Located in Budapest’s up and coming 8th
district, Brody House is the epitome of ‘achingly cool’. Its grandeur feel and
pockets of shabby chic design make clear why it has come to be known as one
of the trendiest places to stay in the capital. Found on the pest side just ten minutes
walk from the majority of the main sights including St Stephen’s Basillica, it
is also within close proximity to Budapest’s Jewish Quarter, which is home to a
wealth of stylish restaurants and cafes, not to mention the city’s famous
string of “Ruin Bars”.
With only 11 rooms, all of which are
originally designed and named after a particular artist whose works will often appear
in what was their former studios, there is an intimate vibe to the place that
you won’t find in any hotel chain. We stayed in the Print Suite, which was home
to a combination of exposed walls, vintage up cycled furniture and a state of
the art shower, which worked together to offer an ideal mix of quirky and
luxury to chill out in after a day exploring. The beds are some of the comfiest I’ve slept
in and the high ceilings and boutiquey feel give the whole place a certain air
of peaceful elegance, making it the perfect retreat from one of the most
happening parts of the capital.
And speaking of places to chill, the lounge
and breakfast rooms are stunning, echoing the imaginative design of the
bedrooms with leather sofas, bespoke artwork and a roaring fire in the evenings
making you want to build in time in your itinerary just to relax there. The
hotel also runs an honesty bar service throughout the day, meaning you can help
yourself to the complimentary tea or a glass of Hungarian red while you snack
on the nibbles they also provide free of charge in the afternoons.
For breakfast you can choose from an
unlimited continental spread for around £6 or choose something off the menu. I
went for Eggs Benedict, which was delicious – although not the most filling.
I’d suggest a better option would be to enjoy a coffee in the breakfast room
before heading out to one Budapest’s popular brunch spots in the Jewish Quarter
If you are really a fan of the hotel (and
trust me you will be), you can also head over to the Brody Studios, a private
members club which is a combination of creative spaces housing live gigs, DJ sets, fashion pop-ups and art
happenings throughout the year.
With prices starting
at just £60 per night for a double room, this is by far one of the best value
hotels I’ve stayed in and the friendly and approachable staff are a great source
of knowledge for the best kept secrets of a super cool city. Budapest should
certainly be on your 2016 city break lust list and if it is you would be crazy
to give this place a miss.
*I was offered a discounted rate in exchange for a review, however all opinions are my own.