Caterina Youth Hostel

Budapest VI Terez krt. 30 III/28, Ring Code 48, Budapest, 1066, Hungary
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Almost a classic

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 12, 2008

The old hostel was once one of the best known hostels in town. Today, the new one is almost a secret tip. Moved into a large appartment in the third floor of an old residential house, it is among the best hostels I have been in. There’s a familiar atmosphere with the owner, Joe Caterina, showing up sometimes in the kitchen and having breakfast with his guests. Simple but clean, with the usual hostel facilities, it is a good and cheap place to stay: Perfect Atmosphere and located at one of the most central places in Budapest – what else do you want?

Unique Quality: The hostel has dorms with six, eight or ten beds, one bathroom and one toilet. This leads sometimes to queues in front of them, hut that’s also a way to meet other travellers. The atmosphere was friendly and respectful. The alley (with internet-accesible computers) and the kitchen were places of social interaction, while the rooms were quiet places to sleep (why can’t every hostel be like that ?). Breakfast consists of two slices of bread with cheese and jam with coffee or tea. Simple, but at least, it’s breakfast.

P.S.: The entry door is not the most welcoming and the stairway isn’t either – but that changes once you are upstairs in the hostel. The doorbell is inside of the building in the third floor at the entry of the hostel. To get into the building, a door code is required which you will get on the hostel website or with your hostel reservation. I remember that I had some problems entering the code before I finally found out how I have to enter the numbers. If I hadn’t drunk so much “Dreher”, I would still remember HOW it worked.

Directions: Close to the Octogon and next to the art cinema.

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Friendly Hostel

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 30, 2006

The hostel was nice. Not great but definitely not a negative experience. Small rooms for 10 people, but not bad. No where to lock up your stuff. And about 1 shower for every fifteen people. So either get up early or have one in the evening. Breakfast was toast and jam and some really good tea. Or coffee I suppose. They will do some laundry for you which is very convenient. It's up on about the sixth floor so it's a hike with a heavy pack. No lockouts that I recall because they give you a key. I can't say that I partied it up in Budapest. SOme nights out with other hostel goers, yes, a late party night, no.

Unique Quality: Good location.

Directions: Mostly easy to find. Good location in Budapest.

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Hostel or Homestay??

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 23, 2004

I stayed here because my first choice hostel had converted into an expensive hotel and this was the nearest place within walking distance.

If you want somewhere to crash then this place is fine but I didn't like the large dorm which was made of a couple of large groups. The place is well situated and I did manage to made a couple of good freinds which lead to some interesting nights out.

Probably wouldn't come here again but I'm a bit older and tend not to go to youth hostels that much anymore. If you travelling with a companion then I'd definatley go to a hotel. If you're on your then this place is fine.

Everything is in pretty much walking distane and the area is really nice and central.

Unique Quality: It feels like you're in someone elses appartment which is a bit intimidating as you have to help tidy up too!

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Independent Traveller's Haven

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 22, 2004

It was a bit hard to find at first, but trust the number (30) and it's the black door, just ring the buzzer 28.
The hostel consists of two rooms with 10 beds each in the flat of these people's house, and they have little kids. So that means no smoking, no drinking, no bringing people over to hang out, you have to be out by 10am in the morning and can't come back till 1, and no noise after 10pm. This can be a little inconvenient for travelling party groups, but for the independent traveller just lloking for a place to *** shower and shave (and sleep peacefully) it's the jam. The fascilities are kept very clean, and they do laundry (wash and dry) for 1000 FT (about $5 USD).

Unique Quality: Great location, just a few blocks from the river, post office and Nyugati train station.

Directions: Downtown near the Nyugati station

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