Red Bus Hostel
14 Semmelweis Utca,5th district, 1052 Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Doubles from: $41
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The Red Bus Hostel, housed in a well-kept and centrally located turn-of-the-last-century neoclassical building, is a true keeper. A hostel at heart, the Red Bus offers up 15 dorm beds, as well as single, double and triple rooms at a fraction of the average Budapest hotel room rate.
Dorm-style rooms are short on amenities, but they’re large and bright and feature wood-framed beds. Our favorites were painted in an electric orange. Tall ceilings and big, double-paned windows add to the overall cheery effect.
We stayed at the Red Bus over the May Day weekend, when the hostel—in tune with the city—was jumping. But, don't get any ideas. This is not a crazy place. No stag parties are allowed and staff members encourage partiers to stay elsewhere. Low rates and a quiet vibe make Red Bus more popular among single female travelers and older crowds. Do note, however, that there is only one shower that is shared among all female guests.
During our incognito stay at Red Bus, staff was fast and efficient, a rare quality for discount accommodation. The hostel's location provides another draw. Located near Deák tér Metro station, Central Synagogue and St. Stephen's Basilica, the Red Bus is also just a ten-minute walk from the parkland of Erzsébet tér.
Free Wi-Fi is available, and there is a communal kitchen with free coffee and tea throughout the day. The kitchen closes at 10 p.m. each night.
Added bonus: For resident bookworms, the Hostel has their own bookshop on-site.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
About the Red Bus Hostel neighborhood
Belváros is located inside the boundaries of the old city wall, in the heart of Pest, Budapest's flat, eastern side. Packed with tourist sights—including the Inner City Parish, Párizsi Udvar arcade and Klotild Palaces—the area is also home to overpriced restaurants and souvenir shops.