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Carpe Noctem Hostel
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“An Unforgettable Experience in Budapest...”
Reviewed 4 May 2013

I am in love with this hostel! I cannot say enough amazing things about it. Carpe Noctem bills itself as a party hostel and definitely delivers offering pub crawls, party boat, party bus, and a trip to the thermal baths at night for a Magic Bath party. Definitely not to be missed!

The hostel itself has a limited number of beds, which makes it really easy to meet other guests and really get to know the amazing staff. Everyone working at Carpe Noctem genuinely loves being there and it is evident from the moment you walk in the door until you have to say goodbye to your new friends that have made you feel like family. I even extended my stay because I wasn't ready to leave!

While it is a party hostel, the festivities take place in other locations, providing for a great night's sleep and allows for exploring the amazing city of Budapest or relaxing at the hostel the next day. I felt very safe during my stay not only in the hostel itself, but also while traveling throughout the city as the staff does an amazing map reading to help familiarize you with the city and useful locations & information.

Staying at Carpe Noctem allowed me the chance to see and do everything I wanted plus more during my last stay and I cannot wait to return to have another amazing experience!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

It was a really nice place to be, they offer a whole bunch of activities and specially if you're looking to party. The staff is really nice, they want to make sure that guests have a good time and meet a lot of nice people. Really good experience, definitively recommend it

  • Stayed April 2013
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

The facilities are top notch, but the staff is what makes this place special. Highly recommend at least a weeks stay here to fully experience Budapest. It's a party hostel in every sense of the word. The average week consists of a party bus, party boat, party at a thermal bath, a pub crawl at the infamous ruins bars, a costume party, a jager train party, an open mic party, etc. Despite all the partying, the hostel itself is kept impeccably clean and guests can expect a quiet and comfortable sleep, as the party is taken outside after 9 pm.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

Carpe Noctem is probably the best hostel in the world... And here's why... I'd been traveling around Europe for about a month or so when a friend recomend I visit Budapest. I found the place by accident, searching for a different (no doubt worse hostel), but when I arrived I knew I had stumbled upon someplace special. I paid for three nights. I've been here for almost two weeks now. The staff aren't just mindless zombies with no interest in their jobs or their city; they take an active interest in every single one of their guests and take the time to get to know them. It's not like in other hostels where you can't wait to get out and explore the city and just view the hostel as a safe place to sleep or store your backpack... Most guests probably spend more time hanging out in the social here than they do outside its walls. Carpe Noctem is also the heart of all the other party hostels in Budapest. If you're traveling alone or with friends you will find something (or someone) to do every night. You will never be bored. Ever. Welcome to the family!!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

One of my favorite hostels - great staff, great people and they arrange amazing bar crawls, dinners and tours. Fantastic for solo travelers. The place was clean, beds comfortable. Dorm room is massive and spacious. Lockers for valuable and always felt secure. At night the hostel is quiet and even though they take you out to party hard you always have a nice place to crash afterwards that feels like home.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 April 2013

If you're going to visit Budapest, Carpe Noctem is definitely the place to do it with. I can honestly say staying at this hostel was a huge part of an amazing experience that I had in Budapest. The staff are freakin' awesome which makes it difficult to leave this place. They go out of their way to make sure you're always having a good time - whether it's seeing the best sights of the city or getting completely drunk off your face, it's an experience you will never forget.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

From the moment I arrived I knew it was a special place. The staff are welcoming and friendly, and are omnipotent when it comes to all things Budapest- especially the night life. This is definitely a hostel for people with personality who are looking to have a good time and embrace the crazy nightlife Buda and the staff have to offer. Its a great size, in the words of Goldi Locks " its not too big,not too small, its just right".This place really was a home away from home, so much so that my travel buddy decided to actually make it her home, and I spend every minute of the day trying to rake some cash together so I can go back asap. You would be stupid not to stay here.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Additional Information about Carpe Noctem Hostel

