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Carpe Noctem Hostel
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Belfast
1 review
“Didn't want to leave!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

Carpe Noctem is such a good time! I stayed for three nights and had I been able to I would have changed that to three months in an instant. The atmosphere is so relaxed and the staff are amazing! They make you feel right at home and treat everyone like their best friends. The nights out are some of the best nights out I've had. The location is perfect in a beautiful city. I can honestly say I didn't want to leave!

  • Stayed July 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Really enjoyed our stay at Carpe Noctem. It's such a chilled out place where it's really easy to meet people. On basic terms it has everything you need: free towels, air con in the rooms, washing machines, a good kitchen, printers. I could go on. But the hostel is much more than this, every night you go out and it's a lot of fun. In the day you can just chill on the sofas watching Peep Show. We met quite a few cool people during our stay here. The staff are really friendly and helpful, when we arrived we were given the run down on things to see and do in Budapest.

I'd definitely recommend Carpe Noctem and I'll definitely be returning one day!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

forget a home away from home, im naming this place my new home. i've only been back in london for 8 days, and i already miss this place! The staff are amazing, the people i met there are amazing, the nights out they take you on are, amazing!

I enjoyed this place that much, that im already planning a trip back to visit within the next month hopefully!! seriously, get round this place you wont regret it!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

Couldn't agree more with all the good reviews...if you want to have the absolute best possible time in Budapest and to stay somewhere that will inevitably become your home away from home, look no further. The staff are seriously amazing, the location is great, the hostel itself is beyond cozy (and therefore fantastic for meeting fellow travelers), and the atmosphere is perfect! I never leave hostel reviews but just had to for this place, really couldn't recommend it enough :)

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

I have nothing bad to say about Carpe Noctem. Staying there felt like home and I wish I could of stayed for longer! Ended up extending my trip so that I could spend another night with the lovely people that both work and visit this establishment. The events that are set up are all incredible and the staff are helpful plus full of knowledge about Budapest. I will definitely be returning!

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent and comfortable for solo or small groups of travellers
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Over the course of my seemingly short jaunt through Europe, I stayed at a number of fantastic hostels. That being said, Carpe Noctem is, without a doubt, the best hostel... ever. If I could give this place a sixth star/dot on TripAdvisor, I totally would… it’s THAT good. The staff at OG - Anna, Tom, Coltrane, and Pontus – are all genuinely amazing... young, energetic, friendly, and incredibly helpful. Right from the get go, I was welcomed with open arms by Anna, who promptly whipped up some coffee and gave me the rundown on the best that Budapest has to offer. There are amazing activities planned every night and the staff is more than happy to recommend and book awesome things to do around Budapest. The hostel itself is really small and caters to solo travelers & small groups, so it’s really easy to meet and bond with your fellow travelers and staff, whether on a pub crawl downing shots of palinka or chilling in the living room watching a movie. It really does feel like you’re part of a big, happy family; everyone here was super friendly and welcoming and I had a fantastic time! Trust me when I say that you will never, ever want to leave. Carpe Noctem is more than a hostel… it’s like a second home, one that I hope to come back to in the near future. To my fellow travelers, do yourself a favor – throw caution to the wind and book a few nights here. You’ll be glad you did!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Toulouse, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

This hostel made me feel very comfortable in Budapest, and is perhaps part of the reason I loved the city so much.
The staff is very welcoming, super young, and hip. Somehow with all of their youthful energy they rotate going out every night and leading some sort of pub crawl that has a theme for each day of the week.
This is definitely a party hostel. At 8:30pm, pretty much the entire hostel departs to go out on the town every night (which is very nice if you're looking to stay behind and have a quiet night inside). There was no pressure to go out at night, but everyone was very friendly and welcomed anyone who wanted to come along.
Two showers and three toilets and only three bedrooms in the entire hostel. It's a small, cozy environment but it does not at all feel cramped. The hostel itself is located very close to a metro station and was easily accessible from the airport or from the bus station via metro. It's also a great location for sightseeing in Budapest - the city is very walkable and the hostel is easy to find since it is just off one of the major boulevards in the city.
Great hostel - highly recommended if you're a solo traveler looking to meet people, or if you're with a group of friends that wants to go out often and be in a friendly environment with other people. That said, it's still possible to stay in and have a relaxing night in the hostel after everyone leaves at 8:30. Before then, it can be noisy and very social.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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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 655 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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