Where to stay in Budapest

Best area to stay in Budapest

To help you decide where to stay in Budapest, we’ve created a guide to the city’s best districts. Nestled on the picturesque Danube river, Budapest is a city that’s easy to fall in love with. Known as the city of spas, you can take a bath in one of the hundreds of hot natural springs around Budapest that appear due to the region’s unique geology. When you’re finished, take in sweeping views across the Danube and see some stunning Art Nouveau, baroque, and neoclassical architecture. Try tasty Hungarian dishes and fresh produce at local markets. As night falls, enjoy the novelty of bars that have sprung up in derelict buildings around the city, known as “ruin bars”.


The best area to stay in Budapest is the inner city area, in the area known as District V. In this area you’ll be within easy walking distance of some major sights such as Chain Bridge, the stunning Parliament building and the beautiful St Stephen’s Basilica. There are plenty of boutiques and souvenir shops, and a good selection of restaurants. You’ll also be able to walk easily across the bridge to the castle district, where you’ll find more popular monuments. Transport links in District V are good, with several metro stops to get around the city easily, and the Budapest-Nyugati train station which links to cities throughout Hungary.

Hotel   Price per night
Casati Budapest Hotel Superior
Paulay Ede u. 31
153€ - 171$
Hotel   Price per night
Hotel Central Basilica
Hercegprimas utca 8
127€ - 142$
Starlight Suiten Hotel Budapest
Merleg utca 6
129€ - 144$
K+K Hotel Opera
Revay utca 24
209€ - 234$
Hotel   Price per night
Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge
Roosevelt ter 2
206€ - 231$
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
Erzsebet ter 7-8
275€ - 308$
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
Roosevelt Ter 5-6,
477€ - 534$


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District V, the best area to stay in Budapest

Staying in the central districts within this city will make it far easier for you to make the most of your time here, as you can enjoy easy and convenient access to everything from the sights and attractions through to the various facilities and transportation. One of the best places to stay when you visit Budapest is District V, which will put you at the heart of the action with many things within easy reach. This district is right at the centre of Budapest, which makes it a hugely popular choice amongst visitors to the city.


Being located in District 5 will put you at the heart of all of Budapest’s main tourist facilities and amenities, from pubs and cafes through to restaurants, shopping, sights and attractions. You can therefore make the most of your time in the city by opting to stay in this central district. If you are only visiting the city for a short period of time, this is an excellent choice of location as you will find so much to see and do here. The metro station is also located here, which means that you can benefit from convenient access to public transport links.


There is no shortage of things to see and do in this district, which is why it is a popular choice of area within the city. Liberty Square is one of the popular places to visit here, and this is at attractive square in the city, which is home to a number of important buildings and monuments. This includes the American Embassy building and the Soviet War Memorial. There is also a cafe/bar located here, so you can enjoy a quiet drink in the warmer weather as you take in the surroundings.


Many other places of interest are within easy reach when you stay in District V. This includes the Ronald Reagan Statue, the Etnographical Museum, Gresham Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Vigado Concert Hall, and more. You can also enjoy taking in the famous pedestrian precinct, Vaci Street, with its great shopping and numerous dining facilities.

Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge Budapest
Four Seasons Hotel Budapest

Other central areas to stay in Budapest

There are a number of other central districts that you can choose to stay in when you visit Budapest. Some of these include:


District VI

If you are a big fan of culture, this is the perfect place to stay in Budapest, as it is considered the cultural hub of the city. You will find the equivalent of Paris’ Champs Elysee her, Andrassy Utca, and this will lead you to places such as the Liszt Music Academy and the State Opera House. You will also find many charming outdoor cafes and bars along Nagymezo Utca, which is ideal if you want to relax with a drink and simply watch the world go by. This is the area that is likened to the theatre districts in places such as New York and London, making it ideal for those who are looking to soak up some cultural entertainment while also being close to the many facilities and amenities in District V.


District VII

This district is known for being the old Jewish Quarter, and is a great place to soak up some history as well as take in the diverse architecture. This includes everything from historic synagogues through to the vibrant tenement buildings that can be found here. Although it went through some difficult times in decades gone by, this district has now become a lively and charming area. It is home to the Great Synagogue, which is the largest one in Europe and amongst the largest in the world. You will also find a variety of other attractions in the area, which includes the Jewish Museum. District VII offers access to plenty of amenities such as a great choice of dining facilities as well as good transport links to make it easier to get around.


District VIII

When you stay in District VIII in Budapest, you will find yourself in an area that combines the arts, architecture, and music. This diverse area has come a long way over the years, making it a popular choice amongst tourists who want to enjoy being close to the centre of the city but not right in the heart of the hustle and bustle. This district is where you will find the Palace Neighbourhood, which is where many aristocratic families used to live. Many of these palaces have now been converted to hotels, universities and a range of other institutions. You can also benefit from access to a range of local facilities, which includes a range of outdoor cafes and restaurants.