Hotel Highlights

  • Unique, art-led design in every room
  • Selective, but not stuffy, members’ club atmosphere
  • The revitalised mansion retains its historic charm

Overview

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.

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A bottle of Hungarian prosecco on arrival

Facilities

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Brody House hotel – Budapest – Hungary

Need To Know

Rooms

10.

Check–out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability). Check-in is from 2pm to 10pm at the latest.

Rates

Double rooms from $81.96 (€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).

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.

At the hotel

Club rooms, selection of CDs and DVDs to borrow. In rooms: free WiFi, Pascal Morabito toiletries.

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

In-room massages and beauty treatments are available; the hotel can also arrange visits to Budapest's best spas.

Children

Welcome. Baby cots are free and extra beds for under-12s are available for €25 a night. Babysitting can be provided by staff or local nannies for €10 an hour; a week’s notice is appreciated.

Food & Drink

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Brody House hotel – Budapest – Hungary

Hotel Restaurant

None. Staff can prepare sandwiches and plates with cold cuts and cheese during the day. Nearby Brody House Studios, a seven-minute drive away, serves classic sandwiches, generous salads and hearty meals such as pancetta-wrapped pork loin and four cheese risotto.

Hotel Bar

Mix your own drinks round the clock at the honesty bar, or go teetotal at the free tea bar. Head to Brody House Studios to get a taste of Budapest's buzzing art scene: open Thursday to Saturday, its cocktail bar and club play hosts to openings, pop-up shops and literary dinners, as well as live jazz and DJ sets.

 

Last orders

The Continental breakfast buffet is served 7.30am–11am.

Room service

Sandwiches, muffins and hot drinks can be delivered to your room 8am–8pm.

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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.)

Local Guide

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Brody House hotel – Budapest – Hungary
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Near the hotel, Mák Bistro on Vigyázó Ferenc Utca boasts high ceilings, an award-winning chef and first-class Hungarian cuisine (www.makbistro.hu/en/main; +36 30 723 9383). Just across the river on the Buda side of town, Pierrot on Fortuna Utca is housed in an historic 13th-century building and has a courtyard that’s delightful in summer; in colder weather, request a table by the bar (www.pierrot.hu; +36 (1) 375 6971). A few doors down, tuck in to typical Hungarian dishes in the cosy, relaxed 21 (www.21restaurant.hu; +36 (1) 202 2113). For cooking that’s even more traditional, visit Pest Buda on the same street, and imagine that you’re feasting on your Hungarian grandmother’s comfort food (www.pestbudabistro.hu; +36 (1) 225 0377).

Local bars

Snack on cheese and sausage with local wine pre-dinner or grab a post-prandial drink at Innio on Október 6 Utca, a very cool modern space with vaulted ceilings, raw cement walls and a DJ managing the music in the corner (www.innio.hu; +36 70 311 1010). Boutiq’Bar on Paulay Ede Utca is a great place to start the night, with bona fide mixologists behind the bar (www.boutiqbar.hu; +36 30 229 1821).

Local cafés

Tuck in to coffee and cake at Gerbeaud on Vörösmarty Tér; it’s one of the city’s best loved confectioners (www.gerbeaud.hu; +36 (1) 429 9000). Less than ten minutes away by foot on Károlyi Mihály Utca is the grand dame of Budapest coffeehouses, Central, which serves elaborate sweet treats and elegantly presented savoury dishes, along with a hefty slice of Hungarian heritage (www.centralkavehaz.hu; +36 (1) 30 382 3357). Also nearby is Gerloczy Cafe and Restaurant on Gerloczy Utca; it’s a traditional Hungarian bistro that makes a cosy, laid-back setting for lunch or a snack (www.gerloczy.hu/cafe_and_restaurant; +36 (1) 501 4000). Another Pest-side favourite is Tom George on Október 6, a nautical-themed restaurant with a lively atmosphere and an American-influenced Italian menu (www.tomgeorge.hu; +36 (1) 266 3525). For a mid-shopping lunch in the centre of town, Baldaszti's Grand on Andrássy Út is ideal; on the menu are Hungarian and European dishes (www.baldasztis.com; +36 (1) 302 3691).

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Pest-side palace quarter

Brody House

Bródy Sándor utca 10, Budapest, 1088

Brody House is enviably situated on a grand square in the palace quarter on the Pest side of town, not far from the Danube; its neighbours are historic mansions and a former parliament building.

Planes

Touch down at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (still known locally by its former name, Ferihegy), which is a 20-minute drive from Brody House (www.bud.hu/english).

