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Carpe Noctem Hostel
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Leamington Spa, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“I'm in love!”
Reviewed 30 August 2013

I can't wait to get back to this hostel - the warm, welcoming atmosphere mean't people could be involved in as much or as little as they wished without ever feeling awkward or confused. The relaxed, friendly staff were well informed about both the fascinating culture and history of Budapest and the best nightlife. Strong combination.Thanks so much Carpe Noctem!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

This is without a doubt the best hostel I have ever stayed in. I stayed here for 2 weeks and even that didn't feel long enough. With 22 beds, it is small enough to get to know everyone in the place, and still have amazing nights out every night when the hostel meets with its 3 other sister hostels. If you can escape the hangover long enough to see a few of the delights of Budapest during the day (which is highly recommended, the city is amazing!) the staff are very helpful and full of ideas to fill your day. Great facilities, including free tea and coffee, towels, lockers and padlocks and pretty much anything else you would really need from a hostel. The hostel attracts a great mix of people, with there being no concern for the safety of your belongings. This hostel is a must if you are staying in Budapest! I'm sure I will find myself returning, along with everyone else who has spent any time there!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Budapest, Hungary
1 review
Reviewed 28 August 2013

With only 22 beds this hostel epitomizes the old refrain of quality over quantity. The staff help you to enjoy your trip in every possible respect, be it by recommending the best places to go out, buy drinks, eat, pet sloths, or just meet new like-minded people. In short, if you are coming to Budapest, be it for a night or a month (or a night that inevitably blurs into a month), staying at Carpe Noctem guarantees you an amazing time.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

Can not wait to head back to carpe noctem. From the welcoming staff to the great clean rooms, to the family atmosphere, it was an incredible experience. My two nights that I booked turned into 5, and could have been extended even more, what a tough place to check out of! See you guys soon, and thanks for everything!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

If you're travelling alone or in a small group I couldn't recommend this hostel enough. The parties every night are incredible and you get to come back to an air conditioned hostel that sleeps when it needs to.
The staff are awesome and they party with you every night too!
Stay at this hostel!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Steubenville, Ohio
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

Carpe Noctem is undoubtedly the most amazing hostel I've ever stayed in. 2 nights turned into 5 before I even knew it! The staff were so accommodating and FUN, they, along side my fellow travelers, became like a second family to me during my time in Budapest. This hostel made my "weekend" in Budapest one that I will remember (and miss), always. Thank you, Carpe Noctem, for a truly incredible time!

Note to young travelers: If you are young, enjoy a rowdy good-time, visit Budapest, and stay at another hostel (unless it's vitae or grandio) you're a darn fool. Stay at CARPE!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

We were welcomed into the Carpe family by Will a.k.a wifey (don’t ask) who had an insane knowledge of Budapest; tourist traps, good places, bad places and the places which give the city its distinctive characteristics. We were impressed in five minutes. And that was even before we’d met Jess, Gemma, Claudia and Ricky! It is a slight understatement to say they showed us a good time - they made our trip! It isn’t just the idea that they welcome you into the hostel as if you’ve known them for years but the fact that they whisk you away into their world of foam parties, boat parties, bar crawls and crazy nights out, where the only thought left in your head the next morning is ‘I want to do that for the rest of my life’. Rest assured you will have the best time ever at Carpe Noctem…. So friggin’ BOOK IT!

  • Stayed July 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 644 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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