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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This centrally located TWO BEDROOM courtyard apartment is ideal for couples, friends and families alike. With all the facilities you might require from hair dryer to a washer dryer. Although advertised for 2-4 people, it can accommodate up to a cosy 6 (comfortable double sofa bed) , so room enough for a family.
It comes with WIFI INTERNET and cable television with international channels to help you unwind after a long days sightseeing or plan the next.
The fitted kitchen is reached a few steps up from the sitting and dining area enabling you to self cater at what ever level suits you, be it fresh rolls for breakfast or spit roasting a chicken.
Throughout the apartment you will find plenty of storage space for your luggage and belongings.
Just a ten minute walk along the Danube and next to the Metro, bus and tram, there is a Spar supermarket with café facilities and cash point making it a perfect and charming base from which to explore Budapest. In addition, there are at least eight restaurants within 100 metres, from cordon bleu to authentic Hungarian and Korean cuisine, as well as a 24/7 one stop for those last minute items.
The city divided by the Danube into Buda and Pest can be easily explored on foot or just take a tram or metro to anywhere in the city. For the cost of about £12, a weekly ticket allows you to use all forms of public transport. Tram 6 is a great circular route to see the city through the eyes of the locals, with no better way to soak in the atmosphere and see some of the many fascinating sites. The weekly ticket allows you to just hop on and off whether to visit an attraction or just while some time away watching the world go by over a coffee and a pastry or an ice cold beer.
Up behind the apartment, you will find the famous Castle District and Matthias Church along with some spectacular views from the Fisherman's Bastion. Some pleasant restaurants and cafes provide refreshments and on a hot day the cool underground “Labyrinth” and Underground Hospital are worth a visit.
One thing not to be missed whilst here are the world famous thermal baths, from the classical architecture of the Gellert Baths to the Original Rudas Turkish Bath (circa 1566) just ten minutes from the apartment, these subterranean waters packed full of beneficial minerals are a lot more than just a hot soak. Follow this up with a massage for around £10 and you will be so relaxed that an evening meal in the Paris Garden restaurant below the apartment will be all that you need to round off the day.
In addition to many pretty sites including the colourful market and outstanding parliament buildings, Budapest is also full of cool parks and Margit Island situated in the middle of the Danube, provides a green haven to stroll or cycle through.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Budapest Ferihegy 20 km, Nearest railway: All three are just a few stops away|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment is maintained to a very high standard, with a fully tiled bathroom and shower area, the bespoke kitchen with its spiral staircase is both attractive and practical separating kitchen from the lounge area. The kitchen is fully equipped with every thing from stainless steel saucepans to champagne glasses, in fact if you feel something is missing we will supply it the next day.
The main bedroom contains a handmade wooden double bed, two side tables with lamps and a sizable wardrobe with mirror doors, the window overlooks the private courtyard. The recently redecorated second bedroom contains two single beds, a side table with lamp, large mirrored feature wall, a single wardrobe, inlet ventilation and a window to the sitting room.
The double sofa bed opens to 1.4 metres (standard double) and is comfortable to sleep on - I have tried it :-)
The dining area has seating for 4 to 6 (comfortable to cosy) and similarly the lounge.
There is a table and two chairs for the veranda.
In the cooler months underfloor heating makes the apartment a cosy spot to return to.
After meeting you on arrival, you will find local maps, together with a few more hints and tips we have collected over the years, places to go, sites to see.
We live about 25 km outside of Budapest and are always available for any queries or assistance. Over the years we have helped with flights, taxi bookings, dental and doctor visits - our own personal insurance:-)
If you would like a few days in the countryside we also have a small apartment up in the hills outside of Budapest.
Smoker are welcome, we just ask you to smoke on the veranda rather than inside.
From the nine years of renting to date, the guestbook is full of good feedback, it is our aim that you have a thoroughly enjoyable time here. The apartment, its location and quality together with the comprehensive information we supply will hopefully ensure this. Please let us know if there is anything that you think is missing (kitchen item?) or anything we could add or include to improve it.
The Central Hungary/Danube region
Sitting right in the centre of Europe for over 1000 years, Hungary has been influenced by many diverse cultures, absorbing the richness of the Turks, the architecture of the Habsburgs as well as the 50 years within the Russian sphere of influence in addition to its own extensive traditions.
For an alternative day out, 30 miles North-west of Budapest there is the ancient City of Esztergom, with its magnificent Basilica standing proudly by the Danube and overlooking the Slovakian town of Sturovo. A 5 minute stroll over the Maria Valeria Bridge re-opened in 2001 after its destruction in 1945 takes you into yet another country and with more sites and sounds (and cheap shopping!).
After an exploration of the sites, you can retire to the newly opened thermal complex that has everything from pools and water slides to Turkish baths and a full range of therapies and beauty treatments. For kids as well as adults there is a super little museum all about the River Danube, its management and resources.
In fact with all this to do and see you might wish to stay for a night in our apartment just 10 miles outside of this historic city up in the cool hills of the Pilis (pronounced pillish) mountain range. This ecologically unique area is home to many species of birds and is rich in the natural flora of its limestone habitat. With gorge walks and caving, horse riding or just taking a stroll to one of the several to natural springs enjoying the some of the fresh mountain air, before returning to the buzz of Budapest.
