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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

My brother and I spent two months in Europe and stayed in tens of hostels. Carpe was by far our favorite place. Even though it is a party hostel, the place is kept immaculate at all hours. Very friendly atmosphere that makes it easy to meet many people. The staff couldn't be more helpful and easygoing, they're also always down...

1Thank Wesley S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Out of all the hostels my friend and I have stayed at, this one was one of the most welcoming. It truly felt like we were part of this little hostels family for a couple of days. The hostel is structured in such a way that the common room and kitchen feel exactly like an apartment. It made settling in...

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Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

This hostel is by far the best I've stayed at so far. Staff absolutely make this stay the best as they provide service that goes above and beyond expectations in the way of looking after you and making a conscious effort to feel like you are one of the family. With fun events suggested every night there is never a...

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Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 5 July 2016

It's easy to feel at home at carpe noctem. the staff work hard to make sure everyone has a good time, it's really chill, and definitely one of the cleanest hostels I've stayed at. budapest party hostels are a lot of fun- they have something wild happening every night and carpe noctem is the best way to join in the...

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Chorleywood, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Had such a fun time here, staff really friendly and happy to help with anything. Location great and they have different events on every night which made it even more fun...no hidden extra costs and free locker, towel hire etc. made it great value for money!

Thank Laura C
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 9 June 2016

My stay at Carpe Noctem was nothing short of amazing! I was welcomed into the family the minute I walked through the doors to meet Crash, Belch, Scotty and the rest of the staff. The rooms were spacious and clean and the staff gave plenty of tips of things to do and places to eat and drink. There was a...

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Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

I had a lovely time at Carpe noctem! The place is very clean and comfortable. The staff are very informative and helpful in planning out your visit, giving lots of good suggestions for what to do in the day and they will get you hyped about the amazing city. The hostel offers a lot of activities for travelers to partake...

Thank Catherine D
Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 29 May 2016

I had an amazing experience at this hostel. The amenities, atmosphere, price and location made Carpe Noctem one of if not THE best hostel I've ever stayed in. However, the attribute that stands out is the staff. Belch and the rest of the staff were extremely knowledgeable and went out of their way to make sure every guest had what...

Thank Jay K
Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

I stayed here for 5 days recently and was a bit nervous cause I was traveling alone but that shook off the moment I walked through the door! As soon as you enter this place, you realize it's not a hostel but a home with friends. Every single one of the staff members - Belch, Crash, Shitzu and Trenchy are...

Thank malharz
Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

The hostel is great.staff is friendly and nice.For sure you won't get bored,theres smth going on always,pub crawls ,boat parties,family di NM Mer.. Really enjoyed the stay in carpe noctem.highly recommend this place!

