- 1 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 5
Description from the owner
20%-50% DISCOUNT ON OUR FEW REMAINING AVAILABLE SUMMER DATES
[please inquire about availability; because of the unique multiple configuration of this flat, we cannot make the calendar here work accurately]
Apartment Andrei sits across from one of the city's most lovely churches, on Bakats ter, a wooded square and churchyard in central Budapest. The apartment has a large balcony that runs its length and overlooks the park. In spring, summer, and fall the Raday utca side of the square is the scene of a variety of street fairs and arts festivals, close enough to be just outside your door, but far enough away not to be bothersome.
... Apartment Andrei has a casual elegance for a relaxed and civilized stay. A bit further than our other places from the din of the business district or tourists flocking like lemmings down the pedestrianized theme park streets, Andrei is still in the heart of town, within the innermost ringroad (Korut) arcing the Danube. It offers easy access to public transit -- the 4/6 tram along the Korut, the north/south Blue Metro, the #2 tram along the Danube.
But the best way to see the city is on foot: all the major sights are within the ringroad, a stroll interrupted by a cup of coffee at the Eckermann Cafe, a glass of fresh limonade the Cafe Alibi, a Francia Kremes at the Auguszt patisserie, a Soproni beer at the Cafe Gerloczy. Or bring some pastry home from Nandori - a block away - one of Budapest's finest. Two supermarkets are with a block, a pharmacy two blocks, currency exchange around the corner...and Raday utca teeming with galleries and cafes (and Budapest's top-rated fine dining restaurant Costes) is less than a block away. But you want to know about the apartment, not just the neighborhood:
You enter the apartment walking through a foyer past the bedroom with en suite bath, past the wc, with 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. All you hear are the birds, all you see is the slightly tattered 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.
Details and design include original tilework in the bath and wc, custom shower with granite tile floor, antiques throughout in an eclectic mix that tips towards Deco and Bauhaus, and high tech amenities from the computer to the free VOIP phone for calling worldwide to the washer, dryer, a/c, and Nespresso machine for your morning coffee (or evening sit on the balcony as you get ready to head out for the evening...).
Andrei is ideal for up to four guests, manageable for up to five. It has a high end super-comfortable Sly Deluxe queen sofabed from Inno Design as well as a pair of matching chairs that make up into a single bed. In the bedroom, a queen bed with mattress from Cardo, Hungary's finest bed company since 1916 (this particular mattress of course is rather more recent: 2009).
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.
NOTE: Andrei is also viewable in a YouTube video (admittedly primitive...we're not professionals): go to youtube.com and search for "Apartment Andrei Budapest".Read more
Apt Andrei, Bakats ter: Elegance & SUMMER SAVINGS
Budapest, Budapest & Central Danube Region, Hungary
Additional Location Information
On Bakats Square, a lovely old churchyard just off Raday utca - the cafe and gallery district that includes Budapest's first Michelin-starred restaurant as well as a wide range of cafes, pubs, galleries, and shops. Two blocks from the Danube, excellent access to public transit, Bakats ter is at the south end of the city center and is easy walking distance from most major sights, but maintains a quiet residential feel.
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Car is not necessary
Last updated on July 02, 2014
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- cleaning | $54 per week | cleaning & linen change for 1-2 guests
- add'l cleaning | $13 per week | cleaning fee for a third, fourth, and fifth guest; per person; weekly
- Additional guest | $34 per day
Additional notes from the owner
All rates are for for one guest; cleaning fee is for 1-2 guests
January/February Great Discounts for 8 nights or more!
- Housekeeping Optional
- Local Guides/Maps
- Linens Provided
- A/C or climate control
- Clothes Dryer
- Alarm Clock
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Paper Towels Provided
- Stove or Oven
- Satellite or cable TV
- DVD Player
- Stereo or CD player
- Balcony or terrace
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - ask
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - no
- 80 square meters
What Past Guests Are Saying
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45 guest reviews
100% of guests would stay again
I rented apt andrei for the entire month of January. It's spacious, in fabulous condition, and beautifully decorated. The furniture and bed are very comfortable for working, relaxing, and sleeping. I was met by the very pleasant and helpful property manager on arrival. Pastries and a bottle of wine were in the apartment as welcome gifts. The refrigerator was stocked with basic items. The apartment has Voip phones with us numbers and an Hungarian cell phone. I also appreciated having a computer and printer available ... perfect for buying tickets online. The apartment was thoroughly cleaned once a week throughout my stay.
The owner, John, was very helpful from the moment I contacted him. He went out of his way to track down answers to very specific questions I had while planning my month in Budapest. He called during my stay just to make sure everything was going well.
The location was perfect for me. It is close enough to the tourist district that I could walk or take the nearby metro, but just far enough away that I felt I was actually living in a neighborhood rather than visiting as a tourist. The apartment sits on a lovely square with a beautiful church. I could not have asked for a better view! There are lots of great restaurants within walking distance from the apartment.
When I return to Budapest, I will definitely be booking apartment andrei again.
Perth Western Australia
So much more than we expected ...
From the moment we first corresponded with John of Budapest Vacation Rentals, we just knew this apartment was going to be something "out of the box".
It was - and much, much more ...
We were greeted by Ilona the caretaker who showed us through the apartment, pointing out where everything was, maps, and the many "extras" contained within.
To attempt to describe the level of, and finite detail which has gone into preparing this apartment for the most fastidious of guest would, I am sure, do it a dis-service.
I therefore implore you to visit the website and see for yourself.
We were "blown away".
