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Carolyn Banfalvi

Member since: 2008
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Speaks english, spanish, hungarian

Classic, Quiet 1BR - Buda, Near Castle, Danube, Chain Bridge

20 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Víziváros holiday condo

1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath (Sleeps 4)

Our lovely Chain Bridge Apartment is available for vacation and longer-term rentals. The one-bedroom apartment is located in central Buda, just steps from the Castle, the Danube, the Chain Bridge, and within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just a short walk over the bridge will bring you to central Pest. It's one of the city’s oldest and most atmospheric neighborhoods, with narrow staircases leading up to the Castle and numerous restaurants and cafés. The building is well-served by public transportation, but you may find that you'd just prefer to walk everywhere! There are playgrounds in the neighborhood to entertain the children, and plenty of pubs to occupy the adults.

Located in a classic early-20th-century building, the apartment overlooks one of the building’s two courtyards, making it secluded and quiet. With original hardwood floors, doors, windows and elegant high ceilings, staying here will make you feel like a local.

The apartment has recently been renovated (though the old features that make it so charming have been kept intact), and is newly furnished. The sunny bedroom sleeps two on a queen bed, and an additional two can sleep on the foldout couch in the spacious living room. A portable crib can be provided on request.

Take advantage of Budapest's wonderful food markets by picking up fresh local ingredients and bringing them back to your own kitchen to try your hand at preparing the local cuisine. The eat-in kitchen is well-equipped with a full-sized oven, stove, and refrigerator; a microwave, coffee maker, and toaster; and plenty of dishes and utensils. If there are any special cooking utensils you might need, we can supply them from our own collection.

The apartment also includes free wireless Internet; a landline which you can use to make FREE PHONE CALLS TO THE USA AND CANADA; use of a Hungarian mobile phone (you pay for the minutes....you can top-it up at any ATM machine); a washing machine; a flat-screen television with cable and DVD player; a stereo with an ipod connector; a small DVD/CD/Budapest guidebook selection; a full bathroom with claw-foot tub and hairdryer; plenty of linens and towels; and an iron and board. There is no cleaning fee.

The apartment is situated on the second floor, and there is no elevator.

We (Carolyn and Gábor) are an American/Hungarian couple who live in Budapest with our two daughters and newborn son. We love to travel, explore Budapest, eat good food, and drink nice wine. We run a culinary tour company, so luckily we get to spend lots of time researching and tasting the foods and wines of Hungary (as well as the surrounding countries)! We live in the same neighborhood as our rental apartment, so we are easily accessible to show you the ropes in Budapest and give you the lowdown on all of the best places to seek out in the neighborhood, as well as the country. Carolyn is a food/travel writer so can fill you in on what is happening in Budapest (and beyond) while you'll be in town.

More Details
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Carolyn Banfalvi (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks english, spanish, hungarian

About Carolyn Banfalvi

We (Carolyn and Gábor) are an American/Hungarian couple who live in Budapest with our two daughters and newborn son. We love to travel, explore Budapest, eat good food, and drink nice wine. We run a culinary tour company, so luckily we get to spend lots of time researching and tasting the foods and wines of Hungary (as well as the surrounding countries)! We live in the same neighborhood as our rental apartment, so we are easily accessible to show you the ropes in Budapest and give you the lowdown on all of the best places to seek out in the neighborhood, as well as the country. Carolyn is a food/travel writer so can fill you in on what is happening in Budapest (and beyond) while you'll be in town.

Carolyn Banfalvi purchased this condo in 2008

Why Carolyn Banfalvi chose Budapest

The apartment is meant to be a place for visiting family to stay when they come to visit. We chose this apartment because we couldn't resist its fantastic location, the gorgeous (and quiet!) early 20th century building, and the cozy apartment itself, which has high ceilings, original parquet floors, and elegantly tall windows and doors.

Reviews

4.8
based on 20 traveller reviews

Classic, Quiet 1BR - Buda, Near Castle, Danube, Chain Bridge
average rating of 4.8 based on 20 reviews
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Good Location

  • 3 of 5

We were in the Budapest apartment for 23 nights.

Pros: Excellent location on the Buda side with easy walk up several flights of stairs to Fisherman’s Bastion and castle. Gorgeous views day and night. A short walk of one block takes you to the Danube River for leisurely strolls. Easy access to HEV regional suburban rail from nearby Batthyány tér Metro stop to access day-trip towns outside of Budapest. The apartment was quiet.

Cons: Dark. The windows open to an interior courtyard providing little light.

