Review of the Month: Brody Apartments in Budapest, Hungary
Brody Apartments is the latest feather in the cap of BrodyLand, which runs a B&B, arts club and various event spaces across Budapest. The 15 self-catering apartments, spread over four floors of a building at the edge of Erzsébetváros and the Jewish Quarter, sleep from two to eight.
All the apartments are different, but share a bohemian design aesthetic that highlights the fine bones of the building, with its tall ceilings, stone staircase and doors opening on to an atmospheric internal courtyard. Expect plenty of upcycled furniture, wooden flooring, local artwork on the walls, and a sense of fun and informality throughout. There are some ingenious uses of space, too. In apartment 13 (our favourite), for example, the bed is built into a mezzanine loft space accessed by a staircase on either side.
There’s no restaurant here, but the flats come with a kitchen that’s more than sufficient to whip up a decent meal. Bottles of wine are sold at reception and staff can organise a breakfast basket of bread, jam, juice and eggs (£10 for two). Guests are welcome to a buffet breakfast at sister property Brody House (£6), though note this is a 15-minute walk away. Eating out in Budapest is generally cheap and there are plenty of good options in the neighbourhood: try Vak Varjú for Eastern European specialities, like pork knuckle and perch fillet (vakvarju.com); Konyha for modern European (search on Facebook), and Mazel Tov for Middle Eastern (mazeltov.hu).
Brody Apartments are on the Pest side of the city, east of the Danube, in a neighbourhood known for its varied and often raucous nightlife. Despite this, it’s nice and quiet inside. It’s a good place to base yourself if you fancy trying out a few of Budapest’s infamous ruin pubs. To discover a few of the less-known ones and understand the history of the quarter, book a three-hour walking tour with budapestflow.com (£30).
The reception is manned from 8am to 8pm; guests arriving outside of these times are emailed instructions on how to access the building and their apartment independently. BrodyLand can organise taxi pick-up from the airport – this will cost around £25.
Prices range from £70 for a one-bedroom apartment to £100 for a two-bedroom apartment sleeping up to eight (brody.land).
CLOCKWISE Brody Apartments; the living room of apartment #5; courtyard-facing apartment #4; the kitchen at apartment #22