Hotel

Brody House – artist designed shabby chic

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Colourful, quirky accommodation with a laid back, shabby chic vibe makes the 4-star much loved Brody House one of the most eclectic hotels in the city. Located on a leafy avenue opposite the Hungarian National Museum, the hotel is close to all of the main city attractions but tucked away from the main hustle and bustle to keep it feeling quiet and serene. Bedrooms are each named after a single artist and their decor is inspired by the same. Using upcycled furnishings, unusual wall art and free-standing bathtubs, the owners of this unique Budapest hotel really have created an authentic yet unusual place to stay. Guests can also enjoy a wonderful Continental style breakfast every day.

  • Prices from £70 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Brody House

Casati Budapest – funky and chic art-filled hotel

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

An artsy boutique hotel with a difference, the very highly rated Casati Budapest offers exposed brick walls blended with bold, contemporary design as well as pretty impressive eco-friendly credentials. Offering recycled toilet rolls in every room, LED lighting and eco-friendly toiletries and detergents, the Casati is leading the way for other small city hotels. Bedrooms at this trendsetting Budapest accommodation are bright and airy and designed to help you relax and feel energised during your stay. The on-site Tuk Tuk Bar offers an extensive list of wine and beers, and also serves up light, healthy snacks that can also be eaten in the sunny, courtyard atrium or visitors can explore the cafes and bars of the nearby Liszt Ferenc tér.

  • Prices from £90 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Casati Budapest

Boutique Hotel Budapest – contemporary chic close to the river

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

The delightful 4-star highly rated Boutique Hotel Budapest is just a 2-minute walk from the peaceful waters of the Danube River as well as the famous shopping district, Váci utca. Stylishly decorated throughout and with a contemporary urban feel, the bedrooms offer plenty of high-spec kit for travellers looking to work (or play) during their stay. You can expect to find complimentary WiFi and LCD Tv’s as standard in all rooms. The chic and trendy Budapest hotel also offers a continental breakfast spread in its canteen style breakfast room, and its central location means you will never have to travel far to find excellent cafes, restaurants and bars for lunch and dinner.

Aria House – a funky upscale music-themed hotel

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

One of the coolest and newest hotels in the city, the 5-star exceptionally rated Aria House is a music-themed hotel that sits in the shadow of St Stephen’s Basilica. Beautifully designed and thoroughly embracing all things musical, the sassy and chic Budapest hotel offers a gorgeous garden courtyard complete with retro furniture and a space-age piano, as well as an underground spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms are cool and contemporary with un-fussy design and open bathrooms, whilst some offer balconies that lead directly out onto a stunning interior courtyard. The rooftop bar has unparalleled views across the Basilica, and the Stradivari restaurant has a soothing wall of water, violins hanging from the ceiling and an excellent menu.

Hotel Rum – cool industrial chic boutique hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Housed in a traditional townhouse, the highly rated Hotel Rum is a stunning boutique hotel located in a quiet residential square. With quirky and fun interiors, visitors can expect to find a spiral stone staircase, as well as plenty of industrial and rustic touches to complement the age and style of the building. Bedrooms at the stylishly quirky Budapest abode are all individually designed, with a focus on the industrial era and plenty of metal framed furniture, whilst bathrooms feature black and white metro tiles and have freestanding rainforest showers. The Urban Tiger restaurant serves imaginative Southeast-Asian cuisine, while breakfast is served on the rooftop bar with panoramic views of the city.

Hotel Monuments – chic boutique on the iconic Andrassy Avenue

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

One of the best hotels in the city, the 4-star exceptionally rated Hotel Monuments is situated on the upscale Andrássy út, close to both St Stephen’s Basilica and the Opera House. The interiors have been carefully crafted to complement the buildings 19th-century heritage and guests can expect to find bedrooms with opulent classical interiors and frosted glass doors etched with scenes from antiquity in the bathrooms. The hotel restaurant, Bistro Fine, serves up Hungarian and European cuisine and features a bar that houses a pair of original train lights as a homage to the Metro Line that runs beneath it. The trendsetting Budapest hotel also has a wellness and massage area as well as a small fitness centre.

