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Carpe Noctem Original

Szobi utca 5, 3/8a , Budapest, Hungary
23 Jul 2018 , 3 nights
2 Guests

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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We love this Hostel!

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

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 Description

Carpe Noctem Original 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! 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, 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. 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 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! 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.

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 and that our hostel is not wheelchair accessible.

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! Also, Buckfast, please.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.9

  • Security 9.8

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.9

  • Atmosphere 9.9

  • Cleanliness 9.7

  • Facilities 9.5


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    14 Jul 2018
    Hey, it's the gross af engaged couple. Alex, Becks, and Mouse you guys made our staying f*cking awesome. I cant recommend this Hostel enough. Best we've ever stayed at. Stay here! You wont be disappointed. :)
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    13 Jul 2018
    Best hostel I've been to. Staff were amazing, location was amazing, everything about this hostel is perfect. Truly made my Budapest trip the best place I visited. Do not hesitate to stay here if you want a social setting or a chill vibe.
    Australia, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    11 Jul 2018
    I have never written an online review for anything in my life before but Carpe Noctem was so freaking awesome I needed to. Incredibly friendly staff with awesome recommendations, very clean facility, very safe atmosphere. A fantastic for solo travelers.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    11 Jul 2018
    Grade A hostel. This places has something corporate hostels are missing soul. The staff go above and beyond to make you feel welcomed and the wealth of information they share makes sure your stay in Budapest is going to be a good one. There is never a shortage of activities and people to meet. This place rocks and I highly recommended to anyone visiting the city. Mouse is handsome.
    USA, Male, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
General
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Book Exchange
  • Common Room
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Key Card Access
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Steam Room
  • Washing Machine
Services
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Meals Available
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
Entertainment
  • Board Games

Awards

  • 2017

    1st, Country Winners Hungary

  • 2014

    3rd, Best Small Hostel Chain

  • 2013

    1st, Country Winners Hungary

  • 2013

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Budapest

  • 2012

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Budapest

  • 2012

    3rd, Best Small Hostel Chain

  • 2011

    1st, Country Winners Hungary

  • 2010

    5th, Worldwide

  • 2010

    1st, Continent Winners Eastern Europe

  • 2010

    1st, Country Winners Hungary

  • 2010

    Most Fun Hostel

Nominations

  • 2014

    Worldwide Small Hostel

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Policies

  • Age Restriction
  • Credit Cards Not Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Taxes Included

Carpe Noctem Original 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! Ellen, Staff

Things to Note

The remaining balance of your booking will be due in CASH upon arrival. We are unable to process any credit or debit cards.

Regrettably—and due the nature of the hostel—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.

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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