This place is great, for those of you that are trying to escape the typical hostel life. While the buildings are old, and some construction is going on, this only adds to the feel of the city. These buildings were nearly destroyed not that long ago, and now they're being rebuilt. This is the charm of Budapest. This hostel represents it so brilliantly.
The staff goes out of their way to make sure you're happy. From the moment you walk in, these guys are ready to help. Right after checking in (which was a pretty laid-back experience) these guys are offering to show you what's going on in the city, and what you should see. Typically, I assume an employee pursuing this is just going to circle some already-marked attractions and say, 'there you go. Have fun.' But not here. Here, they sit you down, and show you routes you can take to see prettier parts of the city, they show you some little-known restauraunts or sights. They tell you what you might want to walk around, but not need to go in. They really go out of their way to make you feel familiar with the city.
This is a party hostel. Most of the partying does, yes, take place off the hostel premises, because there is some sort of night life group that goes out every night, with the other three hostels in the chain. Anything from pub crawls to booze cruises to a live concert... There's always something going on through the hostel.
This adds a bit of comfort to the downstairs bar. It's a sleepy bar, almost reminding me of something out of Hemmingway's days in Key West. The Bohemian, hippy feel of the place really makes you feel at ease. The night does tend to end early, around 1 to 3, but that's fine, because then you're able to meet up with the larger hostel group.
The beds are clean, the bathrooms are clean, the kitchen is clean. The staff is fantastic. The beds are comfortable. But most importantly, the hostel experience is worth experiencing here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You can sleep when you're dead so DON'T expect to get any here. Grandio, one of the only true party places on this earth that welcomes alcoholics, lost souls and arty people with talent but no direction and audiences, the living breathing creature that is constantly evolving, the place with a crazy cult following. On site bar, or beer sold by our staff, or the beer vending machine, or strawpedoes for breakfast.....these are all ways in which we fuel our thirsty and party hard guests (and staff). When the bar is shut, we move to the late room, the den of noise and naughtiness, with a sex bed and hammock depending on how adventurous you are. Every night our staff take you out on different activities in the city. These range from Backpackers fancy dress parties, to pub crawls, to live music nights, to karaoke nights, which take you to our personal favourite (plus some of the cheapest) bars in the city. If you feel like doing something a little different, never fear, as our staff have their finger on the pulse of the city's nightlife and are able to recommend differently nightly activities depending on your tastes. We have a live music venue in the basement, which has different acts on every night providing for all different tastes in music. Every Sunday they let us use it to showcase the talent we play host to with our own open-mic night in which we use our own instruments which include a plethora of guitars, drum kit, piano, violin, piano accordions, plus more as well as our very own sound technician! The staff have all been hand picked, which might seem a bit wild when they are walking around dressed up in dressing gowns with a beer in one hand, but this is the Grandio uniform, wear whatever makes you feel comfortable, or we got from the euro store that day. If you think you can challenge us, we'll probably rise to it, if not, we'll respect you for trying! The place itself is as wild as our staff and guests, decorated by street artists from around the world it houses a games room with table football and ping pong, the bar, a secret restaurant, which we could tell you about, but we'd have to kill you, a mix of rooms, some en-suite, with varying numbers of beds, and if you're lucky, a loo with a view. If you're not too hung over during the day we can organise daytime activities for you. The staff at Grandio are able to organise tours of the city plus other daytime activities such as paint balling or laser-tag. So the arty amongst you might appreciate the fact that all of our rooms, the outside and insides of everything are decorated by the best street artists of Budapest, and have been added to by global artists who liked what they saw and wanted to add to it. We have a band, called The Grandio Journals, which changes members every week when we practice in the open mic night, and we welcome all talent to perform here. As well as that, we are in a great location, especially if you like drinking as we are in the heart of the bar district, the only rules we have are about respect to our guests and neighbours, and other than that we want you to have a wild time, because we will be first! Please note, like the name says, this IS a party hostel, we go out every night, some people drink in the day time, there is a bar, sometimes sex, and a lot of fun. If you don't like these things, please try a calmer hostel, like Carpe Noctem Vitae. Please note: Regrettably, due to previous experience, we can no longer accept bookings for people over 40. If you have booked and are outside this age, please contact us and we will help find you alternative accommodation. ... more less
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