The apartment itself is located in a wonderful, quiet neighbourhood opposite a charming Church - however, everything is on your doorstep.
Shops, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and transport.
We have already recommended Budapest Vacation Rentals and, in particular, Apartment andrei to friends here in Western australia - and also to people we met whilst travelling.
Cannot speak highly enough of this immaculate, beautifully presented and fitted out apartment.
Pat and Steve
Better than expected...
We ended up at apartment andrei through a booking snafu and we loved it. We thought we wanted to be closer to the downtown area in Budapest, but this apartment is in a neighborhood and suited our style much better.
Location: This apartment is very conveniently located half a block from Raday street which is full of restaurants. It is also across the street from a church yard so is very quiet and peaceful.
Amenities: The apartment had everything we needed for our stay including a washer and dryer. The owner provided milk, breakfast pastries, cheese, meat, coffee and tea. There was even a contact lens container and solution, should we have needed them. There are extensive information folders in the apartment, one for every little thing in the apartment, one for restaurants and entertainment in Budapest one with general information about life in Budapest.
The apartment was large, the furniture comfortable and the location quiet and convenient. It is only a few blocks to the Central Market, Danube River and public transportation.
We especially appreciated John's (the owner)concern for our enjoyment of "his" city. He did everything he could to make our stay perfect, including finding us a jar of Skippy peanut butter. Thank you John.
Judy and Joseph
Boca Raton, FL
Andrei--great apartment in Budapest!
After choosing andrei for our Budapest stay, we had the pleasure of dealing with John. The rental arrangements were seamless as was our arrival. We were greeted by Ilona who showed us the apartment and answered any of our questions. John also had prepared us in advance with emails concerning everything from the apartment itself to shopping, sights, restaurants, etc. He also had duplicate copies of the same information in the apartment so that we had all of the information at our fingertips! The apartment is in a lovely building with elevator. Andrei is well furnished and the kitchen is modern and well equipped. The bathrooms are up to date and the water is always hot! The bed is very comfortable and the TV worked beautifully and had available a number of programs in English. The apartment is very close to central Budapest with trams/buses very close and the neighborhood abounds with shops and restaurants. My wife and I have stayed in numerous apartments throughout western and central Europe. This apartment would be a great apartment anywhere.
Perfect stay in Budapest
Apartment andrei was a perfect base for our 5 days in Budapest and we're happy to add our voices to the chorus of praise from previous reviewers. The apartment is elegant, spacious and comfortable and had every amenity we could possibly need. The location is excellent with a wide range of restaurants, cafes and food shopping within a few minutes' walk. John and his team make every effort to ensure their guests have a memorable experience in Budapest. Over the years we have rented quite a few apartments in Europe and this one wins in every category. We would certainly rent here again and can recommend it without reservation.
Crocks in Europe
At home in Budapest
We have been fortunate enought to spend 5 nights in this truly amazing apartment and loved every second of it. It is equipped with everything a traveller could possibly want, with incredible trust. We wanted for nothing! The icing on the cake was the Nespresso machine & the generous offering of pods! The location is a food lover and sightseer's dream. A short stroll & you have numerous bars and restaurants from which to choose and all that we tried were excellent. Agai n we had great information from the booklets in the apartment & Soul Cafe & If we're great. We walked to most of the attractions we wanted to see and were close to public transport for the others. Budapest is a fantastic city but having the best accommodation while enjoying it made this a truly momentous experience. Thank you so much John.
Dental Travel Expert
Ideal apartment to Experience Budapest
We have rented andrei several times over the years and always relish returning to this beautiful and well appointed apartment.Though we are very familiar with the city, John Farago consistently checks in to confirm our arrival and comfort.The manager is thorough and available easily, and the driver punctual to the minute! The apartment is exquisite, from the fantastic art and furnishings, to the details of a Nespresso machine, stocked refrigerator on arrival, washer/dryer and even a computer with printer. If you need a bandaid, it's there, along with a fully equipped bathroom cabinet.The location is fantastic, beautiful, and adjacent to one of the great restaurant streets in the city.The proximity to the trams and metro to one of the great public transportation cities in Europe is right out your door.If you want to walk, you are close to great sites, the Central Market, the Danube. It is all close. Whether it is andrei or one of the other apartments in Budapest Vacation Rentals, you can't go wrong. The quality, consistency, privacy,security and locations are without a doubt the best. Don't hesitate - you will be thrilled you made this choice! The best part - it is sheer elegance of a world gone by, and you are now part of it!
Thought of everything
Apartment andrei had everything and more. The apartment was extremely well equipped with everything we needed. From a well equipped kitchen to extra linens, movie, books, and gamrs right down to toiletries you may have forgotten. The washer dryer and dishwasher were great to have too. John has lots of information available about the area and the apartment and is very helpful. His property manager is wonderful and I'd highly recommend having his arrange a ride from the airport as it made our arrival so simple. We would highly recommend staying here. Oh, I almost forgot the wonderful treats and the bottle of wine that awaited us upon our arrival. Such a nice touch.
