|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
20%-50% DISCOUNT ON OUR FEW REMAINING AVAILABLE SUMMER DATES
[please inquire about availability; because of the unique multiple configuration of our flats, we cannot make the calendar here work accurately]
If you are like us, your ideal place to stay when you travel:
• Is at the center of a city's life, yet tranquil and calming.
• Evokes the flavor and history of the city .
• Is within easy walking access of the major sights and all public transit.
• Has all the comforts of your own home, plus some amenities you wish you could take back with you.
That's Apartment Max at Károlyi Kert.
Nestled in the very center of Pest (the 5th District or Belvaros), there lies a gated vest pocket park with meticulous landscaping and cascading fountains and playgrounds.
Originally the private garden of Count Antal Károlyi, this park sits behind the 18th Century mansion that is now the city's Petöfi Literature Museum. One block from the National Museum and two blocks from the two major Metro lines (the Red line at Astoria and the Blue Line at Kalvin ter), the park is also just two blocks from the Great Synagogue (the largest synagogue in the world), three blocks from the Danube, 2 blocks from the historic pedestrian street Vaci utca, and conveniently midway between our two favorite Budapest cafes...the Cafe Central and the Alibi (and three blocks from our favorite pastry shop, the Jeg Bufé).
Only 21 apartments have balconies overlooking Károlyi Kert and Apartment Max is one of that select group. Because the traffic bars driving around the park, cars are discouraged from the area and many Budapest natives have never even stumbled across this gem that is within walking distance of all of central Pest!
As a result, guests at Apartment Max wake up to the birds' singing and toast the setting sun over the Buda hills with a glass of wine from the apartment's balcony.
The apartment itself is no less extraordinary than its location. Approximately 80 square metres, it has 4.5 metre (15') ceilings in a building that is more than a century old. Restored to the kind of cozy luxury that we imagine the apartment afforded in the 19th Century, with period antiques and modern conveniences (including satellite TV and large LCD display).
This is a lavish 1 bedroom apartment, with the option of using the living room as a separate second bedroom. The living room has a daybed and a separate queen-size convertible bed, with a very comfortable mattress (it is a pop-up, not a folding mattress). The living room and master bedroom each have separate entries from the foyer, permitting privacy for those sleeping in each room. Each has convenient access to the bath/wc and kitchen through the foyer.
The master bedroom has a king-size bed and balcony overlooking the park. .
The bathroom is entirely new, with twin sinks, a custom shower and toilet.
The kitchen is also fully renovated and provides a dishwasher, washer, dryer, and all cooking appliances (including convection oven). There is a small Espresso counter in the kitchen with a Nespresso coffee system, as well as a water kettle and selection of teas, and two seats where you can sit and look out on the courtyard.
The study area in the foyer has a computer for email and Web access, as well as high speed Wi-Fi throughout the apartment. A VOIP phone provides unlimited free calling to landlines throughout most of the world and all phones in the USA and Canada, as well as a mobile phone for guests' use with a local Hungarian SIM card.
We have tried to equip the apartment with everything we would want in a new and unknown locale...from rain ponchos and umbrellas to guidebooks, maps and compilations of tips about the city...even toys, games, and dvds for rainy or lazy days at home.
We are not the typical apartment rental business. We are a pair of midlife American academics who love to travel. John's father was born in Hungary and left in the mid-1930s. John grew up hearing tales of Budapest, but we first visited it in 2001, decades after John's father' had died. We fell in love with the city and its vibrant yet relaxed lifestyle and culture, and we purchased and renovated this place just two years ago for family use as well as rental. It is furnished and equipped to provide everything we would want to find in an apartment when we travel ourselves, and more. We want you to be as enthusiastic about this city as we are, and will be available to answer any questions or to assist in any way we can.
