Brody House

Boedapest daar gebeuren dingen, neem nou dit waanzinnige hotel, Bourgeois ruw, nieuw ruig, lekkere hippe termen, maar daardoor niet minder waar. Ik ga, ik moet hier naar toe. Ook tof het fenomeen Ruin Pub’s, vrij vertaald cafe’s in oude gebouwen bedekt met grafitti.  Helemaal top, ga een borrel halen in Szimpla Kert, of de Grandio Bar. Ook leuk, ff een klassiek concert pakken  in Hongaarse Staatsopera. Ook weer een gebouw dat je direct van je sokken blaast. Over eten ga ik het maar niet hebben. Check daarvoor ff : ,.check

Brody House lives up to its reputation as “the coolest place to stay” in the Hungarian capital.

Facing the national museum in the elegant Pest side of the city, this boutique hotel is within walking distance of all the main “left bank” sights, including the fascinating and still largely intact Jewish quarter – once the biggest in Europe – and the must-see “ruined pubs”, not to mention the wonderful Gellert thermal baths, dripping in Secession era atmosphere, across the Danube in Buda.


Bags of both. The house dates from the 1850s and self-consciously exudes faded grandeur to dramatic effect. Imaginatively decorated rooms are left with exposed and damaged walls – an echo of the “ruined pubs”? – in contrast to designer (in other words, expensive) fixtures and fittings. The lounge and breakfast rooms, meanwhile, give an idealised view of student living – nothing matches, and there’s lots of considered clutter and contemporary objets d’art. It’s all very “shabby chic” – but perfect to flop out after a day’s sightseeing.


Relaxed yet attentive. With only eight rooms on two floors of the house (the remainder are still occupied) there’s a b & b friendliness about the place. In the evening, the staff depart (Where? I asked myself the same question), leaving you to help yourself to the bar – with the hotel’s blessing, please note.


Original. Mine had high ceilings, lots of natural light, a balcony overlooking Brody’s courtyard – and exposed walls with old, stripped, wooden doors of varying sizes pinned to them (see above). Wacky, I know, but the decor looked stunning. The bathroom was state of the art, and the room exceptionally peaceful, despite the hotel’s central location.

Food and drink

Breakfasts were cooked to perfection and served by the hotel’s cheery staff. I had eggs Benedict two days running – it was that good. There was a respectable range of teas and coffees. Iced cucumber-infused mineral water – prepared from one of Budapest’s scores of spas – was available throughout the day. A good selection of alcoholic drinks at the bar included Hungarian reds and some delicious tokajis.

Value for money

Recommended. It ranks as one of the most charming and comfortable city hotels anywhere in Europe. Double rooms from £60 per night. Wi-Fi is free and breakfast costs £4.30 per person.

You can find us in central Pest, 200 meters away from Budapest’s Hungarian National Museum. All you need to do is to follow this address: Bródy Sándor utca 10, 1088, Budapest.

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