Michael and Judy Shelley
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Charming view of Budapest life from the balcony
Budapest was the favorite part of our European tour; Apt andrei was a delightful location to start and end each day. Expresso (provided) on the balcony each morning was a delightful way to see our quiet neighborhood wake. The music of children holding a parent's hand on the way to school across the church square accompanied our daily balcony ritual. In my dream of a perfect location, there would be a nearby street of bakeries, shops and of course many sidewalk cafes. About 100 feet to the left outside the door, there it is, block after block. Had there been no helpful "An Opinionated Outsider's Guide to Budapest," written by owner John Farago, or no information on reliable drivers, restaurants (Cafe alibi was one of our favorites), grocery stores, bakeries, etc., we would still have had a good experience. With them, provided by a knowledgeable host/owner, we had an extraordinary experience. There were no low points in our Prague - Budapest - Zurich - Paris trip; had to be talked into adding Budapest (the wife prevailed) and it was the clear highlight. We will be back and would not consider staying anywhere else. John and Jean have several apartments in the city; stay in one and just take their advice in every area; you cannot fail to enjoy that wonderful city.
Susan and Charles
Andrei feels like my home in Budapest, after only 6 days.
Our visit to Budapest this past summer was made particularly comfortable was apartment andrei. Situated across from a leafy square with a high church tower, in walking distance to the tram, pharmacy, groceries, and an aTM, the special feature is that it is in a real neighborhood, with a street of cafes, night life, musicians, and good food. Not touristy, it seemed to by frequented by Hungarians enjoying the warm summer evenings. The apartment itself was elegant, with antique side furniture, and a simple modern glass table. The rooms are generous in size, and the kitchen and bath had everything we could possibly want. Coming home to andrei at the end of a day, and having the space to relax in, on a comfortable bed and/or couch, looking out into the green leaves, sitting on the balcony to read, this made it seem that we were living in Budapest. I would rent it again.
Our time in Budapest with filled with the scene of mountains and river, flat lands and unusual buildings. The people were friendly, the tram system workable, and so much to see. It is a city filled with history from many periods including trauma and oppression, freedom and pride. The people are friendly, the walking streets, the central market, the churches and statues make it a fine city for exploring.
Dallas, Texas, USA
Excellent home base while in Budapest
My husband and I stayed in apartment andrei for twelve nights in august 2012.
From start to finish, this was a wonderful experience. John was responsive by both phone and email, with a very organized rental process. He provided a wealth of information prior to our trip, including details on the apartment and access, places to eat, how best to get to and fro, where to get what, and so on. We felt very prepared for our stay.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by Ilona, who cares for the home. She was most pleasant, showed us about, and had even prepared a selection of delicious homemade pastries for our arrival. The refrigerator was stocked with snacks and provisions, which was a very nice touch after such a long day of traveling.
The apartment was exactly as advertised, with accurate photos. Everything was in perfect working order. We appreciated the wireless internet, and that a computer and printer were available (although we used our own devices). A U.S. power strip was provided, so we could charge our devices easily and didn't have to rely on our adapter. The available cell phone and U.S. phone were nice to have, although we did not use them.
The living and dining room were very spacious with a fantastic view of Bakats Ter, a great place to watch people. The bed and linens were very comfortable. The on-demand water heater and lovely Turkish towels provided nice showers. The kitchen was well-stocked. We could easily live in such a space.
We loved the location, just steps from Raday Utca, a great street for restaurants. Transit was very convenient, with two tram stops in proximity for when we didn't feel like walking.
John checked on us during our stay, via a quick phone call, a nice touch. He also followed up with us after we returned home.
By the end of our stay, we had met the neighbor, who was very friendly.
My husband and I agree that if (when) we return to Budapest, we will look no further than apartment andrei. It is a perfect place to stay.
Anita and Rajesh Nair
Dear John and Jeanne
Thank you for letting my husband and I share your amazing apartment andrei. I'm not sure I can add anything beyond what the other reviewers have written. It would just be a repetition! I have to admit that I will never look at another vacation rental without comparing it with apartment andrei! Every other place that we have stayed in before this pales in comparison! Thank you again! On a side note, I enjoyed reading your book about your father's Hungarian experiences! Thank you once again. We hope to come back to beautiful Hungary and apartment andrei soon!
Everything at your fingertips !
I would totally recommend apt andrei, especially for first time visitors to Budapest. Not only is the apartment comfortable and clean, it is stocked with everything you could want or need...if you plan to go to one of the famous spas, there is a tote bag with towels, an umbrella in case of rain, maps to find your way, recommended lists of restaurants and shopping, and a mobile phone. If you are staying inside, there are books, dvd's, a land line phone, wifi, computer, a bottle of wine and best of all a dryer !! along with the washer. The staff speaks english and you are greeted on arrival and they can offer taxi services and massages. The kitchen is stocked with wonderful pastries, a Nexpresso coffee maker and breakfast fixings. The building is secure and has a lift. You can also enjoy the view of the church and courtyard below from the balcony. In case you don't feel like unpacking right away, the bathroom has shampoo, shaving items, wonderful towels and the bed is made up for a tired traveler ! A two minute walk and you are on Raday u. a street filled with cafes, restaurants and shops. The Farago's have thought of everything and left written instructions and suggestions of what to do and where to go and what ifs.. so if you are hesitant about Hungary- visit apt andrei in Budapest and I am sure you will love this city. Helen
This apartment is just wonderful! Central location, fully stocked with all essentials, wonderful staff very helpful with any questions. If you are traveling to Budapest this is the place to stay!!
Andrei is awesome! Great apartment in a laid-back but fantastic
I can't say enough how great it was to do business with John and stay at andrei for a few days. The apartment was fantastic. It was beyond well-appointed; there didn't seem to be anything missing from that apartment, it truly felt like somebody's home. It was tastefully furnished, sparkling clean, and comfy. Everything worked perfectly. The balcony was great for relaxing in the evening and having a drink while watching the late night dog walkers on the church grounds. The neighborhood was spectacular as well. Less than a five-minute walk puts you in the heart of Raday Utca, which had tons of awesome restaurants, bars, and treat shops. Just sitting outside and having dinner at the restaurants there will remain a highlight from our trip to Budapest. Then walking the short walk "home" made us really feel like a local.
