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Apt. Max-Mitteleuropean Luxury - PRE/POST CRUISE SPECIALS

Bedrooms 1
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + 2 sofa beds, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-5)

[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.

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John Farago
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About John Farago

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.

John Farago purchased this apartment in 2007

Why John Farago chose Inner City

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).

What makes this apartment unique

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).

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Jul 2009
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Inner City Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Custom shower, twin sinks
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Nespresso Coffee System with Coffee, iPod Charger/Speakers/Dock,Guidebook Library, Toys & Games


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average rating of 5.0 based on 85 reviews

Excellent Budapest Apt. Rental - Apt. Max

  • 5 of 5

Centrally located and a great value. A fully modern apartment (washer, dryer, high speed Internet, phone, dishwasher, great shower) in an Old World setting. An elevator to help those with disabilities or those with sore feet after a day of exploring the culinary and other delights of Budapest. It's a few short blocks from public transportation and world renowned museums, yet in a quiet and serene neighborhood with lots of small cafes for quick or slow meals.The balcony is perfect for a meal, coffee or lingering romantically over a glass of wine. It overlooks a gated small park with a children's playground, all tended by privately paid groundskeepers. The park even has a pet rabbit. The owners provide a vast trove of information about Budapest, both before and during the rental period. We will come back to Apartment Max and Budapest.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An away home better than the one I live in

  • 5 of 5

John arranged for a driver he uses to meet me at the airport in arrivals, my name on the sign in his hand. When I arrived at Max, Zusanna, the apartment manager met me outside and bought me up into the apartment. She had bought me fresh eggs, bread, milk, butter, pastries, sausage, cheese, and a bottle of wine! Zsuzanna is knowledgeable, available as needed, and kind. One night I emailed her about a problem with the toilet. The next morning she wrote back that she’d be there with the plumber about 3. I left at 2 and when I came back at 4, she and the plumber were leaving and the toilet was fixed.

Max is amazing. It is so comfortable with luscious linens; relaxation inducing beds, couches and chairs; throw pillows of different sizes and shapes; excellent internet speed and signal throughout; a fast computer and printer; outlets equipped with plug adaptors; a washer and a dryer; a fully equipped kitchen including condiments for cooking and eating-in; designated bath towels for the spas; large umbrellas and new rain ponchos; many types of books including a varied selection of guide books on Budapest and Hungary; and a secure (there is a locked door entering the courtyard and a gate on the apartment door) and quiet apartment (the building is old and well made, the street it fronts is not a through traffic street). The large shower has excellent water pressure with plenty of hot water; it also boasts a seat and hand bars. The bathroom also has 2 vanity sinks, a hairdryer, and assorted toiletry amenities. There is a retro fitted elevator in the middle of the stairwell which goes to the first floor (not the ground floor) apartment. Max overlooks the lovely, lively Karolyi Kert. The balcony off the bedroom has table and chairs to better observe the goings on in the old, majestic park. The apartment is light, airy, and very clean; has cable television (as well as over 200 DVDS and a DVD player); VoIP phone, with a NYC number to make and received free Stateside (and Canadian calls) and an answering machine. There is also a Hungarian cell phone to use for local calls and while exploring Budapest. To help me acclimate, there was a large collection of articles written by John, the owner. He writes humorously and informatively about the various appliances (like the Nespresso coffee maker, air conditioner, dishwasher, etc.) and amenities in the apartment. He also writes about many other related topics including, but not limited to, the history of the area, Hungarian

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place has it all!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at apartment Sarah in August of 2016.This was my first trip to Budapest and John had everything laid out for me.All the information that one could ask for was provided.The apartment is cozy and clean and just the best place to stay for your stay in Budapest.

Ample space,close to all shops,bistros and restaurants and right around the corner from a metro station and bus stop right in front.

This apartment is quiet and noise free so no worries there.

The Sarah has a nice kitchen and living room to relax in. I am telling you that this place has it all if you are looking for a nice cozy place to lay your head at night.

John is just top notch from beginning to end.If you or anyone you know are going to be staying in Budapest you need to contact John.You will not be disappointed at all!!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well-appointed apartment and comfortable too

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in John's apartment in mid-October. Budapest was our third and final stop of a three-city central Europe trip. We were very pleased with the apartment (apt. Max).

The apartment is very large, but like all European apartments, the kitchen was compact. But, unlike other apartments in which we've stayed, this kitchen had everything - dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, oven. We didn't take advantage of the kitchen because we ate out during our entire stay, but for a family wishing to eat breakfast or even cook dinner in the city, the kitchen can easily accommodate those efforts. Plenty of dishes, cookware and utensils of all kinds.

