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Budapad Near the Opera

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Den, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 3)

Smart, stylish and comfortable, this 'Budapad' is a quiet and relaxing oasis in the heart of Budapest. From our location you can easily get to every major site and event in Budapest. However, the apartment is set back from the street so you can sleep deep at night as you make you way home exhausted from your adventures.

The Budapad is located in the beautiful District VI, home to the Opera House, Andrássy Blvd, Liszt Ferenc Square, Oktogon and is a stone’s throw from the very funky Jewish Quarter. Here you are surrounded by fine restaurants, cheap eateries, local and international cuisine, local markets, diverse shops, boutiques, alternative pubs and bars, popular theatres, bakeries, delis, supermarkets, flower shops, you name it.

The Budapad is ideally situated in a prime location, in a triangle between three major transportation lines, making it easy to get anywhere in the city very quickly.

Keywords: classy, stylish, central, museums, Oktogon, Jewish Quarter, alternative culture

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, hungarian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2018

About The Owner

Rita Bozi is a Canadian-born Hungarian, whose father fled Hungary during the 1956 Revolution. Her mother followed in 1964 and Rita was born in Winnipeg a year later. She has been a Hungarian citizen since 2011 and speaks Hungarian fluently. She is a Consultant/Facilitator in Calgary Alberta, a writer and a retired dancer and actor. Rita designed Kicsi Zichy.

Ken Cameron was born on a farm in Ontario but developed a taste for international travel as a boy. He is a playwright, director and all-around man of the theatre who has contributed to making Calgary one of Canada's cultural hubs. Ken also uses his theatre and writing skills to help clients make better presentations in the business world. Ken struggles to wrap his tongue around the Hungarian language, but has definitely fallen in love with the city.

About your Caretakers

Éva is Rita’s fabulous Hungarian cousin who resides in Budapest with her jovial husband Karcsi and their English-speaking daughter Edina. They are lovely people who will come and help if something breaks down.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 2011

Why The Owner chose Terézváros

We chose to live in Budapest because it reminds us of what we think Berlin must have been fifteen years ago. The number of funky bars, clubs and art houses in the nearby Jewish Quarter makes for a vibrant nightlife; while the Hungarian's love of the arts ensures a hopping cultural scene.

Vienna and Budapest used to be twin capitals of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and in many ways they are like two sisters. Vienna was the straight-laced one who married a banker; and Budapest was the wayward sister who lived her life a little too heartily. She may show a more lines on her face, but she is a heck of a lot more fun.

We chose this particular flat for two reasons: because of its central location and its beautiful modern renovation. The recent renos ensure that everything is in top-notch working order and we can be assured that we and our guests need not worry.

The exposed brick archway was the clincher. Exposed brick is a highly sought-after design element in North America, but is very difficult to find in Budapest. Our theory is that because all the buildings are old (unlike in North America) such things are not valued. This theory was born out when Rita's Hungarian Aunt first saw the apartment: she said 'its very beautiful ... but why didn't they finish this part of the wall?'

What makes this apartment unique

This exclusive, bright and well-appointed apartment is housed in a building built between the late 1880’s and the early 1900’s. It is the perfect blend between historical and modern. Vintage objects from Hungary’s recent past make up the décor at the Budapad.

As you come up the stairs you may hear strains of a piano sonata emanating from the flat adjacent to the stairwell. This is not a recording: it is our neighbour, world-class concert pianist Fellegi Ádám.

We have developed an apartment guide that provides detailed descriptions of how the appliances in the apartment operate. It also contains several pages of recommendations for some our favourite neighbourhood haunts.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We so appreciate guests like Tony and Lee who value what we we have created and honour how we provide our service. Thank you for acknowledging the details and for enjoying. That means a lot to us! Please come back again! Rita
Dec 2015
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Terézváros Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Elevator
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - combination tub/shower
  • The newly renovated bath has a full stand-up shower, which in our experience is relatively rare in Budapest apartment rentals.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • 1) Double Bed with Memory-foam mattress; 2) Sofa converts to bed of one adult or two children: Very comfortable Innovation PUZZLE sofabed from Innoshop.
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Newly renovated, Fully equipped American kitchen, Beautiful bathrooms with shower and bath, 1 Bedroom with Double bed, Living room with Sofabed, Linens and Towels, Free Internet access, Washing Machine, Third Floor, Fan. Nearby organic grocery, conventional supermarket and bakeries.


Great location, full kitchen and all the conveniences of home.

VRBO Bear stayed here

Nov 21, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed a week long stay at Rita and Ken’s Budapad in Hungary. Their apartment offers many unique opportunities to see the city as its location is near the opera, and within a 15 minute walk of the parliament building, St Stephen’s Basilica and the chain bridge which leads to Buda Castle, St Matthias Church and much more. They offer many great amenities including free wifi, a very comfortable bed, a full kitchen, and a bathtub fit for a king. There is also a laundry machine that you can use to clean your clothes! The guest book was brimming with the recommendations for the best tours, sites to see, tips for using the public transportation, restaurants to try and things to do in Budapest. It would take weeks to do everything listed in the book, but I wish we'd had the time to do it all! I would highly recommend anyone traveling to Budapest stay at this property!

