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Apt Andrei: Elegance & Grace in the Café District - PRE/POST CRUISE SPECIALS

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + 2 sofa beds, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-5)

[please inquire about availability and price; because of our multiple listings, VRBO cannot make the calendar or, in small ways, its pricing algorithm, work accurately for our apartments]

We list several Budapest apartments on VRBO, each with a distinctive and different personality, designed to appeal to a different sort of traveler. Apartment Andrei is our newest, with a casual elegance for a relaxed and civilized stay. Larger than our others, a bit further from the din of the business district and the tourists flocking like lemmings down pedestrianized theme park streets, Andrei is still in the heart of town, within the innermost ringroad (Korut) that arcs in a semicircle on the Pest side of the Danube.

Easy access to public transit -- the 4/6 tram along the Korut, the north/south Blue Metro -- all the major sights are nonetheless within an easy walk ... the nearest are just a block or so away (the Museum of Applied Arts and Raday utca, the gallery and café center of the city); the National Museum is a bit further; the farthest are less than two miles away (Parliament perhaps). In between lie the Basilica, the Great Synagogue, the Opera House, the Operetta Theatre, the Music Academy, the Central Market Hall, Vaci utca ... all just an amble away, a stroll interrupted by a cup of coffee at the Eckermann, a glass of fresh limonade the Cafe Alibi, a Francia Kremes at the Auguszt patisserie, a Soproni beer at the Cafe Gerloczy.

You enter the apartment from the walkway above the courtyard, walking through a foyer past the bedroom with en suite bath, the wc, the washer/dryer/utility room into the spacious and stately living room -- 26' x 18' with its long far wall and high ceilings opening onto a 25' balcony that overlooks the verdant historic churchyard in the heart of the IXth district. The town hall is on this same square (Bakats ter), and it fronts on the bustle of the semi-pedestrianized Raday utca. But here at the back of the square, it is tranquil and soothing ... all you hear are the birds, all you see is the slightly tattered landscaped park behind the church.

A vacation away can be more than a hurtle at warp speed from one tourist geegaw to the next. It can be a restful sojourn, a respite from a busy life, an immersion into a familiar but pleasantly alien culture. A step sideways in space, a bit backwards in time, Andrei is comfortably situated in a Budapest lifestyle that is not just reminiscent of the grand cafe life between the wars, but actually presents its embodiment and draws you into it as though you were a family member not a traveling stranger.

Priced like apartments half its size, with twice the grace and a unique ambience, Andrei is ideal for up to four guests, manageable for up to five. We recommend a stay of five or more nights to capture the city's rhythm and immerse yourself into the warm bath of its lifestyle.

Our basic philosophy as hosts is not about providing the fanciest or grandest place to stay (though there’s nothing wrong with fancy or grand). What we want to create is the magical sense that you have just walked through a formerly locked door in your own home, a door that you’ve somehow never noticed before. And on the other side of that door you discover a small suite of rooms, indisputably yours -- a continuation of the rest of your apartment or house, comforting and cozy and everything in exactly the place you expect it to be -- and when you look out through the windows you are gazing into the heart of Budapest.

A recent guest pretty much sums it up:

'As a very busy owner of a small, medical education business, I travel ALOT all over the world and try to find apartments that have the amenities I need but also allow me to experience something more that the board room or conference center of a chain hotel. When searching for a place for me and my staff to stay in Budapest, I came across two connecting apartments in the heart of town. Although not the luxury penthouses that I might usually gravitate to, they had a special quality about them that caused me to enquire about them to the owner. From the moment I started interacting with John about his and Jeanne's apartments Sarah and Belle, I was transported wonderfully and amazingly to a country and city I have never visited: With the help of John's detailed descriptions and user-friendly Budapest manual, I felt supported in my trip in a manner I had never previously experienced. Not only were the apartments immaculate, sweet and complete, we never once were at a loss of what to do, where to get something we needed and who to contact for those little--and big--situations that are bound to occur on any trip. All four of us had a wonderful time, but we would not have had half the good time we had w/o staying at this very picturesque Budapest apartment. I could sing opera about the entire thing ...'

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Owner
John Farago
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2017

About John Farago

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; Andrei and Olive 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).

John Farago purchased this apartment in 2008

Why John Farago chose Budapest

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).

What makes this apartment unique

Apartment Andrei combines the amenity of our other apartments -- careful restoration, antique and period furnishings, luxury kitchens and baths, high tech infrastructure, plush towels, free unlimited international phone calls, Nespresso coffee system -- with the 19th Century grace and charm of a distinguished location overlooking a historic churchyard. A 26'x18' living room with a 26' long balcony over the landscaped courtyard, modern kitchen, dishwasher, washer, dryer, custom shower, separate wc...