Sometimes the worst part of renting apartments online is dealing with the owners. John proved that not only does he take his job as an owner seriously, but he also genuinely loves Budapest and wants his renters to feel that same love when they leave his apartments. From the very beginning he answered all questions promptly and emailed to me several neighborhood and apartment "guides" that were so thorough, they could probably be published and sold as travel guides. Lonely Planet has nothing on John! Even after arrival, John called from New York to check in and make sure everything was going well. After departure, John called again to make see if we had any suggestions for improving the apartment, and we couldn't think of a single thing! John is personable, dedicated, and a pleasure to do business with.
I highly recommend staying at andrei and I imagine that any of John's properties would be as well-appointed, comfortable, and lovely as andrei is. We can't wait to get back to Budapest and stay in andrei again!
Kris and Brian
Home away from Home
Beautiful apartment. All the conviences right at your finger tips. Beautfully furnished; no Ikea furniture to be found anywhere. Nice location. Its away from the hustle and bustle but yet a short walking distance to the Metro. Also very close to restaurants and a wonderful bakery. The owner John was extremely helpful, and even called the day we arrived to make sure everything was in order. He also left us wine and flowers for our anniversary! Would recommend this apartment as a top notch stay!
first timer in Budapest
This apartment stay made our first visit to Budapest an unforgettable one. It is located in a quiet quarter right in front of an old church. Despite a historic looks of the building, inside the apartment was modern with all the first class equipments, including wifi, washer/dryer, shower, flat screen TV, plus the world best coffee maker. The apartment was also impeccably clean and very comfortably prepared.
What made the stay extra special were two things.
One was the location. Right outside the apartment stretches Rady Street, on which you find a great selection of restaurants, cafes, small stores, and the best bakery.
We happened to be there on the weekend when they had a music festival right outside of the place. We enjoyed the music, donuts, hot wine, and people.
Another blessing was the owner's personal city guide.
It was helpful, especially with restaurants. We loved all the restaurants and cafes he recommended!
Though our stay was short, this apartment and its location gave us the feel of living in the city.
Budapest apt was perfect
Hosts very helpful , apt. Was clean and comfortable.
Location was great . Would stay there again if
I was to return. And I would like to .
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Elegant, Classy Place in Budapest
I always hesitate before giving 5-star reviews across the board, but it really is justified here. There's just nothing about this apartment that isn't perfect: A Walk-in shower, comfortable bed, washer and drier, a block from the 4-6 Tram that cuts through Budapest, hardwood floors, DVD player, etc. etc. You can't go wrong.
Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada
My husband and I stayed in apartment andrei for 4 nights in May. The manager, Ilona, met us there to explain how everything worked and to hand over the keys. We were blown away by how big the apartment was and the fact that it had absolutely everything we needed and more. The fridge had essentials like milk, eggs, cheese, jam, etc. The apartment had a computer, internet, a tv and dvd player, washer/dryer, a voip phone with free calls to North america, a large dining rm, a well-equipped kitchen, a comfortable bed, and luxurious towels. Fantastic! Add to that a wonderful city with lots to see and do and you've got a great vacation. Don't miss this place... it is so worth it. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.
Woodstock Ontario Canada
Fantastic Budapest apt for Family
We stayed at apt andrei with our 10 year old daughter. It was set up great for a family, fully equipped in every aspect, all needs anticipated, minutes to cafes, grocery shopping, boutiques, transit, museums - there were no drawbacks. Driver was arranged with apt owner so no searching for a cab at the airport, property manager greeted us at the apt, explained the amenities, even stocked the kitchen with fresh pastries, a bottle of wine and noshes. The computer access provided is a brilliant amenity - never had this at any other rental. Dvds, music, books, and antique accents made the apt feel like a home. The best thought out and most useful item that came with this rental was the huge pdf file provided by John that was better than any travel book I'd read from the library, pre-arrival. Anything I needed to know was contained within -from grocs to wine to great hidden gems of places to eat, drink, and people watch. We spent much time on the balcony with morning coffee and evening wine, watching people come home from work, taking their dogs for a run in the churchyard across the way or their little ones for before dinner playtime. If you rent this apt - go and go often to the Cafe If on Raday utca. The owners refer to it as a favourite spot - it was ours the week we spent at apt andrei. We plan to return to Budapest, we will rent apt andrei again if we go and would tell family or friends to rent this or anything else the Faragos have on offer - they are superb hosts.
Mike & Denise
Grand Rapids MI
Great Vacation in Budapest
This apartment is clean and has everything you need including: free long distance to the United States, a computer, internet service, great coffee, laundry, compete kitchen and a collection of movies. The owner (John) is a frequent contributor on Trip advisor and is very helpful. You are surrounded by historic buildings and this place gives you so much room compared to a hotel. I would recommend this place to my friends.
John & Moira
Fantastic experience in Budapest.
We arrived in Budapest by Hydrofoil boat and were met at the dock by a driver arranged through the apartment rental owners. The driver was very nice and helped us into the apartment. The apartment had a great view of an old church from the balcony, and it was a short walk to very nice, affordable restaurants toward the center of town. The unit was much larger than we expected, with a spacious living room, full kitchen, dining area, and large bathroom area. It had been recently updated so everything was in great condition.