Trains

One of Budapest’s three international train stations, Keleti is two minutes from Brody House by car. The train journey from Berlin takes just under 12 hours, Prague’s seven hours away and Vienna can be reached in less than three.

Automobiles

There’s no parking at the hotel, so you’ll want to drop off your luggage and check in before leaving your car at the Pollack Mihaly carpark 50m away.

Reviews

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Brody House hotel – Budapest – Hungary

Anonymous review

by Gemma Cairney , Airwave surfer at BBC Radio 1

We have booked three nights in Budapest, and the truth is, neither of us knows what to expect. Except, having checked the weather forecast, it turns out Hungary is going to be hot. Our friends, clearly imagining us off on a Moscow-style short break, all stoic and freezing, are wrong. It is early May and Read more

Brody House

Anonymous review by Gemma Cairney, Airwave surfer

We have booked three nights in Budapest, and the truth is, neither of us knows what to expect. Except, having checked the weather forecast, it turns out Hungary is going to be hot. Our friends, clearly imagining us off on a Moscow-style short break, all stoic and freezing, are wrong. It is early May and Hungary is boiling. Arriving 9pm, the warm-aired optimism kicks in straight from the plane. We get a cab to our temporary home, Brody House, and the 40-minute journey only costs 5,743 Forints (yep, the Hungarian currency has turned us into big-balling thousandaires), equivalent to €20.

Landing at a gigantic wooden door down a quiet but central road, we are just a couple hundred metres from the Hungarian Natural History Museum. A titchy plaque on the buzzer says ‘Brody House’. There’s no sign of what it is like beyond. Soon we are welcomed by a sun-kissed smiling face who informs us, as we scurry inside, that there is an electrical problem with the original bedroom we booked. The building is incredibly old and listed, so to paraphrase the words of our new friend, getting things fixed here can be a right, well, arse-ache. The good news is that she’s put us in a snazzier suite called the Claret Room.

We’ve been here less than 10 minutes and we are already lusting for Brody. The sweeping dimly lit staircase leading us up to reception is enchanting in itself. The vastness hits you straight away: a ceiling so high you become a happy Borrower; and the walls are unapologetically distressed. The setting wouldn’t look out of place as the opening scene of a Molière play. Beware though. If you wear stilettos (oh, and Brody will make you want to), or should you fill your mouth with too much Bull’s Blood (a traditional Hungarian wine) you could rather too easily fall down these very stairs. They make you breathy and excited. As does the discreet flipbook that you’ll find in the lounge hidden among various coffee-table hardbacks. Among this portfolio of press cuttings about the hotel is page after page of fashion shoot with BH as the backdrop – the Tinei Room has even been the scene for a fully nude and supersexy Playboy centrefold.

And so, to the Claret Room. Along a fabulous glassed corridor (yep, even the hallways are great) overlooking a courtyard, we find ourselves ejected like an old cassette tape out of our ‘London headspace’ and, in the ever-truthful Cumbrian words of Mr Smith, into ‘the nicest room I think I’ve ever seen’. It’s all white and mind balancing – it would only be right to run the Jacuzzi bath exposed in the corner of the room. Though it does involve a tightrope-balancing act round the edge to get to the actual tap, not so practical when there is lava-hot water beneath. It prompts us to cement our ‘Budapest song’ while waiting for it to cool down. Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ bellows, from our laptop and we dance around the Claret like the sleep-deprived but chuffed souls we are, before nearly falling asleep drinking one beer in the steaming corner bath…

The next morning, we look at Brody and we are still into it. It wasn’t a delirious one-night thing. In the sunlight, it still looks sexy. We delightedly eat fruit salad from a bountiful selection and order a fresh smoothie and eggs Benedict on top of what’s on offer, happly to pay the supplement. Who cares – we’re in love. Our original room still hasn’t been fixed so we are moved to the equivalent rank room – not quite as spangly as the Claret Room.

All rooms at Brody are decorated differently: our abode for the remaining two nights is a mini apartment called the Yusuke, which is accessed via the central courtyard. It’s replete with kitchenette, DVD player and mezzanine. While it’s not as luxurious it can be applauded for niftiness and privacy; and when faced with a kitchen, Brody suddenly becomes a potential longer-term affair. ‘Ooh we could come here for a week,’ I think to myself as I look out at the other doors accessed also via the courtyard; I am by now picturing all my best friends staying behind them… My imagination then patters towards what an ideal spot it’d be for a party. It seems I’m not the only one… Our smily hotel host friend tells of a German stag party that booked nearly every room recently and how they all got a little ‘wild’. I was secretly thinking more of a brass band and wedding-type fandango – Brody’s surroundings really are that lovely. But hey? It’s good to know that Brody isn’t opposed to a proper knees-up.

