Carpe Noctem will change the way you thought about traveling. You expect a hostel but you arrive at a mate’s place. You expect a reception desk and you get greeted with a cup of coffee. You arrive alone but you go out with 22 friends. You book in for two nights and you stay two weeks. And that's just the beginning...
If you’re a sociable or a solo traveller and want to meet other people in a welcoming, friendly environment, please read on! Hostelworld guests rated us the most fun hostel the world in 2009! We're still the most fun!
Do you want to feel like you are staying at a mate's house, chilling on bean bags and drinking free tea and coffee until beer o'clock? Do you want to stay in a place that doesn't believe in hidden charges and wants to give you as much for free as possible? We’ve travelled widely and know what you want to feel comfortable.
There’s free padlock hire, free lockers, free use of our electronic staff safe, free Internet and Wi-Fi, free use of hairdryers, straighteners, irons, free towel hire and free tea and coffee – not just when you arrive, but all the time! And it’s not this European yellow label tea, either; we get the good shit imported from the UK. You’re totally welcome to borrow our guidebooks for free and we have a book exchange as well.
Our top-floor apartment is newly renovated and we have added our personal touches. Our handmade bean bags mean you can chill wherever you want around the house. There’s also a large corner sofa to watch films on, tables to eat on or play drinking games (depending on your mood), plus 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!).
Do you want to feel like you are staying in a social place not just a bed in a room? We’ve got free bed linen (who charges for that anyway?!), plus orthopaedic mattresses and air conditioning.
We have a fully equipped kitchen for you to use, apart from the times when we are cooking up roast dinners, gulyas (goulash), breakfast of champions or whatever else we think the hostel needs to prepare for a good night out or to deal with a hangover!
We've no curfew and very relaxed check-out times – you can check out any time you like but you can never leave! Please provide us with a correct arrival time so that we can ensure that someone is there to greet you! If you do not arrive within 3 hours of your stated arrival time, we do reserve the right to cancel your booking.
Do you want to save money by taking staff recommendations for cheap places, and using the specially negotiated food and drink deals for you? Do you want to be given all the help, advice and assistance for your entire stay in Budapest and beyond if needs be? Do you want to be taken out by staff to cool underground places unseen on the common traveller's route? Do you want to 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? You’ve come to the right place!
Do you want to meet other similarly like-minded people in a lively and social atmosphere? Do you want to go out every night on pub crawls, karaoke nights, cheap drink nights, live music nights? Do you want to be given a warm welcome and a detailed introduction of the city with all the hot spots for pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs and sightseeing? Do you want to be introduced to other guests so you can instantly make friends for your travels...if not life? Carpe Noctem Original ('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 sightseeing has ended.
We have organised events every night so get involved!
We’re located within walking distance of the House of Terror, Oktogon, Szechenyi thermal baths, the city park, Andrassy Avenue, St Istvan's Basilica, Freedom Square, the Danube and 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 one street away and the night bus route is at the bottom of the road. We even have a direct train from the airport just two streets away! Be aware that depending on what direction you are coming the road trolley/tram may have be interrupted by construction. Email us and we'll let you know the best way to get here depending on how you're getting here!
We’re just off the main road which has pubs, cafés, bars, restaurants, 24-hour shops and clubs on it so there is no need to stray far for whatever you need. Despite this, we’re located on a quiet cobbled side street so you don't have to listen to the noise from traffic.
We’re set in a 19th-century heritage-listed building. We have a very cosy and intimate set-up which means it is impossible to not meet people and make instant friends.
We're located on the top floor, and due to the status of the building we have no lift...so if you are lazy or a smoker, you may be better off going to a ground floor hostel or one with a lift! 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.
Things worth noting: The hostel is not wheelchair accessible.
Also worth noting: As we are youth party hostel we have a guideline age limit of 36. We reserve the right to refuse bookings to anyone outside of the criterion. Please contact us with any inquiries before booking/cancelling if you're a little unsure why so we can discuss the difference between rules and guidelines and strawpedos.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- 24 Hour Reception
- Age Restriction
- Air Conditioning
- Airport Transfers
- Board Games
- Book Exchange
- Common Room
- Credit Cards Not Accepted
- Free City Maps
- Free Internet Access
- Free WiFi
- Hair Dryers
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Hot Showers
- House Keeping
- Internet Access
- Internet café
- Key Card Access
- Self-Catering Facilities
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Security Lockers
- Luggage Storage
- Meals Available
- No Curfew
- Non Smoking
- Taxes included
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Towels Included
- Washing Machine
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
Must-Read Hostel InfoThis property has specific Terms & Conditions.
