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

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Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights


Inner City Apartment Rental Photos and Description

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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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

John Farago
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
November 28, 2016
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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 Budapest

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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Apt. Max-Mitteleuropean Luxury - PRE/POST CRUISE SPECIALS
average rating of 5.0 based on 81 reviews
London, England


  • 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: Feb 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: Mar 2016
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Superb Accomodation in Central Budapest

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Apartment Max was an exceptional experience. Even before our arrival, we received detailed information from John, the owner, to help us plan our stay. Our visit was well orchestrated; from the pick up at the airport to the warm welcome at the apartment where we were greeted and briefed on the incredible amenities. Max has great character; high ceilings, large windows and is tastefully furnished while being very comfortable. The owners have put a great amount of thought into ensuring that travellers feel at home and have all that they might need, including wine and welcome treats! The apartment is well organized, thoroughly equipped and very bright and spacious. The attention to detail is very impressive. There is a wealth of information on hand to help travellers plan where to go, shop and eat. The location is perfect; close to the major sites and yet very peaceful and great for sleeping. We were absolutely thrilled with the apartment and most impressed with the thought and care John puts into making sure guests have a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Toronto, ON Canada

Charming, spacious Apt Max in the heart of Budapest

  • 5 of 5

Apt Max is a lovely, spacious fully equipped apartment in the centre of Budapest. It overlooks a beautiful park where many stroll and children play.

Ideally situated close to the Central Market, trams, Metro and wonderful restaurants. Our host, John, ensures your every need is taken care of. From spa towels, to umbrellas, to guide books and a Nespresso machine. Everything was perfect! Superb bed with quality linens, feather pillows and Turkish towels.

John has left no stone unturned. If you have a questions, you only need to turn to the well laid out books relative to everything you need to know about the apartment and Budapest. Our time at the apartment was such a pleasurable experience. Thank you as well for the wine, strawberries, cheese, salami, bread and pastries. You are so thoughtful!

Thank you so much for everything. We loved the apartment and Budapest.

If you are planning a trip to Budapest, I highly recommend Apt Max.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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A Great Apartment for All Seasons

  • 5 of 5

Apartment Max is a an elegant city apartment in a peaceful location while ideally situated in the centre of the city.

The apartment overlooks a beautiful park and the sunny balcony was a real bonus.

Comfortable, charming, spacious and well equipped

The fully equipped kitchen contains a dishwasher, microwave and oven as well as a greatly appreciated (and frequently used) Nespresso coffee machine. The bathroom is modern and the bedroom has a comfortable double bed with high quality bedding.

We were there in June and were grateful for the airconditioning but we would certainly not hesitate to go in winter as there is also central heating.

The owner, John, has also given close attention to providing the most up to date gadgets and accessories - such as TV and sound system, Mac laptop and printer and an eclectic selection of DVD's. A mobile as well as a landline phones are provided- the latter routed via the USA to minimize the costs of international calls.

You are made to feel very welcome

We were met at the airport by John's trusted driver. On arrival at the apartment we were met by Ilona. She spoke excellent English and took her time to explain the apartment's various features. Both the driver and Ilona left contact details in case of need, advice, etc

We greatly appreciated the welcoming food and drink provided, including wine, fruit, bread, cold meats, cheese coffee pads and tea.

John has also put together a highly interesting and useful guide to the neighbourhood and to the city including recommendations for restaurants, sight seeing advice as well as a list of useful telephone numbers.

If you come to Budapest it is hard to think of a better place to stay

Apartment Max's Visitors' Book amply confirms that this apartment and its facilities have greatly contributed to visitors' enjoyment of this wonderful city. If you are planning a trip to Budapest, Apt Max is the place to stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Asheville, North Carolina

It's like coming home !!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is large, clean & extremely well appointed. It’s central location is perfectly suited for walking to all attractions and numerous restaurants. Wifi & VOIP phone access is the icing on the cake. It’s obvious that John & Jeanne are seasoned travellers and know exactly what fellow adventurers want & need. All amenities are at your fingertips with detailed instructions for everything. If you can read, you can’t break a thing. Pastries, eggs, butter, cheese, milk and wine await you on arrival. No need to hunt down a supermarket immediately. Just relax and plan the next day. I’ve rented apartments thoughout Europe for 30 years. Max is the best in Budapest. Just booked for 2016. It’s like coming home.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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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

Inner City Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Christmas Markets 2016
Nov 18 2016 - Dec 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holidays 2017
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2017
Jan 5 2017 - Mar 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2017
Mar 17 2017 - Apr 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning (1-2 guests)/wk $43

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.


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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:
  • 90 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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