Popular, lively and comfortable hostel with the best free breakfast I’ve ever seen.
Continuing my mission to change hostels every 2 to 3 days, which I started in Bangkok the month before, I went through 8 hostels in 30 days during my stay in Budapest in October to November 2016. Avenue Hostel was my hands down favorite – read on to find out why.
The hostel is centrally situated on the main Oktogon roundabout. As soon as you exit Oktogon metro station you’re there. The area bustles with restaurants and shops and is a good base for exploring Budapest. Nyugati Railway Station is only about 15 to 20 minutes walk or a 10 minute tram ride. Working out which side of Oktogon roundabout the hostel was on was a minor obstacle as well as the signage not being too visible leading me to walk past it a couple of times.
Walking up 2 flights of stairs (there’s also an elevator) and following the signs got me to the reception where I was given a friendly welcome and a smooth check-in. A fun gimmick here was the check-in dice game. If you choose to pay by cash instead of card you get to roll two blue dice and if you throw two sixes your entire stay is free!
I was really pleased with the quality of the dorms. The pod style beds have privacy curtains and are constructed with a mix of wooden chip board and black metal. You get a reading lamp, charging socket and ample personal shelves. As with a lot of hostels in Budapest the mattresses are futon style, though here they’re noticeably thicker and more comfy – I slept really well. The hostel has different sized mixed dormitories and the couple that I stayed in were overall spacious and airy. There were large windows facing out onto Oktogon roundabout which let in good amount of light during the day and the curtains were thick enough to let in just enough early morning light to motivate you to wake up.
Each floor of the hostel has 3 to 4 shower rooms and 2 to 3 toilets. Cleanliness was excellent but I found one or two things broken, understandable being such a busy hostel. Hot water supply and pressure in the reception level showers was great but tempermental on the next floor up. No shower gels are provided.
The free breakfast from 8-10 am beat anything I’ve had at another hostel. Plenty of eggs you can fry or scramble yourself, rolls and sliced bread, different jams, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, tea, coffee, cereals and juice. A heads up, the kitchen isn’t huge and can get extremely packed, particularly when everyone wants to cook their eggs at once. On my first morning I arrived bang on 8 am, at the same moment as a group of 15 Spanish guests! I learnt that either 8.45 or after 10 were better times to get there.
Towels and padlocks are also free. WiFi throughout the hostel was excellent.
The lively, upbeat atmosphere and friendly staff kept me coming back to this hostel. It seems an especially popular place with groups hitting Budapest to party – the large size of the hostel and the dorms makes it easy to accommodate this. However, as a solo traveler I never felt out-of-place and met some really great people.
I paid on average 7 to 15 euros a night for a mixed dormitory. Prices go up and down depending whether it’s a week day or weekend. Reserving through Booking.com or direct with the hostel doesn’t seem to make a big difference on price.
This was an all round great hostel, not overly expensive, sociable and good quality dorms where it’s possible to get a decent nights sleep – not to mention an incredible breakfast.
Overall Score: 4.5/5
Budapest, Oktogon 4, 1067 Hungary