Cheap hostel centrally located but let down by several flaws.
Inner City Hostel was the third place I stayed at during my month in Budapest from October to November 2016. It came up in a search on Boooking.com and although it only had (and still has) a 7.3 rating the reviews were mostly positive and at only 6 euros a night I thought I’d give it a try.
The hostel is very centrally situated and close to Stephen’s Basilica and Dob Street which is packed with restaurants, cafes and clubs. Like most hostels in Budapest it’s located in an old residential apartment block and there’s no clear signage on the outside of the building, only a small label on the buzzer panel which is easy to miss.
The reception was just a desk in the hostel lounge. It looked makeshift and my first impressions were a little suspicious. The woman who checked me in was a touch cold but a guy helping her was really friendly and gave me some good tips for cafes and restaurants nearby.
I stayed in an 8 bed mixed dorm for 2 nights. The room was spacious with luggage lockers and a small table and chairs in the middle. Bunks were basic, flimsy metal frames with a reading light but no personal curtain or shelves. The biggest problem was the beds having no individual charging points, only sockets at floor level along the wall. I was in a top bed and had no way to charge my stuff.
Unfortunately there was only one shower room and two toilets in the hostel. One of the toilets was out of order for some of the second day. There wasn’t a time when I didn’t have to queue. The shower itself was just a bath tub with shower hose. The staff also used the shower room to dry bed linen and towels so it felt kind of crowded.
Towels were free. No breakfast provided but the small kitchen did have free tea and coffee on offer.
The small lounge was the only communal place in the hostel but was rather dark and not very inviting. The overall mood of the hostel was quiet and very different to other places in Budapest, probably because the general environment was so bland.
Through Booking.com it was only 6 euros a night but I got pretty much what I paid for – not a lot.
The pictures on Booking.com made the hostel look better than it actually was. It’s a cheap option if you just want to crash your head or are limited on choice of accommodation, just don’t expect very much.
Overall Score: 2/5
Inner City Hostel
1061 Budapest, Szekely Mihály utca 10 2/2, Hungary