Hugging the Danube in Central Hungary is Budapest, the modern conglomeration of two old cities, Buda and Pest, that have come together to create their namesake. It is remarkable how different the two sides of the river can be, with Buda on the west standing stout with its rolling hills topped with old castles and churches, and Pest on the opposite side of the river, flat in a sprawl of mixed modern styles from gothic to communist.
For space reasons, 95% of all hostels are located on the Pest side of the river, a good trend to follow as your nights will usually be spent in Pest, your days in Buda. Located near Oktogon Square in Pest is Caterina Hostel & Guesthouse with beds starting at $8.50. The Caterina staff is very welcoming and friendly and will help you find your way around the city, even if you have no idea what your priorities are. With a low nightly fee and a fully outfitted kitchen, Caterina is perfect for those who just wish to spend nights there on a tight budget. The newly designed interiors make it comfortable to return to, while its location, near bars, cafes, pizza places and restaurants, makes it a perfect spot to spend any number of days in the Hungarian capital.
Nearby Caterina, Oktogon Square, and many shops and restaurants is Home Made Hostel. Started five years ago by a couple friends, Home Made is a friendly and welcoming place to stay while in Budapest. They are outgoing and fun, hosting their own Home Made Hostel Tour on weekends and Tuesdays, as well as serving dinner every Tuesday. Home Made has been consistently liked by its guests and shows a true effort in getting newcomers out and into the city. Beds start as low as $16 a night.
One of the most popular new hostels is Big Fish Hostel. Big Fish starts with a higher rate, at $26, but it offers its own comfort that is not to be found in many other nearby hostels. It has its own common room that is comfortable and spacious with the ultimate goal of getting fellow travelers to meet and talk to each other. For those tired nights, Big Fish has a wide DVD collection for you to curl up in front of after exploring the city with helpful tips from the friendly staff.
There are a range of hostels and other backpacker accommodation options in Budapest, use one of the searches below to find and book accommodation online. Or visit Budapest hostels to see a selection of whats available. A good idea is to compare the two systems to find the best price. If you are planning on staying in other locations around the globe visit our World hostels to find a huge range of places to stay.
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