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’d been wanting to stay at this hotel for ages. I’d heard amazing things about it and actually put off visiting Budapest until we could stay here, and it was definitely worth the wait! When you arrive at Brody House you’re greeted by a huge sweeping staircase which leads you up to a lovely art packed treat of a property. We stayed in the Photo room, which was stunning. Each of the rooms is unique and filled with beautiful pieces of art. Breakfast was lovely and loved the honest bar too. This is a really special little hotel and staying here made our trip to Budapest even more fantastic!
First impression on arriving is a little surprising since it doesn’t look or feel like a hotel, especially with the sweeping staircase going up two long flights. But once we arrived at the Reception and common areas upstairs, it looked very interesting with lots of eclectic artistic flair in the decor and renovations. And our room, The Photo Room, was fantastic! Spacious, beautifully decorated, with a large bathroom and shower room and a very comfy large bed with a cozy white duvet. The breakfast room is a lovely and welcoming space with fresh flowers and sunshine streaming in through the large windows, and lots of paintings on the wall. And the breakfast itself was delicious and substantial, with lots of healthy options to select from and enough to sustain us until the afternoons. The staff were very friendly and helpful and very happy to respond to any requests. The location of this place is perfect for sightseeing, being just minutes from a Main Street with frequent trams, and only a 10 minute walk to Liberty Bridge, the Great Market Hall and the shopping/dining pedestrian street Vaci utca. In fact, we were able to walk just about everywhere from here. We really enjoyed our stay here, and the only issue for us was the long staircase to the top floor and no elevators. But we were told they will soon be moving the reception and breakfast room to the ground floor and there are rooms available off the charming ivy-covered courtyard - next time!
We were on a five day trip to Budapest and so glad we chose to stay at Brody House. Suite was excellent and service lovely. Breakfast - enough choices. You could walk everywhere and super easy to get from/to airport. Highly recommend.