Maria and Istvan
Ferenc körút 39, 4th floor, Budapest, Hungary
Doubles from: $32 to $47
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The proprietors of this quaint pension are Maria and István themselves, and they are ideal and joyful hosts. Their good vibrations transcend their broken English with room to spare.
The winning couple rents out two rooms in their own apartment as well as two rooms in a flat nearby. The former quarters, near the Museum of Applied Arts, are spic and span. Rooms are filled with homey touches like doilies, framed reproductions and well-maintained antique furniture. The common living space houses a library filled withl travel guides and a large, wooden dining room piece. Room amenities are basic, but all rooms do have television.
Toilet and shower rooms are separate from another, shared exclusively by guests. So never fear—Maria and István have their own private facilities. The decently-sized common kitchen is big enough to prepare a proper feast.
István also shared his incredibly thick sign-in book. The two have hosted more than 6,000 guests since 1985.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
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About the Maria and Istvan neighborhood
Formerly Budapest's seedy Red Light District, Józsefváros has reinvented itself in recent years. It's now a fun, eccentric 'hood, home to world music stores, gothic clothing shops, boho cafés and pubs, and the grand neo-classical Hungarian National Museum. Nearby Ferencváros sports its very own savvy student scene.