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

Bedrooms 1
Space 90 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet


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:
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Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2017

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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Inner City Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 90 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(80 traveler reviews)

Apt. Max-Mitteleuropean Luxury - PRE/POST CRUISE SPECIALS
average rating of 5.0 based on 83 reviews

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: Aug 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: Oct 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: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
Peak Season
Apr 14 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest
Christmas Markets
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holidays
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 8 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest
Jan 9 2018 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest
Mar 1 2018 - Apr 13 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest
Apr 14 2018 - Oct 31 2018
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 $43.58

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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