Thank Adriana K

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
If you are a group of more than 4, please stop reading here and choose a different hostel; we are mostly for single or solo travelers - we recommend our sister hostels Grandio Party Hostel, Retox Party Hostel or Carpe Noctem Vitae! We don't accept groups of any kind (see conditions below). If you are a sociable or solo traveler and want to meet other people in a welcoming, friendly, and voted the most fun hostel in the world (2009) environment, please read on: Atmosphere: Do you want to...- Be a SINGLE TRAVELER or SOCIABLE BACKPACKER meeting other similarly like minded people in a friendly, lively and social atmosphere?- Go out EVERY NIGHT on PUB CRAWLS, karaoke nights, cheap drink nights, live music nights?- Be taken out by staff to cool UNDERGROUND PLACES unseen on the common traveler's route?- Be given a WARM WELCOME and a detailed introduction of the city with all the hot spots for PUBS, BARS, RESTAURANTS, CLUBS and SIGHT SEEING?- Be INTRODUCED TO OTHER GUESTS so you can instantly make friends for your travels...if not life?- Feel like you are STAYING AT A MATE'S HOUSE, chilling on bean bags and drinking free tea and coffee until beer o'clock?- Feel like you are staying in a SOCIAL place not just a bed in a room?- SAVE MONEY by taking staff recommendations for cheap places, and using the specially negotiated food and drink deals for you?- Be given all the HELP, ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE for your entire stay in Budapest and beyond if needs be?- Stay in a place that doesn't believe in hidden charges and wants to give you as much for FREE as possible?- Have LIVE-IN native English/Australian English speaking staff who have all moved to Budapest because they came and fell in love with it and are passionate to show you why? Carpe Noctem ('seize the night', for those who rightly gave up Latin just after it died) is the perfect hangout and base for single travelers and young, sociable people who want to be part of an interactive and lively hostel experience as well as maximising the city in the day time and seizing the night when the sight seeing has ended. Facilities: We are Aussies and Brits who having traveled widely and decided we wanted certain things...* Free tea and coffee, not just when you arrive, all the time (and none of this European yellow label stuff, we get PG Tips imported from UK)* Free padlock hire* Free use of lockers* Free use of electronic staff safe* Free towel hire* Free bed linen (who charges for that anyway???)* Free internet use and free wifi* Orthopaedic mattresses* Air conditioning* Electronic entry system... (no more charges for lost keys!)* Free use of skype headsets* Smoking area* Laundry service available* 24 hour check in* Very relaxed check out times (you can check out any time you like but you can never leave!)* Free use of guidebooks and book exchange available* Free use of kitchen for you to cook...or for us to cook for you!* No curfew (it's called Carpe Noctem..... so seize the night!). Location: Walking distance from: House of Terror, Oktogon, Szechenyi Thermal Baths, City Park, Andrassy Avenue, St Istvan's Basilica, Freedom Square, The Danube & Parliament - all within 10-15 minutes. For lazy travelers....public transport is in our immediate location: the blue metro (for direct metros from nepliget coach station), and yellow metro are only a few streets away; the trolley bus and tram are 1 street away and the night bus route is at the bottom of the road. We even have a direct train from the airport 2 streets away! We are just off the main road which has pubs, cafes, bars, restaurants, 24 hour shops and clubs on it so there is no need to stray far for whatever you need, yet we are located on a quiet cobbled side street so you don't have to listen to the noise from traffic. Building: We are located in a 19th-century heritage listed building. We have a very cosy and intimate set up which means it is impossible not to meet people and make instant friends. Our apartment on the top floor is newly renovated and we have added our personal touches; hand made bean bags which means you can chill wherever you want around the house, a large corner sofa to watch films on, tables to eat on or play drinking games, depending on your mood, murals of the sights of the city across most walls so you can decide what to see that day (if our 30 minute run through of everything hasn't been enough info for you!). We have a fully equipped kitchen for you to use, apart from the times when we are cooking up roast dinners, gypsy gulyas (goulash), breakfast of champions, or whatever else we think the hostel needs to prepare it for a good night out or to deal with a hangover! We are located on the top floor, and due to the status of the building we have no lift...so if you are lazy, you may be better off going to a ground floor hostel! Conditions: We are ideally suited to single travelers, or groups of two or three who wish to meet people so if you just want an isolated stay with just a bed in a room, groups who don't wish to mingle or couples who want alone time only, we are probably not for you. Regrettably and due to previous experience we can no longer accept groups of any kind (more than 4 people), nor can we take bookings for guests over the age of 40. Nor can we accept bookings for people taller than Craig. We reserve the right the refuse any bookings that fall outside this criteria. On a final note, we are from England and Australia and often miss certain things from home....if you want to bring us something from home to put a smile on our faces or potentially knock a euro or two off your stay, please email us!!!!! Carpe Noctem awards: 2010- Best hostel in Hungary, 2009- Best hostel in Hungary, 2009- Most fun hostel in the world, 2009- 5th Best hostel in the world, 2009- Best hostel in Eastern Europe. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Carpe Noctem Hostel

Address: Szobi utca 5/3/8A, Budapest 1067, Hungary
Region: Hungary > Central Hungary > Budapest
Price Range: €16 - €59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
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