Public transportation is easily accessible from the apartment, but while not the fault of the apartment’s location, Budapest’s public transportation was not economically friendly for our long stay.

Poor access to fresh fruits, vegetables and meats if you plan to prepare meals in the apartment. The nearby (15 min walk) SPAR has very poor selection and quality of fresh food.

The claw foot tub with hand-held shower head got real old after 23 nights! The tub is dingy and needs refinishing.

Overall the apartment could use a little updating and TLC. The sofa was not comfortable and the front piece kept falling off.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice apartment. Quiet, clean, spacious and well located.

  • 4 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my two-week stay in Budapest, and found the Chain Bridge Apartment to be quiet, clean, and spacious. The only downside for me was that there is little direct light reaching the apartment, which faces an inner courtyard. Otherwise, the apartment was very comfortable, even when it was sweltering outside. Carolyn was terrific prior to and during my stay. A terrific apartment all around.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The apartment is old, charming, spacious and well-equipped. The bathtub is a treat after nothing but showers. Everything was clean and the bed was comfortable. Carolyn's procedure and advice documents are very helpful and her procedure for handling the key is terrific. The location, in a neighbourhood where you bumped into local residents rather than more tourists, was ideal for us. Turn right at the front door and the river is less than 2 minutes walk, with the Chain Bridge another 2 minutes, turn left and the stairs at the end of the street take you up to the castle. It was a 5 minute walk to the #19 Tram to take us to Kelenfold train station. With grocery and convenience stores within a ten minute walk and a well equipped kitchen, we didn't need to use any restaurants, although Carolyn recommends many excellent ones nearby. I have two caveats which were not a problem for us, but I think might be some others: it is a walk-up, as Carolyn says, on the European 2nd floor, that means 50 stairs to climb with luggage or groceries; the toilet is in a separate room from the bathroom (which I think is the most sensible place to put it) and this room is very small and could pose a concern for anyone oversized (tall or wide). Having said that, I don't think that these two items are significant enough for most people to outweigh the positive aspects of this apartment.

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful apartment, great location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this apartment and stayed there for six weeks while we completed the adoption of our two daughters. The location was excellent for

seeing the sights, close enough to grocery store, metro, playgrounds, shopping

center and convenience stores (ABCs). Lots of good restaurants too. Carolyn has a list and recommendations of restaurants as well as lots of guide books in the apartment. She lent us toys, puzzles and children's books which was much

appreciated. Any issues that arose they took care of immediately and were a

pleasure to deal with. The apartment was neat and clean and well stocked with dishes, pots and pans etc. for cooking. We would definitely recommend this place.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect place

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved the Chain Bridge apartment...situated in a beautiful old building with charm, within walking distance to everything we wanted to do and see. The apartment is nicely renovated, clean, spacious, well-equipped and quiet. The owner, Carolyn (author of two Budapest food & wine guidebooks - the books were also in the apartment and were a great resource) met us on arrival and was very friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Week!

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I stayed here for a week in September 2010. The apartment was charming from the moment we walked in~high ceilings and doors, claw foot tub, and a modern kitchen. Lots of space. The location was EXCELLENT. Walking distance to everything, just over the bridge to Pest, and the grocery store was steps from train station for added convenience. There are guide books and an info binder. Overall it was like staying at a friend's place.

Also, the owners were great at communicating via e-mail to the USA before I left. I would highly recommend this apartment!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Budapest Castle, city center, sightseeing, museums, shopping, theaters, Danube, music, festivals, restaurants, cafes, wine, food

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday condo in Víziváros, Hungary

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
low
1 Nov 2016 - 28 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$100
A$602
A$1,805
 
 
Mid
1 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$120
A$715
A$2,146
 
 
High
1 May 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$134
A$796
A$2,387
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
A$100
A$602
A$1,805
 

Additional information about rental rates

PRICES ARE ALL-INCLUSIVE; NO CLEANING FEES OR OTHER CHARGES!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo rental in Víziváros, Hungary

Property Type:
  • condo
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 53 m²
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • River
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • mobile phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower)
  • Bathroom contains an antique claw-foot tub.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Living Room - 1 sofa bed/futon
  • Bedroom sleeps two in a queen-sized bed; living room sleeps an additional two on a queen-sized pull-out. sofa A baby crib can be provided on request. All linens are provided, including cozy down comforters.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • swimming
Notes:
The apartment is completely fitted to provide everything necessary for your stay. If you need anything not listed, or any additional cooking supplies, please let us know and we will do our best to provide it. We are happy to offer our guests FREE PHONE CALLS TO THE USA AND CANADA on the landline!