John's father grew up in Budapest, and John grew up hearing about it, filtered through the oddly appealing love/hate lens of nazism and communism and Central European nostalgia. His father left in the mid-30s, and never went back until a 1975 week-long visit. But Hungary lived within him throughout his colorful career as a journalist, popular historian (author of the books that the films Patton and Tora, Tora, Tora were based on), propagandist and operative for Radio Free Europe. He died in 1980.
The Owner purchased this apartment in 2007
eanne and I visited in 2001 with my father's younger brother, spent a weekend and fell in love with it. We purchased and renovated these apartments for our own use (Belle and Sarah are our daughters, Max is our son, Olive and Andrei are our grandchildren) and only rent them when we are not using them ourselves for friends and family (we have another apartment where we stay ourselves, not very far away).
We are passionate about Budapest and want to share that enthusiasm with our guests. We would be happy to assist in any way we can to help you have a wonderful trip whether you stay with us or elsewhere. Unless you speak Hungarian, booking tickets to concerts or events can be daunting, and are best handled in advance because so much sells out so swiftly...we are happy to take care of this kind of thing, advise about the city, or book a reservation in a restaurant for the day you arrive (though you may be weary by then).
Great time with friends in Budapest
We were two couples who rented both Sarah and Belle for 6 nights in July and
had a wonderful time. The apartments are very well located in the centre of
Budapest, near to good restaurants and cafes and a short distance (about 300
metres) to the main metro stop through which all three lines pass. The loft
bedrooms were a little tight for the tall men in our group, but the apartments
are very comfortable especially when we opened the connecting doors. We
held a dinner party for eight people after shopping at the Great Market as our
friends had rented Apartment Max and Apartment Andrei. We all agreed that
the apartments are very well equipped and that John and Jeannie go out of
their way to make everyone welcome, both in the apartments and in
Budapest. Our highlights of Budapest included the Hop On Hop Off Bus from
Elizabeth Square, which gave us a good sense of the city, tour of Parliament
House, relaxing in the Szechenyi Baths, roast goose at the Cafe Bouchon and
casual dining outdoors at Cafe Gerloczy.
Apt. Max is a true find for a Budapest vacation. Located on a very quiet street you wake up to the sound of children playing in the lovely park across the street. Upon arrival the apt. is stocked with wine, pastries, milk, butter, etc. so need to go to the store. Wonderful instructions for shopping and eating. Lots of guide books, computer set up for your use. Owner, John, is available by phone and is a wonderful host. This was the best experience we have ever had with VRBO.
this was the MOST outstanding , gorgeous apartment we have ever rented abroad! It's photos don't do it justice! John was the most helpful, gracious host imagined!! He provided information to all possible questions, restaurant recs., places to see way in advance of our trip: he even phoned to make sure all was great and answered any questions we had. The apartment is huge, and equipped with anything you imagine: Nespresso machine, washer/dryer, even a free phone for overseas calls and a computer! He graciously had his manager Ilona, another lovely person, stock it with some food for our arrival and a lovely bottle of wine!! can't recommend this place nor John enough!! Wish we were going yearly , just to stay here again. Perfect for walking everywhere! thanks so much John!
We spent a lovely week in Budapest. One of the aspects that made it so enjoyable was staying at Apartment Max. The apartment provided an old European ambiance. No detail was overlooked, from helping with the ride from the airport, to providing food for the first day, to guidebooks, novels, and DVDs about Budapest and Hungary. The apartment was ideally located across from a park that entertained us from the apartment balcony and it was close to the University Square with its lovely restaurants. Our experience of Budapest was enriched by staying at Max.
We stayed in the Apartment Max for only a week, but it was such a glorious experience that I hope we have the opportunity to go back again and again. The apartment is full of old world charm, tastefully combined with new world convenience. It's furnished with elegant antiques, even including the original ornate ceramic furnaces. But the heating itself was controlled easily with a modern thermostat. The high tech shower was very powerful and the expresso machine made wonderful coffee. The bed and the down bedding were wonderfully comfortable. And everything was perfectly clean.