We found very good maps and other information about the city in the apartment that came in very handy. The owners had even written their own little guide to local eateries and attractions that came in very handy.
We really loved the location because we were out of the busy central area, but close enough that we could easily walk to all the major attractions.
We felt very fortunate to have rented such a nice apartment and would highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Budapest.
An elegant apartment in an elegant city!
My husband and I are in Budapest for 2 months and have rented Andrei for the entire period so we really have a feel for what a great apartment and location it is. We love being a couple of blocks from the Danube.
The apartment itself is very large with high ceilings and every home comfort you could ask for - heating, air conditioning, laundry, coffee maker, full kitchen, washer/dryer, satellite tv, dvd player with dvds, an excellent wifi connection and a computer if you don't have your own. The owner, John, has written easy-to-follow directions for absolutely everything. He has also written up many suggestions for local food and entertainment.
The neighbourhood is within the bounds of the inner city but differs from staying right in the center. In District IX, you feel you are more of a part of the real Budapest with locals, tourists and ex-pats around. It is easy to get by with English or German at the many restaurants close by but there are also grocery stores and shops where you can have the fun of trying to communicate with people who only know a few words of English. We very much enjoy being out walking with locals who are going to work or doing their shopping instead of just ending up in a crowd of tourists fresh off their boat or bus.
Raday utca is only metres away and is full of restaurants and bars to suit all prices ranges - from cheap to Hungary's first Michelin-starred restaurant, Costes. Our current favourite is a jazz café around the corner open from 8 am until late where you can go for anything from breakfast, coffee, lunch, dinner or live music.
You can comfortably walk to the north end of the inner city in only half an hour but the heart of the city can be reached in 15 minutes. There is also easy access to trams, buses and trains to take you anywhere you want to go in the inner or outer city, on either the Buda or Pest side of the river.
You simply couldn't have a better contact person than John to make your stay in Budapest perfect.
Don't stay anywhere else in Budapest (ANY of the six available)
I wrote a review, but so gushed on and on, the site would not accept the length! Now I have to cut.
I rented two apartments from the incredibly helpful and detail-oriented owner, John. Look at my review under "Olive” as I had to cut this one. From the beginning I could tell that this would be a deluxe top of the line apartment rental experience and I have never had such a feeling of excellence in all aspects of the process.
Andrei--it is not in the main part of town, which I really liked. Still very much in town, though. Right near the Danube, across the river is the Gellert Spa and the cool hill to climb. Andrei is close to the metro, short walk to the awesome Central Market (one bridge length away). It took us about 15 minutes to walk into the main part of Budapest, where Olive is. Lovely walk. Always different and always something new to see. Great little stores around to pick up last minute milk, wine cheese, ajvar!
Right out the windows of Andrei, sitting on the long balcony, you see the church, all lit up at night. So beautiful. We did not sleep in the bedroom as there are no windows there, we slept in the spacious living room with the lovely, comfy fold out couch. I had all the windows open. It was quiet at night. Andrei has a huge living room, dining room and TV area all in one. We never watched the TV or the movies, but the kids in Olive did and were very happy with the choices. I loved the bathroom I loved the shower--hot water, clean, light, roomy. John even has extra contact lens solution available in the vanity! Along with little packets of shampoo, shaving cream, I don't even know what else...lots of stuff you may have forgotten but need at the last moment.
I cannot imagine returning to Budapest and NOT staying in one of John's apartments. I would change my dates to accommodate the schedule if need be.
Apartment andrei provided us with a wonderful base from which to explore Budapest. John (owner) has really tried to think of every little detail and the apartment is extremely comfortable as a result - perhaps a little too comfortable as it entices one to stay in rather than exploring the delights of Budapest. On arrival the fridge was stocked with delightful pastries, cheese and salami to accompany a very nice bottle of wine. John provides detailed information about every aspect of the apartment, and even a local cell phone for your use (with a reasonable request that you reload it at the end of your stay. Restaurants, bakeries, stores are only steps away and the large market hall is only a short walk. If you need information about the city, John's website beats any guidebook. Staying at the apartment made our experience very different than if we had stayed in a hotel or B&B.; We probably wouldn't have returned to Pest as we have so many other places we still want to explore but the experience was so amazing, we now hope to go and spend a longer time there in the not too distant future. If you can get a booking, go!
Cape Town South Africa
Tastefully decorated, well equipped apartment, convenient
A friend and I stayed in apartment andrei in early June 2010 and absolutely loved staying there. The apartment block is old and filled with character on the outside, with statuary on the balcony but modern and tastefully furnished inside. Excellence lies in attention to detail, and this owner has certainly thought about the details: the apartment has internet, a flat screen tv, dvd (not that we had time to use it!!), washing machine, tumble dryer, Nespresso machine (with Nespresso supplied), dishwasher... There are two toilets (although only one shower, which is off the main bedroom.) There is one bedroom with a double bed and a sleeper couch in the lounge. Sleeper couches are not always the most comfortable but this one felt as comfortable as my own bed!!! The apartment overlooks a square with a picturesque church, and is just off Raday Street, which is a pedestrianised street filled with cafes and restaurants. Public transport is close by but we hardly used it as everything is in walking distance provided you are a good walker. I really can't fault this accommodation- or the owner, who is very helpful. In sum, we really enjoyed this accommodation- it felt like coming home when we eventually got in at night.
Patricia In LA
Los Angeles, California
Luxurious, breathtaking, old world charm mixed w/modern
Apartment Andrei is gorgeous and very large. The pictures very accurately represent the place and its beauty. I only stayed by myself, although, as advertised, the place could easily accommodate four people.
