Cheap hotels in Erzsebetvaros, Budapest
Before and during World War II, Erzsébetváros as a Jewish neighborhood. Now it's a cornucopia of late-20th-century architecture, its Byzantine-Moorish-style Great Synagogue (the second largest in the world) standing in gorgeous contrast the functional Communist-era structures that line its narrow streets.
By day, it's business as usual here, with local proletariat working away, Internet stations buzzing and restaurants serving up authentic grub. At day's end, the neighborhood redefines itself as a nightlife hub, home to the hip Liszt tér restaurant, a buzzing café culture and cool kert (courtyard) bars.