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
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!
I really really really love this hotel. I mean really love it. Usually, for me, a hotel is merely a necessary evil that gives me a place to lay my head for a few hours between tending to the more important matters of seeing, eating and doing wherever I'm visiting. This place is different. I would return to Budapest just to stay at Brody House again.
It is so charming and authentic, and nestled in a gorgeous neighborhood. I stayed in Julia's See, which was more like an artspace loft rather than feeling hotel-esque. Everything was on point, and I was so enamoured with everything about it. My studio was in a beautiful quiet courtyard in an historic 19th century building. The breakfast (included) was really high quality, and the service exceptionally nice. I was able to stash my luggage there after check-out since I didn't depart until the evening. The bed was comfortable and all needed amenities were at hand. I will undoubtedly return.
I've been here twice now. The first time I stayed in Tinei's Room which was spacious, great bathroom (even if the bath in the room part takes a little getting used to), comfortable bed etc. The only slight downside was no desk, although I could work outside in the courtyard or in the common area (although no air-con there). The second time I stayed in the Print Suite, which is extraordinary. Vast, with large bedroom and bathroom and another area that had a kitchen and a table. A perfect place to get away and write. Breakfast is fine if not spectacular and the common area with an honesty bar is a lovely idea. Central and very different.
Arriving in Budapest late at night we were bowled over by the magnificent Brody House situated centrally in Pest. It's my idea of a home away from home, all up-cycled Bohemian chic with some glamour thrown in and and an ode to art of all forms. We loved our artistically styled suite with its spaciousness, quirkiness and luxurious treats.The breakfast was sublime; fresh and flavoursome and held in a light-filled salon dripping with contemporary art and eccentric touches. Ponnie and Zsophi were delightful too, bending over backwards to answer our questions and assist us in getting the most out of Budapest.
We took advantage of our Brody-Visa to visit Brody Studios, the eclectic downtown entertainment venue with its laid-back vibes, realistically priced drinks and plethora of spaces to hang out in. A must!
Would definitely recommend and will be back.