I was so lucky that there weren’t any rainy days during my visit, but if there had been, it would have been a pleasure to stay inside the apartment. It is cozy and there are DVDs, CDs, and books to read. The kitchen is very modern (newly remodeled), and has everything you could need. It is MUCH nicer than my own kitchen at home. Bathroom is newly renovated and very contemporary, except for the GORGEOUS large antique vanity/sink in the bathroom. John gave me very personal service, and he was responsive to any questions I had.
A Mac and free internet service was provided; a telephone landline; AND a cell phone to use around the city. This was invaluable! John typed up easy instructions for using everything in the apartment: TV, cable, washer & dryer, DVD player, CD player, the modern stove, etc., etc.
When I arrived around 8:00pm, I was hungry. I noted that they provided staples in the fridge (cheese, sausages, eggs, milk, butter, etc.); and also a plate of pastries, and a lovely bottle of wine. This was just wonderful since I was hungry when I arrived. I was also able to cook myself some breakfast in the morning. (A random side note: I have never in my life tasted tap water as delicious as that in Apartment Andrei! Basically, I only had to buy a bottle of water a couple times in the city, and I would just fill it up in the morning with tap water before I headed out.)
All the other good things listed in these reviews are true. I have nothing negative to say about this gorgeous, well-appointed apartment.
Richard and Sheri
Home away from home!
Arrived in Budapest exhausted and excited!We were greeted by the owner John Farago,a New York resident,that travels to Budapest often.John is genuinely concerned with his guests comfort and needs,and strives to have all the necessities at hand in the apartment.Fresh pastries,bread,milk,eggs,wine,cheese and salamis were awaiting us as we walked through the door!The apartment is spacious,with quality appliances and fixtures throughout.The bed was very comfortable;proven by the fact that we slept like a rock each of our six nights.We were amazed at how quiet things were in the neighborhood,given it's accessibility to the shopping and restaurants nearby.I could go on and on,but in all honesty,apartment andrei felt like home.If travelling to Budapest is in our future plans,I wouldn't even consider looking for any other accommodations!Budapest Vacation Rentals truly was a wonderful experience.
Mary Ann & Craig
Bellingham, WA. USA
Exquisite Budapest Apartment
Apartment Andrei is an exquisite traditional Hungarian apartment with full balcony overlooking a lovely tree lined street, exactly as photo represented. Completely renovated and very stylish, every traveler need is anticipated from shoe polish to bandaids, and a stocked refrigerator on arrival. The washer/dryer is helpful for a time worn traveler as coin laundry services don't exist in Budapest. BVR provides a comprehensive manual for the apartment and all it's amenities, along with tips on restaurants, currency, how to handle emergencies etc.;a library of guide and language books enhances your stay. Phone, full computer with printer, a well stocked movie library, MP3 docking station - what more can you ask for! The location is fantastic - one block from a myriad of chic restaurants, public transportation and a short walk to the Danube. This was our 3rd visit with Budapest Vacation Rentals, and the service is superb. English speaking staff are prompt in meeting you and always available to problem solve if necessary. The owner John Farago calls to ensure arrival and answer any questions you may have. You feel secure and safe - as though you were home. We really blended in with the neighborhood and can't wait to return. You won't want to leave.
"We would highly recommend apartment Andrei. Foremost is the service from
John and his team making travel to a very foreign location seamless, even
when we missed our train and were a few hours behind arrival time. Although
the apartment is away from the tourist center, tram/metro/bus transportation
was easy to use and convenient (make sure you get a pass since checked all
the time). The location was very quiet and the church across the street was
scenic and a reflection of the local daily life. The apartment is beautiful and
equipped with EVERYTHING you would need including tour books, games,
electronics, extra toiletries, modern appliances, and a relaxing balcony to
enjoy after a long day of sightseeing. Go to Budapest, enjoy this evolving city,
and stay at apartment Andrei or one of John's apartments. "
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Unforgettable apartment with everything you need!
I had the pleasure of staying at this property while spring was blooming in
Budapest! The location of the apartment was wonderful with a great view of
the church square from the balcony. The apartment was also very close to the
cafe district and other convenient shops. Getting around the city was also a
breeze, since the apartment is located within one block of a major tram stop.
The apartment included everything we needed! A very easy-to-use washer
and dryer, refrigerator, freezer, and even an espresso machine were at our
disposal in the apartment. The addition of American power outlets and a
complementary cell phone also were extremely helpful. I highly suggest
renting this apartment! It made our trip so much easier and more enjoyable!
Nicole & Walter
Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
Our plan was to stay at Andrei Apartment, an experience we were really looking forward to but, it was not to be. We must say that our experience in dealing with the owner of the apartment, John Farago, was extraordinary. John showed us hospitality and service the like of which we could not have imagined. For our next trip to Budapest, we will line up to stay at one of his apartments and plan our dates in accordance with their availability. We recommend most strongly that any visitor to Budapest opt in favour of John's apartments.
In addition, John provided us with information and tips that we could have only had from a local with intimate knowledge of his city and what to do and see there, far beyond what we could obtain from any other source we researched. John really took our interests and our objectives to heart. He inspired our confidence.
Nous avions planifié rester à l'Appartement Andrei et nous avions très hâte de vivre l'expérience. Malheureusement, nos plans ne sont pas déroulés comme prévus. Nous devons dire que notre interaction avec le propriétaire de l'appartement, John Farago, s'est révélée extraordinaire. John nous a manifesté une hospitalité hors du common et nous a offert un service très personnalisé. Sans l'ombre d'un doute nous nous assurerions de réserver un des appartements de John pour un prochain voyage à Budapest, et c'est sans hésitation que nous le recommanderions à tout visiteur à Budapest. On peut lui faire confiance.
