On trips with friends I am usually in charge of organising the accommodation, however this time whilst I searched and had an opinion, this hostel was not my first choice but I accepted that and went with it. Everyone can cope with different things and I came prepared… with earplugs!
The Dorm Room
4 bed female dorm
A bed is a bed, a place to lay your head and get some sleep. However, as I am getting more travelled and of course, older, my tastes and comforts are changing, feeling that I am on the cusp of changing some of my travel habits etc, but I think I could continue for a few years. We’ll see.
Sorry for the diversion, but if the photos give you an impression of small and cramped… you would be correct. Little floor space, with lockers for storage for personal items but not for the typical luggage that travellers often bring, therefore unable to stuff under beds. Luggage stored down sides of beds or taking up the valuable floor space.The floor space is valuable, so if one person is up and using the lockers / using the space to check luggage / get changed, you’re confined to the bed. The small space does force you out of your room and into the common areas which is a good thing if you want to experience the social side of the hostel.
Linens are provided, clean and kept me warm even if the duvet was a bit short – I am short in height, so usually this isn’t an issue.
The room was well heated considering it was late December / early January which suited me but could be too warm for others. The dorm has a window which you can open if it gets to stuffy although this means the additional noise of the outside near a busy road, not to loud to disturb but it is there.
The kitchen directly leads onto the living room then the reception with the kitchen leading to the bathroom with showers and a toilet, so everything flows really well. There are also two other toilets for males and females off the kitchen so expect a lot of footfall.
Starting with the kitchen, the kitchen has one central island in the middle furnised with a sink on one side, an oven top opposite and a place to prep your food. Underneath are lots of cupboards and drawers with various utensils you can use whilst cooking as well as eating. The only downside is that is small and limits the amount of people whom can use it at a time – Usually one group at a time as we found. Depending on the size, you could be waiting a while.
There is a fridge that guests can use, just make sure you label your items with your name and leaving date and a pen is provided for this. Of course being a kitchen, there are chairs and tables to eat, mainly for two peope but there is also a larger table to accommodate larger groups.
Moving onto the bathroom, none of the shower stalls have handles but they used to as there is a small hole from the remains that have not been filled in with a lock just above it – Someone could easily peek in, have a look even with the additional curtain and that made me a little uncomfortable. I ended up placing my towel over the door so it hung down to cover it as I showered. The knobs to regulate the temperature were very tempramental.. 1cm in either direction seemed to make a huge difference in temperature. I’m not a fan on showers (I’m a bath person) but I got washed, but with the above… it wasn’t exactly pleasant.
From what I discovered, there are only three toilets (1 male / 1 female / 1 unisex) for the entire hostel (not including ensuites) and their placement means the kitchen and bathroom are busy areas to access them.
Staff? The staff were friendly at all times of the day and super helpful, usully busy as you expect: Manning reception, laundry, cleaning and a whole host of things that go on behind the scenes that I can’t begin to fathom. Despite the pressures that inevitably come with the job, at all times the hostel felt calm, relaxed and welcomed from wherever you came from in the world.
Cleanliness? Overall, I would say very good throughout the commonn areas whilst the dorms less so – Our bin wasn’t emptied throughout the time of our stay. That’s 6 nights and we weren’t the only ones staying in the room, people coming and going as people in hostels often.. returning home or adventures elsewhere. Linens were changed when guests left, that was evident. With the room very small for the amount of occupants at maximum with little place to store belongings, could the room ever be properly cleaned whilst it had even had a single guest staying in it?
What About The Cost?
For 6 nights in a 4 bed female dorm with no additonal benefits, we only paid 56 Euros each for the duration of the stay, so price wise for what we got I would say we got very lucky. The hostel isn’t in the middle of the city but a few minutes walk away from the nearest metro (Heroes Square), it is only an additional few minutes until you reach the last stop slap bang in Budapest. No complaints on this front. Stretching the price range would have probably solved a few niggles we had.
Whatever room you book, most of the rooms come directly off a common area whether it is the kitchen, the living room or reception, which means whenever someone enters or leaves a room noises from conversation or the TV are going to float through. The doors and walls seem paper thin as most noises carry through the building which is why I was so glad that I had brought earplugs with me! My friend didn’t sleep well throughout the trip and they can usually sleep through anything…
Door on the right – Entrance to 4 bed female dorm.
Would I stay here again? Probably not.