Re­view of the Month: Brody Apart­ments in Bu­dapest, Hun­gary

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What­shouldI­ex­pect?

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.

What’smya­part­ment­like?

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.

WhatamIeat­ing?

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).

What’sinthe neigh­bour­hood?

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).

Good­to­know

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.

What’sthedam­age?

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

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