Our Quirky Airbnb in Budapest

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If you follow me on any form of social media, you’ve probably heard me wangin’ on about Budapest as of late.

#SorryNotSorry

You see, in the almost 11 years that Joe and I have been an item, we’ve not had all that many holidays – two in fact, with one being our honeymoon. What with renovating, wedding planning and Luna’s arrival, it’s just never quite managed to reach the top of the priority pile.

But with Joe turning 30 this month, I did good. I surprised him with a minibreak to Budapest and wanted to do something a bit special when it came to a hotel. AND IT WAS ACE.

I’d heard good things about Airbnb so picked something a little quirky. I booked a small but punchy apartment all to ourselves pretty local to the sites, within a residential area. It was called The Nest, owned by my new Hungarian chum, Viktor. Wanna see inside?

The Building

Let me tell you, arriving here at near midnight was a bit of a shock to the system. Budapest’s architecture is stunning – truly it is. But in some of the more residential areas there are signs of wear and tear. We really only made this discovery once we buzzed into the building. The ceilings were tall and majestic with intricate detailing that had clearly been there for over a century. But there was also graffiti and peeling paint. Personally, I don’t mind the rustic authenticity of it, but walking through the shadowy staircase was a bit spooky!

Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb

The Open Plan Interior

The inside was open plan, and I mean really open plan. To the right was a kitchen and living area. Straight ahead, a dining table where we were welcomed with beautiful lavender and drinks. And just beyond that? The bathroom. In the same room.

Seriously.

The walk-in glass shower was part of the open-plan living space and I know it sounds weird, but I thought it was frickin’ awesome and it just worked.  A curtain divided the spaces should you wish for some privacy (Joe did not choose this option – I won’t include the images) and for those who want to spend a penny in private, the toilet was behind a closed door you’ll be glad to hear.

Also, the bedroom was behind a slider. One of the barn style sliding doors in a washed pine which matched the kitchen units. As far as making most of the space, this apartment nailed it.

Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb

The Little Details

I feel like this apartment summed up my feelings of Budapest pretty well. Plenty of nods to nature through the pine, woollen knits and faux furs; Industrial vibes thanks to the metal locker which held spare bedding, the epic exposed brick ceiling and the scrap piano piece which was turned into a full length mirror. Oh, and the TV was even stilted on an upcycled…something. Seriously no idea what it was. Pair all that with edgy artwork in most corners and brightly coloured pillows and rugs, and you’re onto a winner in my eyes.

Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb
Budapest Airbnb

Okay I think I’ve gushed over it enough for now! I think I paid about £40 to stay here for 2 nights. Couldn’t quite believe the bargain I got. After leaving a review when I got home, I discovered that the same guy owns a few around Budapest, all with different styles but just as cosy and individual.

We’ll definitely be going back to Budapest at some point and I can’t wait to try one of Viktor’s other cribs! Which is your favourite bit? Do you like the design? Be honest, would you use the fishbowl shower?

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  • fabricofmylife

    Budapest is definitely somewhere I want to visit so great to know you can get some great AirBnB bargains there! xx

    • KarenAnita

      Do it Kate! The architecture is stunning and so many awesome airbnbs 🙂

  • Old Fashioned Susie

    Oh I need to visit! So glad you had a fab time xx

    • KarenAnita

      Would definitely recommend! Lots of lovely castles – would be like visiting a fairytale for the girls 🙂

  • I went to Budapest about 15 years ago now and promised myself at some point I’d go back. The architecture is just amazing! Your Airbnb is just so unusual, I quite love how quirky it really is! Loving all the textures and textiles – looks like a cosy space! xx

    • KarenAnita

      Definitely go back! I’m already making plans to return 🙂 Might be a little different going with a kid next time but I feel like there is so much to do, I could spend a week there easy!

  • Karen

    Looks mega awesome. And £40!?!!! That’s amazing. Looks similar to Berlin architecture wise. Another city to add to the list…. We’ve been looking at Air B&B for a trip next year with Charlie. Can’t wait!

    • KarenAnita

      I know, right? I think it’s normally £40 per night which to be fair is still a bargain! You’re right it did remind me of Berlin a lot. I think it reminded me more of Cuba though in terms of the colour. Can;t wait to see where you take Charlie! We’re looking at Copenhagen in Spring. Heard it’s great for kids 🙂

  • Carole King

    What an amazing space and what a bargain! I’ve never been to Budapest but think I need to go soon. x

    • KarenAnita

      I’d definitely recommend it Carole – an absolutely beautiful city! Got a few more follow up posts to write which should hopefully show it off a little!

  • Rachel Newcombe

    What a gorgeous quirky place to stay, so much nicer than a hotel. The architecture is stunning and the price equally so.

    • KarenAnita

      100% – I do love a good hotel but this place we will really remember for a long time!

  • Asma

    I have always wanted to go to Budapest and I would DEFINITELY consider this place, looks AMAZING!!!! love all the details and what a great birthday surprise 🙂 x

  • I love staying in Airbnb accommodation when I travel – it’s so fun to stay in somewhere a little bit different and to feel more like a local rather than a tourist. I’m hoping my OH will take me to Budapest for my 30th – it looks so beautiful!

  • Rebecca Ryan

    I’ve always been a little wary of the airbnb options but this looks pretty, quirky and different. So jealous of you ticking Budapest of your list, so far it’s still in mine!

  • Liz Clarke

    What a fantastic post and I love your photography skills! I felt like I was in the room with you, and even closed my eyes at the shower bit. Haha.

  • This place is amazing-been wanting to visit Budapest ever since my sister went last year. Brilliant value for your money too. Airbnb for the win!