Inhabiting an elegantly faded Neo-classical apartment house, Brody House Budapest has elevated the shabby-chic aesthetic pioneered by Budapest’s ‘ruin bars’ to create a new definition of boutique luxury.
Brody House Budapest takes the members-club-cum-residence concept to the next level. The house itself is pretty amazing, we’re not sure if it’s dilapidated grandeur, or grandly dilapidated, but it’s certainly characteristically bohemian. The entire space is magnificent, centred around an atrium-like courtyard space that the property’s suites surround.
We enjoyed the best of its 11 spacious suites, each named after an artist, some of whom were once in residence. We were told, that like the Chelsea Hotel in New York, artists once paid their way by donating art, some of which hang on the property’s walls, although we’re not fully convinced if this wasn’t just a marketing ploy. The furnishing in our room was colourful, upcycled and shabby chic in parts, a nod to the ruin pubs and creative studios that Budapest is well known for.
If by chance we were planning to take over the property for a buy-out celebration but needed more than 11 rooms, there are a further seven apartments that are part of the Brody House Budapest family just fifteen minutes walk away.
The hotel is a self-billed boutique property, so it can’t match other Budapest hotels when it comes to facilities, but it does have a unique home-away-from-home feel and we felt much more like tenants during our stay, rather than just guests. Being tenants-in-residence also gave us instant membership to a portfolio of achingly stylish social, cultural and co-working ‘BrodyLand’ spaces.
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Photography courtesy of Brody House