What We Love
- Quirky, salvaged, reclaimed style
- Original artwork throughout the public rooms and the bedrooms
- Easy to meet interesting, like-minded people
- Great location, next to the National Museum, near cafés and bars
What To Know
- Don’t expect the long menu of typical hotel amenities
- Brody House is small; inventory can be pretty limited
- Reception is only open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
- The kitchen dishes out great food, but it’s not a proper restaurant. You’ll probably need to head elsewhere for dinner (unless you arrange it in advance)
- There is no dedicated parking facility (though there is a lot nearby)
- Free WiFi
That there’s not much of a sign outside Brody House (in fact, the place is quite easy to miss) belies the fact that, for its guests, this special place just might be the most memorable part of a trip to Budapest. The two British expats behind Brody House began by slowly acquiring apartments in this late 19th century mansion. Now they own nearly all of them, and have created a remarkable place, a creative hideaway that bubbles with style — from the contemporary art on every wall to the salvaged furniture fixed up with care. They’ve turned the old apartments into eight individually furnished guestrooms, revolving round a central courtyard. All too often in Budapest, renovators wipe buildings clean of the small charms (think high ceilings, parquet floors, gorgeous old windows and woodwork, and original ceramic ovens) that make the old buildings here so charming. But Brody House has embraced them and found inspiration in the architecture, as well as in the energy of the city and the artists and other creative folk working there. If you forego the fitness room, lap pool, and room service that the big hotels offer for a stay at the Brody House, you will have found an elegant home away from home in the center of Budapest.
Each room is named after the artist whose works adorn the room, such as the Tinei Room featuring works by Alex Tinei, which has been the site of a few music videos, and the Claret room, named after artist Etienne Claret de Fleurieu rather than the wine. Beds have thick, comfortable mattresses and loads of pillows, and bathrooms are excellent. In some rooms the sinks and tubs (several of which are freestanding and one is a gold antique clawfoot tub) are part of the spacious bedrooms, while others are proper rooms of their own. As you’d expect, bathroom accessories made of salvaged items.
The heart of Brody House is the large third floor apartment which functions as a common area — complete with a dining room, staffed kitchen (which serves breakfast, lunch, and on request, dinner), small library, little bar (which functions on the honor system), plenty of original art, and cozy seating. Brody House is also a club which organizes events for its members (hotel guests are also welcome to attend) ranging from cocktail sessions courtesy of a local mixologist, regular film screenings with actors and filmmakers, book launches and literary discussions, art exhibitions and “art tasting dinners”, music performances, and more.
How to Get There
I am so pleased I found this total gem. Budapest was great but the hotel was amazing. We fell in love with our room....totally unique. I was in awe. Great location...good staff...wonderful beds. Be sure to checkout Brody studios...not just a gimic...had a beautiful night there. Food was spectacular.
yes, as per the previous review, the outside and even the immediate interior of the building is not promising, but when you enter the reception area on the second floor you enter an eccentric shabby chic world, with bare brick and plaster walls interspersed with original modern artwork, and wooden floors. There are three communal rooms for people to meet and mix with other guests, with two honesty bars, and a very good nreakfast, although no cooked options. We had the Ludo Room, which had a chandelier made out of about 8 anglepoise lamps, which is an accurate example of the décor; there was a roll top bath in the main room and a very effective shower in an alcove. The bed was probably the largest we had ever slept in, and extremely comfortable. The house is in a very quiet road in Southern Pest, looking out over the National Museum. The staff were very helpful and friendly.
As you go through the door at Brody House....don't be shocked if all you can see is a shabby entrance, dark and empty, because it's the wrong impression many visitors probably experience!
True, there's no lift and a lot of steps....but it keeps you fit and help achieve your 10,000 daily steps!
Reception is up the said steps, but if you're in one of the rooms in the Courtyard as we were, we were met downstairs in the hallway, so we could then make our way to our room. VERY different, quirky and with some very interesting artwork on the walls. It was all very clean with all amenities.....our room had a wonderful gold enamel bath in the bedroom.....which has been used in various photo shoots over the years! It was a lovely room and totally unlike anything we had stayed in before!
Breakfast was held in the same area as the Reception. There are 4 very big rooms with high ceilings, an eclectic mix of furniture, sofas, table and chairs and 2 Honesty Bars, which we used every night we were there!
ALL the Staff were so helpful and knowledgable and nothing was ever a problem.
Thank you to everyone who made our 3 day stay a very memorable one and we hope to see you again.
This is exactly as advertised, a thespian, charming, boutique hotel. It is very special, it is decorated beautifully in the theme of different artists that have been there, there is an honesty bar that is always well stocked and they also offer you access to their members club across the city
The staff are relaxed, friendly and helpful. The breakfast is sufficient and the rooms are absolutely spectacular.
I had a wonderful stay at the Brody house and would recommend anyone travelling to Budapest to visit this hotel
My friend has stayed here 3 times so I spend 3 nights there with my husband and son followed by 2 night with my 3 friends.
Fantastic location, very easy to walk to most places we wished to visit.
The room was the same for both groups I was with. Very clean, quiet, comfortable beds and had everything we needed.
All the staff were very attentive and approachable.
The history and art in the building is amazing and one of the best places I’ve stayed in the world for uniqueness.
I’ll be back. A must.