De plus, John nous a fourni de l'information détaillée et des conseils sur quoi faire et quoi visiter, comme seule une personne avec une connaissance intime de la ville peut faire. Toute cette information dépassait, et de loin, toutes nos autres recherches en lien avec des locations d'appartements. John a vraiment pris à coeur nos intérêts et nos objectifs.
Santa Fe, NM
The apartment Andrei impresses the guest both with its location and with the amenities provided. Situated next to a beautiful church and with easy access to the tram and cafes, the apartment balances being centrally located but not loud at night.
The apartment came equipped with everything imaginable: espresso machine, movies, glasses repair kit, mobile phone and much more. John (the owner) was extremely helpful and provides his own phone number as well as those of his friends in case you need help, a personal touch that I have not seen elsewhere. Everything exceeded my expectations, I really cannot name anything that I didn't like. I whole-heartedly recommend this apartment.
Perth Western Australia
Supreme comfort in an elegant neighbourhood of Budapest
Hungary started badly for us, largely due to arriving 2 hours late courtesy of Austrian rail. But then things started to get and stayed much better.
Our taxi driver, booked via BVR, was waiting for us so we avoided Budapest's superb but at first confusing metro. 15 minutes later and we were at Bakats Ter to be handed over to Ilona who explained how operate the flat. The flat is the first floor (2nd for Americans) of a 19th century house in an elegant town square with an impressive church in the centre. Somewhat faded exterior but the flat itself is stunning. Magnificently renovated with everything you could think of and some you wouldn't. TV/DVD player/large collection of DVDs/computer with internet/washing machine/dishwasher you might expect but the free international phone, mini library and Nespresso machine were a definite bonus. Particularly appreciated after the long train trip were the free bottle of wine, pre stocked fridge (cheese, ham and salami and milk) and superb cakes.
Can't fault the place for comfort or location. It's one block from the Danube and a tram line runs into central Pest either side of the square or you could walk to the Metro in 5 minutes. The central markets are only a few minutes on the metro but supermarkets, bakers, butchers and greengrocers are all only 100 m or so away.
There is a plethora of information in the flat on how the various appliances work and also things to do and see in Buda and Pest - all very helpful.
We stayed in a few apartments in Europe but Bakats Ter was by far the most modern, comfortable and well fitted out. It's particularly suited for a family as 4 can stay in spacious comfort. Why anyone would stay in a hotel when you can get this sort of comfort for a fraction of the price is a mystery. Can not recommend it too highly. We will be back.
First Class Apartment, Strongly Recommended
We stayed at Apartment Andrei for a four-day weekend. Unfortunately, our
car broke down and one of us ended up getting admitted to the hospital.
We had bad luck. But this apartment was a refuge for us during all the
Location is great. Everything you need is within a block or two. The nearest
metro is really just a few blocks away -- it can be hard to tell just how far
away it is from the map, but it is close. The area is alive and active and
busy, but not touristy.
The apartment itself is nice. High ceilings, full kitchen, washer and dryer,
balcony overlooking the square.
For those who would care about this -- we did not -- the area with a
shower and sink (near the bedroom) does not have a toilet. For that, you'll
have to go to the room by the entryway with the washer/dryer. Certainly a
quirk, but don't let this stop you from staying in what is a first class
What makes this apartment really stand out is the attention to detail by the
owners. Everything has instructions. And there are so many things that are
uncommon in both hotels and other apartment rentals -- laundry soap,
free coffee and a fancy coffee maker, toiletries, local prepaid cell phone,
computer with internet, DVDs, books, fresh milk and butter, and the list
goes on. All included.
We'll stay here again if in Budapest, or at another property from this owner.
Travelers from Arizona
AAAHHHHHHHHHH, Apartment Andrei....
Luxurious, spacious, comfortable, wonderfully appointed, every detail covered for a guest.
Apartment Andrei is everything a traveler would like in a home away from home, great location, close to museums, the Danube, the Central Market, Metro and Tram stops, on a quiet tree lined street overlooking a church. Travelers don't need to bring maps or travel guides, all is provided as well as a land line phone, cell phone and computer. The security in the building makes one feel safe, all the other occupants are friendly and helpful. An elevator in the building makes carrying heavy suitcases up the stairs simple.
We took advantage of Alajos for taxi service and highly recommend his service.
Ilona is attentive to the renter's needs as is the host via e-mail. We enjoyed our stay, the apartment is large enough to entertain relatives, is complete with a fully furnished kitchen and a washer and dryer. Very comfortable. We recommend this apartment without any reservations.
well appointed Budapest apartment
Apartment Andrei is a comfortable, extremely well equipped apartment within walking distance of public transportation and historic sights and neighborhoods. The apartment is very roomy, tastefully furnished and offers many of the comforts of home including free internet telephone, internet acccess, washer, dryer, esspresso machine and a lovely balcony overlooking a churchyard. The owners have gone out of their way to provide detailed information about Budapest which was invaluable in becoming accustommed to and navigating the city. Having such a welcoming accomodation definitely made our stay more enjoyable.
Tega Cay, South Carolina
Apartment Andrei is the place to stay in Budapest!
