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
Visiting Budapest for the first tine, we wanted to choose the right place to stay, especially as we were attending ‘The Ring Cycle’ at MUPA, as it turned out, a ten minute walk and a few tram stops away. I was concerned about getting our luggage up the flights of stairs and perhaps being a bit too far out of the main drag. However, although my concerns proved valid, Bródy House is an utterly charming and unique small hotel. In a quiet ‘studenty’ part of town, we quickly found the more interesting areas of Budapest rather than the busier touristy ones further afield.
The building itself is beautiful. Upon arrival, we used the code to get in at night, but just in time for the friendly young woman assistant to greet us and help with one of our smaller bags. Our comfortable large room ‘Droga’ was across the pretty inner courtyard, which meant walking down the spiral staircase and up at least two more flights, to go to breakfast every morning. It was worth the exercise! The fresh berries and fruit were some of the best I’ve ever had! It was simple but very tasty. This reception area is really lovely with big, light airy rooms, interesting furniture, artworks and parquet floors.
After the opera, we would retire to one of the three connected, living rooms to have a Japanese whiskey from the very well stocked honesty bar.
I felt great location for pest, not too busy. Loved the art feel, welcome space and good breakfast. Exactly what I’d hope for in a non corporate accommodation. Air con is Ezthers worked great, comfy bed and great shower.
Brody is more of an experience than just a hotel: it has pretty much everything and that’s why it’s always full three months ahead.
The interior is super cool, innovative and excellent. Staff is friendly and personal, breakfast sufficient (no food waste) and the ambience is like being at a friends place.
When in Budapest, always try to stay at Brody House!