We felt a little bad. Zsuzsa met us at the apartment with a bottle of wine, cakes, bread and eggs. We never did get to the eggs or all of the cakes. But, it was a wonderful welcome to the city and the apartment. Zsuzsa was helpful in showing us around the apartment, giving us easy instructions, without being intrusive. A very comfortable introduction.

The living room is large, with a couple of sofas, dining room table and chairs and a rocking chair. We didn't hang out in the apartment, but it would be very comfortable to take a few hours of down time in the living room.

The bedroom was modestly sized. Plenty of room in the armoir for our clothes to hang. Bed was comfortable.

The apartment building was pretty quiet. We heard one tenant one night, but not after 10 p.m. Not a problem. Didn't get into the park across the street, but every day there was a group of small children from a nearby pre-school (??) in the park. Lots of laughter, energy and activity. That was always fun to see when we'd walk out of the apartment to start our day.

Oh yeah, in the neighborhoods, be sure to pay attention to the sidewalks. Lots of people own dogs, but not all those owners remember to poop scoop. My wife and I made it a habit to look down at the sidewalk in Budapest whenever we were walking in residential neighborhoods.

The apartment is nicely located. But, the first morning we made the mistake of heading east and ran into the very typical, urban thoroughfare, Muzeum Krt. When we went west we found far, far more interesting shops, restaurants and streets to explore. So, head toward the river!

Cafe Central was very good for breakfast and we found a terrific chocolate shop, Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé, that we went to on two separate occasions. Really good and the young lady was very helpful and patient.

We really enjoyed our stay

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Put your faith in the descriptions of John and Jeanne's apartments, and the 5 star reviews that others have written - John, the owner, is truly helpful, as is his local apartment manager. The apartments are so well set up that it's hard to see what local help you might need, but you would certainly get their help if you need it. I had a great time here and would be delighted to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
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Albuquerque, NM, USA

Elegance and perfection in central Budapest

  • 5 of 5

Max is a wonderful apartment, situated perfectly in glorious Budapest. Trees and a secluded park outside your windows, grace and elegance within. Neighborhood restaurants, cafés, shops and markets; Metro and buses around the corner; the National Museum, Great Synagogue and many others nearby; the Danube and tram #2 a walk away (Central Café, then the few blocks to river).

This was only our 2nd apartment rental ever. The 1st was also in Budapest, also John Farago’s Budapest Vacation Rentals – apartment Andrei. Travel site reviews (overwhelmingly positive), and John’s own BVR website (highly informative and persuasive), brought us to Andrei. You can believe it all! – Andrei was perfect and still lingers in our memories, and now Max, just as perfect and still haunting us four months later.

The BVR experience is top tier. Beautiful, functional, well-located apartments, superbly furnished and equipped, with reliable contacts on-call. You’ll get hot water, elevators, heating and cooling, safety, peace and quiet. And you’ll get wine and cheese (et al), the internet (Mac computer, indispensable!), VOIP to U.S., library, DVDs, Bluetooth speaker for casting your music, etc etc. It’ll all be so comfy and enjoyable you almost won’t want to venture forth that day, or maybe ever.

Of course, venturing forth in Budapest is the point. Can’t think of a city more endowed with natural beauty, culture, music, art, history, architecture, fun -- that’s why we came back. Eminently walkable, but with excellent transit (saves time, buy a pass!). Parliament in the flesh thrills, take the tour, go back at night. City river cruise at night is breath-taking, bridges, monuments and buildings all lit up (do dinner pre- or post- to avoid distraction). Alert: The Palace of Arts (near Heroes Square) is closed for 2 year renovation (so we can now recommend the zoo next door!).

Magical as Budapest is, it’s a city, and apartment Max is a welcoming haven. Breakfast each morning overlooks the park, table laid with flowers, pastries, cheese, Nespresso coffee. Evening wine and goose pate. Neighborhood restaurant Borsso, excellent, among others. Max is elegance and grace and perfection, larger than its photos, ideally and quietly located in central Budapest, with an attention-to-every-detail quality that is absolutely evident. So this was another great time in Budapest, enhanced beyond measure by our 2weeks at Max. With gratitude to John and BVR for making Max possible, highest recommendation!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
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Nearest Point of Interest
Apartment Max at Karolyi Kert
Car: not necessary

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).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning (1-2 guests)/wk $49.6

We do not require a deposit but, like a hotel, do ask for credit card information to hold a booking. Payment is due in cash on arrival, but can also be made by bank transfer to our Euro account in Hungary or by credit card (for an additional processing and conversion fee of 8%) or by check in US $ (for an additional conversion and transfer fee of 5%). Other payment options may be possible, email us if there is one that works best for you.

Pricing is approximate, based on VRBO's calculations, which we can't control (for instance, there is no way to factor in the cost of the cleaning fee for 3 or 4 guests). Check with us for a firm quote.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.