Pest-Buda Hotel – A mix of antiques and retro-modern design creates eleven beautiful rooms in the heart of the romantic Castle District.
Welcome to the oldest hotel in Hungary, where through the modern-industrial and retro-chic touches, you’ll get glimpses of its history – from exposed brickwork to the original baroque roof. The rooms themselves are supremely well-done with artistic touches throughout, comfy beds, L’Occitane bath products, and everything right where you need it to be. The location, amidst centuries-old lanes and buildings and a stone’s throw from the majestic Matthias Church, is incredibly romantic (and quiet at night), although it does get filled with tourists throughout the day.
Pest-Buda Hotel – Location
- Address: Fortuna u. 3 1014, Budapest.
- Nearest Metro/Subway: Betthanyi ter (0.5 mile).
- Area: Right in the middle of the Castle District amid cobblestone lanes and fairytale architecture, and only a few minutes’ walk to many of the major sights in the area, including the Fisherman’s Bastion (150m).
- How to Get There: Affordable door-to-door airport shuttles run about every 20 minutes, and take around 40 minutes (15 miles). Alternately, taxis are widely available, and the hotel can arrange pick-up and drop-off.
- Private Transfer: We use and recommend Welcome Pickups car service. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more than a taxi – about €30 from the airport – but can be worth it to avoid the long taxi queue and for the convenience of paying ahead.
- Handy to: Castle Hill, Fisherman’s Bastion, Royal Palace.
Pest-Buda Hotel – The Basics
- Ages: The hotel attracts mostly couples and solo travelers over 40. Families are welcome, although there are no special services for them.
- View: Some rooms look over the very romantic Fortuna Street while others have courtyard views.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: There are no private pools or jacuzzis.
- Extras: The excellent ground floor restaurant and the incredible location.
- When to Book: Reserve at least 3 months in advance for April through June and September through October, and during the Christmas holidays. A month or two in advance is usually good for other months from 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 1 800 9213
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: pest-buda.com
Pest-Buda – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center.
- For Disabled Guests: There are no facilities for disabled guests.
- For Families: Families are welcome, there are 2 rooms that can connect, and free baby cots are available, but the hotel isn’t specifically family-oriented.
Pest-Buda – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: The ground floor space at the hotel has been a restaurant for several centuries and the current Pest-Buda Terasz Café and Bistro oozes warmth like a Hungarian grandma’s house. Think wooden tables, red and white checkered napkins, and dated wallpaper. The food fits right into the casual setting with hearty, local comfort dishes from beef goulash to chicken paprikash, plus a good breakfast and dessert menu. Open 7:30 am-11 pm. $$-$$$.
- Lounge/Bar: You can grab a drink and settle in as long as you like at the bistro which serves Hungarian and international beer, wine, cocktails, and a selection of Pálinka, Hungarian fruit brandies. The full bar is open all day.
- Breakfast: Optional but excellent, so you probably don’t want to miss it. Served in the ground floor bistro. The ‘Frenchie’ breakfast is what’s usually included in the room rate and includes pastries, fresh juice, and a hot beverage. You can upgrade to order a la carte.
- Room Service: Available from the bistro.
Pest-Buda Hotel – Rooms
- Room Types: Suite • Atelier Suite • Deluxe Room • Courtyard Room • Duplex • Residential Studio • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: Pest-Buda Hotel is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The Atelier Suites are both very spacious and have attic-style windows, original timber beams, and leather furniture, but the best of the 2 has a fantastic private terrace with views over the historic rooftops of the Castle District, making it even more special.
- For Families: Two adjacent rooms can connect (via a private and closed-off hallway), making them the best choice for families. Baby cots are also available and free of charge.
Pest-Buda Hotel – Local Transport
- Walking: This is prime walking territory, with lanes that look like something out of a storybook right out the door. Some major sights like the Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthais Church are only a few minutes away, while the Royal Palace is 20 minutes, and the Hungarian Parliament building across the river is around 30 minutes. Note: this area is atop a hill, so leaving the main area means lots of walking up and down on gorgeous little paths and stone stairways. The famous Chain Bridge is the nearest bridge (0.8 mile) that leads over the Danube River.
- Subway and Bus: The nearest Metro station, Betthanyi ter is a 13-minute walk down the hill, but regular buses stop only a few minutes away and are generally a more convenient option.
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: Uber and Lyft do not operate in Budapest, but taxis are plentiful and generally reliable.
Pest-Buda Hotel – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Absolute Walking Tours – Excellent walking tour of the Castle District, including lively tales of Hungarian royalty. Start location: 20-minute drive (3 miles).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Pierrot – The fanciest restaurant in the vicinity does not disappoint, serving modernized Austro-Hungarian specialties in a building that hails from the Middle Ages. (0.1 mile).
- 21 Hungarian Kitchen – This mid-range bistro-café style restaurant serves Hungarian dishes with flair, and many locals consider it to be the best food in the area. (0.1 mile).
- Baltazár Grill – Grilled meats all sourced to be the best of the best, from Wagyu steaks to Styrian pork. It’s served in this upscale, bistro-style place alongside Hungarian specialties and a few vegetarian mains as well. There’s also an excellent wine bar. (0.2 mile).
- Budavári Rétesvár – A tiny temple of strudel, including sweet and savory varieties, not to be missed. (0.2 mile).
- Ildikó Konyhája – Simple, cute, and pocket-friendly Hungarian canteen (out of the tourist zone) with red checkered table cloths and comforts like stews and goulashes. (0.5 mile).
- Kacsa Restaurant – Old fashioned in the best sense, come here for elegant yet traditional Hungarian fare. (1 mile).
Best Nearby Bar
- Faust Wine Cellar – Taste Hungarian wines and Palínka (fruit brandies) in an ancient cellar – it’s best to call and reserve ahead. (75m).
Best Nearby Cafes
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- Fisherman’s Bastion – Turrets and viewing areas make this white, neo-Gothic structure with outstanding views over the Danube River and the Hungarian Parliament building, one of the best photo ops in Budapest. (150m).
- Matthias Church – Neo-Gothic masterpiece with spires and a colorful tiled roof. (0.1 mile).
- Music History Museum – An 18th-century palace holds this charming museum on the city’s musical history. (0.2 mile).
- Golden Eagle Pharmacy – Small, quiet, but fun museum, made to look like a 17th-century pharmacy. (0.2 mile).
- Military History Museum – Firearms, medals, flags, and uniforms are just some of the items on display at this museum which focuses mostly on the period from the mid-1800s to mid-1900s. (0.3 mile).
- Hospital in the Rock – Hospital in the Castle Hill cave network that was used in WWII and is now a museum about the cold war era. (0.3 mile).
- Royal Palace – This massive palace holds the Hungarian National Gallery (4 floors of exceptional art and antiquities), the Castle Museum (a journey through Budapest’s history), and the National Széchenyi Library (huge and beautiful library to peruse), and takes at least a day to explore. (1 mile).
- Kiraly Thermal Baths – One of the less touristy thermal bathhouses in the city. Quite rustic, but is slated for a makeover. (1 mile).
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Príma – Small convenience store. (0.2 mile).