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“Warm welcome in a cold night”
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Shantee House
Ranked #74 of 652 Speciality Lodging in Budapest
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Zurich, Switzerland
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Warm welcome in a cold night”
Reviewed 6 January 2014

We desiced on a whim we would go for a Weekend to Budapest and simply called the staff if they really offer the tents in winter! Haha so excited with sleeping bags arrived there, but we then fortunately got a room in the house.
Young People, relaxed lovely atmosphere and beautiful environment inside & out! Big kitchen with table for self breakfastening, a hanging out area and free wifi in whole house ;-)
Would love to be there again in summer.perfectly relaxed backpackers like the old times in australia!

Room Tip: If you like the adventure, get in the tent! Preferably in summertime :-P
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

The Shantee House has recently gone through a complete overhaul to my surprise, becoming a modern spacious well equipped establishment and fortunately managed to keep its charm and character. The staff are brilliant, very helpful and the best source for any information you might require. They are also seasoned travellers! Om Shanti!

Room Tip: I absolutely loved the attick room! And the Jurta in the garden!
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

We stayed in the private double room of the Shantee House for 2 nights while in Budapest. The hostel was far away from the sights, but manageable via public transportation. The last few blocks closest to the hostel don't have much street lighting and were pretty quiet at night - pro/con depending on what you prefer.

The room we stayed in was clean. Washrooms were clean also, but lacked soap and toilet paper. Showers were a bit problematic - there was no place to put your stuff while taking a shower and the motion censored lights would switch off part way through taking a shower.

Kitchen looked like a nice hangout and staff were friendly (although a bit disorganized). Laundry service was a nice touch as Budapest was our laundry stop and we didn't have to wait around for our stuff to dry.

This hostel would be more suitable for a longer stay or if you're not as interested in seeing the sights (good hangout space inside and out), but with limited amount of time, probably not the best option.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Breda, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

Real nice cosy small loaded (!) hostel.. After the S.U.N. Festival many people went to the shantee house and they didn't want to disappoint anyone, so everybody could have a place to sleep. Nice peole, lovely decorated, nice garden.. perfect! :)

Room Tip: Book really early or don't mind to sleep in a hammock or tent in the garden
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

You don't find hostels more relaxed than the Shantee House. Cool verging on vaguely disorganised at times, but the staff are really helpful and sort out any issues you might have. A small place, which means that it's very easy to meet people - we had a couple of great nights hanging out in the common room. Not brilliantly located, so you will have to navigate the transport system (which can be unreliable at night, so plan how you're getting back from your night out!). I'd definitely stay again, and recommend it to those who don't mind a vibe as relaxed as this - more uptight travellers might want to stay away!

Room Tip: You can stay in a yurt outside for cheaper, but to be honest the dorm rooms are also very cheap and...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

Service: Below average. The majority of the hostel staff I encountered did not seem overly knowledgeable or helpful (one woman was great, however). To be honest I had a difficult time determining who ACTUALLY worked there just based on a lack of professionalism. Seemed to be a lack of organization at the front desk.

Value: Definitely great value. We stayed in a double room with a shared bathroom for about 20 euros a night pp.

Sleep quality: Below average. The hostel pumps music late into the night. Bring ear plugs if you're a light sleeper.

Cleanliness: I found the room and bathrooms to be very clean. Only downside was the bathroom was not stocked with toilet paper or hand soap during my stay.

Location: Average. Buses and tram were not too far away.

Overall, the hostel definitely has a certain vibe to it. If your travel plans are to party at night and sleep during the day, this hostel would be a great choice.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Groningen, The Netherlands
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

The vibe that hangs around in this place is awesome. They never turn people down, so we ended up with 104 people instead of the 45 that could fit in the buidling.. The crew is as colourfull as the buidling self! the people get in the travelling vibe straight away. If you`re around make sure to stop for one night in the Yurt, hammock or a proper bed. The

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Shantee House

Property: Shantee House
Address: Takacs Menyhert utca 33, Budapest 1113, Hungary
Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #74 of 652 Speciality Lodging in Budapest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Shantee House 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
DEAR TRAVELLING SOULS !!!!! Our cozy and friendly Hostel is located 12 min from the center in Buda. Great location, with excellent 24h transport. A Brand New colorful House welcomes you with a well - traveled, knowledgeable stuff with a joyful, magical atmosphere and comfortable rooms. There is a lovely Asian style green garden with apple & pear trees, hammocks and a great Mongolian yurt which gives a tranquil ambiance, an unforgettable stay! Free Internet / Wifi, Free Coffee / Tea. We are open since 1992 just been beautifully renovated in the winter of 2012. Continuously providing heavenly home for travelers from all around the world. Everyone is warmly welcome all year around! BOOK a room NOW and Enjoy your stay at a homely BASECAMP to DISCOVER Budapest & Hungary! We Offer:~ private & dorm rooms~ rooms with en-suite bathroom~ fully equipped kitchen~ linen, towel included~ caving tours, ~ magical daytrips to the Pilis mountain~ free maps ~ travel books~ easy access when arriving by car~ free parking~ free luggage storage, lockers; safe facility~ cheap bike rental~ cheap beer, drinks~ camping area~ BBQ on request~ Ayurvedic Massage~ great info on the city and Hungary HAPPY TRAVELS and hope to see you soon! Shantee House Crew, Budapest ... more   less 
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