My Favourite Hostel in Hungary Is Wombats City Hostel Budapest

Wombats City Hostel Budapest - Common Area

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Having been spoiled by an incredible stay at Living Lounge Hostel in Lisbon, it was time to check out yet another stylish hostel but this time in Budapest.

After a weekend stay in Munich, I’d already come to like the Wombats Hostel chain but then their location in Budapest just blew me away.

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My Favourite Hostel in Hungary Is Wombats City Hostel Budapest

Wombats City Hostel Budapest - Reception

Wombats City Hostel Budapest, the biggest hostel in the entire city, is situated in a former hotel. At first glance, this check-in desk may appear the same as every other hostel.

The Common Area

Wombats City Hostel Budapest - Common Area

But, wait until you get a glimpse of the hip, modern and ultra cool common area. It’s hard to believe that this is a hostel and not a hotel. Here you can eat breakfast, socialize and even get some sleep in a lounge area full of fluffy pillows.

Wombats City Hostel Budapest - Chairs

I spent many hours curled sitting on these chairs, people watching and taking advantage of the hostel’s free wi-fi. Also, I’d seriously love one of these chairs in my own apartment.

The enthusiastic traveller in me loved these suitcases aka tables in the lounge area.

The Bar

One of the perks of staying at this hostel is the free drink ticket that you get upon arrival. After I finished taking photos of the nearby Chain Bridge by night, I returned to the hostel and took advantage by having a nightcap at their bar. My choice was a red Hungarian wine.

It’s a great place to hang out, meet others staying at the hostel, buy cheap drinks and listen to the lively music.

My Private Room

Wombats City Hostel Budapest - Private room with skylight

As this was my last trip in Europe before moving back home to Toronto, I booked my own room as I wanted privacy so I could get a good night’s sleep and reflect about my final days in my favourite city. I’ll be honest, I cried more than once during my stay so the private room was perfect.

The room was huge and more than enough for me. As there were two beds, maybe I should have brought a friend with me after all. It was clean (looked after on a daily basis), bright, and I loved those sky lights.

Other bonus features – a full length mirror and a hair dryer in the bathroom. Perfect for the girlie girl types like me!

The Super Sexy Staircase

Wombats City Hostel Budapest - Staircase

I also adored this spiral staircase and am glad the hostel didn’t try to modernize it like other they did to other parts of the property. I refused to use the elevator while there and only took the stairs so I could enjoy their beauty.

Location

Good to Know

1) The hostel’s located in a central location on the Pest side of the city and here are lots of cool bars, restaurants, and nice shops nearby. In fact, you’re in the midst of the Fashion district on Király Utca.

2) Wifi’s available throughout the hostel, in the common areas, and all of the rooms.

3) You get a free drink ticket upon arrival. Drinks at the hostel bar are quite cheap.

4) There’s a nice buffet breakfast available daily, which is also very affordable.

5) My room cost me about €24 euros a night. Not bad, especially considering it was a private room.

6) The staff are really fun and extra friendly. They gave me tips about how to use public transportation and helped set me up with appointments to check out the Invisible Exhibition and the Area 51 Project, both seriously cool experiences.

7) If you’d prefer staying somewhere else than this awesome hostel, take a look at options on booking.com.

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8) Experience Budapest on a deeper level by booking a guided tour.

9) If you’re road tripping around Hungary, make sure you rent a car.

10) If you love Budapest as much as I do, read my other blog posts about the city:

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18 Comments

  1. This looks great. A lot of times I’d rather stay in a private room in a hostel than a hotel, especially if it has a good kitchen. Hostel recommendation posts are always useful, for self but also because people often ask for reliable recs.

  2. Hi Cheryl, I am the Operations Manager of Wombats City Hostels and I am more than glad you enjoyed your stay in our Hostels and wrote this beautiful article about our property in Budapest! There is one thing that changed: we now have free WiFi even in the rooms, hoping that this is another service to our customers.
    Once again, thank you very much and hope to see you real soon in one of our Wombats City Hostels!
    Lars

  3. The spiral staircase is stunning! I love boutique hostels and so appreciate those that offer beautifully designed eco-friendly accommodation (including gorgeous private rooms) at great rates. Thank you for sharing a fabulous find!

  4. Good choice on the red wine. I was totally surprised by how good the Hungarian reds were. I’ve never stayed in a hostel, but have seen many photos and heard many stories. Wombats looks like one that I would consider as an option. Love your staircase shot. So glad they left that as is, too.

  5. I’ve never stayed in a hostel, but this one looks very nice! As you said, it looks more like a hotel than what I picture a hostel to look like.

  6. Hungarian wine is great! I love it as well and always make sure I have some when visiting Budapest. I also like to buy a Hungarian sparkling wine at my local liquor store in Toronto. 🙂

    And agree, that staircase is gorgeous!

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