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WINNER: BEST BUDGET BOUTIQUE HOTEL – SMITH HOTEL AWARDS 2013
With airy, light-filled rooms that double as mini art galleries and a trendy members- and guests-only bar, Budapest’s Brody House hotel is a feast for the senses. Popular with the city's art scene, this cutting-edge townhouse plays host to film and fashion shoots and plenty of art events and book readings, while somehow maintaining the feel of a historic home.
Need to know
- Rooms Nine.
- Rates Double rooms from $80.59 (€59), excluding tax at 18 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 4% per booking on check-out.
- More details Rates include access to Brody House’s members’ club rooms and events, but usually don't include Continental buffet breakfast (€8 a person).
- Facilities Selection of CDs and DVDs to borrow; CD/DVD player in one of the club rooms; in-room spa treatments are available. In rooms: free WiFi, Keiji toiletries.
- Check–out 12 noon, but flexible on request (subject to availability). Check-in is from 1pm until 8pm at the latest.
Children Welcome. Extra beds (but not baby cots) are available for €15. Babysitting can be provided by staff or local nannies for €10 an hour; a week’s notice is appreciated.
- Also Air-conditioning is available in the Yusuke, Droga, Tepper and Wilkinson rooms.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Because each room is decorated in such an individual style, it’s almost impossible to choose a favourite, but perhaps the most romantic choice for a couple is the Tinei room, with its glamorous freestanding golden bath and works by Moldovan artist (and Budapest resident) Alexander Tinei. The largest space is the two-bedroom Yusuke Apartment, which has its own lounge and fully equipped kitchen.
- Packing tips Your camera, sketch book or art materials of choice. From the works on the walls to the recycled, reclaimed, rebuilt and reprinted furniture and decor throughout – and the palaces beyond your townhouse walls – there’s plenty here to inspire you.
- Also Guests are given access to the Brody House members’ club events, including its regular cultural evenings. Previous events include an ‘art tasting dinner’ with glass sculptors Maria Bohus and Zoltan Lugosi, a classical concert by Hungarian soprano Emese Vari-Kovacs and a ‘creative discussion about Rupert Murdoch’. And, ask staff for recommendations on the coolest of local gigs – they’ve got their own record label, Brody House Sounds.
Food and drink at Brody House
- Hotel restaurant None. An in-house chef can prepare simple meals for guests during the day. Choices vary – there’s no menu, but generally seasonal Hungarian specialities are on offer, such as beef stew with noodles, and there’s sometimes English afternoon tea (one of the owners is an Englishman).
- Dress code Anything goes: creativity rules, not glamour. If you fancy becoming a walking part of the hotel’s ever-changing art exhibition, pick up a limited-edition silkscreen-printed t-shirt from nearby studio and gallery Printa.
- Top table In summer, the enchanting central courtyard is a pleasingly quiet place in which to snack. (It’s also a ideal for a secluded alfresco drink, unlike Budapest’s fun but often crowded kertek, the outdoor garden bars.)
- Last orders The Continental breakfast buffet is served 7.30am–11am; the chef provides lunch 12 noon to 4pm; dinner is available by prior arrangement 7pm–11pm. Drinks are poured in the Brody House Bar until the last guest retires.
- Room service Room service is available 8am–8pm; everything the chef’s cooking that day can be delivered to you in your room.
- Hotel bar More like the well-stocked bar you might find in the home of your most stylish friends than a public bar, the Brody House Bar is open from 8am to 8pm. Try one of the signature cocktails, such as the Bathory Mary. There’s also an honour bar, where you can mix your own drinks.