Hotel Brody House in Budapest, Hungary

Updated: October 29, 2019

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Review of Brody House Hotel in Budapest, Hungary.

Brody House – Staying at arty Brody House gives you a pass to join a community of urban creatives.

An artist’s atelier turned hotel, Brody House is likely different than anywhere else you’ve stayed. Yes, there’s the art, everywhere, by the many artists who have worked here (most pieces are for sale), but when you get a room here, you’re also joining a community of creatives and gaining entry to an array of events, parties, and happenings organized by the mothership, Brodyland. The rooms themselves are each unique and built around an artist’s vision. The result is an upcycled-chic look with comforts that are more eclectic than modern.

Brody House – Location

  • Address: Bródy Sándor utca 10, Budapest.
  • Nearest Metro/Subway: Kálvin tér (0.2 mile, 4-minute walk), Astoria (0.3 mile, 5-minute walk).
  • Area: On a quiet street just across from the Hungarian National Museum and its surrounding park. You’ll feel quite arty and out of the tourist zone here, although sights such as the best ruin bars, coffee houses, and the Great Synagogue are around an 8-minute walk away only.
  • How To Get There: Affordable door-to-door airport shuttles run about every 20 minutes and take around 40 minutes (12 miles). Alternately, taxis are widely available, and the hotel can arrange pick-up and drop-off.
  • Handy To: Hungarian National Museum, Ruin Bars, Coffee Houses.

Brody House – The Basics

  • Ages: The Brody House attracts arty types of all ages, including young creatives. Families are welcome, and the facilities and location are great for them, although there are no special services.
  • View: Not all rooms have views, but those that do, look out over the National Museum of Budapest.
  • Kitchen: Julia’s Studio has a full kitchen, while Weiler’s Studio has a smaller but still very useable kitchenette.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: There are no private pools or jacuzzis.
  • Extras: When you’re a guest at Brody House, you become part of the Brodyland Members’ Club that gives you access to the group’s venues throughout the city, including special events like artist workshops and pub quizzes.
  • When To Book: Reserve at least 3 months in advance for May through September and during the Christmas holidays. A month or 2 in advance is usually good for April through October, and you’ll have no trouble finding a last-minute room from January through March.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +36 1 550 7363
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: brody.land

Brody House – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No spa.
  • Fitness Center: No fitness center.
  • For Disabled Guests: There is no lift, and guests have to go up a large staircase to reach the rooms.
  • For Families: Families are welcome and a few rooms work well for them. Baby cots are free and children under 6 stay free of charge.
  • Activities: Being part of Brodyland gives you access to member activities around the city, including literary and music events.

Brody House – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Breakfast is served in the lounge area that’s covered in fantastic art and feels more like a bohemian living room than a restaurant. Lunch and dinner are available when there are workshops.
  • Lounge/Bar: The same lounge area has an honesty bar where you can make yourself a drink, and craft cocktails are available on nights when there are workshops or events.
  • Breakfast: Optional. Served in the lounge from 7.30am to 10am.
  • Room Service: Not available aside from a “Fizz bucket” – champagne, ice bucket, and glasses brought to your room.

Brody House – Rooms

  • Room Types: Single Room • Double Room • Studio • Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: The rooms at Brody House are 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: Each of the 10 rooms at Brody House is completely unique, so the best room is really a matter of taste. For space, the split-level Weiler’s Studio is the top choice, while the Photo Room has good light and the best bathroom.
  • For Families: Julia’s Studio which sleeps 4 and has a fully-equipped kitchen, and the split-level Weiler’s Studio which sleeps 6 and has a kitchenette, are the best options for families.

Brody House – Local Transport

  • Walking: It’s easy to walk almost anywhere from here. Restaurants, bars, and shops are steps away, and many sights on the Buda side of the city are within a 20-minute walk.
  • Subway and Bus: The 2 nearby Metro stations (each a 5-minute walk) serve lines 2, 3, and 4. It’s also a short walk to a few tram and bus stations.
  • Taxis, Uber, Lyft: Uber and Lyft do not operate in Budapest, but taxis are plentiful and generally reliable.

