Hotel Rum in Budapest, Hungary

Updated: October 29, 2019

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Review of Hotel Rum in Budapest, Hungary.

Hotel Rum – Subtly shaped like a rum bottle, this modern design hotel with old bones will appeal to urban adventurers.

Independently run by a woman-led team, the forty rooms at Hotel Rum were each designed around their unique size and shape with help from contemporary Hungarian artists. The result is a mix of bold prints, industrial touches, and lots of space, with restored, timeless features such as the central spiral staircase. The bottle cap, TopRum on the seventh floor, is loaded with style, good food and drink, and some of the best views in the city, and the service is helpful and courteous.

Hotel Rum – Location

  • Address: Király Páli u. 4, Budapest.
  • Nearest Metro/Subway: Kálvin tér (0.1 mile, 3-minute walk). Ferenciek Tere (0.2 mile, 5-minute walk).
  • Area: On a quiet, scenic street that’s an easy walk to a handful of Metro stations as well as around 5 minutes to some of the best coffee houses, 10 minutes to raucous ruin bars, and 7 minutes to the dreamy banks of the Danube River. It’s under a 5-minute stroll to the Hungarian National Museum.
  • How To Get There: Affordable door-to-door airport shuttles run about every 20 minutes, and take around 30 minutes (12 miles). Alternately, taxis are widely available, and the hotel can arrange pick-up and drop-off.
  • Handy To: Hungarian National Museum, Great Synagogue, ruin bars.

Hotel Rum – The Basics

  • Ages: The hotel attracts travelers mostly between the ages of 30 and 45. Families are welcome and a handful of rooms (all fairly spacious) have pull-out sofa beds that are quite comfortable.
  • View: Over the streets and city. The rooms on the sixth floor have the most panoramic views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: There are no private pools or jacuzzis.
  • Extras: Unusual themed packages that change with the seasons, including running-oriented visits to wine tasting.
  • When To Book: Reserve at least 3 months in advance for May, June, and September, 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 1 424 9060
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: hotelrumbudapest.com

Hotel Rum – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No spa.
  • Fitness Center: No fitness center.
  • For Disabled Guests: There is a lift but no specially adapted rooms or services for disabled guests.
  • For Families: The 30-square-meter Black Rum (Large Plus) rooms have pull-out sofa beds, making them a decent choice for families. That said, the hotel isn’t specifically family-oriented.

Hotel Rum – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Salt – A fine dining restaurant with Hungarian roots on the ground floor of Hotel Rum. Open kitchen restaurant with a tasting menu, wine pairing, and regular entertainment. $$-$$$. • TopRum – The rooftop sky bar on the 7th floor is hard to beat with its stylish yet cozy seating and some of the best views in Budapest. It serves health conscious snacks and meals (including lots of gluten-free options), brunch, and cocktails, often to live music in the evenings. TopRum is open noon-11 pm, and till midnight on Friday and Saturday. $$-$$$.
  • Lounge/Bar: You’ll want to spend lots of time at TopRum for brunch mimosas, afternoon tea, and night-time cocktails.
  • Breakfast: Optional and served buffet-style in TopRum from 7 am-10 am.
  • Room Service: Available from TopRum and Salt.

Hotel Rum – Rooms

  • Room Types: Light Rum • Spiced Rum • Gold Rum • Black Rum
  • Smoking Rooms: Hotel Rum is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: Spiced Rum (Medium) room 602 of the 6th floor has the best views of the hotel, plus you’re only steps away from the TopRum rooftop bar. It has an attic hideaway feel and tons of natural light.
  • For Families: The Black Rum (Large Plus) rooms have pull-out sofa beds making them the best option for families.

Hotel Rum – Local Transport

  • Walking: It’s easy to walk to many sights from here since the location is central but quiet. Restaurants, ruin bars, and shops are only a few minutes away, and the banks of the Danube are a 7-minute walk (0.3 mile). Public transport from a handful of nearby Metro and bus stations make it easy to get to the Castle District in around 20 minutes.
  • Subway and Bus: The handful of nearby Metro stations (from a 3 to 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.

