My husband and I, both in our seventies and independent travelers who have traversed the world, decided upon something different this time - we booked homestays for our visits to Berlin, Prague, Budapest and Vienna. I can honestly say that our stay in Judit's Budadream set the gold standard.
Let me begin by saying that Judit has a very welcoming personality and she goes out of her way to make her guests comfortable and welcome. From arranging a taxi pick up for us at the train station to giving my daughter and grand daughter a tour of the neighborhood (while they were awaiting our arrival), Judit presented herself as a fantastic ambassador of Budapest.
As the owner and manager of the apartment, Judit told me she wanted to offer the kind of beautiful space that she enjoys staying in while she is away on travel. That means, the apartment comes stocked with the basics - high quality toiletry items, piles of fluffy towels, high end bedding and food! Yes, food! She stocked the fridge with eggs, milk, fruit, pastries and other goodies. Enough to tide us over until we went food shopping. Little extras in the apartment were umbrellas (three), in case you forgot yours, and maps and books on Budapest with plenty of light to read them by. The "dream" is equipped with free wifi, air conditioning, dish washer, washing machine, telephone, high end applicances and flat screen tvs. I could have stayed there for weeks on end!
Now to location - it too is perfect, on the more quiet Buda side, down the winding street from the castle, very close to public transportation (extremely user friendly), open markets, modern shopping mall and restaurants to suit every taste (try Baltazar by the Castle and the Spinoza Cafe in the Jewish Quarter).
Depending on your energy level, Budapest can be both a walker's city or one to get around easily by public transportation. Check out Parliament and St. Stephen's, walk over Chain Bridge and take the funicular up to the Castle go to City Park and the Szecheny Baths (family friendly), check out a museum or musical, see the Great Synagogue and Heroes Square and if you really want to do something different, take a bus to the outskirts of the city where up in the hills is Memento Park - a circular, sculptural display of Soviet memorial statues with an interesting indoor museum across the street.
I loved Budapest and so will you! But it is Judit's place and overall enthusiasm that made it such a special stay.