Fodor's Expert Review Casati Budapest

District VI, Paulay Ede utca 31, Budapest, 1061, Hungary See on Map

A funky and artistic little hotel with great staff and a cool bar, Casati has been getting some rave write-ups. It's well-priced and well-located, and we like the extra design-y touches too, like the red, orange and yellow lanterns hanging in the entrance.

room

Rooms come in four different styles, but all have their own personality. We like the "cool" style, with the parquet floor, grey tones, and huge pug dog painted on the wall. But it's not just about design chops, although all of the rooms have it; they are comfortable too, with amenities like Nespresso machines and air-conditioning.

Study the website to find out more about which style of room might suit: for example, the "heaven" rooms are quieter, facing into the courtyard, while the "classic" rooms have slightly less in-yer-face decor.

bathroom

Bathrooms are a reasonable size, with white brick-style tiles and some more cool touches, like the mirror encased in a satchel. The toilet paper is recycled in line with the hotel's green credentials - it also uses eco detergents.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Many guests have cited the semi-opaque bathroom wall as a bit of sticking point, because of the lack of privacy. There are rooms with non-transparent walls if you ask on booking.

lobby

The hotel lobby is more of a desk in a cool little room, with modern art and more funky ceiling lanterns. Staff are extremely helpful.

gym

The hotel's gym, massage room and sauna are located in the stone-walled cellar of this 200-year-old building. That means they aren't big in terms of space, but for atmosphere it's a different story.

dining

The hotel's wide-ranging buffet breakfast comes with sparkling wine and is served in its chilled out breakfast room/courtyard (in summer). The room even includes a well, which is an unusual addition. The old stone walls and bright, modern furniture give the space a cheery vibe.

drinking

Tuk Tuk Bar, attached to the hotel, is a great, old-school Asian-themed bar, vibing on 1920s Shanghai. And yes, an actual tuk tuk does feature. The lounge room in the hotel is also a chilled out, darkly-lit spot to relax in.

Try the delicious Tuk Tuk Martini.

LOCATION

Getting Around

The hotel is nicely located on a quiet street, but close to all of Pest's main sights. It's less than 30 minutes walk up to Castle Hill across the river, too, or close to metro and bus stops if you prefer.

Restaurants

For great meat, as you might expect from its name, try Meatology (5-minute walk). Or Menza (6-minute walk) is a reliable Hungarian bistro.

Bars

Don't miss Szimpla Kert (8-minute walk), Budapest's first (and arguably best) ruin bar, stuffed full of reclaimed junk and fairy lights in an old courtyard. Or Kadarka Wine Bar (3-minute walk) is a lovely spot for a glass of wine as you discuss the day's experiences.

WHY WE LIKE IT

A cool little boutique hotel with memorable decor and a great bar - as well as a small well in its breakfast room (a new one on us), Casati is well-located but quiet, and adults-only for people looking for a romantic, child-free break.

QUICK FACTS

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 1-343–1198

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