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Budapad Near the Opera
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Terrific apartment, fascinating city

  • 5 of 5

It's always hard to end a vacation, especially one with daily coffee and cake involved, but leaving this cozy, adorable and spotless apartment made it even harder to go back to real life; we wanted to move in (or at least hire the owners to decorate our own home). The location was fabulous -- very central yet very quiet. Budapest's transportation system was terrific, but we also appreciated being able to walk just about everywhere from the apartment. Agnes was friendly, warm and helpful. She generously told us about her favorite geothermal bath, which we wouldn't have found in the guide books. The owners were also very responsive. The world-class pianist, a neighbor, practising every morning was a lovely bonus when we as we made our way to the street. Lots of useful material in the apartment, from a groovy drying rack and a detailed how-to manual for the apartment itself to a well-equipped kitchen and helpful information about the city. We'd stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joe and Peggy, Thank you so much for your generous review! You were a pleasure you have as guests. Please come again! warm wishes, Rita
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Snoqualmie, WA

Great location in Budapest

  • 5 of 5

The Budapad was everything we hoped for and more. It was in the perfect home base from which to explore the city, very close to downtown and right next to the Jewish Quarter. The place itself was inviting, spacious, and beautiful. The owners are very responsive and gave us all the info we needed to help us navigate the city. My wife and I would stay again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Central and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable space. It was nice to "come home" after long days of sightseeing and touring. We highly recommend this place to be in Budapest.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Moorpark, CA USA

5 Star Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to the wonderful owners, Rita & Ken, we had a 5 star stay! From the initial contact throughout the entire stay they were extremely helpful and responded quickly to each and every question (and we had many)! We cannot express how grateful we are to both of them, as well as Agnes, our greeter, for making our anniversary so special. The apartment is fabulously decorated with absolutely everything you need right at hand. The Budapad ranks as the best apartment ever! We loved the apartment and truly felt like it was our home away from home for 4 glorious days and nights. We were told by Rita not to sleep before we left for Budapest, and she was right! We wished we had more time to enjoy this amazing city. The people, art, history and culture can't be beat! We will definitely be back and hope that we can stay at Rita and Ken's Budapad! Special thanks for making us feel so welcome and like family! We loved the gorgeous flower arrangement and sweet sentiment from Agnes in honor of our anniversary. How sweet! This shows how much you care about all of your guests! Kiss your brains for a job well done! Budapad here we come again-hopefully soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Jewel in Budapest

  • 5 of 5

This is a most charming getaway close to everywhere in Budapest---

a well appointed, extremely comfortable oasis that will calm

your nerves and help you recharge your batteries. My sister and I

loved our stay and are very grateful to have found it! Fantastic

caretakers provided useful help and tips…thank you thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review - it was our pleasure to make your stay wonderful. Please come again. We would be delighted to have you. Thank you for being a great guest. Warmly, Rita and Ken
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Northern California

Comfortable style, clean and perfectly located!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip to Budapest that was made even more special by our great accommodations! The Budapad was the perfect place to land--a clean, stylish and very comfortable apartment in a perfect location in the heart of Budapest. Anything we wanted to do was within walking distance, including the public transportation system to take us farther out. Rita, Ken and their support staff in Budapest were very helpful, efficient and friendly. They had thorough descriptions and suggestions of city highlights to take advantage of and graciously arranged airport transportation for us. We highly recommend this property and would definitely look forward to staying there again should our travels take us back to Budapest.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your generous review - it means a lot to us that you enjoyed the design of the apartment. Please come again we would be pleased to have you back! warmly, Rita and Ken
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Nearest Airport
17 Kilometres
Liszt Ferenc International Airport
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Instant - one of Budapest's popular 'ruin pubs'
Nearest Train
3.5 Kilometres
keleti train station
Car: not necessary

Music, Clubbing, Classical Music, Theatre, Dance, Turkish Baths.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $30.63

1) Damage Deposit: $285 CAD
We will send a PayPal invoice for a Damage Deposit one week beforehand. Assuming there is no damage it will be refunded within 24-48 hours.
We have chosen this route for the benefit of our clients and guests. Recently a client who had paid the damage deposit via the VRBO website at the time of booking discovered that the Euro had fallen in value against the Canadian dollar by the time the deposit was refunded one day after his stay due to the Greek economic crisis. We feel requesting the Damage Deposit closer to check in protects our clients better.

2) If staying for a month or more, we charge a bi-weekly cleaning fee of $40 (i.e. cleaning ever two weeks). This ensures that the apartment remains in good condition for both yourself and us. Our caretaker will arrange a time that is convenient for both of you. This bi-weekly cleaning fee does not automatically calculate through the VRBO booking: we will email you a revised quote upon booking. Thanks!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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