Hello Budapest Hostel, Budapest Review
While moving around on our digital nomad adventure we recently left the beautiful Bucharest, Romania and flew to the stunning Budapest, Hungary.
Hello Budapest Hostel benefits from a fantastic location. Rooms are spacious, but unfortunatly lack basic facilities and cleanliness. I can't really say too much more as the price was just £6.50 per person per night, and to some extent I'm thinking 'what can you expect for that kind of price' however if you have just £1 - £2 more to spend per night then I'd probably tell you to look elsewhere.
This was our first time visiting Hungary, however due to the city being more of a tourist hotspot we knew it was going to be slightly more expensive. For that reason we opted to stay at the Hello Budapest Hostel for our 5 night stay.
Dates: 25th June 2017 – 30th June 2017
Price We Paid Per Night: £6.50 each
Room Type:2 Beds in a 10 Bed Mixed Dorm
Booking Platform: Booking.com
Hello Budapest Hostel is also known as The Walking Bed Hostel (Google maps know it as Hello Budapest Hostel however Booking.com had it listed as Walking Bed Hostel). Without a doubt the hostels greatest asset has to be it’s location.
It’s opposite the Great Market Hall and just a short walk from the main strip of shops and restaurants. Public transport links including as the tram and metro (M4) is just a five minute walk.
From the Airport we got a bus to the Shopping Centre at Kobanya-Kispest. From there you’re able to get the metro line (M4) straight to Kálvin tér. The total cost of this per person was the euro equivalent of approximately £2 (based on June 2017 exchange rates)
We stayed in the 10 bed mixed dorm in an apartment around the corner from the main building, we had to go out and go in another door as it was classed as another building. The room was clean and was actually split by a door into two different rooms, it was well presented and modern. The mattresses and beds were fresh and looked quite recent addition to the hostel. The bedding was marked with the HBH logo and was well kept.
The room was functional. It had plug sockets and a small table that was great for us to work at. My real bug about the hostel there was nowhere to lock away your belongings. It had a small set of drawers next to one of the beds and a wardrobe to house your clothes and belongings if you wished.
The hostel in the main building had bathrooms and a large kitchen on the main floor and within our apartment, we had a toilet and separate bathroom and a kitchen. The kitchen had a full stove top and oven, kettle and microwave (though we weren’t quite sure the oven part worked), a fridge-freezer and plenty of cupboards and kitchen utensils. The bathroom had a bathtub with a shower head above with the boiler in the shower area with you, that worried us slightly as we hadn’t seen that before.
Hello Budapest Hostel is cheap and it’s basic. However, it seems to lack basic necessities. While the hostel was cleaned every day there were major flaws (no toilet paper, sticky table surfaces). In fact it seemed that the only major ‘win’ for this hostel was it’s fabulous location.
It therefore shouldn’t come as surprise when I say that we wouldn’t stay here again. Instead, I’d like to see what other budget hostels in Budapest have to offer.