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Carpe Noctem Hostel
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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“AMAZING”
Reviewed 21 July 2013

The best mix of partying and quiet time of all the Budapest party hostels. Don't get me wrong, they all seem great, but if you want to stay somewhere where you can party all night and then actually sleep when you get home then stay here!! The staff are like your family from day one. I watched The manager (Claudia) clean up a guests vomit twice in one night on her night off work. This wasn't just a cheeky spew, it was everywhere BUT the toilet seat (walls, door frame, behind the toilet) and was an absolute saint about it. She laughed it off and made them feel so comfortable about it in the morning i seriously have never experienced hospitality like that. Seriously if you are considering booking, just do it. You will not regret it xxx

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Sutton, Hereford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

Carpe Noctem is organised chaos at it's best. Get stinking drunk and know you'll have somewhere friendly and welcoming to stumble back to. The staff somehow manage to stay positive and helpful with a hangover, which I have yet to master. You will also get information on all the major sights of Budapest along with some more alternative ones, as well as where best to eat. The organised bar crawls mean you feel part of a group and meet plenty of people, while still having the freedom to do your own thing. Forget about your liver and go there now!

Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

Carpe Noctum is a great place to stay during a trip to Budapest. The vibe I got was that the place was more suited to solo/single travellers in their 20's. Frequent activities are run from the hostel and it's centrally located so easy to get to any of the tourist destinations in Budapest. The place offered typical backpacker fare, clean rooms and a friendly environment. Top tip, if you're staying here ask to get the 'loft' in the room out the back. A mate and I were lucky enough to get this loft which is above the regular dorm and offers your own little space.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 July 2013

The biggest issue that comes with staying at Carpe Noctem is a rather grave one - subsequent hostel experiences will be, in comparison, as disappointing as feeding a hangover with soggy celery sticks rather than a juicy slab of steak! You'll book for 2 nights and then sack off other plans so you can stick about for at leeeaaast a week longer, a guilty glee bubbling inside you telling you that your next dwelling on the list can just bloody wait. BUT THEN! - You will have such drunken fun and tomfoolery with amazing new friends, hang about all day like its home with a cuppa on the sofa, see all the wondrous sights suggested to you by the staff... by the time you leave you will be questioning your entire existence away from such a fine establishment, wondering why in Ronald Mcdonald's name no one told you about Carpe before. I can only describe it as the crème de la crème of hostel experiences. It ticks every box for cleanliness, facilities, comfort, location and so on. But what you cannot describe fully is the fantastic atmosphere and the energy that fuel its distinctive vibe, collectively derived from the staff and other travellers. Genuinely friendly, interesting, excited for your company on any of the brilliant nights out, you'll come alone and walk away with a new family. Go there now, and brace yourself to want to return!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 7 July 2013

I was so looking forward to coming back to this incredible hostel , after taking a fantastic trip here last September , I was not disappointed as again I had the best time. It was great being back in Budapest and amongst the best hostel I have ever experienced !!! Meeting again the most loveliest and welcoming staff ,some I had met before and was great to see them again, we were taken on the best nights out, had the best fun in the bath rave and just generally had a brilliant and enjoyable time! I know for sure I will be back at this hostel in no time !! I couldn't imagine going to Budapest and not staying at Carpe Noctem !!!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Tubingen, Germany
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

I was supposed to stay at Carpe Noctem for 3 nights, I ended up staying for 6. I could stay longer if I didnt have to get home. The staff was great, the facilities perfect, and other travelers were amazing. Everyday there was something to do helped organized with the hostel, and every night they had something unreal planned i.e. thermal bath rave. I cant wait to come back here in year, hopefully sooner! Perfect hostel for solo travelers [and groups]

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 June 2013 via mobile

Words cannot describe how much I loved staying at Carpe, I've never been in a hostel that has a more welcoming and fun environment. The location is perfect! its to everything you need (train, sights, hangover food), the staff will help you with anything and suggest heaps of great stuff to do and see. The staff and guests will become your new family and I can promise you'll never want to leave. It's my second time here and I wouldn't even consider staying anywhere else. Love you Carpe!

Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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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 #1 of 658 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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