Brody House – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Múzeum – Beautiful restaurant, well over a century old, with live piano music and fine Hungarian fare, and perfect for a special occasion. 2-minute walk (150m).
  • Karolyi Etterem – An elegant Budapest coffee house that’s gone with the times by going completely gluten-free. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • À Table – French bakery café with excellent cakes and pastries. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Kárpátia – Be serenaded by gypsy music while dining on fine Hungarian cuisine in an authentic circa 1877 setting. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Káravan – Food court that remains open late for ruin bar revelers with lots of choices from burgers to vegan food. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Gettó Gulyas – Hearty, modern, and delicious Hungarian fare with good prices and wine list in a modern-meets-retro-grandma setting. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Tel Aviv Café – Clean, modern place with great food from shakshuka at breakfast to Mediterranean dishes at lunch and dinner. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Fat Mama – Home smoked barbeque and good egg-oriented breakfasts are found at this modern place. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Barack & Szilva – Easy to love, country-style Hungarian food prepared by a husband and wife team – great neighborhood vibe. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
  • Monk’s Bistro – Fine dining bistro with an open kitchen and beautifully presented, seasonally-driven international fare. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
  • Kuglof – One of the best breakfast spots in the city with wonderful baked goods and sidewalk seating. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
  • Belvarosi Disznotoros – Stand up at the counter with locals to partake in a Hungarian meat feast. 13-minute walk (0.7 mile).

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Fekete – Tiny coffee shop selling espresso drinks to squeeze in and stay, or take away. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Central Café – Another old world gem, once frequented by the city’s literature set. The surroundings are a dreamy spot for coffee, cake, or even a meal. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • New York Café – Be prepared to wait in line in high season for a table at this grand and opulent coffee house covered in elaborate paintings and gold trimmings – it’s very expensive but it’s an experience just to see the place. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

  • Hungarian National Museum – Follow Hungarian history from geologic formation through the common era. Some of the country’s most important relics are housed here, including a beautiful Roman mosaic and a piano used by both Beethoven and Liszt. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Ervin Szabó Library – Several simply breathtaking reading rooms are open to the public in this massive library (it holds around 2.4 million titles) in a converted neo-baroque palace. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Károlyi Garden – This French style park is the oldest garden in Budapest and has lots of flora, winding pathways, a playground for kids, and a resident bunny rabbit. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Trapéz Gallery – Contemporary art gallery featuring changing exhibits of works by up and coming artists in a variety of genres. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Petofi Literary Museum – There’s a permanent exhibit here about the Hungarian poet after whom the museum was named as well as films and more permanent and rotating exhibits, many very interesting if you love literature. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Great Synagogue – The largest Jewish place of worship outside of New York. Take a tour, and don’t miss the gardens with its moving memorials and sculptures. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Váci Street – Budapest’s busy and chic pedestrian-only shopping street. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

Brody House – The Hotel

A staircase at the entrance leads to the main café.

Once you’ve entered the hotel through the door, head up this staircase to the main café and hang out area.

The common area is more of a living and dining area.

More than a lobby or café, Brody House’s common space would be better described as a living and dining area.

The decor and furniture are artistic.

The decorations and furniture have all been either upcycled or created by one of the many artists who have stayed here.

The hotel features a small honesty bar.

Make yourself a drink at the honesty bar.

The ivy-draped inner courtyard is very peaceful.

The ivy-draped inner courtyard is a wonderfully peaceful spot in spite of the hotel’s central location.

The Photo Room features interesting decor.

The Photo Room has photos, yes, but also lots of other creative decor.

The Photo Room's bathroom features a collage.

Lots of rooms have collages or other handmade wall decor. In the Photo Room, this also doubles as bathroom reading.

Rooms are marked with old wine bottles.

Old wine bottles make a great vehicle for marking the rooms.

Judit's Room is very colorful.

Judit’s Room has lots of bright color splashes.

