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Apt. Sarah-Belle: Cozy Luxury in the City Center - PRE/POST CRUISE SPECIALS

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

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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More Details

Owner
John Farago
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About John Farago

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.

John Farago purchased this apartment in 2005

Why John Farago chose Budapest

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).

What makes this apartment unique

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).

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are ending ten days in Budapest exhausted from the cold and excitement

that surrounds this world class city. John and Jeanne are unparalleled hosts -

as hosts they almost provide the service of a B & B based on the first

welcoming call from them in Paris! We recommend you thoroughly read

John's website - there is no greater guide to Budapest. Each traveller has

their own objectives - but on a museum note: Applied Arts - beautiful but

sparse collection; the Ludwig equals the Tate in London. Food - go with

John's recommendations. he knows food. Around the corner is the Amstel

River Cafe - good for late arrivals. Food is cooked fresh and wine/beer on

tap is pretty good. Read the tour books here. We plan on returning soon

with friends, confident our stay will exceed the comfort and welcome this one

provided. There is no one like John. He is a true New Yorker. We are always

available for questions.
Jan 2008
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Amenities

Inner City Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • 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).
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Reviews

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average rating of 4.9583335 based on 132 reviews
5

Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five recently spent four nights in the Sarah-Belle apartments. From start to finish we had a great experience. John, the owner, was always quick to respond to emails, as well as anything that we needed during our stay. The apartment manager was waiting when we arrived so we were able to get into the apartment right away. We were pleasantly surprised with a delicious variety of foods, dessert, and wine waiting for us! It was much appreciated after our travels.

The apartments were well equipped with everything we needed for our stay. It was much more like being at home than some VRBO rentals that are more like hotels. We also appreciated the air conditioning units, as it was quite hot during our visit. The beds were comfortable and it was great to have multiple bathrooms with three teenagers!

The apartments are close to everything...shopping, sight seeing, restaurants, groceries, etc. We easily got around on foot during our stay. This has been one of our favorite VRBO rentals and we will definitely rent from John in the future if we have the opportunity to travel to Budapest again!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, ma usa
5

great stay ina great city

  • 5 of 5

We would encourage everyone to visit Budapest which is a lovely, relaxed, gracious city. This apartment is terrific the location is prime, very central, with good public transport close by as well as excellent restaurants and cafes Don't miss going to a concert while you are in the city The music scene is excellent and not expensive at all. The owners of this apartment are passionate about the city and there are extensive directions to the city's attractions at your fingertips in the apartment You should be aware that the bed in this apartment is in a loft reached by stairs, this could be an issue for someone very frail who may not be comfortable on stairs There is a balcony with outdoor seating which i am sure is nice in good weather We took advantage of the owners offer to arrange transport from the airport which is very helpful if you had a long flight to get here The wine, juice, milk, pastries, etc left in the apartment were much appreciated. great stay recommend highly

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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5

Loved our stay here!

  • 5 of 5

A lovely apartment in the perfect location. We explored all over Budapest from this apartment, on foot; everything was nearby. The apartment itself was also wonderful. Spotlessly clean, warm and inviting, comfortable, everything you need was provided. I also loved the architecture of the building itself, and the people who live in the building are kind and welcoming. Excellent communication and customer service with the owner. Truly a great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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5

Great home base for exploring Budapest

  • 5 of 5

The Sarah apartment is a very comfortable home base for exploring Budapest. It's located just a few minutes from Deak Ferenc ter, which is a major hub for all public transit within the city, making it very easy to reach any place your heart desires … City Park and Szchenyi Baths, Opera House and House of Terror, Great Market Hall, Castle Hill. Vorosmarty ter, the river front and Vaci utca (the main tourist shopping street)are also just a few minutes walk from the apartment. The Hungarian Parliament is within walking distance, or hop on Tram 2 on the river front for a quick ride it.

There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Or stop at one of the nearby grocery stores and prepare your meals in the apartment's adequately furnished kitchen.

The apartment is very nice and quiet. The living room furniture is comfortable. The shower is large. The loft above the dining room is filled with a large bed that you essentially crawl into at the top of the stairs. There's really nothing else in the loft, and the roof beams make it difficult to access what floor space there is. Although going up and down the stairs in the middle of the night when nature calls wasn't ideal, the bed was very comfortable (not too firm, not too soft).

