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Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

I'm sure if you read a few reviews of Carpe Noctem Original you'll quickly discover a correlation- everyone says it's by far the best hostel they've stayed in- and that's because it's true! I went there as a solo traveller and I couldn't believe how amazing it was. Upon arrival you are greeted with a brew and a friendly chat...

Thank Kyle B
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Well I stayed in Cape Noctem for a few times, I also work in a hostel (Casa D'Lagoa) in Portugal and I can only say that: BEST STAFF, NICE CHILLING SPOTS, GREAT LOCATION, PS4, GREAT SHOWERS AND FACILITIES. During my second euro trip I've had the pleasure to stay with these guys, who DEFINITELY know EVERYTHING in Budapest. A few...

Thank Lucas T
Reviewed 8 January 2017

I came to Carpe Noctem alone in October and realised that my stay of 2 night wasn't long enough and planned another trip back for the new years. Everything about this hostel is amazing, the staff (Squirrel, Pollo, Conda and Dawsey!!!!!!) are extremely friendly and every day is like spending the day with your family. It's very cosy and there's...

Thank Varsha K
Reviewed 7 January 2017

I stayed here for 2 nights and quickly realized it was far too little time. I then came back less than 2 weeks later, to the same hostel, greeted by the same friendly staff. I honestly can't recommend this hostel enough. The friends I made there I have met up with in other European cities. I immediately felt welcome and...

Thank Sam L
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

During the many many nights I stayed there I got to meet the most amazing staff and the most fantastic people. If you are sociable and traveling solo, this is THE place for you! Apollo, Conda and Squirrel made me feel welcome and even a little spoiled ☺️. The place is clean, the family dinners are delicious and pre-drinking games...

Thank Eda S
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 3 January 2017

I'm finishing a 5 month trip now and no place comes close to Carpe Noctem. It truly is a home away from home, they treat you like family, not a big hostel so you make close friends. Everyone goes out together it's super fun, yet you can get a good nights sleep if you need as all partying is done...

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Perth, Australia
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

In a snap shot... Best week of travelling I've ever done. It was an amazing experience and unlike anything else I've ever experienced. I'd heard good things and this definitely exceeded my expectations. As soon as I walked in at 8pm on Thursday night I'd instantly made 10+ new friends who I partied, laughed and created memories with. The atmosphere...

Thank MatthewGardiner
Reviewed 29 December 2016

This hostel was honestly a breath of fresh air from the larger hostels I had been staying at throughout my trip to Europe. Like the other reviews have said, you truly feel like part of a family from the second you check in! At first, I was worried that due to it being so small, I wouldn't be able to...

Thank Francie J
Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

After 3 months of solo travelling through Europe, Budapest was the last stop in my trip and staying at this hostel was the very best thing I could've done. This hostel was hands down my favourite place I stayed in. It's small, (only 22 beds) and it is sooo easy to meet like minded travellers. The staff were the coolest,...

Thank Ellie G
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

All you could ever ask for in a hostel! A perfectly located base from which to explore Budapest, friendly and welcoming team (and guests), and of course shenanigans each night. Thank you to the OG family for making our time in Budapest that much more enjoyable. Well worth the walk up the stairs :)

Thank sydneyIA

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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 

Additional Information about Carpe Noctem Hostel

Address: Szobi utca 5/3/8A, Budapest 1067, Hungary
Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Price Range: $23 - $81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
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