For another view of another part of Hnngary, try this link: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/hungary-central-europes-family-favourite-2367149.html
District I or the Castle District as it is known, is an historic and very popular part of a beautiful city. Literally up behind the apartment is the Castle area, from where you can see right across the Danube to the city beyond. Sites worth visiting include the Matthias Church, the Fisher Bastion, the underground hospital, military museum amongst many other venues. I would also suggest the Cafe Ruszwurm for cake and coffee which you will have earned by walking up in the first place:-)
Come down on the funicular railway for another view across the Chain Bridge (Lanchid).
Another aspect of Budapest and Hungary not to be missed are the thermal waters that spill out from the ground at 60-70C. Both the Romans and the Turks took full advantage of them, so for a little luxury try the spa at the Gellert Hotel or the original 1568 Turkish bath called the Rudas, where you can enjoy this tastefully restored bath, sauna and steam rooms as it as it once was - Both are about 5 minutes by tram - Afterwards stroll across the Szabodsag Bridge to the Great Market Hall or stay at the Gellert Hotel for yet more cakes............
It is worth mentioning even if you had not considered it, that dentistry, beauty therapy and medical procedures are all available at much reduced prices compared to other private options. Dentistry has had a good reputation for years, with the Austrians, Swiss and Germans taking full advantage of it.
Beauty therapy includes permanent hair removal to just plain pampering, and although medical treatments are never something to be taken lightly, with some operations at around half the UK prices there are benefits to be had over and above a holiday.
Whilst we cannot recommend a specific dentist etc, if you wish to discuss some of these options we can certainly help bridge the confidence gap and assist you during your stay…
In addition to the sites mentioned, don't miss out on a river trip. Whether it is using the river taxis from Batthany Square (next to the Metro) or longer excursions up river to the pretty town of Szentendre with its artists and old charm or the hilltop castle of Visegrád, home to Hungary's mightiest medieval kings.
What Hungary lacks as a coastal beach, it more than makes up for it with its outdoor pool complexes, where you can find upwards of 5 pools, often including a thermal baths slides and wave machines together with cafés, bars for assorted snacks and meals.
An all day ticket is seldom more than a few pounds and they are large enough to ensure a quiet spot for a little sun worshiping, reading, resting or exhausting the kids.
Margit Island is a good place to start boasting two complexes in the middle of the Danube.
In the winter the Szechenyi baths has a thermally heated outdoor swimming pool, and just across the park is the newly renovated and beautiful Hero's Square Ice rink. Worth hiring some skates to experience it along with many locals, or just watch everyone else with a glass of mulled wine.
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11 Jul 2014
Fantastic location and perfect for our family of 4. I was able to par on the street outside over the weekend but was ticketed on a Monday. This was cheaper and easier than finding a car park but pro… More
13 Jun 2014
"Great location and very helpful host!"
Two couples stayed at this wonderful apartment for 5 nights. Mark shared lots of information before we arrived, and had a lot more for us when we got to the apt. It was very helpful in planning our da… More
31 May 2014
"Genial, céntrico, cómodo y con una atención muy buena."
La estancia ha sido muy buena. El apartamento se encuentra en un lugar céntrico en el lado de Buda. El puente de las cadenas se encuentra a escasos minutos. El trato por parte del propietario fantás… More
17 Apr 2014
"Great location and super nice host!"
We are a family of 4 who stayed for 3 nights in this quiet and centrally located apartment. The apartment is small but very practical and clean. It had good internet connection and all the basic thing… More
30 Oct 2013
"A two bedroom flat in an idyllic location, managed by a friendly and knowledgeable host"
We arrived at the flat from the airport to meet Mark, who was friendly and chatty right from the off, keen to give us a tour of the flat pausing every so often to make recommendations about places to … More
28 Sep 2013
"Great Location and Great Hosts"
The apartment is centrally located with easy walking access to both the Buda and Pest sides. The apartment is very comfortable and quiet. It is also located near convenient restaurants, shopping and t… More
12 May 2013
"This is my third stay at this wonderful apartment"
This is my third stay at this wonderful apartment, it is comfortable,warm and inviting. The location could not be better it is in the middle of the main tourist area, near a tube station and easy walk… More
20 Feb 2013
"Fantastic Location & Well Equipped!"
Great place to stay in Budapest! Mark is a wealth of knowledge and the flat couldn't be in better location. Within walking distance to most of the attractions and not far at all from the subway. Definitely would stay there again, perfect base for going out at night and sightseeing during the day!
1 Jan 2013
"Excellent accommodations in Budapest"
Dear Mark,Thank you so much, this apartment met all our needs and is in such a great location for walking to tourist sites and transit. We toured and walked so much. We enjoyed the fantastic Opera Hou… More
29 Oct 2012
"Beautiful apartment in an excellent location"
I would highly recommend this lovely apartment and cannot think of anything negative to say about our stay here. The location is perfect - minutes from shops, restaurants and the stunning Fishermans Bastion & Castle complex, yet a quiet retreat after the bustle of the Pest side of the city. Mark was extremely welcoming and gave us some excellent tips for our stay - including recommendations as well as some fascinating details regarding history and culture. The apartment was everything we could have wished for and felt like home almost straight away. We had a lovely week (which still wasn't enough to cover the many, many sights) and would definitely book the same apartment if we return.
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