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Carpe Noctem

Szobi utca 5, 3/8a, Budapest, Hungary
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97%Rating

  • 98%Value For Money
  • 97%Security
  • 97%Location
  • 98%Staff
  • 98%Atmosphere
  • 94%Cleanliness
  • 95%Facilities

Hostelworld says:

Hostelworld travellers have said the staff of Carpe Noctem offer 'awesome off-the-beaten-track tips to explore the city and are always willing to go the extra mile to help us find something exciting to do, ensure we get proper wrecked and feed our lush hangovers'. It's no wonder our users voted this hostel the most popular in Budapest at the 2011 Hoscars. This small, lively and sociable hostel offers spacious rooms in the very centre of the city, near Andrassy utca and Nyugati station - ideal for those arriving from the airport.

Property Information:

Carpe Noctem will change the way you thought about travelling. 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!

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 our Skype headsets, 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, gypsy 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!

There’s also 24-hour check-in, no curfew and very relaxed check-out times – you can check out any time you like but you can never leave! Laundry service is available and we use an electronic entry system with a keypad and cards.

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 ('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 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 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!

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. Despire 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.

Were 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 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.

Please note that we do not accept guests over the age of 36 or groups of more than three people.

On a final note, we are from commonwealth lands 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 after booking!
Best For: Parties, Young Travellers

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  • Carpe Noctem says

    I think that what guests really appreciate about our hostel is that we offer a community experience for solo travellers.They come here to meet new friends and be part of a community while visiting Budapest. Our staff will welcome you with a tea/coffee on arrival and tell you what there is to see and do in the city during the day and then take you out to see the city at night. We really have a sociable environment where everyone gets involved in a number of different activities.
    This place is really made for solo travellers (which is why we don't take groups of more than four people) and since we're a party hostel we only have guests aged 18 to 36. So if you're travelling alone and want to be in a social environment and get to meet some new friends from all over the globe, then this is the spot for you!
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      Ellen, Staff
  • Hostelworld Guests Say

    such a warm and inviting hostel, i feel like its my second home. ended up staying 1 more week than i was supposed to! i still miss it...
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      Anonymous, Canada
  • Latest Review

    This place is amazing! The staff are so friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere here is just so fun. There will never be a dull moment at this hostel, I promise! I highly recommend staying here.
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Facilities

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Common Room
  • DVD's
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Hairdryers
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Key Card Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Towels Included
  • Washing machine


Hostel Awards

  • 2013 Hoscar Winner
  • 3rd
  • Best Small Hostel Chain
  • 2012 Hoscar Winner
  • 1st
  • Country Winners Hungary
Hoscar Nominations
  • Nominee 2014
  • Worldwide Small Hostel
  • 2013 3rd Best Small Hostel Chain
  • 2012 1st Country Winners Hungary
  • 2012 1st Most Popular Hostels Budapest
  • 2011 1st Most Popular Hostels Budapest
  • 2011 3rd Best Small Hostel Chain
  • 2010 1st Country Winners Hungary
  • 2009 5th Worldwide
  • 2009 1st Continent Winners Eastern Europe
  • 2009 1st Country Winners Hungary
  • 2009 Most Fun Hostel

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Policies

  • Age Restriction
  • Taxes Included


Cancellation Policy

This 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.

Things to Note

Regrettably—and due to previous experience—we can no longer accept over the age of 36 or 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. 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.





Carpe Noctem Located at Szobi utca 5, 3/8a, , Budapest.
Carpe Noctem
Hungary
Budapest 1067 Szobi utca 5, 3/8a
97% 2010
47.5087367 19.0594983
Carpe Noctem
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