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
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.
At first I was a little nervous going to the front door. All of the buildings in Budapest are old. Inside was awesome. Exceptional clean everywhere. Great overall experience. Would definitely stay at Brody House again. Helpful staff made for a perfect stay.
Very few places truly invite you to make you feel at home. Brody House is so special in this regard. From the cosy rug as you enter the stunning Yeresko room to the beautiful lounge complete with honesty bar and tea. Breakfast is generous, design is exquisite and staff are really helpful. My family stayed in Julia’s studio, which even had a fully equipped kitchen. Only even better ifs- hair conditioner in the rooms. Thank you for a wonderful stay. We are already planning our next trip!
Brody House was fabulous! Quirky, friendly - we had booked through Mr and Mrs Smith and were the booking included a free bottle of white wine. Bori, the receptionist, 'upgraded' this to a bottle of champagne when we told the reason for our visit.
Our first room - Esther's Nest was not great for us in that the stairs going up to the bedroom were blocks of wood - very tricky to negotiate. Also the bathroom was downstairs which, for oldies like us who may need to go to the loo in the middle of the night, could be a problem.
Bori was able to put us in a different room - The Photo Room - which was delightful, spacious and unique with photos, pictures, old music scores, postcards etc covering the walls. It felt like a real Budapest experience.
There was a monsoon shower which was amazing.
The bed was huge and very comfortable and the room was very clean.
There were plenty of places to eat within walking distance.
We loved Brody House and would recommend it to anyone.
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.