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Lavender Circus Hostel
Ranked #21 of 645 Speciality Lodging in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
London, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lovely hostel ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2013 via mobile

Lovely hostel located in a beautiful building. Loved the interior, very well decorated with a quirky and homely vibe. Not your typical party hostel, which is exactly what we were after as a couple travelling. You still get the opportunity to meet other travellers in the cosy lounge area but also very quiet at night. One of the cleanest hostels I have been too and the staff were so kind, helpful and accommodating - one of the girls offered us wine on arrival and gave us many recommendations for cafes, restaurants etc. (The ones we did try were amazing). All and all a great experience at Lavender Circus and excellent value for money.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hasselt, Belgium
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2013

- great location
- cosy room
- clean bathroom
- room with personal kitchen and refrigerator
- great atmosphere (When we arrived, we were invited to a dinner party with traditional food. They made us feel very welcome)
- friendly, warm and super helpful staff

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seoul, South Korea
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75 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013 via mobile

Stayed here four days. The receptionists were extremely helpful, and very knowledgeable about their city. They recommended several places to eat off the tourist trail and all were perfect. Rooms are great, decorated by the artist owner. Each one is unique. The only problem in mine was the lights were very dim and hard to read by. The hostel is at the top of a beautiful old building, with no lift, so be aware if you have any mobility difficulties. The common area is gorgeously decorated with what I'd guess are flea market finds, and there's free tea and coffee. Although there's no breakfast, the staff pointed me in the direction of some excellent cafes every morning. It's very close to major sights, and has a metro station nearby. Easy if you're arriving at Keleti train station. Will definitely stay here again, it's my new favourite hostel in Europe.

Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Sunderland, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

Possibly the nicest hostel I've ever stayed in. Very handy and easy to find/direct taxis to when drunk as it's directly opposite the National Museum. Our room was huge and fabulously done out, as is the whole hostel - a massive old building with lots of quirky knick knacks and I wanted to steal ALL the amazing lampshades!!! In spite of that, the thing that really makes this hostel so outstanding (I'm repeating what other reviewers have said,I know) is the AMAZING staff. Really lovely, interesting, helpful, friendly and well travelled people, who have stayed in many a hostel and are passionate about making guests feeling as at home as possible. They are very knowledgeable about the city itself and have some great recommendations of what to do and see, and can book you tickets for various things (they arranged an evening at the thermal baths for us - this is definitely a MUST if you're in Budapest!). Free wine/palinka on arrival and delicious strong coffee whenever you ask for it. The steps up to the hostel aren't for the faint hearted (it's on the 5th floor) but this is definitely a small price to pay!
Thank you so much everyone at Lavender Circus for making our stay in Budapest one to remember!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Queensland
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27 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

Lavender Circus is a unique hostel that has a quirky Art Deco feel and a sincere focus on providing customer service to their guests. I ended up in two rooms different rooms, both were excellent and very comfortable. The hostel has a few nice touches that make staying there like home, including complimentary coffee (the good stuff) and tea, milk plus alcoholic drinks, and laundry service. The staff are very helpful, though I was annoyed that I had I was told there was no availability during for one night in e middle of my stay and had to go elsewhere, only to find out that a room was available for that night and I wasn't given the opportunity to stay, even though I kept asking...then it was too late the room had been booked by someone else. Despite this the hostel is a great place to stay, very secure, great location and friendly staff.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

I have stayed in a host of hostels around Europe but have never experienced anything quite like Lavender Circus.

The directions which we received when booking the hostel were spot on, though it is worth noting that there is no sign outside so you need to look out for the building numbers.
Once we located the hostel and climbed the stairs we received an extremely warm welcome from Adam and Gyorgi and were presented with glasses of typical Hungarian wine and shots of Pálinka, which of course are always welcomed by travellers! Gyorgi sat with us for a while and pointed out the best things to see and do in Budapest. She then preceded to check us into our room, even giving us the choice between rooms so we could decide which one we would prefer to stay in!
From the two room of which we looked at I can say that they were both extremely spacious and were decorated in their own quirky way, similarly to the common areas, which really adds to the character and charm of this listed building.

I can’t express how fantastic ALL of the staff in this hostel were, not just the ones mentioned above. The ladies that were on the reception during our stay were always there and willing to chat, literally any time, day or night! Every time we saw them they were keen to find out what we had visited during the day and offered recommendations of their favourite things to do and places to eat in order to get a real feel for Budapest and local life. We took them up on their recommendations and definitely were not disappointed.

To sum this place up, an excellent night’s sleep, all of the facilities were clean, very secure property, laundry services for a small fee, free wifi, kitchen facilities, amazing staff. There’s nothing quite like it! I can’t wait to go back to Budapest just so I can visit these guys again.

To everyone at Lavender Circus, we’d like to say egészségedre! (and hopefully see you soon!)

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

My friend and I stayed at Lavender Inn a couple of weeks ago for 3 nights while visiting Budapest. We had seen pictures online and it looked interesting and it certainly lived up to our expectations. The hostel is decorated in a very unique way, from the throws on the wall to the fish tanks in the bathrooms! The staff are so friendly and on the first day sat us down, gave us a beer and pointed out all the places on the map where we should visit in the next few days. In terms of the location, it is located right across from the National Gallery and is only a couple of stops away from the main train station on the metro; it is also very near shops and restaurants/bars so you don't have to travel far. The only thing to mention is that the hostel is on the 3rd floor of the building and there are quite a few flights of stairs to walk up (we did not see a lift) so it may not be suitable for people who have poor mobility. Apart from that a great hostel to stay in, great value for money and so friendly!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Gill W
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Additional Information about Lavender Circus Hostel

Property: Lavender Circus Hostel
Address: Muzeum koerut 37., Budapest 1053, Hungary
Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest > District V / Inner City , Belváros-Lipótváros
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 645 Speciality Lodging in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lavender Circus is a vintage, quiet apartment like place in the city center . A cozy,special atmosphere is waiting for you in a historical building from the end of the 19th century.In our hostel there are several kind of double bed and dormitory rooms available. The staff is ready to help you 24/7. We are specialized in 2 bed private rooms, en-suites and apartments.You can enjoy your privacy but you're also welcomed in the community room to meet other guests any time. Free WiFi connection is available in all of the rooms and the entire hostel.All of the rooms has an own, individual character designed by graphic designers, painters and sculptors. And you can enjoy the drawn vision of the owner on the walls. If you want, you can cook something in the kitchen. In our lounge there is always free coffee and tea as well and we organize Hungarian dinner parties where guests can try Hungarian palinka or local wine and learn how to prepare traditional dishes. Bedrooms and community rooms are non-smoking!There is a comfortable special separated smoking area. Every private room can be locked safely. Earliest check-in is at 9 a.M. Please inform us about your arrival time. -Free city tour every day -Free map here -Free luggage storage We are looking forward to see you!! ... more   less 
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