So back in 2013, I finished all my university exams and decided before I went travelling around Asia with my boyfriend, that I would fly over to Budapest to meet up with a few girls I knew that were travelling through Europe (I would’ve went with them, but I wanted to graduate in person).
Being broke students (or almost graduates) with no real career plan, hosteling is the only option. We done our research and ultimately settled on Casa De La Musica – a brightly coloured, vibrant and bustling hostel located in the central district of Palotanegyed. We were immediately sold on its mutli-coloured walls, open air communal/bar/eating area and paddling pool!
As there were 12 of us, 8 shared a dorm and I – along with 3 friends – shared another 8-man dorm with some lovely American, German and Australian strangers. The rooms were fully equipped with lockers (and padlocks!), we had an en-suite bathroom with a shower, as well as another shared shower room down the hall if we needed it.
A hot or cold breakfast was available for 3 Euros during certain times, but on the second day we found a cute little bakery round the corner that sold fresh bread, rolls and pastries. Plus, we were never up early enough to catch breakfast on time!
The facilities were all clean, with a well-equipped kitchen, free wifi and computer access, free baggage hold and plenty of night time group activities. One one occasion we went on a free guided pub crawl provided by the hostel, it was a great way to see the amazing ruins pubs and get to know our neighbours! The reception also provided ample information, advice, leaflets etc.
As for location, it was pretty central, close to everything you needed to see in this cultural city. Local bars and restaurants were only 5-10 minutes walk away, as was the main shopping street. Supermarkets 5 minutes walk and with a pharmacy at the end of the street.
Overall, the hostel had a great, fun vibe with young and old, and domestic and foreign guests. Casa De La Musica is definitely a hostel I would recommend to anyone looking for a cheap and interesting take on Budapest.
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