Ask anyone for a recommendation on where to stay in Budapest and 9/10, they’ll see Brody House. Yes, Brody House does look cool (plus, cheap)(I haven’t actually stayed so I can’t comment), but as it’s only got 10 rooms, there’s a high chance its gonna be full. Then what do you do? Whilst Brody House might win the boutique title, there are a handful of other really great hotels in Budapest, one of those being Hotel Moments, which couldn’t be a better base for a weekend break.
Ed and I stayed at Hotel Moments for 2 nights last month when we travelled to Budapest for a city-break-slash-half-marathon — aka, how most of our European city breaks go these days! We arrived after well midnight on the Friday straight off of an evening flight from Luton, but the late arrival wasn’t an issue at all. I always worry when you arrive somewhere late you’ll be hanging around for hours but nope, we were in our room in minutes AND scored a cheeky upgrade…to the Presidential Suite!!
We hit the sheets straight away but woke up in the morning to see the suite in all its glory — complete with a luxurious parquet floors, a spacious lounge and kitchen area, a beautiful modern bathroom, a terrace, and the the most insane view of St Stephen’s Basilica. Seriously, I don’t think you could score a better view of it if you tried, let alone from the comfort of a hotel room!
After an early morning bubble bath (oh, the life!), we headed down to the breakfast room to fuel up for the day on the buffet…complete with local fizz!
The one Budapest recommendation a friend had given me was to check out Callas House cafe, which, ironically, was about 2 doors down from Hotel Moments!! The location of the hotel couldn't be more perfect — a 5 minute walk from the ruin bars, which, let’s be honest, are the highlight of Budapest. Hello £1.50 wine!
We had an epic day retracing footsteps from our first time here 3 years ago (there’s a 48 Hours guide going up soon so stay tuned!), enjoyed a few hours in the baths and a couple of drinks at the ruin bars before finding big plates of pasta (running fuel!) then getting an early night. I can’t believe how much space we had in the suite — seriously, we could have had a whole party in there, but, instead, chose the quiet life and konked out by 10pm!
We checked out on the Sunday morning and left our bags at the hotel all ready to run. The team were so lovely and considerate that they let us use the gym and spa area in the afternoon, despite us having already checked out, to freshen up after the race. SO dreamy and so appreciated! A couple more wines to celebrate and it was time to pick up our bags and head home. Couldn't have picked a better base!