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Lavender Circus Hostel
Ranked #23 of 641 Speciality Lodging in Budapest
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Kosice, Slovakia
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Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

The hostel is in a great location, close to the Kalvin ter metro stop and the National Museum. I got an email with detailed instructions how to get there, so it was easy to find. The staff were very friendly and helpful, they gave us a map and a lot of tips where to go.
Our room was nice and spacious, with a view of the National Museum. We left our luggage in the hostel after checkout and were allowed to use the common room/kitchen (free tea and coffee, internet) and bathroom till we left in the evening.

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

My friend & I (both female and in our early twenties) stayed here for 5 nights this month while exploring Budapest. We found the location of the hostel really convenient with lots of things within walking distance and tram/metro/bus stops a matter of seconds from the front door.

We were really impressed when we first arrived (though exhausted after walking up all the stairs - it's a big old building and, subsequently, there's no lift!) as the building the hostel is in and, in particularly the decor once inside, is absolutely beautiful - we loved the eclectic style which gives it real character. The staff member who was working when we arrived was attentive and hilarious and we were really impressed that our room was ready earlier than anticipated and was lovely - we were lucky to have a huge window facing onto the street and the very grand national museum opposite (thankfully we bought ear plugs to block out the noise of the traffic!). It's important to bear in mind that there's no air conditioning; we were aware of this before booking but didn't realise quite how hot and difficult to sleep it would be - our room felt substantially hotter than the other areas of the hostel (perhaps because it faced the street rather than the courtyard) and, though a fan was provided, it barely made a difference.

The only thing that we felt lets Lavender Circus down is a couple of the other staff who unfortunately were nowhere near as friendly as the first lady we met and actually came across as hostile and rude - they didn't even acknowledge us during our stay (even when I smiled at one of them) and appeared to spend the majority of their shifts sat on their computer/phone. We felt as though we were being looked down upon and, subsequently, did not feel particularly welcomed or comfortable during the stay - even going to the kitchen was an awkward experience.

We chose to stay in this hostel rather than rent an apartment as we're quite sociable and hoped to meet new people. Unfortunately this didn't happen as it seemed that all the other guests staying whilst we were there went to bed very early (whereas we were keen to experience Budapest's famous ruin pubs!) and time spent in the communal area tended to be spent staring at phones or watching programmes on computers. Obviously this was not the fault of the hostel as the communal area is cosy and inviting and perfect for socialising but it's important to bear in mind that you might want to consider staying elsewhere if you want to have more fun or prefer a livelier atmosphere. However, if you want to stay somewhere quiet yet quirky then go ahead - we still managed to have our own fun anyway!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Midway through our one-month backpacking Interail, the TripAdvisor app had become a regular tool for pretty much every city we travelled by.
Budapest was critical as, by mid-July, you can expected all the hostels to be booked full. The Lavender Circus wasn't the first door we knocked on; it was, however, the one we fell immediately in love with.
The entrance is virtually unnoticeable; hadn't we previously called the owner and gotten the address, we would have missed it.
As many Budapest buildings go, you walk through a dark inner patio to access the stairwell. Carrying our heavy backpacks in a sultry summer all the way up was a nightmare; once arrived, sitting in the ecclectic, intimate hall, was the owner.
He welcomed us in, making us feel like long-awaited guests. In the waiting room we were offered a cup of tea (and copious glasses of water); the decor, as other travellers have described, is unique and warm, cozy. It takes some time until you absorb most of the inumerous details.
Someone had canceled their reservation, so we ended up getting their place in a mezzanine double room that looked fabulous and made me want never to leave the place again. As whole, Lavender Circus totally deserves five stars - but sleeping in the mezzanine room gave us an awkward, probably unjustified, fear of falling out of bed.
The staff was, however, the best we came across on our trip. The map and their suggestions were useful, they went all the way to help us in several tasks - finding a Pharmacy, getting our laundry done, trying to find us accomodation for our second night.
Having peeked in at *several* other hostels, I'd say the Lavender Circus is the best in Budapest for a solo traveller / couple / family / small group of friends who want to explore the city and know that, at the end of the day, they'll have a quiet and intimate place to go back to, one that really feels like home.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

This may be the coolest hostel I've ever stayed in. The decor is eclectic in the best possible way. It is an interesting and building, so be ready to walk up lots of stairs! The staff is incredibly helpful with local advice and rush to provide you with free tea and coffee whenever you walk in.

The rooms are not only adorable, but very comfortable. The location is great as well. If you are looking for a quieter, more intimate hostel experience in the heart of Budapest, you won't find abetter place.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Massachusetts
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

My daughter and I spent 3 nights here June 2013. The hostel was a bit of a challenge to find because we were looking for a "building" but it was just a scary looking door on the sidewalk into which we had to be buzzed. We entered a long huge hallway to a giant stone stairway that wrapped around a courtyard. The hostel is a few flights up with locking metal gates to get through. Once in and having cought my breathe, it was really delightful. Our
"room" was a suite! including a very big kitchen, bathroom, and giant bedroom. A beautiful big window overlooked the museum grounds across the street. The hostel is sooo extremely inexpensive and funky and in a great location to start the days sightseeing. By the way, if you ask about a clothesdryer, they mean a drying rack, not a machine. We couldn't figure out why we had to wait a day or two for one, lol. I would stay there again. The young woman who work there are very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Whose parents told them not to draw on the walls? Mine did - so I loved this place!! The art work captures the culture of the hostel.

Staff are very friendly - showing you (over a glass of complementary wine or two) in detail on a map when you arrive places to see, eat, visit. None disappointed. They also helped us with bookings. One staff member also cooked us a traditional meal - garlic, cheese pasta with salad - for 20 guests! Bring some wine to share with her - she likes red ;)

The room was quirky and very comfortable. We had a shared bathroom which no one else actually used. Hostel is in a very central location - right near trams, metro and in walking distance of many sights.

We didn't want to leave!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

I stayed here over Easter and enjoyed my time here. The hostel is well located opposite the national museum and metro station, there are no signs outside, so look out for the number of the building 37 instead and there is a discrete intercom. Security is good with several access controlled gates, even though there is no real problems in the area. The staff were excellent and very friendly.

The rooms are good and the facilities clean. The hostel has an excellent and unique art style which adds to its uniqueness.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Property: Lavender Circus Hostel
Address: Muzeum koerut 37., Budapest 1053, Hungary
Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest > District V / Inner City , Belváros-Lipótváros
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Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 641 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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