The remaining balance of your booking will be due in CASH upon arrival. We are unable to process any credit or debit cards.
Regrettably due the nature of the hostel we have a general age limit of 36. If you are curious why please contact us and we can talk. We will not accept groups of more than three people. Nor can we accept bookings for people taller than Craig. We reserve the right the refuse any bookings that fall outside this criteria. If you have made a reservation and fall outside this criteria, we will refuse you at the door and charge you for your first night's stay, as this is part of our conditions.
Please check your arrival time carefully. We have 24 hour check in, but we can only hold you bed for three hours after the mentioned arrival time, so please keep us informed of when you will get here.
This is a non-smoking premises.
Due to the fact that our hostel is located in a historic building, we do not provide wheelchair access.
We should also mention that we have a noise curfew at 9pm so that if you want to party, we will take you out in the city to do so to allow resident guests and neighbours to sleep in peace, or people to chill in the hostel after this time.
We have very few rules for the hostel which are carefully created and are with regards to consideration to our neighbours, staff and other guests. If these rules are not obeyed, we reserve the right to evict you from the property without warning or refund.
Please also be aware that the airport and train stations run very expensive 'rip off' exchange places, so please try to avoid using them (unless you don't mind losing 25% of your money instantly!!).
Any questions in advance, please just ask; if not, we look forward to meeting you!
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Address: 1067 Budapest (6th district) Szobi utca 5, 3/8a
Unfortunately we do not have an obvious sign outside the hostel due to our building's protected status, so please make sure that you know the address before you arrive!
Please note that due to renovation work on the blue M3 metro line, it will be replaced by a bus replacement service after 8:30pm on weekdays and all day at the weekend.
From Nyugati station:
Come out and turn left along Terez Korut. You will pass a McDonalds, Costa Coffee and a Post Office. Next you should cross over the street Podmaniczky utca. When you get to the next corner take a left onto SZOBI Utca (not Szondi) and our building is number 5 (the building across the street from the brown sign that reads 'Sultan TeaHaz') and we are on the top floor. To enter the building you will need to ring doorbell 40. Please note, as we are in a heritage-protected building, there is no sign on the door.
From the airport:
Get the transfer ticket from information or from a ticket machine. Take the 200E shuttle bus headed for Kobanya Kispest (there will be signs with a picture of a bus to direct you to it). Get the blue metro line to Nyugati. Take the exit at the metro marked Terez Korut and see the above directions. It takes around an hour via public transport.
From Keleti Rail Station:
Exit the station through the main entrance and follow the building round to the left of the bus stops. Get on the bus 73 and get off at Podmaniczky Utca. There is a side road just ahead, Karman Utca, walk down there and the hostel will be in front of you at the end of the road. You can also take the red metro one stop (towards Deli) or walk to Blaha Lujza Ter, and then take the tram 4 or 6 to Nyugati. When you hop off the tram you will turn right towards the McDonalds sign. Walk along Terez Korut. You will pass a McDonalds, Costa Coffee and a Post Office. Next you should cross over the street Podmaniczky utca. When you get to the next corner take a left onto SZOBI Utca (not Szondi) and our building is number 5 (the building opposite the brown sign that reads 'Sultan TeaHaz') and we are on the top floor. To enter the building you will need to ring doorbell 40. Please note, as we are in a heritage-protected building, there is no sign on the door.
From Nepliget Bus Station:
Get the blue metro line to Nyugati and see the above directions.
Always make sure you validate your metro/bus/tram tickets in the machines when you board!
Kelenfold bus station:
Get a ticket from the Kelenfold vasútállomás station, take the M4 Metro to Kalvin Ter. From there, hop on the M3 Metro (blue line) and get off at Westbanhof Tran station. Turn right towards the McDonalds sign. Walk along Terez Korut. You will pass a McDonalds, Costa Coffee and a Post Office. Next you should cross over the street Podmaniczky utca. When you get to the next corner take a left onto SZOBI Utca (not Szondi) and our building is number 5
If you are coming in late at night, there are night buses as well as taxis. But only use the official taxi stand located outside of the airport, and even then it may not be the cheapest option. Do not pick up unmarked taxis from the street! An often cheaper option will be to email us and we can help you organize an airport transfer that will drop you right outside the hostel for a cheap and reasonable price! However, we usually need 24 hours notice. Looking forward to meeting you!