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Apt. Sarah-Belle: Cozy Luxury in the City Center - Pre/Post Cruise Specials

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Last updated: 05/19/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Apartment, 1-3 Bedrooms, up to 3 beds + 3 sofa beds, 1-3 Baths, (Sleeps 1-12)

[please inquire about availability and pricing; because of the unique multiple configuration of this flat, we cannot make the calendar here work accurately and VRBO's pricing is based on assumptions: for instance, the pricing for up to four guests assumes that you are seeking only 1/2 of the apartment: either Sarah or Belle]

A lovely and romantic hideaway in the absolute center of the city. Quiet and bright, totally remodeled recently for use by our own family, Apartment Sarah is a rooftop apartment overlooking a Bauhaus courtyard:

A few steps off the lift, pass through your small gated patio and enter 50 square meters of homelike comfort: full American kitchen, cable TV, wi-fi high speed internet, en suite separate water closet and bath with custom-built shower. Apartment Sarah is actually two adjoining, air conditioned, rooftop apartments on the south side of the building (Sarah on the east, Belle on the west). Overlooking a lovely and bright courtyard and away from the bustle of the city center just outside (two 5-star hotels are within 2 blocks of the front door; Budapest's oldest and most extensive music and record shop is on the ground floor of the building), Apartment Sarah/Belle has a cathedral ceiling more than 4 meters high, with nooks and crannies and skylights that render it romantic and unique.

The apartment is reached by either of the building’s two lifts (one at the Sarah end, one at Belle), and has its own locked entry gate. Each half has its own bathroom with luxury shower and a small but well-stocked American kitchen (convection oven, fridge, full sink, clothes washer and dryer; all staples are there when you arrive from coffee or tea to eggs and cheese, salt, sugar, everything you need to prepare a first snack; and we welcome you with pastry and wine). Dishware, cutlery, pots, and pans are all there when you arrive.

Each half has a small library of guidebooks and maps, and cable TV and high speed open-access wi-fi Internet, as well as a small stock of games and light fiction. Each half has a sleeping loft (up a set of stairs) with a comfortable bed sleeping two (larger-than-full 140cm in Sarah, larger-than-queen 160cm in Belle), and has a large convertible sofa that can sleep two in the livingroom (120 cm). A pair of locking doors can separate each half from the other, but when the doors are opened the two join for a large and luxurious apartment with two bedrooms, two convertible sofas, two baths and two kitchens (sleeping a total of 8 in comfort). Use of a mobile phone with Hungarian telephone number is included (airtime for the phone is the guest’s responsibility). A VOIP telephone in the apartment provides unlimited calling to the US/Canada and landlines in most of the world.

In addition, a third optional bedroom (on the same level as the living area) - Liesel - adjoins Belle on the opposite side from Sarah, making it possible to book up to 12 guests with three bedrooms, three baths and three convertible sofas. Liesel is a bit smaller than Sarah or Belle but has all of their amenities, save a dryer and a convection oven. The apartment is arranged in such a way that it is possible to add the both the bedroom and an additional bathroom and living area with additional queen convertible, or to add only the bedroom to provide one more sleeping option.

The apartment is in the very center of District V, or the Belvaros (City Center). District V is the heart around which the City of Budapest was built. The Building, a landmark marking the transition to Bauhaus from Art Nouveau, is at #5 Szervita Square, and Szervita Square is at the very center of District 5. One block away from the Deak Square Metro hub, where all three of the city’s Metro lines intersect. Take the historic Yellow line (the first subway in continental Europe) to Andrassy Street, the Opera, the Liszt Music Academy, Heroes’ Square and Gundel’s Restaurant. Take the Red line into Buda and explore the Castle, the Citadel, and the hills. Take the Blue line to Raday street’s bohemian bars and cafes.

Or walk two blocks to the Danube and take the #2 Tram, north to Parliament and the antique shops of Falk Miksa Street, or south to the Central Market Hall or the stunning new Palace of the Arts (the landscaping is not yet totally finished, but the acoustics are remarkable).

Or just walk a block to the historic pedestrian mall on Vaci Street, a boulevard lined with shops and restaurants. Several blocks to the south and you are at the Great Synagogue (second largest in the world) or go a similar distance north and you are at St. Stephen’s Basilica. Go half a dozen blocks to the northeast and you are at the foot of Andrassy Street, the grand boulevard leading to the Opera, Operetta Theatre, and Liszt Music Academy.

Free concerts abound within walking distance in the summers and, at Christmas and other celebrations, Vorosmarty Square a block away lights up with decorations and outdoor crafts and food vendors.

We are not the typical apartment rental business. We are a pair of midlife American academics who love to travel. John's father was born in Hungary and left in the mid-1930s. John grew up hearing tales of Budapest, but we first visited it in 2001, decades after John's father' had died. We fell in love with the city and its vibrant yet relaxed lifestyle and culture, and we purchased and renovated this place in 2005 for family use as well as rental. It is furnished and equipped to provide everything we would want to find in an apartment when we travel ourselves, and more. We want you to be as enthusiastic about this city as we are, and will be available to answer any questions or to assist in any way we can.

[Please read the NOTES section under pricing ... the many configurations of this apartment make VRBO unable to anticipate which will be the best for your party.]

