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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

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Carpe Noctem

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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 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 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. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.8

  • Security 9.8

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.9

  • Atmosphere 9.8

  • Cleanliness 9.7

  • Facilities 9.6

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    19 May 2019
    This place is awesome! Felt welcomed and at home from the minute I arrived. The location is great with easy access to several major sites in the city. The staff were really great as well, they were friendly and helpful and really seemed to enjoy just hanging out with the visitors and making sure everyone was having a good time in Budapest! The hostel group also hosts events together so it’s super easy to meet tons of people. Would definitely stay again!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    18 May 2019
    The perfect way to epitomize my stay at the Carpe Noctem hostel lies within this video: Cheers, Toronto boys P.S: Room have no cobweb, but beware of Bug and Mouse ;P
    Canada, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    16 May 2019
    staying here was loads of fun. the amenities were clean and well looked after and the staff were very inclusive and helpful. i met lots of really awesome people during my stay and would definitely recommend coming here if you want to have a sick time!
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    14 May 2019
    If you want to have fun and meet lots of great people (including staff) then stay here
    Australia, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    14 May 2019
    It was really good, everything was great without exception. Although on one night I could have sworn I heard people having sex in my room, as the noise awoke me. I checked the room and everyone was sound asleep, I believed it came from the sitting room and they were being very loud but to my surprise it was empty, the same with the bathroom. My only conclusion is that it is haunted by the ghost of Austin Powers. Something like that ghost in Scary Movie 2. Would recommend everything, twas amazing
    Mexico, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    11 May 2019
    Not sure I can find words to describe how f***g amazing this hostel was. The best I’ve ever stayed in, NODOUBT. From the very start of our stay, the entire staff made us feel like family. Bug checked us in and made sure we had an excellent grasp of the city. We stayed for a week and went to every family dinner & went out with the crew every night. At the end of our stay, we checked into an apartment to detox but were still invited to come party anytime. Literally in love with EVERYONE at Carpe
    Canada, All Male Group, 25-30
  • 10.0


    10 May 2019
    Great hostel and great way to meet people when traveling by yourself. The staff was awesome and a lot of fun. Definitely a must stay when in Budapest.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 9.7


    10 May 2019
    A well-run party hostel with a great vibe. Great staff, and well situated in the city. I would have appreciated a locker suitable for storing my bag.
    Australia, Male, 18-24
  • 6.9


    15 May 2019
    Nice staff. Laundry took more than 24 hours and our clothes smelled sour and mouldy afterwards.
    Canada, Mixed Group, 31-40
  • 4.6


    16 May 2019
    Evvvverryone was sick... and the last thing you want is to get sick in Budapest. Also, the staff was very hot and cold. I think the pub crawl was Okayyy but next time I would have stayed somewhere else.
    USA, Male, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Book Exchange
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Key Card Access
  • Microwave
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Airport Transfers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Internet café
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Meals Available
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2019

    1st, Country Winners Hungary

  • 2019

    8th, Worldwide Small Hostel

  • 2019

    2nd, Best solo male hostel

  • 2017

    1st, Country Winners Hungary

  • 2014

    3rd, Best Small Hostel Chain

  • 2013

    1st, Country Winners Hungary

  • 2013

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Budapest

  • 2012

    3rd, Best Small Hostel Chain

  • 2012

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Budapest

  • 2011

    1st, Country Winners Hungary

  • 2010

    Most Fun Hostel

  • 2010

    1st, Country Winners Hungary

  • 2010

    5th, Worldwide

  • 2010

    1st, Continent Winners Eastern Europe


  • 2014

    Worldwide Small Hostel

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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! Ellen, Staff