When we pulled up to our hostel in Budapest I was very concerned. The outside was covered in graffiti and the windows were barred. We got out of the taxi, walked through the massive wooden doors and into a beautiful courtyard. There was a tiki hut looking bar on one side with a forest of trees covering a large section of tables and barstools adjacent to the bar. The hostel itself was a square two story building built around the courtyard. As we walked through the courtyard/bar/hangout area we heard a guy yell “American dudes, check in upstairs!” I think we were all in a slight state of hangover/shock/excited as we walked upstairs and the people in the courtyard were smiling at us and raising their beers.
We proceeded to the “office” upstairs where there was techno playing and people hanging out having some beers. The guy who was checking us in was nearly blacked out so he handed the job off to another employee there, Luke from Ireland who was more coherent. If you’ve seen the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo Dicaprio, I felt like I had stumbled across a secret community/oasis of young people in a crazy cool hostel all there to have a good time and party. After we got all checked in we went to the courtyard and hung out and met people from all different parts of the world. Probably our favorite hostel of the trip, but definitely a “specialized” hostel. Their motto is “You can sleep when you’re dead.” Before ever learning about this place this was our motto for the trip, once we read that we booked the place right away.
All the people there, especially the employees were very welcoming, helpful and friendly. It’s called Grandio Party Hostel. It’s highly recommended if you’re looking to party and highly not recommended if you’re looking to sleep. Overall unforgettable experience.
Other highlights of Budapest:
The Mineral Baths
Very inexpensive, even cheaper than Prague
Seeing The Avengers in theatre (especially when they mentioned Budapest in the movie, that blew our minds)