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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/19/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Children Welcome:

    We welcome families with children and have tried to stock some toys, games, and DVDs for rainy days....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Staff


Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 4-12

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Attached Unit


  • Queen size Beds (1) Second queen bed in optional adjacent apartment (Apt. Belle), Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) Second convertible available in optional adjacent apartment (Belle)....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Flat panel TV also serves as monitor for computer/DVD player....moreless

  • Toys
  • Video Library:

    Wide range of Dvds for all ages....moreless


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing


  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access:

    ADSL wired connection may be available upon special arrangement; highest speed available in central Budapest....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available:

    Small computer for Internet and email access; or bring your own laptop and have access to unlimited free WiFI high speed DSL access....moreless

  • Elevator
  • Free Long Distance:

    Free international calling, unlimited, to USA/Canada and landlines in UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain. Free unlimited use of dial direct incoming US telephone number (calls ring in apartment but bill caller as a call to the USA)....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone:

    Hungarian mobile with local phone number (or use SIM card in your phone if you prefer); airtime is renter's responsibility....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Unlimited free WiFi access throughout apartment....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    All staples are stocked; when you arrive you'll find coffee, tea, eggs, cheese, milk, pastry, and wine. Espresso and American electric coffee maker....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Lovely small outdoor patio overlooks the Bauhaus courtyard from the top floor; perfect for breakfast or a quiet place to read....moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Peak Season
Apr 14 - Oct 31, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Nov 1 - Nov 24, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Christmas Markets
Nov 25 - Dec 22, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Winter Holidays
Dec 23 - Jan 8, 2018
5 night min stay

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Jan 9 - Feb 28, 2018
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest

Mar 1 - Apr 13, 2018
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Apr 14 - Oct 31, 2018
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning, wkly, 2 guests $43.58
  • Taxes Not included



We do not require a deposit but, like a hotel, do ask for credit card information to hold a booking. Payment is due in cash on arrival, but can also be made by bank transfer to our Euro account in Hungary or by credit card (for an additional processing and conversion fee of 8%) or by check in US $ (for an additional conversion and transfer fee of 5%). Other payment options may be possible, email us if there is one that works best for you.

Note that there is an additional 25 euro nightly charge for a fourth guest in a one-bedroom booking (either the Sarah or the Belle half of the apartment); that brings the total additional cost beyond the 1-guest cost to 100 euros nightly, and it is generally a better deal to book the second apartment for almost the same cost.

PLEASE CONFIRM PRICING VIA INQUIRY: The VRBO pricing is at best approximate because they cannot calculate all of the different possible configurations of the apartment.

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Last updated: 05/19/2017
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Car: Not Necessary

Concert/Theatre ticket bureau in building; 24 hour indoor parking garage across the street (approximately €20/24 hours).


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: John's father grew up in Budapest, and John grew up hearing about it, filtered through the oddly appealing love/hate lens of nazism and communism and Central European nostalgia. His father left in the mid-30s, and never went back until a 1975 week-long visit. But Hungary lived within him throughout his colorful career as a journalist, popular historian (author of the books that the films Patton and Tora, Tora, Tora were based on), propagandist and operative for Radio Free Europe. He died in 1980.

Why the Owner Chose Budapest, Inner City, Hungary:
Jeanne and John visited in 2001 with John's father's younger brother, spent a weekend and fell in love with it. We purchased and renovated these apartments for our own use (Belle and Sarah are our daughters, Max is our son; Olive and Andrei our grandchildren) and only rent them when we are not using them ourselves for friends and family (we have another apartment where we stay ourselves, not very far away).

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
We are passionate about Budapest and want to share that enthusiasm with our guests. We would be happy to assist in any way we can to help you have a wonderful trip whether you stay with us or elsewhere. Unless you speak Hungarian, booking tickets to concerts or events can be daunting, and are best handled in advance because so much sells out so swiftly...we are happy to take care of this kind of thing, advise about the city, or book a reservation in a restaurant for the day you arrive (though you may be weary by then).

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/19/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • the Sarah living room

    the Sarah living room

  • the entry to Sarah from the courtyard balcony

    the entry to Sarah from the courtyard balcony

  • Sarah's kitchen

    Sarah's kitchen

  • the dining area and computer in Sarah

    the dining area and computer in Sarah

  • Sarah's shower

    Sarah's shower

  • the steps up to the Sarah bedroom

    the steps up to the Sarah bedroom

  • The gate to the entry to the adjacent Belle and Liesel apartments

    The gate to the entry to the adjacent Belle and Liesel apartments

  • Belle's living room area

    Belle's living room area

  • the Belle bedroom loft

    the Belle bedroom loft

  • the Belle bathroom

    the Belle bathroom

  • Belle+Liesel's bedroom

    Belle+Liesel's bedroom

  • Sarah+Belle+Liesel's bedroom

    Sarah+Belle+Liesel's bedroom

  • courtyard balcony table in Sarah

    courtyard balcony table in Sarah

  • looking toward's Sarah's kitchen from the living room area

    looking toward's Sarah's kitchen from the living room area

  • sarah's bathroom

    sarah's bathroom

  • Sarah's wc

    Sarah's wc

  • Sarah's cozy tiny bedroom

    Sarah's cozy tiny bedroom

  • Belle living room with bedroom loft overlooking

    Belle living room with bedroom loft overlooking

  • Belle's kitchen

    Belle's kitchen

  • desk/computer inn the Belle bedroom loft

    desk/computer inn the Belle bedroom loft

  • SarahBelle


  • Belle+LieselPierre


  • Sarah+Belle_LieselPierre


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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Friday, May 19, 2017

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