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
My wife and I stayed at Bródy House and had a fantastic time. The old converted building is one of the most unique and beautiful places we’ve ever stayed. The location was great and the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. Location was great for walking to many of the city’s restaurants and attractions.
When we first arrived, and saw all the old steps to climb, znd the musty smell, we thought, uh-oh. Then we were shown to Estzers Nest, and we wondered where the bed was. The young girl had carried our heavy suitcase up all the stone steps as there is no lift, it's a listed building. We liked the bathroom area, and discovered a cupboard and wardrobe later, built into the wall. We were shown the reception area in a different building across a courtyard which was great. Lots of space, and separate areas with old fashioned antique furniture. Friendly, English speaking staff who told us about the codes, keys etc. We went back to our space, and discovered the bed up some "steps" in the attic. The steps were large boxes, and in a spiral, so they were deep. We are 67 and 68, and found it difficult to get up, and worse to get down, especially in the night to go to the toilet. Maybe the staff should have noted our ages. I had to switch a light on, so waking up my husband! The bed was comfy, but without windows so my husband said he felt claustrophobic in there as it was so small. The shower was good, we had enough space to sort out our cases for the airport. As we only stayed one night, having spent some time in Austria staying with relatives, it was ok. Loved the large continental breakfast, the beautiful old decor and space of the house (it used to belong to a doctor, before communism when people were affluent ). Liked the helpful, friendly staff. We liked the peaceful area and the park opposite. Liked the cafe intenzo in the square nearby, where we had our last meal in the garden at the back. We love Budapest, and didnt want to leave. Weather was beautiful. It's the 5th time we have visited. We would stay again at Brody House, but in a larger room next time.
My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights, in Eszters nest, the smallest room. The room is small, but has everything you need. You can walk around the raised bed, there is enough cupboard space and a small bathroom with a very powerful shower. I would book this room again, it was excellent value for money.
The breakfast was delicious, an unlimited continental buffet of fresh and homemade produce, tea, coffee and fruit juice.
We used the communal lounge area every day. It is a very relaxing environment with 4 rooms, so lots of private space. Complimentary tea and water are available 24 hours a day along with 2 honesty bars for alcoholic drinks. In the evening the candles were lit and soft music was playing. A lovely space to relax after a long day sightseeing.
Very friendly, helpful staff, made us coffee on arrival, stored our bags on the last day and made our stay completely stress free.
A unique hotel in a great location.
We were so lucky to have experienced staying at the beautiful Brody House in the wonderful city of Budapest, Traveling with a group of 11 women - all longing for a weekend of tranquility - rest, good food and drinks and exploring a new city. In the honesty bar we could sit down for a talk or a glass of wine - or sit in the uniqe sofas and beautiful surroundings in the club rooms after enjoying a wonderful breakfast including a greek youghurt with honey dipping. The room were clean, with each of their own personal tough - and we were welcomed and helped by the staff at the reception when we arrived - but also for good tips for restaurants. This is thruly a hidden treasure in a calm, nice area of Budapest - and lives up to the recommondations we have read in advance.
If your looking for a genuine home away from home this place is it. Seldom have felt this relaxed in a property. Tremendous value to be had here if you don’t need all the services a 4-5 star commercial property provides. For me it was, just well, perfect.