Carpe Noctem

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Szobi Utca 5, 3/8a, Budapest, Hungary



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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 travellers- we recommend our sister hostel Carpe Noctem Vitae. We don't accept groups of any kind (see conditions below).

if you are a sociable or solo traveller and want to meet other people in a welcoming, friendly, and voted the most fun hostel in the world (2009) environment, please read on:

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 traveller'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 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 travellers 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.


We are longterm backpackers 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 Yorkshire Gold 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
* Free printing
* Orthopaedic mattresses
* Air conditioning
* Electronic entry system... (no more charges for lost keys!)
* Free use of skype headsets
* Laundry service available
* Very relaxed check in and 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!)


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 travellers....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 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.


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.

We have an apartment on the top floor which has been adapted with our personal touches including; 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 if you are lazy, you may be better off going to a ground floor hostel!


We are ideally suited to single travellers, 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 36. Nor can we accept bookings for people taller than Craig. We reserve the right the refuse any bookings that fall outside this criteria.

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