The apartment is very spacious and while only two of us stayed there, it could also accommodate two more on a sofa bed. Part of the spaciousness is due to the fantastically high ceilings, another part to the lovely balcony overlooking a beautiful park.
From the moment we arrived and were picked up at the airport by the owner's driver, all arrangements were designed for easy transitions. The manager met us at the apartment and explained the various appliances--dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, computer and telephones. It was very convenient to have access to a desktop computer with WiFi, a U.S. telephone line and a Hungarian cell phone. It was also very convenient to find the kitchen stocked with basic groceries including delicious meats and scrumptious pastries.
The apartment is also stocked with a vast array of guidebooks, art books and DVDs. The walls are full of tasteful and interesting art. If Budapest were not such an alluring city and if the Apartment Max were not in such a great location, we could have easily enjoyed spending much more time in the wonderful apartment.
The apartment is located on a charming, quiet square, yet only minutes away from a dizzying range of cafes and restaurants. It's only a couple of blocks from downtown Pest, the Jewish Quarter, and a variety of beautiful museums and libraries. It's only a 10 minute walk to the Central Market, and also a 10 minute walk to the subway station.
We could have learned so much about Budapest from the well-organized binders in the apartment and from the library of guidebooks, but instead we were lucky enough to be in Budapest during some of the same days when John Farago (the owner) himself was there. John must be one of the most knowledgeable people in the world about the city he loves--Budapest. John generously shared his time with us, and showed us his favorite parts.
This utterly delightful apartment on one of the nicest streets in Budapest provided us the perfect perch for exploring the city, and its charm and extraordinary comfort had us looking forward to our return each evening. The apartment includes every amenity one could imagine (and several I hadn't know existed). The apartment is tastefully decorated with truly exceptional antiques, but it provides the sense of living in modern, vibrant Budapest. The apartment overlooks a lovely small park, Karolyi Kert, and we enjoyed evening drinks on the balcony overlooking the park and its gardens, playing children, strolling lovers and wandering couples. John, the owner, has attended to every detail. The furniture is not only beautiful, but also very comfortable; it was the most comfortable bed we encountered in Europe. The bathroom (with a powerful shower) and kitchen have been recently renovated, and the apartment has a wide range of electronic gear, including both local and US-based telephones, a local Hungarian cell phone, a computer, a fast wifi connection, a large television and a collection of Hungary-related DVDs. John is the perfect host; if you wish for something, it will appear.
There could not be a better location in Budapest. The apartment is a few minutes walk from several museums in the University district, the Great Synagogue and the Jewish quarter, the Central Market, and the major shopping venues. It is also particularly well located for public transportation, with two subway lines within a few blocks and far more streetcar lines nearby. Many excellent bookstores, and many of the best cafes and restaurants, are around the corner in one direction or the other.
I cannot imagine a better place from which to see Budapest, and to either engage with city life or retreat from it in this quiet corner in such an active part of this captivating city. There simply cannot be another apartment that is better value.
Apartment Max is in a terrific location in Budapest. The apartment is beautifully furnished and we felt like we were home during our stay. The owner John went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed, including providing us with a cell phone and arranging for transportation to and from the airport and train station. When in Budapest, this is the perfect place to stay.
Adjacent to Budapest's Loveliest Private Garden and Playground; a 10 minute bus ride or 20 minute walk to the Rudas Baths, the last remaining operating mineral bath built by the Turks during their occupation of Budapest. One block from the National Museum. 5 minute walk to the Central Market. Adjacent to the two major Metro lines (2 blocks from each).
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|addl wkly clean/guest 3+||€20|
|add'l cost per guest, 3+||€20|
|wkly cleaning fee for 2||€40|
SUPER WINTER DISCOUNTS FOR STAYS OF 8 NIGHTS OR MORE
on arrival unless other arrangements have been made
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.