Roombach Hotel – bold, retro-chic mid-range hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

This highly rated mid-range hotel is located in the neighbourhood of Király utca and Gozsdu udva, making it the perfect spot from which to explore the vibrant city streets and soak up the bohemian atmosphere. The Roombach Hotel offers bold interiors with geometric elements to reflect the surrounding architecture and has bright airy bedrooms with flat screen TV’s, big beds and steaming hot showers in the bathrooms. The hotel bar, baR14, is the social hub of the cool and hip Budapest hotel and offers funky music and a wide array of beverages for you to enjoy during your stay. With plenty of retro touches throughout, this modern hotel blends both the old and the new seamlessly.

  • Prices from £65 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Roombach Hotel 

Hotel Parlament – a creative Art Deco boutique hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

As one of the very best boutique hotels in the city, The 4-star Hotel Parlament offers imaginative design features in sumptuous surroundings. Close to the Parliament Buildings, the arty and creative Budapest abode has a central location that is excellent for exploring all the main attractions in the city. Bedrooms have a distinctive Art Deco feel and come complete with wooden floors, feature walls and high-quality textiles, as well as modern bathrooms tucked away behind frosted glass partitions. The breakfast area is housed in the lobby and there is always a wide variety of fresh fruit and local produce available, whilst the Sky Bar beneath the atrium’s glass roof serves up delicious cocktails, wines, beers and spirits.

  • Prices from £80 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Parlament 

Palazzo Zichy – former 19th century palace turned swish hotel

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

The 4-star Palazzo Zichy offers refined accommodation at an affordable price. Housed in an elegant palace dating back to 1899, it is centrally located just inside the Great Boulevard. The interiors are slick and modern but still manage to incorporate plenty of the original Rococo features including a huge chandelier at the entrance and the ornate black balustrade that runs up the staircase. Bedrooms offer clean lines and contemporary furnishings as well as plenty of high-quality linens and clean modern bathrooms. The unique contemporary Budapest hotel offers fresh and filling continental style breakfasts in the atrium, and the lobby bar has an extensive drinks list as well as a charming ambience and plenty of soft, sumptuous sofas to relax in to after a busy day exploring the city.

  • Prices from £85 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Palazzo Zichy

Continental Hotel – decadent luxury in the heart of the Jewish Quarter

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

One of the classiest hotels in the city of Budapest, The 4-star exceptionally rated Continental Hotel offers supremely elegant accommodation close to the Great Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter. Housed in a former public baths building, the hotel has a truly stylish interior hidden away behind its classical façade. The lobby exudes spa-like calm with turquoise ceilings and a glass wall to the rear, whilst bedrooms are more romantic with chocolate tones and dark wood furniture. The decadent and sophisticated Budapest hotel restaurant Araz serves up excellent French and Hungarian dishes in luxurious surroundings and there is also a sauna, spa and rooftop swimming pool for guests to enjoy during their stay.

Soho Boutique Hotel – beautiful eclectic boutique

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

This decadent downtown boutique hotel is full of interior delights and is centrally located making it a great base from which to explore this beautiful city. The 4-star highly rated Soho Boutique Hotel Budapest is close to the Dohany Street Synagogue, the Hungarian National Museum and the State Opera House, where the desk staff can purchase tickets on your behalf if you want to catch an opera while you are there. Guests rooms at the chic and quirky Budapest hotel are masculine with dark colours and plenty of baroque touches, and the communal areas are bold and eclectic. There is a breakfast buffet available every morning where guests can fill their boots on first class, continental style cuisine.

Art’otel Budapest – unique and contemporary riverside art hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Budapest Global Grasshopper

This 4-star hotel contains over 600 works by the American contemporary artist Donald Sultan, and its riverside location makes the Art’otel Budapest one of the most sought-after destinations in the city. Housed in a 7 storey modern building close to Buda Castle Palace, some of the bedrooms offer great views out across the Chain Bridge and river itself, whilst all of them are well appointed with plenty of luxury touches. The cool and arty Budapest hotel’s bistro-style restaurant serves up both Hungarian and international dishes and the Baroque wing of the hotel (the original building) has a lounge for laid-back breakfasts or late evening drinks.

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Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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