What We Love
- Each apartment is individually designed by a different artist
- All guests have access to the sister hotel, Brody House, as well as the Brody Studios members bar and the Brody ArtYard for contemporary exhibitions
- Stellar location just off Andrassy Street, a couple of blocks from the basilica
What To Know
- The spacious apartments start at 538 square feet
- Each apartment features a kitchen with a microwave, a dishwasher and a fridge
- Free WiFi
- The reception desk is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Free WiFi
Part of the hip Brody House Group, this collection of seven apartments offers an eclectic base from which to explore downtown Budapest. The stellar location in Pest puts you a block from the tree-lined boulevard Andrassy Avenue and a short walk from the stunning basilica. In keeping with the philosophy of the brand (which includes a gallery, studios, a members club and a boutique hotel), the apartments have been individually designed by different artists, and the shabby-chic style encompasses salvaged furniture and contemporary artwork. Each overlooks a quiet courtyard and features free WiFi, a living and sleeping area (some are open-plan; some are separate rooms) and a kitchen with a dishwasher, a microwave and a fridge. All guests have access to the sister hotel, Brody House, for breakfast and evening drinks from the honesty bar, as well as the members-only Brody Studios for quirky art events and the Brody ArtYard for contemporary exhibitions.
In the Area
The nearby Seventh District is ruin bar central (it’s full of derelict buildings that have been turned into hip drinking dens). Wander the narrow streets, such as Kazinczy and Dob, and you’ll find many of these quirky bars where the beer flows and the secondhand furniture is mismatched. Szimpla is as good a place as any to start. If you haven’t been invited for a meal in a Hungarian home, the next best thing is eating at an étkezde, a type of simple lunchroom that serves traditional home-style food. A good one to try is Róma Ételbár in Buda (Csalogány Utca 23-24) (from $5). The nearby “Palace Quarter” is a fun neighborhood that is slowly attracting more bars, cafés and art galleries. Allow some time to explore Krúdy Gyula Utca, the center of the neighborhood, and the surrounding streets. If it’s too hot to visit one of the thermal spas, do what the locals do and spend the day at the pool. Margaret Island has two: the Hájos Alfréd (better for serious lap swimmers) and the Palatinus (which has many children’s pools, a wave pool and a thermal pool).
How to Get There
I stayed over a week in this great place, a kind of halfway point between a hotel and a rental with the advantages of both and no disadvantages! I had a large room that included a full kitchen (even a washing machine!), table & chairs, an additional loft for guests, and a tiny "garden" that made this ground-floor space seem more open. Decor is intentionally "distressed" and the art on the walls is for sale. It's just steps to the Brody Workplace where you can work, drink, and eat. The location is ideal, and I say this having been to Budapest many times, bordering fashionable downtown Pest and the "party district," with nearby public transportation to just about anywhere. And by the way, the cost is really reasonable; about half of what you'd pay in an upscale cookie-cutter hotel.
The Living Quarters was an absolutely perfect base for my husband and I to explore Budapest. Easy to locate, in exactly the area we wanted to stay. The apartment was gorgeous (the husband commented that it was far nicer than several flats he'd lived in!) and small details like supplying filtered water so we didn't keep buying plastic bottles were really appreciated. The only thing I'd mention - and this isn't a criticism, just an observation! - is that our bed was on a mezzanine; it was fine for us, but if you have mobility issues or even a bit of vertigo, I'd make sure to book an apartment without a mezzanine.
The staff were absolutely lovely throughout the visit.
And we loved the unexpected bonus of having access to The Workshop (the Private Members club run by the owners of The Living Quarters) throughout our stay - the club was lovely and we were especially glad of it on the night we arrived, as we were able to have a tasty meal, quickly and close to hand after a long day of travel. We couldn't recommend The Living Quarters highly enough - and we're planning to buy posters from Budapest Poster Gallery as a memento of our visit, after spotting them on the walls of The Workshop. Thank you so much for such a lovely stay!
Can't rate this place highly enough! The apartment was clean, spacious and came with a well - equipped kitchen (including complementary tea and coffee). Staff were very helpful and were even happy to print off a trip voucher I hadn't realised needed to be printed. The location was also perfect - we were only a 5 minute walk away from St Stephen's basilica which was ideal for visiting the Christmas markets, and even closer to the Big Bus tours stop so getting around was really easy. Would happily return!