As for Budapest itself, the main thing that you need to know is that it’s split in two by a river. One side is Buda and the other Pest. Both are gorgeous, historic and everyone walks everywhere. We spend each day doing exactly this, sauntering about. Plus we have a choice of eight thermal pool spas dating back to the 16th century – where you’re encouraged to sit about in the sunshine or splash about warm water like contented baby elephants. It’s brilliant. We visited the most popular Hotel Gellért one day and couldn’t resist trying the Szechenyi Bath and Spa the next. Think ‘faded glamour’ rather than ‘princess pampering’. Bring flip-flops, a book and maybe smuggle a picnic if you’re planning the whole day there: food is definitely not a highlight. But back to Brody: it is outstanding. And it’s a wonder Budapest has so undeservedly alluded my attentions until now. But sshhhhhhh. Keep this hotel to yourself please, it is partly so wonderful because it feels like your own very cool, and quite naughty, secret.
 

The Guestbook

Reviews of Brody House from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on 20 Mar 2014

We loved

The welcome was friendly and helpful, and our room was lovely and quiet. The communal area and breakfast rooms were spacious and it felt like a oasis of peace and calm when relaxing with a gin and tonic after a full day of walking around Budapest taking in the beauty of this amazing city. Our stay at Brody House was perfect.

 

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 6 Mar 2014

We loved

The staff is amazing and so helpful. The rooms are fantastic – all so different but brilliant. It's perfect.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 1 Nov 2013

We loved

I liked the cool and quirky decor, beautifully designed rooms and courtyard area and the extremely helpful reception staff; nothing was too much to ask for and they helped make our short stay fantastic with excellent restaurant recommendations. Brody House was a stylish oasis of calm tucked away down a quiet street, yet only a short walk from the sights and sounds of the city.

Don’t expect

We arrived in the dark and our airport taxi got us to the right street, but we then walked up and down a couple of times before spotting the very discreet sign for Brody House on the wall.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 29 Aug 2013

We loved

It's centrally sited, has ecclectic rooms, an honesty bar, and helpful staff in a great city.

Don’t expect

A lift would be better.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 28 Jun 2013

We loved

The super friendly, helpful staff made you feel at home. There are beautifully and uniquely decorated rooms and the hotel in general was full of funky features – the communal bar and living room areas were really homely. There's a lovely peaceful courtyard for evening drinks. The location is perfect, close to the river and the sights, but with a few more alternative bars and restaurants nearby.

Don’t expect

One tiny comment is we helped ourselves to a coffee in the morning and it was lukewarm at best – it kind of put us off opting for breakfast in the hotel (even though it looked delicious) as it had obvioulsy been sitting out a while if you're late risers like us!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 26 Apr 2013

We loved

A lovely building and most interesting bedrooms – I have never felt the need to take a picture of a hotel bedroom until now, nor been allowed to write on the walls of the loo (pens provided in the room I stayed in)! The bed ranks as one of the most comfortable I have slept in for a while. The girls on reception were very friendly and helpful when booking restaurants and taxis, and the location is well placed for sightseeing and shopping alike. It was rather like staying in a private house – very relaxed. It was also one of the quietest rooms I have stayed in, overlooking the inner courtyard, and I heard nothing at night at all. The place was spotless and they must have an army of cleaners as there are art pieces everywhere, which must be a nightmare to keep clean!

Don’t expect

One must remember that this is a B&B and does not offer hotel-style services. There is no lift which could be a problem as the rooms are not all off the same staircase, and reception is on the second floor (help is given to carry suitcases). My room opened on to the glass-enclosed walkway round the innner courtyard and there was no way of getting fresh air into the room, and no air-conditioning (it did look like there was an air-con unit in the room but on enquiring we were told it was a heater). The large ceiling fan did a reasonable job, but it might be worth checking room ventilation if you were visiting in high summer.

Rating: 7/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 17 Feb 2013

We loved

Quirky decor! Art all over the walls; very comfortable room. It was a bit like having an apartment in the city. Central location allowed easy access to the majority of sights on foot. Helpfulness and knowledge of staff: ask them for recommendations for places to see and places to eat. They won't disappoint!

Don’t expect

Lots of stairs. Not a problem for us, but reception and the breakfast room are on the second floor and there is no lift!

Rating: 10/10 stars