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Apt. Olive-Cozy Nest in the City Center - Pre/Post Cruise Specials

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Last updated: 08/28/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

[please inquire about availability and pricing; because of our multiple listings and the limitations of VRBO's pricing algorithm, we cannot make the calendar here work at all and the prices quoted, while good estimates, are not exact -- sometimes too high, sometimes too low]

Apartment Olive is a small, cozy garden apartment, opening into the courtyard of a landmark building in the very heart of Budapest: the geographic fulcrum of the Belvaros (the historic inner semi circle around the Danube) is Ferenciek Square, and Apartment Olive’s building fronts directly onto that square. It’s one of the city’s oldest residential buildings (the building is a bit tattered), sitting directly across from Budapest City Hall.

The courtyard is lovely, lush, and green, extremely unusual for Budapest, with shrubbery and wildflowers and trees growing wilily nilly. Olive opens off the courtyard and so it is quiet and restful even though it is in the dead center of a historic world capital city.

Our favorite pastry shop is across the street from the Ferenciek side of the building; our favorite café is a block away from the City Hall (Varoshaz) side of the building. The Astoria stop of the Red metro is a block from the Varoshaz side, the Ferenciek stop on the Blue metro is just outside the Ferenciek side.

If you exit the Varoshaz side you are across the street from one of the few international newsstands in the city, and that café a block away is the Gerloczy, one of the nicest places for a comfortable meal, coffee, beer, lemonade, or simply a rest in the city center.

The Danube is just a couple of blocks’ walk, the pedestrianized Vaci utca is one block away, the Central Market Hall and Vorosmarty Square are each about 5-10 minutes away depending on how fast you stroll. The Great Synagogue is 2-3 blocks away, the Basilca about 6-8. You can catch a bus into Buda (or the Red Metro) just outside the door.

The apartment itself is ideal for 1-3 people. We have renovated it to capture the feel of an upscale fin de siecle Hungarian garden apartment, with vaulted ceilings and antiques and traditional artisanal pieces throughout. There’s a queen sized bed in the bedroom, a custom shower in the heated tile bathroom (with a converted antique bentwood chamberpot stand as the sink). The bedroom has a (gated and curtained) double door opening directly onto the courtyard for cool summer light, just beside a lovely small antique wardrobe for your clothes.

You enter from the courtyard directly into the livingroom, which has a kitchenette with induction cooktop, fridge, microwave, and clothes washer; a bay window and window seat adjacent to the dining table, a queen convertible sofa (not a folding mattress but a comfortable solid queen), a large flatpanel TV, high speed WiFi internet, free Nespresso coffee system and coffee, free international VOIP outbound calling (and an inbound US telephone number for low-cost incoming calls from the USA).

Olive is two blocks south of our Szervita ter apartment (VRBO #124227) and 2 blocks north of our Apartment Max (VRBO #151479).

If you know Budapest perhaps you have a sense of the ways in which the neighborhood is difficult to describe...while the building that houses Olive is a landmark in the midst of the bustling center city, the apartment is quiet, and one has the feeling of getting away from it all when one is inside (the doors to the courtyard from the street are locked to outsiders after dark).

Yet when you walk out into the street you are within striking distance of almost all major tourist venues. And, less obviously, you are also in a thriving small residential neighborhood -- there are several supermarkets nearby, a laundry across the street, a cleaners two blocks away, a pharmacy nearby, many neighborhood cafes, and a movie house around the corner.




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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • 60 sq. ft.
  • Elevator : apartment is on ground floor; elevator building

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Staff

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1

    ...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s)

    ...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Not a folding mattress; solid pull-out bed, as comfortable as a standard bed...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

    ...moreless

  • Custom shower; antique furnishings

Other Amenities

  • FREE worldwide international calling. Nespresso coffee system, iPod dock and speakers, 1 block to Red and Blue Metro lines...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access:

    Fastest available cable internet....moreless

  • Computer Available:

    Dual platform Mac....moreless

  • Elevator:

    apartment is on ground floor; elevator building...moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    Vonage line with NYC incoming phone number and unlimited worldwide calling....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone:

    Local mobile phone (guest responsible for time charges)....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

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

    Compact kitchen with induction cooktop, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, and clothes washer (no oven)...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Building Type

  • Building
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Peak 2016
Aug 30 - Nov 1, 2016
3 night min stay
$84

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest

Autumn 2016
Nov 2 - Nov 17, 2016
3 night min stay
$56

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest

Christmas Markets
Nov 18 - Dec 28, 2016
3 night min stay
$84

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest

Winter Holiday 2017
Dec 29 - Jan 4, 2017
5 night min stay
$84

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest

Winter 2017
Jan 5 - Mar 16, 2017
3 night min stay
$28

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest

Spring 2017
Mar 17 - Apr 13, 2017
3 night min stay
$56

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$84

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • cleaning (1-2 guests)/wk $44.72
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

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.

Pricing is approximate, based on VRBO's calculations, which we can't control (for instance, there is no way to factor in the cost of the cleaning fee for 3 or 4 guests). Check with us for a firm quote.

SPECIAL WINTER DISCOUNTS FOR LONGER STAYS


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Last updated: 08/28/2016
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Location

Car: Not Necessary

Vaci utca is one block away, the Great Synagogue, the Basilica, the National Museum, the Danube, and the Central Market are all within a 5 minute walk; the bus to two of Budapest's best thermal baths is just outside the door...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).

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

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:
My wife Jeanne and I visited in 2001 with my 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 are 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).


Contact us

Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • Viewing the entry from the courtyard center.

    Viewing the entry from the courtyard center.

  • Peeking into the living room.

    Peeking into the living room.

  • Enter from the courtyard garden.

    Enter from the courtyard garden.

  • custom shower ...

    custom shower ...

  • Budapest City Hall (Varoshaz) across the street

    Budapest City Hall (Varoshaz) across the street

  • August Cukraszda (patisserie), one of four within four or five blocks.

    August Cukraszda (patisserie), one of four within four or five blocks.

  • doorway to bedroom

    doorway to bedroom

  • Cafe Gerloczy, one block away.

    Cafe Gerloczy, one block away.

  • Full service supermarket a block away.  One of three within three blocks.

    Full service supermarket a block away. One of three within three blocks.

VRBO #221930

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Sunday, August 28, 2016

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