Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Rum Budapest

District V, Királyi Pál u 4, Budapest, 1053, Hungary See on Map

This budget hotel for the young and trendies is brilliantly situated, brilliantly priced, and brilliantly designed. In fact, it's the hotel some of the other hoteliers suggested to us as a good new addition for our list, which is a pretty good sign. And there's a rooftop bar...


If you like puns (spoiler: we do), the cute room names --spiced rum, black rum, gold rum, and light rum--will put a smile on your face, as will the comfortable, stylish decor in the differently sized options, all created by local designers when the old apartment building was first converted and best described as "warm industrial". Colours are rich and soothing, sheets are high-quality cotton, and there are mod-cons from air-conditioning to speakers.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The 'Light Rum' rooms are tiny, but the hotel admits this, charging less and recommending them for single travellers.


The bathrooms are also attractively designed, and feature rain showers and RUM bath products. In common with other trendy properties in Budapest and beyond, though, the funky-looking glass sliding bathroom doors could do a more effective job at protecting guests' privacy.


The reception area and staff manning it are as cool and modern as the rest of the hotel.


TOPRUM Sky & Bar, on the hotel's rooftop, doubles as Rum's restaurant and bar, and no wonder. It's a great little spot overlooking the rooftops. Guests have breakfast here, which makes for a good start to the day (the food's pretty decent too), and then the bar opens from midday. The food is tapas-style.

Don't miss the scene-y brunch on the rooftop if you are staying over the weekend.


Gazing out at Budapest's twinkly lights and ancient rooftops--without having to leave your hotel--is a winner for us. The rooftop bar also has fantastic cocktails.


Getting Around

In a cool location in the Palace District, just out of the absolute tourist melee, but walking distance from most sights. The airport bus stops nearby and there's a metro stop just up the street, too.


A lovely French/Hungarian bistro is just down the street - Borssó (1-minute walk) comes highly recommended for the food and wine. Or try Mazel Tov (20-minute walk), a more refined version of Budapest's famous ruin pubs, with delicious Middle Eastern mezze.


Hip all day bar and gallery Kiosk Budapest (9-minute walk), with lovely high ceilings and top cocktails, is a good bet. Huge, eclectic 'magic forest' ruin pub Instant (20-minute walk) is not for the fainthearted, but remains a totally unique spot to dance the night away surrounded by some crazy sights and artwork.


We were almost sold at 'on-site sky bar' to be honest, but then what really swung it for us was the well thought-through decor, the cool atmosphere, the good breakfast and the helpful staff--all for very wallet-friendly prices. A great choice for young couples or friends looking for some style on their city break.



Phones: 333-20–90

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