#PillowTalk: A review of Brody House, Budapest

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Located in Budapest’s up and coming 8th district, Brody House is the epitome of ‘achingly cool’. Its grandeur feel and pockets of shabby chic design make clear why it has come to be known as one of the trendiest places to stay in the capital. Found on the pest side just ten minutes walk from the majority of the main sights including St Stephen’s Basillica, it is also within close proximity to Budapest’s Jewish Quarter, which is home to a wealth of stylish restaurants and cafes, not to mention the city’s famous string of “Ruin Bars”. 

With only 11 rooms, all of which are originally designed and named after a particular artist whose works will often appear in what was their former studios, there is an intimate vibe to the place that you won’t find in any hotel chain. We stayed in the Print Suite, which was home to a combination of exposed walls, vintage up cycled furniture and a state of the art shower, which worked together to offer an ideal mix of quirky and luxury to chill out in after a day exploring.  The beds are some of the comfiest I’ve slept in and the high ceilings and boutiquey feel give the whole place a certain air of peaceful elegance, making it the perfect retreat from one of the most happening parts of the capital.

And speaking of places to chill, the lounge and breakfast rooms are stunning, echoing the imaginative design of the bedrooms with leather sofas, bespoke artwork and a roaring fire in the evenings making you want to build in time in your itinerary just to relax there. The hotel also runs an honesty bar service throughout the day, meaning you can help yourself to the complimentary tea or a glass of Hungarian red while you snack on the nibbles they also provide free of charge in the afternoons.

For breakfast you can choose from an unlimited continental spread for around £6 or choose something off the menu. I went for Eggs Benedict, which was delicious – although not the most filling. I’d suggest a better option would be to enjoy a coffee in the breakfast room before heading out to one Budapest’s popular brunch spots in the Jewish Quarter nearby.

If you are really a fan of the hotel (and trust me you will be), you can also head over to the Brody Studios, a private members club which is a combination of creative spaces housing live gigs, DJ sets, fashion pop-ups and art happenings throughout the year.

With prices starting at just £60 per night for a double room, this is by far one of the best value hotels I’ve stayed in and the friendly and approachable staff are a great source of knowledge for the best kept secrets of a super cool city. Budapest should certainly be on your 2016 city break lust list and if it is you would be crazy to give this place a miss.

*I was offered a discounted rate in exchange for a review, however all opinions are my own. 
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