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
This wonderful hotel is hidden away in a quiet street by the Hungarian Museum and from the moment you enter you are transported into the very special Brodyland! All of the staff were very helpful and special mention to Tara and Vicky who went out of their way to make our stay memorable. Breakfast was delicious and served in a beautiful series of rooms which also has a couple of honesty bars where you can mix your own drinks. We stayed in the Droga room which was perfect with a brilliant shower, double sinks, comfy beds and lots of storage space. The only slight issue with this room is that it has an inter-connecting door and the couple in the next room made a lot of noise when they came to bed and we were already asleep. The soundproofing between rooms isn't great and we could hear all of their conversations! There are a lot of stairs to climb, but it didn't bother us and we will definitely be back. You can also go and eat at The Workshop which is about a 15 min walk from the hotel and belongs to Brody House. Again fantastic service and food and a really good atmosphere. We also were lucky enough to be invited to go to The Studios, another Brody House owned establishment which is a really cool club with several bars and different rooms. We loved it there and would recommend a night there as part of your stay. There's so much to do and see in Budapest and Brody House is perfectly located to see it all.
Bródy house is such a beautiful place to stay!! With history of housing famous writers, artists and more, it makes for a truly majestic experience. The Julia suite, where we stayed for the few days we were there, was a colourful, original room with many configurations to link everyone together! Such as magazine covered walls, a kitchen and multiple stairs leading to even more mini bedrooms in the room.
Such a lovely stay, as there was practically no one there for our buffet breakfast, and so we all dined in our own in a massive breakfast room in the main house, adorned with art and exquisite furniture. It also snowed while we were eating breakfast!!
Such a perfect place to stay, and super close to action and markets!
The staff were so helpful and bright.
The hotel has its own unique style with wonderful artwork and interesting decor which sets it apart from the usual corporate establishments.It is relaxed and informal with helpful and friendly staff .
The rooms are large and comfortable yet cosy ,as it was -6 deg when we were there.
There was a problem with hot water which was quickly remedied and we were compensated when the bill was presented.
Customer satisfaction is clearly a high priority.
Only one small niggle was somewhat disappointing choices for breakfast.That aside I would have no hesitation in making a return visit and would recommend it very highly.
The decor, the easy-going super friendly staff, the large comfy beds, the sweeping staircase, the breakfasts, the honesty bar, the tunes, the excellent Wi-fi, the central location, the astonishing quiet - there is so much to love about Bródy House. And it’s also pretty good value too. We had a large room, beautiful bathroom, and a feeling of really personal service too. Just a short walk to the metro - everything was easy. Even the 100E airport bus stops close to Brody. This wonderful atmospheric almost gothic house is probably my all time favourite hotel - or maybe in the top three. It just gets things right. But don’t tell too many people about it. Oh and there’s no elevator so some walking is required! But not too much. The Jewish quarter is awash with great bars and restaurants. Couldn’t have picked a better spot.
We got married in Brody Studios, Budapest in September and stayed in Brody House for our wedding weekend. We had the rooms within the house exclusively for our friends and family who stayed with us and it was the perfect place to spend time with everyone.
We enjoyed breakfast together in the dining room and spent every night at the honesty bar having a few drinks. It was the perfect hub.
The building is just incredible, you really have to visit to see why. Bohemian and unique. The rooms are all entirely different and all amazing in their own rights. Personally we stayed in Tinei and it was perfect. But we would recommend every room in the building.
Based in a great neighbourhood, within walking distance to everything you'd need in Budapest. We can't wait to return and would recommend to anyone visiting.
Of course a huge shout out to Brody Studios which is where our wedding was based. Just completely incredible from beginning to end. A day we will never forget in a venue out of this world. If you can go for a drink/dinner make sure you do, the best cocktails and amazing food!