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband and I stayed at Apartment Andrei after a cruise. We eat all of

our meals at the apartment (due to my husband's allergies. John thinks of

every thing. You need only to bring your self and your clothes. He even

provides contact eye solution.

The apartment is very modern and very comfortable.

It is just off the street Raday, which if you look at travel guides is the new

up coming street in Budapest, especially for the locals. There is a lot of

tourist in the restaurants along this street. I did stop each night to have a

local beer and watch the activity.

This apartment is within walking distance of most attractions but I would

suggest that you take the public transportation. It keeps you from getting

too tired.

The apartment is very near the Grand Market which is just off to the left of

Raday street. This appears to be the best place to get souvenirs price wise.

They also have a great place to get food on the second floor. You will run

into locals getting lunch but again many tourist.

The apartment is across the street from an local church which has a

monument in memory of the heroes of the 1956 revolution .

I would suggest a trip to the cemetery which also has a monument to these

brave people and also is the resting place of many famous

Hungarians .

I would also suggest a trip to the church in the cave. I enjoyed the hospital

in the cave but I am a nurse. I would suggest the 1/2 hour tour. I did the

hour tour and enjoyed it but it is twice as much.

Back to the apartment. The other apartments in the building are owner

occupied so the apartment is quiet. A few times when I had difficulty with

the door one of residence came out to help me. One did not speak any

English but we were able to communicate just fine.

As you can tell I loved my time in Budapest and especially in the apartment.

Due to my husband's allergies we always stay in apartments when we travel

and this apartment was by far the best and the only one I would
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Amenities

Józsefváros Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Elevator
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , a wc with sink and washer/dryer
    Bathroom 1 - shower , A full european bathroom: shower and sink, toilet in wc
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Queen Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Single Sleep Sofa
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Notes:
Free unlimited international calling, use of a Hungarian mobile phone, Nespresso coffee system and coffees, high speed internet, printer/fax, washer/dryer/dishwasher/convection oven/microwave.

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average rating of 4.977778 based on 49 reviews
Bloomington Indiana
5

Everything one needs for a perfect Budapest experience

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at a lot of HomeAway/VRBO properties all across the world and staying at Apartment Andrei was by far one of the best experiences I have had. This was a vacation with my 26-year old daughter, and our good experience began long before we ever reached Budapest. Owner John reached out prior to our arrival with lots of great information about the city, an offer to arrange transportation to/from the airport (we did and it was perfect and reasonably priced), and even where to get the best bank exchange rates. John also wanted to know if we had any food allergies or preferences--both for restaurant recommendations and how to best stock the fridge--and if we preferred down or synthetic pillows. Seriously!

When we arrived at the apartment--much larger than it looked in the photos--we were absolutely delighted. The apartment is very nicely appointed with art and antiques and has a warm and inviting feeling. Frankly, I don't think the pictures do it justice. The kitchen was also fully equipped, although we were so close to Raday utca lined with its many restaurants and a bakery right around the corner with so many yummy looking treats one could hardly choose, that why would one even consider cooking in the apartment.

My daughter and I are both a bit compulsive when it comes to cleanliness, so trust me when I say the apartment was scrupulously clean and every amenity one could think of was on hand: handmade Turkish towels, guidebooks, movies, games and puzzles, extra toiletry items, all the makings for a good cappuccino, and even a few items in the fridge. Both the bed in the main bedroom and the sleeper-sofa (not the traditional fold-out as is typical in the US) were quite comfortable. Good water pressure in the bathroom, plenty of hot water, and multiple self-standing air conditioners, all contributed to our comfortable stay.

And the location was PERFECT. The apartment was quiet yet centrally located with access to the tram just around the corner and nearby Raday utca lined with restaurants. And the apartment balcony, which faces a lovely old church and quiet square, was the perfect place for enjoying our morning coffee and local pastries.