We absolutely loved Apartment Andrei and the Bakats Ter area. The gorgeous balcony has a view of the church on the square and as we were there is September, the weather was beautiful. The apartment itself is decorated in gorgeous modern decor which juxtaposes nicely with the old building and city. The shower is at least twice the size of most European showers and a welcome comfort after our stays in Vienna and Munich (private room hostels).
The apartment is convenient to multiple trams, the metro and buses. Budapest has a great public transit system, although buses can be difficult to figure out because there are so many. The number 2 tram, although usable, stops in the middle and you have to get off and walk to the next stop. Normally, you can ride it along the Danube and it's scenic. Most of the Pest side of the city is walkable from Andrei (and we are not super fit).
The absolute best part of the apartment is the service. John corresponded with me many times prior to our visit. He also helped while we were there. We arranged a cab through his cab guy, Alajos, and he sent a friend, who at 4am was very friendly and spoke English well.
I wouldn't hesitate to stay at Apartment Andrei again and really have no complaints. Oh yes, next to the service, the absolute best thing is the Nespresso Machine and Milk Frother! We also had some great pastries waiting for us and other basics in the fridge.
It really feels like you are living in Budapest!
Thanks to John and everyone at Budapest Vacation Rentals!
Jenny and Gregory
J & D
US, Canada and Romania
Made our vacation a vacation, truly to the last detail.
Ironically we usually find ourselves returning from vacation feeling like we
need to re-wash all of our clothes and exhausted as navigating around a
new city, while a fun adventure to be sure, can be quite tiring especially
when you always feel a little uncomfortable.
This vacation was different at Apt. Andrei. We felt well taken care of, down
to the last detail. Perfect coffees with the fancy coffee maker, dvds on hand,
well stocked bathrooms, very clean, comfortable bed, large living area, a
beautiful view and area that made us feel like we were not only tourists for
The apartment is a few minutes walk to the main areas which was fine for
us as it was quite quiet, especially on the weekend. The internet
unfortunately did not work during our stay which was disappointing;
however, John went to every effort to help us make it work and it was the
fault of the service provider we found out in the end.
The home was well laid out and tastefully decorated, the high ceilings were
beautiful. It was a nice bonus to be able to wash and dry our clothes.
We would definitely recommend Apartment Andrei as a uniquely affordable
and truly comfortable accommodation for those wanting to see the fabulous
city of Budapest.
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Home away from home
We loved our stay at Andrei, it had everything one could ask for and more.
we enjoyed the little extras like food in the frig and delicious sweet rolls the night we arrived. The nespresso machine was great so nice to have fresh coffee sitting on the lovely balcony. We would certainly recommend this apt. in fact we would love to go back again ourselves. We have never met such a great person to rent from as the owner of Andrei.
Fabulous efforts by landlord John Farago to make us feel that it
Whilst the location was a little out of the main city it was certainly a quite neighbourhood and really only a 10 minute walk up town. The attention to detail by the owner even providing us with sufficient coffee for the Nespresso machine and a few bottles of local wine. We also had three couples who shared the same owner's other apartments and we each visited their apartments for either dinner or brunch. They were also suitably impressed with the facilities provided which included latest CD's and DVD's
john thinks of every thing, wifi, cell phone and free land line
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
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
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
Apt Andrei exceeded our expectations. Right from our arrival the service we received from BVR was stellar. Our arrival was smooth and easy with our scheduled pick up from the airport. Upon arrival at Apt Andrei we were welcomed by Ilona who gave us an apt tour, review of the services available to us and even brought freshly baked pastries! Once unpacked my husband and I truly felt like we were at home, which is a great feeling as we had previously lived in Budapest and made our holiday feel extremely comfortable. Kudos to John for the small details. For example, the library of DVDs for a rainy day, the books on the night stand for bedtime red, the umbrella on the coat rack - these details were noticed and certainly appreciated. In addition to the service was the amazingly decor of the apartment. Modern yet mixed with antiques the apartment was well-balanced for an urban couple who enjoy to travel in style. Lastly, the location of Apt Andrei is fantastic! Literally steps away from Raday utca (fabulous pedestrian street loaded with fantastic restaurants) and a short walk from Kalvin Ter and the wonderful Central Market, Apt Andrei offers great opportunities for fun and exploring within steps of its door. Given our experience we highly recommend Apt Andrei and will certainly see about booking with BVR in the future.
Apartment Andrei far exceeded my expectations
My stay at Apartment Andrei could not have been more pleasurable! The recently renovated apartment is very spacious. John and his team have thought of everything. There are guide books in the apartment, a docking station for your IPOD and internet with a VoIP line. Being able to the call the United States and check in with family was an added bonus. In addition, a cell phone is provided to use while in Budapest.
As a single traveler, the apartment had more than enough space. It is spacious enough for a couple or family to stay there. The sofa in the living room can be converted to a bed. There is a long narrow balcony that overlooks the church. It is very relaxing to sit on the balcony at night with a glass of wine.
I was also very pleased with the location of the apartment. It is steps away from Raday utca where I enjoyed many of the cafes and restaurants. After a day of sightseeing, it was nice to stop for a drink on my way back to the apartment.
It is about a 10 minute walk to the Kalvin Ter metro stop and about a 20 minute walk to Deak Ter. The Central Market is very close.
My experience with John Farago and his team was nothing but positive. Making the reservation was simple. He arranged for airport pickup and he answered my many questions on email before the trip. John even mailed a Budapest book to my home in Atlanta. Before my stay, my expectations for Apartment Andrei were very high and the apartment exceeded them. When I return to Budapest, I will most definitely stay at Apartment Andrei again.