Judit's Room's bathroom is also very colorful.

There’s also plenty of bathroom reading in Judit’s Room.

Weiler's Studio has a small kitchen.

The small kitchen in Weiler’s Studio.

Weiler's Studio has 2 floors.

Staircase to the second level of Weiler’s Studio.

The bed is upstairs in Weiler's Studio.

Upstairs bed in Weiler’s Studio.

Julia's Studio is ideal for families.

Julia’s Studio has the best kitchen and is a good choice for families.

Julia's Studio has a large living area.

Ample living space in Julia’s Studio.

Ludo's Room comes with an open concept bathroom.

Ludo’s Room has an open concept bathroom, so it’s great for solo travelers or couples.

Ludo's Room features a bathtub in the bedroom.

It’s hard not to feel like a free-spirited bohemian when soaking in the tub in Ludo’s Room.

Yeresko’s Room has a terrific bathroom.

Yeresko’s Room has one of the best bathrooms in the hotel.

Szimpla Kertz is the most popular ruin bar.

Szimpla Kertz, one of the most famous and striking ruin bars, is a very easy 9-minute walk (only 2 turns), and is surrounded by many other ruins bars.

Karavan offers great street food options.

Also a 9-minute walk away and near the ruin pubs is this great little food cart pod with lots of choices, especially for late night grub.

Hops is a popular hangout for beer.

Have a beer with the lads only 9-minutes away in the ruin bar area.

New York Café has an opulent decor.

It’s touristy, expensive, and usually packed, but the New York Café is worth at least a peek for its opulent interior – plus it’s only a 14-minute walk from the Brody House.

Szimpla Kertz Farmers' Market on Sundays is very popular.

If you’re here on a Sunday, don’t miss the breakfast buffet at the Szimpla Kertz Farmers’ Market, a 9-minute walk from the hotel.

Karolyi Etterem serves gluten-free dishes.

If you have dietary restrictions or prefer to go gluten-free, the classic and beautiful Karolyi Etterem is well worth the 7-minute walk.

Gettó Gulyas is a modern Hungarian café.

Walk 9 minutes into the Jewish Quarter to eat at Gettó Gulyas, a modern Hungarian café.

The cozy Tel Aviv Café is a short walk away.

There’s very friendly service at Tel Aviv Café, a cute and cozy Israeli-style café that’s only a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

Fat Mama is popular for its barbecue dishes.

You may be beckoned into Fat Mama by the amazing smell of barbecue wafting onto the streets – it’s also only a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

Petofi Literary Museum nearby has plenty of bike parking.

There’s plenty of city bike parking outside the Petofi Literary Museum, but if you walk, it’s just 7-minutes from the hotel.

Füge Udvar is an excellent ruin bar nearby.

Chances are if you go to the ruin bar area, you’ll end up here at Füge Udvar for a drink or more, and then it’s only a 12-minute walk back to the hotel.

À Table serves excellent French breads.

Need a croissant? It’s worth walking 8 minutes to get the buttery, delicious ones at this French bakery.

Kuglof is very popular for breakfast and lunch.

If you’re not taking breakfast at the hotel, or want a second breakfast or lunch, you can’t beat this indoor and outdoor café only a 13-minute walk from the hotel.

The historic Karpatia features live gypsy music.

If you’re not going to be able to visit the Hungarian countryside, walk the 9 minutes to dine in the historic, elaborately painted Kárpátia restaurant, and be serenaded by gypsies.

Bélvarosi Disznotorus is a great eat and greet place.

Thirteen minutes walking into the busier part of town brings you to Bélvarosi Disznotorus, a stand up and pig out place for meeting folks over heaping portions of Hungarian meat dishes.

Central Café is a Budapest coffee house institution.

Walk around 8-minutes to reach Central Café, a Budapest coffee house institution.

The Great Synagogue features moving monuments outside.

Visiting the Great Synagogue, an 8-minute walk from the hotel, is a must, and don’t miss the moving monuments in the outdoor areas.

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