Getting into the apartment is a little bit like entering a secure bank vault. Enter the passcode at the street level entrance into the building. Ride the elevator to the top floor. Unlock a door into the inner courtyard, pass through, relock the door. Unlock a door into the apartment's patio area, pass through, relock the door. Unlock the door into the apartment. You get use to the process pretty quickly, but it does require some coordination when you're with a group of people. The upside is that you feel very secure … not that I ever felt unsafe in this centrally located neighborhood.

The Sarah apartment has an adjoining door with the Belle apartment. Since my friend was staying in Belle, we left the adjoining doors unlocked and usually open so that we could easily pass back and forth. It's a great set up for groups who want to be together but also have the possibility of some private time.

Overall, this is a great place to stay in Budapest. The owners are very responsive and friendly. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome … e.g., treats waiting for you upon arrival and a bag to use for your spa visits. The person that cleans the apartment on a weekly basis (we stayed for 3 weeks) is also very professional, frie

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great home base for exploring Budapest

  • 5 of 5

The Sarah apartment is a very comfortable home base for exploring Budapest. It's located just a few minutes from Deak Ferenc ter, which is a major hub for all public transit within the city, making it very easy to reach any place your heart desires … City Park and Szchenyi Baths, Opera House and House of Terror, Great Market Hall, Castle Hill. Vorosmarty ter, the river front and Vaci utca (the main tourist shopping street)are also just a few minutes walk from the apartment. The Hungarian Parliament is within walking distance, or hop on Tram 2 on the river front for a quick ride it.

There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Or stop at one of the nearby grocery stores and prepare your meals in the apartment's adequately furnished kitchen.

The apartment is very nice and quiet. The living room furniture is comfortable. The shower is large. The loft above the dining room is filled with a large bed that you essentially crawl into at the top of the stairs. There's really nothing else in the loft, and the roof beams make it difficult to access what floor space there is. Although going up and down the stairs in the middle of the night when nature calls wasn't ideal, the bed was very comfortable (not too firm, not too soft).

Getting into the apartment is a little bit like entering a secure bank vault. Enter the passcode at the street level entrance into the building. Ride the elevator to the top floor. Unlock a door into the inner courtyard, pass through, relock the door. Unlock a door into the apartment's patio area, pass through, relock the door. Unlock the door into the apartment. You get use to the process pretty quickly, but it does require some coordination when you're with a group of people. The upside is that you feel very secure … not that I ever felt unsafe in this centrally located neighborhood.

The Sarah apartment has an adjoining door with the Belle apartment. Since my friend was staying in Belle, we left the adjoining doors unlocked and usually open so that we could easily pass back and forth. It's a great set up for groups who want to be together but also have the possibility of some private time.

Overall, this is a great place to stay in Budapest. The owners are very responsive and friendly. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome … e.g., treats waiting for you upon arrival and a bag to use for your spa visits. The person that cleans the apartment on a weekly basis (we stayed for 3 weeks) is also very professional, frie

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Savannah
5

This place has it all!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Sarah in August of 2016 and this place is great! This was my first time in Budapest and it was a warm welcome from John that I will not forget.

The apartment is cozy and clean and has everything that you may need for your trip.Cute little kitchen fully stocked with amenities.The bed was comfortable and in a little cozy loft which I enjoyed.

The living room was spacious and the whole place was clean and tidy.There is no noise so no worries there.

The apartment is close to everything.Shops,the river,bistros and plenty of restaurants to choose from.There is a metro station around the corner and a bus stop right in front.

I am telling you that if you or some one that you know are staying in Budapest you need to contact John because you will not regret your stay!!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Map

Car: not necessary

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

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Rates & Availability

Inner City Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Peak Season
Apr 14 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$87
 
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $29 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
$58
 
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $29 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas Markets
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
$87
 
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $29 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Holidays
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 8 2018
5 night minimum stay
$116
 
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $29 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
Jan 9 2018 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
$41
 
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $23 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring
Mar 1 2018 - Apr 13 2018
3 night minimum stay
$58
 
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $29 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak
Apr 14 2018 - Oct 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
$87
 
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $29 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$87
 
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $29 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning, wkly, 2 guests $46.55

GREAT WINTER DISCOUNTS FOR LONGER STAYS

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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