In short, the next time I am back in Budapest I will definitely stay at this apartment...truly a 5-star experience!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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London, England
5

Andrei

  • 5 of 5

Put your faith in the descriptions of John and Jeanne's apartments, and the 5 star reviews that others have written - John, the owner, is truly helpful, as is his local apartment manager. The apartments are so well set up that it's hard to see what local help you might need, but you would certainly get their help if you need it. I had a great time here and would be delighted to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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E & M , Canada

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I stayed for 2 wonderful weeks in apartment Andrei & wish it could have been longer. Be prepared to feel like home the moment you enter. John & Jeanne have really done a magnificent job stocking the apartment with all the necessities & more. We were welcomed by Zsuzsa who familiarized us with all the features of the apartment. Zsuzsa was always a phone call away from any assistance we needed as a matter fact so was John. Our thanks to you & Jeanne for the thoughtful welcome goodies upon our arrival! We really appreciated the information that John provided as to restaurants & attractions -- & there are many excellent ones close by. Apartment Andrei is located within walking distance to the Central Market, Danube , bakeries , supermarkets & of course the transit system. We highly recommend apartment Andei-- you will not be disappointed! We absolutely fell in love with "Pest" & we will be back & of course looking forward to staying in Apartment Andrei.

Thank you John & Jeanne!!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Washington DC
5

Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

It was enough for me that the apartment was centrally located, literally close to everything cool in the city.

It was enough for me that the space itself is awesome, tucked away in a quaint courtyard.

It was enough for me that the apartment comes replete with all the little things that make a stay away from home palatable...a complimentary bottle of wine, a desktop computer, all the toiletries you'll ever need, personalized travel guides with amazing recommendations, etc.

These aren't services and accommodations that barely meet your needs; this is attention to detail and customer care.

This isn't just a place you stay for a trip; this is home away from home.

You'll feel the love as soon as you walk in the front door...

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The best apartment we ever rented

  • 5 of 5

Apartment Andrei was the best apartment we have ever rented and we have rented a lot of them as we have traveled the world. Wonderful information for site seeing and restaurants from John and Jeanne. Detailed instructions in how to use all the amenities in the apartment ( a must as many of the appliances will not have familiar buttons to push). We arrived to a great bottle of Hungarian wine, a fully stocked refrigerator incl. 4 lovely Hungarian pastries. The location was in a real neighborhood an easy distance to all the sites. The apartment was quite spacious and comfortable with extra pillows, blankets, etc available. The owners were some of the most thoughtful hosts as to what would be needed for a seamless stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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5

Look no further

  • 5 of 5

My daughter & I rented Apartment Andrei for our first trip to Budapest. Immediately upon booking the apartment the owner's John & Jeanne forwarded all the information we would need for our trip. Recommendations for dining, shopping, how to navigate the city by transit & much, much more! It eliminated the need for me to do any further research outside of which sights to take in. All the guesswork was gone. After a seamless & pleasant arrival (we arranged for their driver to pick us up at the airport) we settled in to the lovely, clean & tastefully decorated apartment Andrei. It is exactly as it is presented in the pictures so there are no surprises, except that it feels much like home. Just as with others, we were treated to fresh pastries, cheese & salami which set our palate for the balance of our stay, but most importantly eliminated the need to rush out & buy the basics. Any questions we had during our stay were answered in the guides that had been previously emailed, but of course there were also copies left in the apartment. We decided to explore some of the recommendations for dining, pastries, tours etc & were not disappointed.

The neighbourhood is quiet & lovely, but also just a short stroll to the many cafes & restaurants on Raday Utca.

Budapest was the highlight of our vacation & this is partially due to John & Jeanne & the team of people they have supporting them! Highly, highly recommend Apartment Andrei & I'm certain any of the other BVR apartments!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Map

Nearest Point of Interest
Bakats ter
Nearest Point of Interest
The Ferencvaros varoshaz or city hall.
Nearest Point of Interest
Nandori Cukraszda
Nearest Point of Interest
Museum of Applied Arts
Nearest Point of Interest
Apartment Andrei

This is Budapest's bohemian district, its Greenwich Village or Rive Gauche. Teeming with cafes and galleries, just blocks from the National Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts, one block from Ray utca, two blocks from Krudy Gyula utca, across from a historic church, with a panoramic 25' balcony overlooking the churchyard. There are music festivals and book fairs down Raday and in front of the church several times a year, an ATM at the corner, a world-class patisserie one block away, the Cafe Eckermann of the Goethe Institute around the corner. Music and art at the IF Cafe just down the street, blues clubs in three directions... Three minutes to the Danube on foot, seven minutes to the Central Market Hall, a block from the Ring Road and the 4/6 Tram line or the Blue Metro. The vibrant Budapest beyond the tourist venues and the shopping malls.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning (1-2 guests)/wk $47.08

[PLEASE CONFIRM RATES WITH US. VRBO's calculations are unable to capture our complete rate structure and sometimes are too low and other times too high, though they are approximately accurate.]

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.

As noted, 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 or the Cruise Discount or the pricing for longer term stays). Check with us for a firm quote.

SPECIAL WINTER DISCOUNTS FOR STAYS OF 8 OR MORE NIGHTS

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.