Hotel Rum – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Karolyi Etterem – An elegant Budapest coffee house that’s gone with the times by going completely gluten-free. 2-minute walk (150m).
  • Kárpátia – Be serenaded by gypsy music while dining on fine Hungarian cuisine in an authentic circa 1877 setting. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Múzeum – Beautiful restaurant, well over a century old, with live piano music and fine Hungarian fare, and perfect for a special occasion. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Magyar QTR – Enjoy top notch Hungarian cuisine based on seasonal ingredients and an excellent selection of wines with a view of the Danube River. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Monk’s Bistro – Fine dining bistro with an open kitchen and beautifully presented, seasonally-driven international fare. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Kuglof – One of the best breakfast spots in the city with wonderful baked goods and sidewalk seating. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • À Table – French bakery café with excellent cakes and pastries. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
  • Gettó Gulyas – Hearty, modern, and delicious Hungarian fare with good prices and wine list in a modern-meets-retro-grandma setting. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
  • Káravan – Food court that remains open late for ruin bar revelers with lots of choices from burgers to vegan food. 15-minute walk (0.7 mile).
  • Tel Aviv Café – Clean, modern place with great food from shakshuka at breakfast to Mediterranean dishes at lunch and dinner. 15-minute walk (0.8 mile).

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Central Café – Another old world gem, once frequented by the city’s literature set, the surrounds are a dreamy spot for coffee, cake, or even a meal. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Fekete – Tiny coffee shop selling espresso drinks to squeeze in and stay, or take away. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Kontakt – Locally roasted coffee and light meals in a modern décor on a lovely pedestrian lane. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

  • 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. 2-minute walk (150m).
  • Trapéz Gallery – Contemporary art gallery featuring changing exhibits of works by up and coming artists in a variety of genres. 2-minute walk (150m).
  • 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. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • 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. 5-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. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Váci Street – Budapest’s busy and chic pedestrian-only shopping street. 7-minute walk (0.3 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. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

Hotel Rum – The Hotel

The entrance is very prominent.

Like the rest of the hotel, the entrance is a modern take with classic bones.

The entrance lobby is luxurious.

Once you’ve come through the door, a luxurious but not overly ostentatious interior awaits.

The historic grand old staircase is magnificent.

The grand old staircase keeps some of the historical flair of the building.

All rooms feature unique modern art.

There are several room designs and all have unique modern art.

The spacious bathrooms have a modern vibe.

Black and white tiles lend a clean, modern vibe to the good-sized bathrooms.

Whimsical carpets cover the room floors.

This whimsical peacock carpeting is a lot of fun.

Mid-century light fixtures are prominent in the hotel.

There are many design features such as these mid-century modern light fixtures.

Many rooms feature open wardrobes.

Industrial touches get useful via these open wardrobes found in many of the rooms.

Rooms come with cotton bathrobes.

Mid-weight cotton bathrobes are a nice touch.

Bathroom feature refillable soap bottles.

Refillable soap bottles are better for the environment.

Top floor rooms are cozy and bright.

Top floor rooms have lower ceilings but feel cozier and have better light.

Top floor rooms offer nice views.

View over Budapest roof tops from a top floor room.

All bathrooms are unique in design and layout.

Rooms and bathrooms are designed according to the size and shape of the rooms, and some bathrooms have this lighter tile.

Top Rum bar and restaurant features a nice decor.

TopRum sky bar and restaurant is a highlight, and the design is as soothing as it is surprising.

The restaurant offers views of St Stephen's Basilica.

If you can, get a table with a view of St Stephen’s Basilica.

Szimpla Kertz is the most popular ruin bar.

Szimpla Kertz, one of the most famous and striking ruin bars, is a very easy 15-minute walk (only 2 turns), and is surrounded by many other ruins bars.

Karavan offers great street food options.

Also a 15-minute walk away is this great little food cart pod near the ruin pubs with lots of choices, especially for late night grub.

Hops is a popular hangout for beer.

Have a beer with the ladsin the ruin bar area, only 14-minutes away.

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 15-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 almost next door and a 2-minute walk.

Gettó Gulyas is a modern Hungarian café.

Walk 14 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 15-minute walk from the hotel.

Fat Mama is popular for its barbecue dishes.

You may be beckoned into to Fat Mama by the amazing smell of barbecue wafting onto the streets – it’s also only a 15-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 it’s easier to walk the 2 minutes to get there.

À Table serves excellent French breads.

Need a croissant? It’s worth walking 13 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 an 8-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, at least walk the 4 minutes to dine in the historic, elaborately painted Kárpátia restaurant, and be serenaded by gypsies.

Bélvarosi Disznotorus is a great eat and greet place.

Fourteen 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 3 minutes to reach Central Café, a Budapest coffee house institution.

The Great Synagogue features moving monuments outside.

Visiting the Great Synagogue, an 11-minute walk from the hotel, is a must, and don’t miss the moving monuments in the outdoor areas.

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