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Carpe Noctem Hostel
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Reviewed 23 November 2012

I had to do justice to this one particular hostel, because not doing so will not do the owners any justice. Even though I left Carpe Noctem six months ago.

Carpe Noctem is rather diffcult to locae, given that it is located in one of Budapest's conservation districts. Since the municipality stipulates that no changes must be done to the facade, you will know that you've arrived only if you look at the intercomms cloe enough.

The runners and owners are real friendly people, real friendly. They tell you the places to visit, make you a cup of tea and make the check in process real quick. Bed linen is fresh too, and the rooms are nicely heated. The real highlights of this hostel are the parties...one different party every night. It may be a pub crawl, it may be a cruise trip. The good thing is that the hostel staff actually brigs you along to these trips, and believe me some of the bars are Budapest's best. They also organize day trips to caves, Szecheni Baths and other attractions. Naturally guests become friendly with one another. So it boils down to the difficult last day. Like the mural on their door, you can leave anytime, but you never really check out.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

Carpe Noctem is hands down the best hostel I've ever stayed at. Because the hostel is so small, you really get to know all the guests and the staff well. It was my first time traveling solo and I felt completely comfortable and safe there, not to mention had an amazing time. It is a party hostel, so expect to be taken out every night. Each night has something different planned, and you get to party with their other sister hostels as well so you get to meet so many more people. Everyone leaves around 8:30, so it's quiet if you want to stay in and go to sleep early. I had read from reviews that most people end up extending their stay, so I booked 5 nights thinking it was enough...STILL ended up staying an extra two nights! It's true what everyone's saying - it is definitely just like staying at a friend's place. I can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 November 2012 via mobile

I had no idea the nightlife in Budapest would be so intense, and it impressed me how these guys were so enthusiastic to head out and party pretty much every night.

The staff are all very friendly, and are happy to direct you to the landmarks during the day... If you have any energy left.

Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

I had an amazing stay at this hostel while I was in Budapest. I was originally only booked for one night but they made it work for me to be able to stay for 5 nights (even though they were over booked). The rooms are very clean and the beds are really comfortable as well. As soon as I got there, I got a map with all the places to go and recommendations for inexpensive, yet excellent meals! Every night they have an event that is just AWESOME and easily encourages travelers to hang out and meet each other, not only at this hostel but also their sister hostels. For any issue or need, they are right there for you and will do their best to ensure that you have a great time. I would whole heartedly recommend this hostel to anyone.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

I stayed at this hostel for two nights when I was in Budapest. I really enjoyed staying at this hostel. The staff was amazing and helpful. When you sign in you get a map and a run down of the city. They were very good at answering questions, helped me get a cab, etc. Staying in this hostel was seriously like crashing at a friend's house. The staff runs really awesome party type events every night, which I liked because it meant you didn't have to spend time trying to find where you should hang out. It was comfortable, but not top notch as far as facilities are concerned. Despite this, the beds are really nice. Like...REALLY nice. Comfortable. The location was excellent, right downtown. I would definiately stay here again if I end up in Budapest. There are only three downsides to this hostel:
1. It's an OLD building. As a result things are a little run down looking. The staff was really good about cleaning and what not, but it's still and old building. I have bad allergies and I was def having some issues breathing.
2. No one mentioned this in any of the reviews I read or the hostel's website, but apparently the bathrooms are co-ed. I didn't really like that, to be honest.
3. There are a lot of solo travellers and small groups with people looking to hook up. That's not really a downside to me, I don't care, but I know that some people do. There was def some people...um...sharing beds. Like I said, not an issue for me, but it is to some people.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Carpe Noctem Hostel

Address: Szobi utca 5/3/8A, Budapest 1067, Hungary
Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 672 Speciality Lodging in Budapest
Price Range: ₹ 1,040 - ₹ 5,289 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 

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