Property: Carpe Noctem Hostel
Address: Szobi utca 5/3/8A, Budapest 1067, Hungary
Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 641 Speciality Lodging in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are a group of more than 4, please stop reading here and choose a different hostel; we are mostly for single or solo travelers - we recommend our sister hostels Grandio Party Hostel, Retox Party Hostel or Carpe Noctem Vitae! We don't accept groups of any kind (see conditions below). If you are a sociable or solo traveler and want to meet other people in a welcoming, friendly, and voted the most fun hostel in the world (2009) environment, please read on: Atmosphere: Do you want to...- Be a SINGLE TRAVELER or SOCIABLE BACKPACKER meeting other similarly like minded people in a friendly, lively and social atmosphere?- Go out EVERY NIGHT on PUB CRAWLS, karaoke nights, cheap drink nights, live music nights?- Be taken out by staff to cool UNDERGROUND PLACES unseen on the common traveler's route?- Be given a WARM WELCOME and a detailed introduction of the city with all the hot spots for PUBS, BARS, RESTAURANTS, CLUBS and SIGHT SEEING?- Be INTRODUCED TO OTHER GUESTS so you can instantly make friends for your travels...if not life?- Feel like you are STAYING AT A MATE'S HOUSE, chilling on bean bags and drinking free tea and coffee until beer o'clock?- Feel like you are staying in a SOCIAL place not just a bed in a room?- SAVE MONEY by taking staff recommendations for cheap places, and using the specially negotiated food and drink deals for you?- Be given all the HELP, ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE for your entire stay in Budapest and beyond if needs be?- Stay in a place that doesn't believe in hidden charges and wants to give you as much for FREE as possible?- Have LIVE-IN native English/Australian English speaking staff who have all moved to Budapest because they came and fell in love with it and are passionate to show you why? Carpe Noctem ('seize the night', for those who rightly gave up Latin just after it died) is the perfect hangout and base for single travelers and young, sociable people who want to be part of an interactive and lively hostel experience as well as maximising the city in the day time and seizing the night when the sight seeing has ended. Facilities: We are Aussies and Brits who having traveled widely and decided we wanted certain things...* Free tea and coffee, not just when you arrive, all the time (and none of this European yellow label stuff, we get PG Tips imported from UK)* Free padlock hire* Free use of lockers* Free use of electronic staff safe* Free towel hire* Free bed linen (who charges for that anyway???)* Free internet use and free wifi* Orthopaedic mattresses* Air conditioning* Electronic entry system... (no more charges for lost keys!)* Free use of skype headsets* Smoking area* Laundry service available* 24 hour check in* Very relaxed check out times (you can check out any time you like but you can never leave!)* Free use of guidebooks and book exchange available* Free use of kitchen for you to cook...or for us to cook for you!* No curfew (it's called Carpe Noctem..... so seize the night!). Location: Walking distance from: House of Terror, Oktogon, Szechenyi Thermal Baths, City Park, Andrassy Avenue, St Istvan's Basilica, Freedom Square, The Danube & Parliament - all within 10-15 minutes. For lazy travelers....public transport is in our immediate location: the blue metro (for direct metros from nepliget coach station), and yellow metro are only a few streets away; the trolley bus and tram are 1 street away and the night bus route is at the bottom of the road. We even have a direct train from the airport 2 streets away! We are just off the main road which has pubs, cafes, bars, restaurants, 24 hour shops and clubs on it so there is no need to stray far for whatever you need, yet we are located on a quiet cobbled side street so you don't have to listen to the noise from traffic. Building: We are located in a 19th-century heritage listed building. We have a very cosy and intimate set up which means it is impossible not to meet people and make instant friends. Our apartment on the top floor is newly renovated and we have added our personal touches; hand made bean bags which means you can chill wherever you want around the house, a large corner sofa to watch films on, tables to eat on or play drinking games, depending on your mood, murals of the sights of the city across most walls so you can decide what to see that day (if our 30 minute run through of everything hasn't been enough info for you!). We have a fully equipped kitchen for you to use, apart from the times when we are cooking up roast dinners, gypsy gulyas (goulash), breakfast of champions, or whatever else we think the hostel needs to prepare it for a good night out or to deal with a hangover! We are located on the top floor, and due to the status of the building we have no lift...so if you are lazy, you may be better off going to a ground floor hostel! Conditions: We are ideally suited to single travelers, or groups of two or three who wish to meet people so if you just want an isolated stay with just a bed in a room, groups who don't wish to mingle or couples who want alone time only, we are probably not for you. Regrettably and due to previous experience we can no longer accept groups of any kind (more than 4 people), nor can we take bookings for guests over the age of 40. Nor can we accept bookings for people taller than Craig. We reserve the right the refuse any bookings that fall outside this criteria. On a final note, we are from England and Australia and often miss certain things from home....if you want to bring us something from home to put a smile on our faces or potentially knock a euro or two off your stay, please email us!!!!! Carpe Noctem awards: 2010- Best hostel in Hungary, 2009- Best hostel in Hungary, 2009- Most fun hostel in the world, 2009- 5th Best hostel in the world, 2009- Best hostel in Eastern Europe. ... more   less 
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