|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.
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).
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
3 night minimum stay
WINTER HOLIDAYS 2014
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 10 2015
5 night minimum stay
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.